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Publication Day for The Muralist!

So today is pub day for The Muralist, dreamed of since the first word hit the screen five years ago, causing nerves and stomach aches for the past month. Will they like it? Will they like it as much as The Art Forger? Will it get good reviews? What will my mother think?

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The History / Mystery / Art Genre

I had a lot of trouble finding a home for The Art Forger because publishers claimed that it didn’t fit into a genre. They said that if it didn’t fit into a genre, they didn’t know how to sell it to bookstores and libraries.

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Plot is a Verb

If you understand how classical story structure works, you'll be able to grow your novel around this plot skeleton and keep your readers turning pages late into the night.

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I'm feeling like Cinderella

Kelly Bowen, publicity director at Algonquin, called me late yesterday afternoon with an odd question: she wanted to get my okay on an update to my publicity package. Her voice sounded a bit strange, and the request did also, so expecting bad news – as any author would – I held my breath...

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More Art Forger Reviews are Rolling In

The Washington Post raved: “Shapiro’s depiction of the politics and personal rivalries of the art world adds considerable depth here, and her accounts of the history of forging and of the technical processes that fool authenticators prove precise and exciting . . . Readers seeking an engaging novel about...

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Notes from the Road: The Left Coast

I’ve just returned from a five-day book tour of coastal California: San Francisco (Copperfield’s in Healdsburg) San Diego (Warwick’s in La Jolla), LA (Vroman’s in Pasadena) and aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach. I’ve been writing fiction of 25 years – six novels published, three in the drawer) – and this is the first time...

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The Intrigue of Art Theft

My publisher, Algonquin Books, has been tweeting and Facebooking that they have no responsibility for the robbery of the Kunstal Museum in Rotterdam last week in which thieves stole hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of paintings...

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