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I Just Keep It Simple: Tell the Damn Story (RIP Tom Clancy)

The writing world lost a legend with the passing of Tom Clancy. To honor the author of the Jack Ryan novels, we dove into our archives and found this wonderful Writer's Digest Interview with Tom Clancy from 2001. Read on.

The writing world lost a legend with the passing of Tom Clancy. From The Hunt for Red October to Clear and Present Danger to Threat Vector, Clancy entertained millions of readers worldwide and redefined the thriller writing genre (and inspired quite a few video games as well). He was dubbed the "father of techno-thrillers," a term he rejected, saying he "just writes novels."

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To honor the author of the Jack Ryan novels, we dove into our archives and found this wonderful Writer's Digest Interview with Tom Clancy from 2001 (featured below). My favorite quote from the interview: "I do not over-intellectualize the production process. I just keep it simple: Tell the damn story." [Click here to Tweet this quote!]

His last novel, Command Authority, is due out in December.

You will be sorely missed, Mr. Clancy.

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