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Kilburn Hall is an American author of 26 novels.
A retired newspaperman from Chicago, like his mentor Michael Crichton, his novels heavily feature science, technology, politics, and journalism.
He credits his eighth grade English teacher Bea Royer for giving him his life’s philosophy as a mnemonic device to learn how to spell. “It’s no lie …to believe.”
A product of the 1960’s and the Chicago Junior School, located in a picturesque setting along the Fox River in E. Dundee, IL with its important natural landscape that contains several significant buildings by noted Prairie School architect John S. Van Bergen, Kilburn Hall has been a newspaperman (journalist, editor, columnist, advertising) since his high school years in the 70’s when he was a sports writer. for the local newspaper. A political blogger since 2007, when Kilburn Hall left his newspaper career with the downsizing of print and the birth of the electronic media. Kilburn Hall’s first fictional murder novel The Killing Of A Robin followed by sequels Nothing Personal-Just Business Darling, and Rule 666, uses very real locations in Chicago and its environs.
Kun Lun (2000)
The Killing Of A Robin (2001)
Nothing Personal – Just Business Darling (2002)
Rule 666 (2007)
Bimini Road (2011)
Crooked Island (2014)
Me, Myself & Lie (2016)
Zero (2017) The Return of The Master (2017)
How can I contact Kilburn Hall and does he read his e-mail?
If you have a specific question or comment for Kilburn Hall, click on Contact.
Kilburn Hall does read every e-mail, but staff responds. Occasionally, though, he answers some himself.
Is there any order Kilburn Hall books should be read in?
All of Kilburn Hall books are stand alone with the exception of The Killing of a Robin Trilogy which includes; (The Killing Of A Robin, Nothing Personal-Just Business Darling and The Red Ball.) I have released Nothing Personal-Just Business Darling first, to be followed by The Killing Of A Robin and finally the last in the trilogy, The Red Ball. As a reader, I would start with NPJBD, then the prequel KOR and lastly, The Red Ball.
When will we see Kilburn Hall’s next book? His next novel is Kun Lun followed by Nothing Personal-Just Business Darling which are expected Spring 2014, The Killing of a Robin summer 2014 and Morphed by year’s end.
How best can I keep up with what’s happening with Kilburn Hall books?
The website itself is excellent, but you may also follow Kilburn Hall on Facebook, Twitter, My Space, Google+, YouTube and other social media or you may do a simple Google search for Kilburn Hall.
How many books does Kilburn Hall have in print?
There are twenty-seven novels in various stages of production.
Are Kilburn Hall’s books sold in other languages?
Not at the present time though arrangements for foreign publication are underway.
How do I book Kilburn Hall for an event? One way is to send an e-mail directly to Kilburn Hall through the Contact page.
Where can I find a list of Kilburn Hall novels in chronological order?
1. Kun Lun (1999)
2. The Killing Of A Robin (2000)
3. Nothing Personal-Just Business Darling (2002)
4. The Red Ball (2007)
5. Excalibur (2007)
7. Morphed (2009)
8. Crooked Island (2013)
9. Ark (2009)
10. Cure (2013)
11. The Return Of The Master (2001)
12. Sheba (2014)
13. Bimini Road (2011)
Will Kilburn Hall read my manuscript and give me his opinion?
Unfortunately, no. For legal reasons it’s simply not possible. He suggests you perfect your craft, resource “how to” books at Barnes Nobles, pay Kirkus editing services to hone and edit your manuscript and when you feel you have it in sufficient shape publish using Smashwords charging $2.99 per book to get initial feed back. You can’t get feedback unless the public can actually read something.
What writers does Kilburn Hall like to read?
He’s a techno-thriller junkie. For Kilburn Hall, Michael Crichton and Stephen King are the best living craftsman today. He learned much about novel writing from reading Crichton’s work. Kilburn Hall was also a Preston & Child fan since The Relic in 1995. Tony Hillerman, also deceased is another of his favorites-and Kilburn Hall is pleased to know that he had a small part in Hillerman’s daughter Anne picking up the pen and continuing her father’s work with Spider Woman’s Daughter.
Where did character Nicky Toscani originate?
