A bit of fun news.
My co-author on Throwing Lead, Mary Mason, and I had so much fun doing Throwing Lead that we’re starting work on our next Writer’s Guide. After much discussion over whether to start straight in with Throwing Lead 2 or to get on with another one of our planned volumes, we decided to wait on TL2 until feedback and questions have come in for the just-released volume 1.

In the meantime, we’re going to be doing a Writer’s Guide to Cars and Driving (probably called either “Grinding Gears” or “Laying Rubber” or something similar), and we start work on it tomorrow. So, step 1 is the same as step 1 was with Throwing Lead: Ask for your questions.

What is it about cars and driving, car chases, stunt driving, etc. that you’ve always been curious about? What about cars just doesn’t make sense to you? What things have you seen in movies that strain credibility? What weird cultural things have always puzzled you about bikers, gearheads, mechanics, and getaway drivers? Let us know. Leave your questions in the comments under this post, or send them in to feedback at jdsawyer dot net.

Your questions helped make Throwing Lead happen, and helped us out when we got stuck. We’re dying to know what’s on your mind when it comes to all things automotive.



  1. Richard —

    Oh, yes. That’s one we hadn’t thought of–excellent. Thank you!

    Yup, we’re definitely talking about alignments 🙂

  2. Please explain that nitrous oxide does not make flames shoot out the exhaust or is incredibly explosion even like in Fast and Furious. Also if there car won’t start, it is useless to pop the hood get out and check the oil. If oil was keeping the engine from starting it would already be seized up unable to turn at all.

    Brandon Biehler
  3. Think about the tall people ! When I read a book with a tall guy that “inserts” himself confortably in a sport car, I cringe. I’m 6’2″ and I know that’s impossible. 😉

    I read a sample of Throwing Lead because of your interview with Paul Cooley. You know I love what you do but that one touches too close to deep emotionnal wounds. I worked with guns for 12 years and lost good friends along the way : suicide, armored truck attacks, accidents… It is a really well done book but it got me shaking with a panic attack after 10 pages… probably because it is such a good book. 😉

    Anecdote : we had a pest problem some years back and a neighboor lend us a little rifle to get rid of them. My ex, whom don’t have my training, used it to try to scare them away. But I scared the hell out of him because I became a cold killer machine. “Never raise a gun if you don’t intend to kill” is something that was drilled into my head…

    So, I stay clear of guns and, sadly, books about guns. 😉

    Lucie Le Blanc
  4. Lucie —

    You must love the way Lantham has to play “Origami Detective” to get in and out of his small car! We’ve definitely got a section on ergonomics and odd body-sizes and shapes planned 🙂

    Sorry about the PTSD trigger. Sometimes it’s possible to be too on-the-nose, even in nonfic. And yes, “Never draw on someone you’re not prepared to kill” was drilled into my head form an early age too.

    Thanks for coming by! 🙂


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