Blog Post #1007 February 7th, 2018 Author Spotlight: Tom Clancy:

Blog Post #1007
February 7th, 2018
Author Spotlight: Tom Clancy:

 

Author Jeff W. Horton

Author Spotlight: Tom Clancy:

Author Name:    Tom Clancy

Birthdate:              April 12, 1947

Where:                   Baltimore, MD

Died:                        October 1, 2013

First Novel Published:   The Hunt for Red October (1984)

Some other novels by Tom Clancy:

  • Crimson Tide
  • Patriot Games
  • The Sum of All Fears
  • Rainbow Six
  • Net Force Explorers: The Great Race
  • Red Storm Rising
  • Clear and Present Danger,

 

(Source: From IMDB)

“Tom Clancy became one of the best-selling writers of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries, starting with the publication of his 1984 thriller, The Hunt for Red October (1990). Born in Baltimore to a U.S. Post Office employee and his wife on April 12, 1947, Clancy graduated from Loyola Blakefield, a Catholic private high school, in 1965 and then attended Loyola College. After graduating with his bachelor’s degree in English literature, Clancy went into the insurance business as poor eyesight kept him out of the military. Despite being unable to serve during the Vietnam War, military and Cold War politics remained close to his heart.

 

While running his own insurance agency in Maryland, he wrote “The Hunt for Red October”, which was published by the Naval Institute Press in 1984. Clancy received the princely sum of $5,000 from this most unusual venue for a work of fiction, but the book struck a nerve in the depths of the latter stages of the Cold War. The hardcover from the Naval Institute sold 45,000 copies, an amazing amount for a first novel from a publishing house peddling its first book of fiction, but the paperback — boosted by a strong recommendation from President Ronald Reagan — sold two million copies.”

 

The Hunt for Red October. Crimson Tide. Patriot Games. A Clear and Present Danger. The Sum of All Fears. Net Force. These are films, most of them blockbuster movies starring such A-list actors as Sean Connery, Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, and Harrison Ford, all more or less at the height of their career at the time, based on novels written by one man, and they are all movies I’ve personally seen and very much enjoyed. Such is the power in the writing of an author I have long-admired and appreciated, Mr. Tom Clancy.

 

This is, of course, only a subset of the many works by Tom Clancy. Two other novels I’ve read that are not on this list are Rainbow Six, and Without Remorse, I’ve read, but have not, to the best of my knowledge, ever been made into a movie.

 

I’m such a fan of Clancy’s that when I first starting writing, I reached out to him as a novice novelist via email, asking for any advice he might offer. It’s been a number of years now, but as I recall, his responses were always very pithy and to the point. Below are just a few of the handful of correspondence we shared before his passing a few years later:

 

—–Forwarded Message—–
From: Tom Clancy
Sent: Oct 25, 2012 12:19 PM
To: jeff@hortonlibrary.com
Subject: Re: Cybersp@ce

What you need is an editor. Find one. He will read and evaluate your material. Publishers employ lots of editors and they are ALWAYS looking for new talent.

TC

—–Forwarded Message—–
From: Tom Clancy
Sent: Oct 26, 2012 11:31 AM
To: jeff@hortonlibrary.com
Subject: Re: Cybersp@ce

So, do it.

TC

—–Forwarded Message—–
From: Tom Clancy
Sent: Oct 27, 2012 12:13 PM
To: jeff@hortonlibrary.com
Subject: Re: Cybersp@ce

Publishers employ editors. To do so is their job, not yours. What the hell does “conceptual editor” mean? You need an editor. The publishers have them.

TC

—–Forwarded Message—–
From: Tom Clancy
Sent: Oct 27, 2012 4:47 PM
To: jeff@hortonlibrary.com
Subject: Re: Cybersp@ce

Publishers are always looking for new talent. Why? To make money. Pick a publisher who does books you like and send them your MS.

TC

Were these emails from Tom Clancy? You must admit, it certainly had a tone to them that would seem to fit the man. Regretfully Clancy died on October 1, 2013, less than a year after his emails to me were sent, so I’ll never know for certain. It’s nice to think that someone who achieved as much success in his life as Clancy did would take the time to respond to someone like myself just getting started as a writer,

Rest in Peace Mr. Clancy, knowing you served your country well.

 

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