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I am not a fan of the genres of spy or military fiction. I don’t believe I’ve ever read anything of this nature. That being said, I pretty much would have had to be living under a rock since 1984 to not know who Tom Clancy was. With the publication of The Hunt for Red October in 1984, the former insurance agent began a literary career that spanned three decades and made him a household name.
The acclaimed spy novelist had the same sort of advice other authors offer – if you want to be a writer just write. Of course Clancy delivered that message in a very simple direct way – just damn write or as he is quoted here, “I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I try to keep it simple: Tell the damned story.”
Clancy who was known for the authenticity and technical accuracy of his novels was presumably a great researcher. It is in the research, I imagine he spent a great deal of his time and effort. And when it came to writing a novel out of that research, he just damn wrote it. A model that clearly was successful for him.
Throughout his career, Clancy collaborated with other authors in co-writing some of his books. He also developed a brand of video games and books that were part of Clancy’s storyline but authored by other writers.
For a complete bibliography of Clancy’s work including books that were turned into movies both on the big screen and for television visit his Wikipedia bibliography page.