BK: Which one of the film adaptations based on your books is your favorite and why?
JG: I’ve been very lucky with Hollywood and all nine adaptations have been enjoyable. But The Rainmaker is still my favorite because Francis Ford Coppola was determined to stick to my story. Plus, the cast was incredible: a young Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Jon Voight, Clare Danes, Danny Glover, Mickey Rourke. I love that movie.
BK: You've written an impressive 30 novels over the years, so it's safe to say a reader could "binge read" your body of work. Since Netflix invented the concept of "binge watching," what are your favorite shows to binge on?
JG: I’m not sure all of these were with your company – kinda hard to keep it all straight these days – but we binged on Downton Abbey, House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Rectify, Broadchurch, In Treatment, Z (Zelda), The Crown, and a few others I can’t recall right now.
BK: Have you ever considered adapting your work to a longer-form series that we could binge on? And, if so, what makes a written novel more appropriate for long-form series vs. a traditional movie?
JG: Yes!! We talk about it every day and are trying to do several longer-form series, so tell your top-level executives to get with the program and make us a deal.
Television is better because of time and space. A feature film is limited to 120 minutes. With television, there are no limits and all aspects of the storytelling – characters, big plots, little plots, setting, dialogues – have virtually no boundaries.
BK: What's on your summer reading and watching list?
JG: I’m trying to finish the legal thriller for the fall so I’m not reading or watching much. I have stacks of books all over the house, but so little time to read them. I want to watch The Night Manager, Narcos, and Making of a Murderer.
BK: Your newest novel, Camino Island, includes writing, books, and bookselling as key plot elements. Can we expect more of that?