The Endurance of The War of the Roses: A Cautionary Tale of Divorce and its Aftermath

The North American premiere of my play The War of the Roses, based solely on the original novel, has opened at the Delaware Theatre Company in Wilmington to spectacular reviews. It avoids using any of the brilliant changes concocted by the screenwriters and director that made the movie an enduring hit that plays somewhere in […]

Read More, Live Longer

I’ve always believed that reading was the one essential pastime to assure the most fulfilling quality of life. It now appears, based on new research, that reading actually extends life. The assertion is based upon a study revealed in Social Science and Medicine, as reported in the New York Times. The researchers used data on […]

The Top 3 Writing Mistakes That Make a Bad Novel

I’ve taught creative writing courses for a number of years at several schools like NYU, and I always told my students what writing mistakes they should avoid. Here is a list of 3 writing mistakes that I have come across most often in my career. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a novice or a pro, […]

What Does it Mean to be “Based On a True Story”?

I have always been somewhat amused by the phrase ‘Based on a True Story’ that I see on book covers and movie screens. The line is of course a marketing strategy to connect potential readers or viewers with what is essentially a fictional interpretation of an authentic, perhaps remembered, contemporary or historical event or situation, […]

Warren Adler on #WhyWritersMatter

I’ve been a member of the Authors Guild for decades and I am proud to share my reflection for the #WhyWritersMatter campaign from The Writers’ Union of Canada (TWUC). Does writing matter? It does. Especially to the writer who draws stories from the raw material of their observations and transforms them into reflections fueled by […]

PUBLISHER’S WEEKLY Profiles Warren Adler in “The Self-Publishing Pioneer: How an Early Adopter of the Model is Still Going Strong”

By Jennifer McCartney Warren Adler is best known as the author of The War of the Roses, the 1981 million-copy bestseller about a divorcing couple that became a blockbuster film starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. His latest release, Torture Man, comes 35 years after the publication of his first bestselling book. What readers likely […]