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Clive Cussler

Clive Eric Cussler was an American adventure novelist and underwater explorer. His thriller novels, many featuring the character Dirk Pitt, have reached The New York Times fiction best-seller list more than 20 times. Cussler was the founder and chairman of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), which has discovered more than 60 shipwreck sites and numerous other notable underwater wrecks. He was the sole author or lead author of more than 80 books.

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I had horrible experiences in Hollywood.
They botched 'Raise the Titanic' so badly that I waited 20 years to do it again.
My friends joke that I raised the Titanic and never left the Rockies. — © Clive Cussler
My friends joke that I raised the Titanic and never left the Rockies.
I'm considered the 'old daddy of adventure.'
I'm not a great writer of literature. I'm an entertainer.
When I first started writing, I was in advertising at the time, I was doing most of my writing on weekends. I had studied most of the other series heroes and I figured it would be fun for mine to be different and put him in and around water. So I dreamed up Dirk Pitt.
They screwed up 'Raise the Titanic!' so badly, I stay away from Hollywood. I won't cheat my readers with another piece of crap.
She had the kids during the day and I would have them at night. That way they were never alone. I would put the kids to bed, and then I had nothing to do and nobody to talk to, so I would write.
I don't think of myself as a writer.
I didn't have the great American novel burning inside me, but I felt I could try my hand at popular fiction.
If ever a car was created by designers with dreams of grandeur, it had to be the 1958 Buick Limited: the heftiest, highest-priced and most opulent monster ever to hit the street in the '50s.
I almost write to formula, because there's a historical beginning, then the plots get convoluted.
My books are easy to read. No folderol. — © Clive Cussler
My books are easy to read. No folderol.
I honestly thought I probably did sell 100 million books. That doesn't seem out of the ordinary to me.
I'm not working on the Great American Novel. All I am doing, I hope, is entertaining readers.
I'd give my left arm for the Merrimack.
Maybe some day they'll find me behind the computer, just bones and cobwebs.
I can't retire. My readers won't let me.
I can appreciate other writers' works.
If you are a writer, Saturday and Sunday don't mean anything.
Nobody gives a damn about the Merrimac. You know how it is. Winners write the history books.
I'd heard about a shipwreck that was never found - John Paul Jones' Bonhomme Richard. So I thought, 'Well, I'll go look for it.'
After putting the kids to bed, I would think about what I wanted to write.
It's a job. I entertain my readers. I get up in the morning, and I start typing.
There is no greater unknown than the sea and no greater mystery than a lost ship.
If it ain't fun, it ain't worth doing.
When I type 'The End,' it's like being paroled from prison.
Shipwrecks are incredible mysteries.
It's a quirk of mine; I love neat garages.
I have a large collection of town cars because when I was just a snipe in the gutter, growing up in Los Angeles, a town car drove by. I remember running in the house to get my mother so she could see it. It was utterly magnificent.
A lot of people don't understand why I'm not out diving for treasure.
People have said I belong in a rubber room because I look for wrecks, and when I find them, I just do a survey. I don't look for treasure or artifacts.
When I started writing, I just hoped for a nice little paperback series.
I'm writing for entertainment. I like people to reach the end and feel they got their money's worth.
Matthew's all right. Originally, I wanted Errol Flynn, but McConaughey should be good as Dirk Pitt.
I was always a history buff.
After the Dirk Pitt books became best-sellers, I could afford to buy the more exotic examples of classic autos.
I like snappy dialogue and short descriptions and lots of action. — © Clive Cussler
I like snappy dialogue and short descriptions and lots of action.
I'm not a dedicated writer in the sense of Stephen King.
I never had a highfalutin' view of what I write.
Some men play golf. I've got this crazy thing about maintaining our nation's maritime heritage.
I was driving by an auto auction one day, and they were auctioning off a beautiful Hispano-Suiza. I started bidding even though I hadn't even signed up with the officials. The last bid was $50,000, and it was mine. And I thought, 'My God, what have I done? I've never spent more than $500 in my life.' That was the first one.
I'm always interested in something that's missing.
The fascination for me is searching the unknown for a mystery.
My forte is the plotting. You sit down, and you work out a plot.
I purchased a 1955 Rolls-Royce that my wife liked because it was new the year we were married. Then came a 1926 Hispano-Suiza Cabriolet that I bought at my first classic car auction after I had three martinis. As more cars were added, I had to buy a warehouse.
I was the kid who stared out the window. I fantasized myself on the deck of pirate ships - Cussler at the bridge.
My job is to entertain the readers in such a manner that, when they reach the end of the book, they feel like they've gotten their money's worth. — © Clive Cussler
My job is to entertain the readers in such a manner that, when they reach the end of the book, they feel like they've gotten their money's worth.
Some people are drawn to a van Gogh or a Rembrandt. Some are attracted to exotic guns. Coins. Stamps. I am attracted to cars.
I don't like interior decorating. It looks gorgeous, but it doesn't have that lived-in look.
The culinary scene in Phoenix is incredible.
I want it to be easy to read. I'm not writing exotic literature.
The truth is ships and aircraft have been vanishing with tragic regularity in every part of the world since they were invented.
There's no literary merit in my books.
I've always liked Mexican food.
I am not like Stephen King, who writes one book, then writes another. I finish a book and go off and... look for wrecks. Then, six months later, I might start another book.
When I was in the military, I socked away $100 every month. When I was discharged in 1954, I got home at 5 A.M. By 10 A.M., I was pulling out of a foreign car dealership in Pasadena in a new Jaguar XK120.
NUMA is basically trying to preserve our maritime heritage by finding lost shipwrecks of historical significance before they are gone.
There's a little bit of Pitt in everybody.
Either you've got the bug, or you haven't. There are many things I'd rather be doing than writing a book.
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