Today’s post is an interview with thriller author Gary L. Stuart about his writing and his latest books Hide and Be and My Brother, Myself.

Yet another two books on my Kobo!

But let’s hear from Gary!

1. What caused you to transition from being a lawyer to writing full time? What was that journey like?

Once a lawyer, always a lawyer. I discovered that practicing law was not as much fun as writing about it. Courtrooms are theaters and success in trial calls for dramatizing the case in ways that judges and juries like and respect. My courtroom skills work when I’m creating crime fiction. I know what it takes to win and how awful it feels to lose in court, or at a bookstore.

2. Why do you write both fiction and nonfiction, and how are you able to write in both genres simultaneously?

The law is real. Fiction is not. Balancing imagination and ingenuity in fiction with citing case law and statutory law is a balance that keeps me sane and on course.  I found over the years that the law is pliable but crime fiction is more fun.

3. How do your experiences as a trial lawyer inspire or inform your books?

When you try a case, especially a jury trial, you have to be mentally aware of a dozen things at once; the judge, jury, opposing counsel, clients, witnesses, court clerks and bailiffs, timing, how sound works, movement away from the podium, and maintaining a connection with the jury. All of that is an art form, as well as an acquired talent. It’s very similar to creating all of that inside a novel.

4. What sparked your interest in writing about twin relationships and “twin telepathy”?

The most important element of fiction writing is creating original characters that are believable and fully developed. Creating two characters who look and act alike is a great way to advance your hold on the reader. If the twins are interesting and fascinating at the same time, their personalities, flaws, hopes, dreams and mendacity ooze out, one droplet at a time. The reader stays with you as long as you don’t bore them.

5. How have you worked to write about a mentally ill serial killer without stigmatizing those with mental illness?

Stigmatizing mental illness is a stupid way to write a novel. But explaining when, how, and how often people suffer mental illness is interesting to readers everywhere. Malignant twins are exceedingly rare. My twins in the book are not malignant. They are what life gave them–deeply wounded and incapable of handling separation. That’s what makes them fascinating characters.


Gary Stuart is a retired lawyer and a recently retired Adjunct Professor of Law at the Sandra Day O’Conner College of Law at ASU. He is a former member of the Arizona Board of Regents and is a member of the Maricopa Bar Association’s Hall of Fame. He has published scores of law review articles, op-ed pieces, essays, magazine articles, short stories, CLE booklets, and eighteen books. He blogs about the ethics of writing at His book and writing site is

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