‘Dead Wake’ Successfully Launches; Erik Ends Up Back in ‘Dark Country of No Ideas’

My latest book, ‘Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania,’ was officially published on March 10, and is now making its way in the world, like a kid leaving home for college, only in this case I don’t have to worry about the book coming back to do laundry.

Last month I finished a lengthy book tour, which took me to locales throughout America, where I met many reading folk and signed a few gazillion books. Now, however, I’m back, and have begun anew the search for my next book idea, a difficult process during which, as a friend puts it, I enter the ‘dark country of no ideas.’

I know an idea will come. The question, asked by my agent and publisher alike, is when. With a little luck, a little red wine, I might eventually exit the dark country, but it usually takes at least a year before I’m up and running on a new project. To all those who have sent me suggestions, thank you. You are very kind. But the only person who can help me now is … Indiana Jones. No, the only person who can help me is me. Onward!

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Erik Larson is the author of six New York Times bestsellers, most recently The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz, which examines how Winston Churchill and his “Secret Circle” went about surviving the German air campaign of 1940-41. Erik’s The Devil in the White City is set to be a Hulu limited series; his In the Garden of Beasts is under option by Tom Hanks, for a feature film. He recently published an audio-original ghost story, No One Goes Alone, which has been optioned by Netflix. Erik lives in Manhattan with his wife, who is a writer and retired neonatologist; they have three grown daughters.

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