2017 Q&A: How did you come up with the idea for your upcoming book?

I always loved shows like Falcon Crest, Dynasty, Dallas, and The Colbys, and I think that inspired me to write Gems & Jewels.  Since the shows that I watched during the 1980s were either about oil or wine, I thought it would be good to explore a new industry that operates all over the world, in some pretty dark places too, and that does have some glitz to it.  Everyone loves diamonds and jewels, right?  What’s not to like about beautiful jewelry?

A little known fact is that this was originally a script that I wrote as a television mini-series, and I decided to go back and convert this to a novel.  The original script’s draft was written in the mid-1990s, so a lot needed to be changed with the original storyline to bring it up to date and to make it a better novel.  I’ve changed a lot about the plot, added a lot of characters, and given it a lot more depth than the draft script ever anticipated.  I guess some things do get better with time!

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