Book Equals: Exclusive Interview: Neal Baer Talks About His Book ‘Kill Switch’

March 7th, 2012

Book Equals
March 7, 2012


You might be familiar with Neal Baer’s work on television, he was an executive producer and writer on ER and Law & Order: SVU, and is the showrunner of CBS’ A Gifted Man (which is currently on my DVR – 2 more episodes to go!). And now it’s time to meet Neal Baer, the book author.

Neal Baer co-authored thriller, Kill Switch with Jonathan Greene. The novel was released back in December 2011 and follows forensic psychiatrist Dr. Claire Waters, who seems to have a way with “untreatable” patients, taking on one shocking case which could make or break her career.

Neal Baer took some time to answer a few questions about the book, the difference between writing for television and writing a novel, his favorite writing snack (which sounds yummy!), and more.

What inspired you to write “Kill Switch”?

Neal Baer: I’ve always wanted to write a novel and when my book agent asked me several years ago if I had a medical thriller, I pulled out an outline for a movie I had written nine years ago with Jon Greene. She read the outline and encouraged us to write three chapters of a novel. We did, and then she asked us to write two more chapters. We sold those chapters to our publisher and KILL SWITCH was born.

What were some of the challenges in writing “Kill Switch”?

Neal Baer: Moving from writing screenplays to a novel is interesting because one doesn’t write what characters are thinking in a script for television or a movie. The actor’s dialogue comes from the writer, but the actor must convey what he or she is thinking through gesture, facial expression, movement, vocal tone. In a novel, one is free to write what a character is actually thinking. That’s liberating in many ways, but can be daunting because you don’t want to say too much.


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