The Brass Ring

The Brass Ring

Grieving husband Alex Corlett stumbles on the drug-money laundering schemes of high-flying wine baron David Gilbért and his addiction to the underworld’s thrills.
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The Eunuch Of Shanghai

The Eunuch Of Shanghai

D.I. Hawkins and Agent Benelli re-deploy to Asia when an American family, massacred in Vietnam, is linked to the incriminating secrets of China's wealthiest family.
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The China Contract

The China Contract

The murder of a Nobel Prize candidate in New Zealand puts Detective Inspector Nigel Hawkins on a round-the-world chase, leading into the tortuous confines of the capitalist mind.
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The Killing of Chuy Muro

The Killing of Chuy Muro

Eddie, just released from prison, takes us back to 1963, to his high school years and the wrenching events that shattered his life and that of Gene, his best friend and spiritual brother.
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A Proficiency in Billiards: Reflections On A Well-Traveled Life

A Proficiency in Billiards: Reflections On A Well-Traveled Life

"These recollections see directly into a California of the ‘60s and beyond, to the author’s travels around the world, and events that marked a generation." —Christopher Buckley, Professor, Creative Writing
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Lance Mason

Raised in rural California, Mason worked blue-collar jobs before studying at UCSB, Loyola (BSc), and UCLA (doctorate). He has held several teaching posts in the US, New Zealand, and Brazil, has presented at UCSB’s College of Creative Studies, and won a scholarship to the VCFA 2016 Postgraduate Writers Conference. His writing has appeared in a variety of literary journals, magazines, and professional journals, winning numerous awards as well as selection for The Best Travel Writing, Vol 11 (2016) and Sport Literate’s “Best of 2016.”

The Reader-Writer Interface

“What’s the purpose of writing?”  I would have once said, The communicative event.  That's too lofty a response, but it has some chewable material.  The purpose of all sensibl

Finding Content

Travel is integral to many of my stories, and those journeys are rooted as much in my parents’ lives as my own. Lance E. Snr. joined the Navy in 1922, but changed to civilian work in 1946.  A ...

Publications

In 2016, Sport Literate released A Proficiency in Billiards, a collection of a dozen of my travel memoirs and award-winning non-fiction.  The following is a list of publishing credits, i.

Roots

Background Sketch The author was born and raised in rural California, earned his BSc at U.C. Santa Barbara and Loyola University, his graduate degree at UCLA, and has held teaching posts at UCLA, the

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Novels by Lance Mason

The China Contract by Lance Mason

The China Contract

Inspector Hawkins Series: Volume 1  When a ruthless mercenary detonates a bomb at New Zealand's international airport, Detective Inspector Nigel Hawkins is drawn into a global drama of ass...
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The Eunuch Of Shanghai by Lance Mason

The Eunuch Of Shanghai

Inspector Hawkins Series: Volume 2 In the immediate wake of Kissinger's and Nixon's visits to China in 1971 and 1972, an obscure Chinese agency overseen by Zhou En-lai and Deng Xiaoping authorized
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The Brass Ring

The Brass Ring

A move away from the formulary cops-and-robbers, kill-and-chase crime novel, The Brass Ring tells the story of a young widower and injured adventurer who unknowingly infringes on the lucrative but...
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The Killing Of Chuy Muro

This is a first-person narrative related to the reader by Eddie, who, just released from prison, takes us back to 1963, to his high school years and the wrenching events that shattered his life an...
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Latest Blog Posts by Lance

Notes, comment and thoughts on writing.
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Apr

Story vs. Plot—Are They the Same?

Story vs. plot—is there a true distinction, and is it material?  And if so, who cares?  I see a distinction, and I think it is material, but this is territory over which you can have some re
08
Mar

Your Why It’s Called Creative Writing

I had completed The Brass Ring, and I told my friend Christopher Buckley, renowned poet and creative writing professor.  I said, "Hey Chris, I've written a book." His reply was "Who says?" ...
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Feb

The Origin and Value of Story Titles

Titles are a never-ending source of curiosity, inspiration, and befuddlement, to authors as well as to readers.  Sometimes one hits you, and it is the unmistakable, gold-plated moniker by which t...
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Jan

Why Your Own Writing Concepts Work Best

The first novel that I satisfactorily completed, The Brass Ring, came out of my first venture in the wine business.  I had sent a pallet of California zinfandel to some rugby friends in London wi

What Lance's Readers Say

Comments from readers.
A Proficiency in Billiards was on a pile on my table with Khaled Hosseini, Elie Wiesel and Salman Rushdie. Mason held his own.  The racial tension was an evocative theme for me, a Chicano from a multi-ethnic neighborhood coming out of WWII.”
-Willie Maynez
“Welcome to the world of Lance Mason, a writer with an intense, beautiful awareness of the danger and possibility in every moment of our flash-in-the-pan lives. “
-James O’Reilly, co-editor, The Best Travel Writing Volume 11
“Your Grand Prize Bronze story “The Train to Harare” will be posted on http://besttravelwriting.com and as the Editors’ Choice on http://travelerstales.com.  Congratulations for such a great story.”
-Larry Habegger, Executive Editor, Travelers’ Tales
What drives A Proficiency in Billiards—an engaging, wide-ranging mix of travel writing, sports writing, investigative journalism, personal essay, and memoir—is Mason's deep curiosity and spirit of adventure.  The author’s ability to be both curious observer and enthusiastic participant also makes him a most companionable, informed, guide.
-Michael Steinberg. Author: Greatest Hits and Some That Weren’t: Essays and Memoirs 1990-2015, and Still Pitching, ForeWord Magazine/Independent Press 2003 Memoir of the Year
“‘The Get-Away Man,’ has been selected [for] upstreet No. 3.  CNF Editor Harrison Fletcher and I both think it will make a wonderful addition to the journal.”  
-Vivian Dorsel, Editor, upstreet Magazine