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Crime Fiction
They called her The Bride. Young, homeless, and wearing a tattered wedding dress and veil matted with grime, she floated through the streets of Hellís Kitchen like a spectre. Until she wound up dead.
The Private Eye Writers of America has selected Sinners' Ball as Best Paperback Original Novel of 2010 and awarded it the coveted Shamus Award.
"Old Flame is a gem of crime fiction." Booklist Starred Review
ďBerkowitz nails New York, and in particular modern-day Hellís Kitchen ... an impressive debut."
ĖJason Starr

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A Writer's Life

February 28, 2013

Tags: Ira Berkowitz, Amos Oz, shopkeeper, process, writing

This is my first blog so please be kind, Iím still trying to get the hang of it, still trying to figure out what would be interesting to share. All I can come up with is a peek into the sheer exhilaration and deadening frustration of weaving a story that keeps the reader turning the pages all night.

I didnít set out to become a writer. Check my bio for the story, it amazes even me. But once I started I quickly realized that itís the most fulfilling thing Iíve ever done.

The most common question every writer gets is, ďWhatís your process?Ē I think thatís because most people have stories bubbling in their heads, and if only they learned the mystery of the ďprocessĒ they could be put on paper.

The Israeli novelist, Amos Oz, states it beautifully by comparing himself to a shopkeeper. Every morning he wakes up, walks down to his shop, arranges the inventory, dusts the shelves, and waits for customers. Some days they come. Other days he sits and waits. But every day he shows up.

Writers sit at their computer waiting for customers, and when they come itís a very good day. When they donít youíre left with guilt, self-doubt, and an abiding feeling that youíll never have an idea again.

Even as Iím putting the finishing touches on my new book, Black Angel, I wait for customers to tell me I have a nice store and the merchandise is good.