Today’s Guest: Steven Gore, novelist, White Ghost: A Graham Gage Thriller, Final Target, Power Blind
Watch this exclusive Mr. Media interview with novelist Steven Gore by clicking on the video player above!
Mr. Media is recorded live before a studio audience full of cancer survivors who could use a new hero… in the NEW new media capital of the world… St. Petersburg, Florida!
Whether San Francisco private eye Graham Gage solves his latest case or not, his odds of lining up his next one are looking pretty thin.
Graham Gage has non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
And it’s killing him.
STEVEN GORE podcast excerpt: “Graham Gage is more cerebral, more analytical (than Harlan Donnally). I think that made him a better character for this subject (coping with a late stage cancer diagnosis).”
Gage, the hard-working, world-traveling, great-friend-to-have-in-a-crisis hero of three previous novels by Steven Gore, stands tall in his fourth thrilling adventure story, White Ghost.
But is it his last hurrah?
I’m not tellin’. But what I will share – and what Gore himself will likely describe in moments – is that Gage’s illness came to him organically. That’s right – author Gore had it first. But Gore, a real American character, has kept his cancer at arm’s reach for 15 years. I’m not sure the same can be said about Gage.
Mostly because I haven’t read to the end yet. I didn’t want to spoil the conclusion by accident for anyone.
STEVEN GORE podcast excerpt: “Some novelists rely too much on superpowers. The perfect memory or perfect recall. Nobody has that.”
White Ghost is full of globe-trotting, heroin-smuggling, chemotherapy-laced Gage intrigue.
Steven Gore has become one of my favorite American novelists, a point I can prove by saying this is his fifth appearance on Mr. Media, tying him overall with only sportswriter Peter Golenbock. That’s how much I like his work.
Key interview moments:
• 5:25 Gore discusses how some novelists rely too much on “superpowers” to get their heroes out of a jam”;
• 16:10 Gore reveals his own angoing, personal struggles with a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma back in 2001;
• 39:20 An explanation of why Gore afflicted his private investigator character, Graham Gage, with cancer rather than his lawyer character, Harlan Donnally.