Audiobooks Today: You’ve had an interesting life so far, to be as young as you are. What experiences have shaped you most as a writer?
Gregg Hurwitz: I was not allowed to watch TV as a kid. So all I did was read and read and read. That probably had the biggest influence on me.
Q: What’s this about infiltrating cults? Was this for a book?
A: Yes – my second Tim Rackley novel, The Program, deals with mind-control cults. And I decided that to write about one convincingly, I’d have to experience it. From the inside. So that’s what I did.
Q: James Lee Burke has been the only author we’ve interviewed who hasn’t said his best and favorite book wasn’t the one he was currently touting. Care to be a rare second, or is Trust No One your favorite and best, and why?
A: I have two. The Crime Writer was a really big transition book for me, which brought me to Trust No One. They’re both thrillers with more of a Hitchcock vibe than anything I’d written prior, and I’ve really enjoyed that a lot.
Q: Do you listen to your audiobooks, and if so, what do you think of the narration? Any preferences?
A: I really like Scott Brick a lot – he’s done a terrific job for me. He did great work on The Crime Writer.
Q: You also write for Marvel and for films. What do you most enjoy about those, and what’s different or most difficult?
A: Film is terrific because it makes you use your brain in different ways. Everything must be lean, visual, teased out in dialogue. There’s a real efficiency to screenwriting that can be really rewarding when you hit your stride. With the comics, it’s three-fold. 1) Instant production 2) Amazing art and artists. 3) You get to play with the best toys in the sandbox.