Author Larry Brooks to Visit Driftwood
Provided by Driftwood (Lincoln City) Library
For the third presentation in its eighth annual Dark and Stormy Night series, Driftwood Public Library will welcome mystery writer Larry Brooks on Thursday, October 27th at 4:00 p.m.
Born and raised in Portland, Larry Brooks graduated from Portland State University in 1975 with a degree in marketing communications, earned during the off-seasons of an unremarkable five-year career as a professional baseball player. This led to his first published writing: a magazine article on the life of a minor league pitcher. Not keen on a writing career, there came a few business-suit swings and misses: history’s worst stockbroker for the world’s largest brokerage firm, for example, and a stint as the world’s worst personnel manager in a department store. Each abandoned career resulted in another published magazine piece lampooning the experience, and his interest in writing began to emerge as his best, and perhaps last, viable career option.
His first published novel, Darkness Bound, featured a stockbroker who hates stockbrokering. It debuted in 2000, spending three weeks on the USA Today bestseller list. His second novel, Pressure Points, appeared to good reviews in 2001, with comparable sales. His third novel, Serpent’s Dance, was a 2003 release from Signet, also well-reviewed though it sold like parkas in Pakistan, and his fourth, 2004’s Bait and Switch, earned a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, who also named it their lead Editor’s Choice for that month, and at year-end included it on two of their notable lists: Best Overlooked Books of 2004 and Best Books of 2004 (mass market). Since then he has published Whisper of the Seventh Thunder, an apocalyptic thriller from Sons of Liberty Publishing (2010).
In addition to writing novels, Brooks has also been developing and teaching writing workshops since the mid-1980s. He has been named a Mentor by the Oregon Writer’s Colony and teaches at workshops around the country. His new book, Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing, is based on the popular developmental model upon which he bases his workshops.
Brooks is very happily married to his wife of fourteen years, Laura. They divide their time between homes in Portland and Scottsdale.
This program is sponsored by The Driftwood Library Foundation and by the D’Sands Condominium Motel, who have graciously donated lodging for the author. All programs in the series are free to the public. All of the programs will take place at the library, 801 SW Highway 101 (2nd Floor) in Lincoln City. All inquiries about the programs should be directed to Ken Hobson, 541 996 1242 (firstname.lastname@example.org).