We have something extra-special planned for the launch of The Lost Order. A behind-the-scenes tour of the Smithsonian Castle, a building that figures prominently in the novel. On April 4th, Steve and Richard Stamm, the curator of the Castle (who is a character in the story), will lead a group of 50 people into all of the Castle’s nooks and crannies, visiting secret places the public never sees. You’ll learn how Steve wove the Castle, the Smithsonian Libraries, and the rich history of this storied institution into The Lost Order. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The event is designed as a fundraiser for the Smithsonian Libraries, so each ticket comes with a $1000 donation requirement. That gains you entrance to the tour and a signed copy of The Lost Order (which Steve will gladly personalize). The idea is to raise $50,000 for the libraries. This will be a great opportunity to interact with Steve, find out how he creates his stories, learn about a national treasure, and help the Smithsonian Libraries keep their doors open.
Steve Berry threw the publishing world a curve—or maybe a fastball—on September 7 when he tossed out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium. It was quite a night. In honor of his father, Harold Earl “Sam” Berry who played professional baseball in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Steve wore a Yankees’ jersey with the number 17, the number his dad wore during his playing years. His father was there, on the field, as was his brother, Bob Berry, who played baseball for Auburn University and his nephew, Grant Berry, who currently plays baseball for Columbus State College. And, most important, the pitch went right over the plate. A strike. Click here to see a video as it happened.
When Steve writes a book, he uses around 300 to 400 sources for his research. Most of those sources are physical books, but he also interviews experts for more in depth details. One of those experts is Noah Charney, international best-selling author & professor of art history. Recently, Mr. Charney interviewed Steve about his writing for the online literary magazine, Versopolis. Click here to read the interview.
Great news. Steve has signed a new deal with Minotaur Books for four more Cotton Malone adventures. These will be published in 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. Next year’s Cotton Malone story is already done. It’s called The Lost Order and it will be in stores April 2017, but available for pre-order on-line this July. Before that, though, a trade paperback edition of The 14th Colony hits stores on September 5. For a little inside look at what’s ahead, check out this article from The REAL Book Spy.
When the 2016 Audie Awards were announced in Chicago on May 11, the audio version of The Patriot Threat won the award as the best Thriller/Suspense audio for 2015. The Audie Awards are sponsored by the Audio Publishers Association and recognize distinction in audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. They are like the Grammies for audio books. Congratulations to everyone at MacMillan Audio who created this marvelous work and to Scott Brick for a superb narration. If you’ve not checked out the audio version of The Patriot Threat, you can here.
Publisher’s Weekly, the industry’s trade journal, recently interviewed Steve about The 14th Colony and his road to being published. It’s an insightful article, in which Steve shares some advice to aspiring writers. There’s also a little teaser about the 2017 book, including a revelation all of Cotton’s fans will be thrilled to hear. Click here to read the article.
In this interview with the Tulsa World, Steve talks about writing books and about History Matters. He also talks about the Tulsa History Matters Event to help raise funds for the Alice Mary Robertson home in Muskogee. Click here to read the article.
In this month’s Big Thrill Magazine, published by International Thriller Writers, Steve was interviewed about The 14th Colony and “Why You Should Write What You Love”. He also gave some interesting background on Cotton and Cassiopeia Vitt. Click here to read the article.
The 14th Colony was selected as one of iBooks 25 Best Books of April. Here’s what they had to say. “Cotton Malone, our favorite pilot-turned-secret-operative, is back to fight an old enemy: a resurgent KGB. A race against the clock, speculative history, good old-fashioned shootouts, and non-stop action kept us dialed in from start to finish of this fantastic thriller.” Check it out here.