Dean Koontz graduated from Shippensburg State College (now Shippensburg University), and his first job after graduation was with the Appalachian Poverty Program, where he was expected to counsel and tutor underprivileged children on a one-to-one basis. His first day on the job, he discovered that the previous occupier of his position had been beaten up by the very kids he had been trying to help and had landed in the hospital for several weeks. The following year was filled with challenge, but also tension, and Koontz was more highly motivated than ever to build a career as a writer. He wrote nights and weekends, which he continued to do after leaving the poverty program and going to work as an English teacher in a suburban school district outside Harrisburg.
After a year and a half in that position, his wife, Gerda, made him an offer he couldn't refuse: "I'll support you for five years," she said, "and if you can't make it as a writer in that time, you'll never make it." By the end of those five years, Gerda had quit her job to run the business end of her husband's writing career.
Art Bell: Somewhere in Time journeyed back to January 22, 2002, when bestselling author Dean Koontz talked about his then new novel One Door Away From Heaven. Art and Dean also speculated on time travel, alternate... More »
Ian Punnett welcomed bestselling suspense novelist Dean Koontz, who discussed his latest work and reflected on his writing career. He described the creative process as the key motivator behind his prolific catalog of books, "it's like you feel in tune with a higher power. It's exhilarating. ... That's why I get so much work done, because I'd rather be doing this than almost anything... More »
Ian was joined by best-selling author Dean Koontz, who discussed his childhood, the themes and characters in his writings, as well as his most recent book about the mystery of the human-dog bond, The Darkest Evening of the Year.
In the last half of the program, Ian welcomed optics consultant Michael Fulton and renewable energy architect Robert Plarr, who discussed sustainable technologies. The 1st hour of the show featured Crypto News, Ian Mail and Open Lines.
Eight of his novels have risen to number one on the New York Times'hardcover bestseller list (From the Corner of His Eye, Lightning, Midnight,Cold Fire, Hideaway, Dragon Tears, Intensity, and Sole Survivor), making himone of only a dozen writers ever to have achieved that milestone. Eleven ofhis books have risen to the number one position in paperback. His bookshave also been major... More »