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The Usual Background Stuff
I grew up in East Brunswick, New Jersey, which is about an hour outside of New York City. I graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. and M.A. in politics, and from there went directly on to law school at the University of Virginia.
After law school, I joined the litigation department of a large New York City law firm, and after a few more stops, am currently the head of the litigation department of Pavia & Harcourt LLP, which is located in midtown Manhattan. Pavia & Harcourt recently received some fame because it is the law firm where Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor practiced before she was appointed to the bench.
Writing: How it Started
I have always been interested in writing, and yet, oddly enough, never took any courses in college (or after) and actually never seriously tried to write until a few years ago. I showed a first draft of my work to a friend whose brother is an agent for cookbooks, and he suggested I retain a private editor, Ed Stackler.
Meeting Ed was the turning point. He was the first person who thought I had publishable talent, and working with him was like taking every creative writing course I missed in college. Of equal importance, when my first novel was finished, Ed hooked me up with my agent, Scott Miller of Trident Publishing.
And, even though Scott is a superb agent, my first novel didn't sell. There was interest among a few houses, but no offers.
So, back to the drawing board. For my next work I decided to try something different from a legal thriller, and I wrote a political one, focusing on the nomination of a Supreme Court Justice.
A year and a half later, I excitedly sent it to Scott, my agent. He said that I shouldn't even send it out to publishers because it would squander the good will I'd established based on my first effort. He didn't think that it was necessarily bad, but suggested that I stick to what I knew bestNew York City legal dramas.
A Conflict of Interest
Fast forward another eighteen months (but it actually didn't go by that quickly) and I finished A Conflict of Interest. Simon & Schuster's Gallery imprint bought it, which enabled me to meet Ed Schlesinger (what are the odds of having two Ed S's as editors?). Like my other Ed S., Ed Schlesinger made key changes to A Conflict of Interest, which made it better.
Having a book published was truly a dream come true. And then I learned that there were a lot of perks to being a published author, not the least of which was emails from readers!
A Conflict of Interest sold well in all formats, but was particularly successful on Audible, where it went to number 1 in the country!
I remember seeing the best seller list with my name above The Hunger Games, Steven King's 11-22-1963 and the Walter Isaacson book on Steve Jobs and wondering if there was some mistake in my computer.
The icing on the cake was when Suspense Magazine voted A Conflict of Interest one of the best books of 2011!
A Case of Redemption
Almost two years to the day that A Conflict of Interest was published, A Case of Redemption came out. During the writing process, I called the book Legally Dead—after the rapper character, and my family still refers to it as that. (The publisher wanted to change the title, although truth be told, I still think Legally Dead was a better title for the book.) Like A Conflict of Interest, A Case of Redemption had a great run on Audible, reaching number 2 in the country (and I'm sure that it was only the misfortune of coming out on the same day as Dan Brown's Inferno that kept it off the top spot). It received a bunch of awards too, most notably as a finalist for the ABA's Silver Gavel Award, in which it was the only nominee in the literature category.
Nearly two years after A Case of Redemption, on April 14, 2015, Losing Faith will be published. I'm very excited about it as it's my first book not written as a first person narrative, which opened up some avenues for me to explore the story from different perspectives (and, I hope, add some twists that readers won't see coming). It's a return to the law firm from A Conflict of Interest, but with the focus on the firm's chairman, Aaron Littman, who played a small supporting role in Conflict.
I usually begin working on the next book when the most recent one is in the editing process, which means that for about six months, I'm working on two books at the same time. Right now, that means I'm writing a book that is yet untitled, but that I'm enjoying immensely. It's about an investment banker (a non-lawyer main character which is a first for me) whose life is spiraling out of control just as he goes to his 25th high school reunion. Much of the book takes place in a fictionalized version of where I grew up—East Brunswick, New Jersey—and so I hope that my old friends will recognize some of the references.
And, as always, stay tuned and I'll post information as soon as I know it. For the most up to date information about me and my writing, Like or Friend me on Facebook. Or just send me an email at adam@adammitzner—I promise I'll write back.