Heist thrillers and spy thrillers—they’re often one and the same, except the spies are usually less interested in stealing jewels from vaults and more about snagging a far more priceless piece of intel, or even a person.
From the Writers’ Room is a regular feature where we invite the writer behind the most recent serial episode to give us a behind-the-scenes glimpse at just what went into this week’s installment.
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My mission in this episode was simple: write a golem giving Our Heroes a hard time. How could I lose?
When it came time to divvy up the episodes for the first season of Cold Witch, I had one request: I wanted to write about Zerena.
My earliest memory of world events was the fall of the Berlin Wall. By the time the Soviet Union collapsed in 1993, I’d learned to see Russia as something of a secret—something walled away and hidden, completely foreign to the American way of life, and yet a crucial mirror people liked to hold up to America, as if one nation couldn’t exist without the other. How could I not be fascinated by it, and hungry to learn more?
It's not every day you get to play tennis with one of your favorite writers. Or, at least, I don't get to do that. (Perhaps because I don't own a racket and barely understand how tennis scores work.)
I was sitting on the terrace of the Ateljée Bar, atop the Hotel Torni, some years back, drinking absinthe...
Have you ever been at a birthday party, politely waiting for the host to hand out slices of cake, when some jerk barges through the crowd, elbowing others aside in his haste to get a piece of cake right bloody now? I have a sinking suspicion that if you asked the other writers on this team, and if they were perfectly candid with you, they'd admit that working with me this season was just a little bit like that.
I was so excited to write Episode 4, Stasis, because it contains what I feel is the first big dramabomb in the season.
By making Our Heroes stretch themselves to their limit, we got to see them at their least guarded so far—and it's no mean trick, trying to get inside the emotional walls of a spy!
Here’s the thing about Episode 2: the story largely centers around a university lecture.
You’ve just finished reading all thirteen Season One episodes of Tremontaine. Or you’re contemplating diving in, now that you don’t have to wait a week for each one. But . . . is there homework? Will there be a test?
Lindsay Smith and Max Gladstone on writing The Witch Who Came In From The Cold – Ep 1: “A Long, Cold Winter”
Here’s the setup. Here are your friends. Here are their demons. Get ready to watch them suffer.