Nicky Toscani was born a cop’s son in Chicago. KOR
Torn between mafia family on one side and law and order on the other, Nicky Toscani carefully treads the fine line between two worlds. His humor, drier than a perfect martini, his demeanor cooler than a bass saxophone, tough enough to win over the mob, cops, and media alike, Nicky Toscani is the perfect ladies man- handsome, smart, a two-fisted straight-shooting-detective who finds himself haunted by the elusive presence of the murder victim in his latest case.
How did Kilburn Hall get into writing?
He made the decision to write a novel the summer of 1999 (Karakal) when he found himself down in Flagstaff and had time on his hands. Encouraged by friend and songwriter Michael Hedges who was killed in a car crash, it was something Kilburn Hall thought about for years, but finally decided to act on. Listening to the color of his dreams as Michael Hedges would say. (Tomorrow Never Knows). That first attempt was long and awful. Using an old Apple desktop at the Senior Center in Flagstaff which had to be loaded each day with nine discs, he finally printed out a rough hard copy by summers end. The second and third revisions as the technology changed over twelve years from CDROM to SkyDrive weren’t much better. It wasn’t until the final revision of Kun Lun in 2013 and SkyDrive that he began to appreciate the reality that writing novels and editing is hard. Kun Lun is dedicated to Michael Hedges.
I never listen to the naysayers. I had an ex-wife like that. Her and her people would always say, “No one will ever buy that, listen to that, want that.” Which probably explains why she is my ex-wife. It’s always seductive to hang around people who have failed at something and have them tell you how mean the business is — whatever your business is — and how unfair it is and how they got screwed by a bunch of people that didn’t care. It’s easy to find failures, and it’s easy to be seduced by failure. It’s much easier to think, “Well, everybody else has failed; no big deal if I do,” than to ignore that and plod on the other way. It takes love and passion for what you do to overcome that and to overcome the “Naysayers.”
Kilburn Hall has written novels for 17-years since and produced 16 manuscripts. Each a learning experience and, as he wrote, Kilburn Hall studied the works of colleagues like Steve Berry, Dan Brown, his mentor Michael Crichton, who sadly passed away, and the master Stephen King who after forty years is still the Rembrandt of modern day fiction. Like all great authors, his education is one of trial and error. Danielle Steele, romance writer, once told Kilburn Hall at a writers conference, “Write what you write-what happens next is up to the public.”
Does Kilburn Hall have any advice for aspiring writers?
The best advice is the simplest. Write what you love. And do it everyday. There’s only one way to learn how to write and that’s to write. I use the “Butt in chair” philosophy and try to write twelve pages per day. I find creativity flows best in the mornings over coffee, afternoons are for editing, rewriting, revisions, answering email, etc.
Where does does Kilburn Hall get his ideas? They come in the strangest places and at the oddest of times. Bookstores, Sci Fi Radio on Live 365.com and even Corner Bakery, Panera Bread or Starbucks. I usually have the general title and plot in my head. The ideas that come to me i file away in whatever project folder I think they are most suited.
I have a great story idea for Kilburn Hall. Will he consider writing it?
Sorry, Kilburn Hall does not accept or read story ideas from others. Luckily, he has quite a few stashed away in his ‘idea folder’ to keep him busy for the decade ahead.
How does Kilburn Hall do his research?
Until its demise, Borders Bookstores was my main source for research. Face it! All the materials, hot off the presses. I felt I was getting the very latest, up-to-date material. I use bookstores like Barnes & Nobles allot. A wealth source of material and ideas with its games, puzzles, books and convenient coffee bar to take it all in at my leisure. Secondly, I use Google, which can be like a sanitation worker navigating the sewers but I do, on occasion, find some interesting gems for my books.
Can Kilburn Hall suggest a good agent/good publisher?
Writers Market and The Guide to Literary Agents (from Writer’s Digest) are the two best resources to find either. In addition, for “indie authors” I would avoid most online publishers especially Author House. Most of them are scams to part you from your money. I can, however; in good conscience recommend Kirkus Reviews, Kirkus Editing, Smashwords owned by colleague Mark Coker and Create Space owned by Barnes & Nobles.