Alex Berenson was a New York Times reporter who covered topics ranging from the occupation of Iraq to the flooding of New Orleans to the world pharmaceutical industry to the financial crimes of Bernard Madoff. His debut novel, The Faithful Spy, won the 2007 Edgar Award for Best First Novel. Berenson graduated from Yale University in 1994 with degrees in history and economics. He lives in New York.
What do you do best?
These days I'd say writing dialogue is my strongest suit.
What makes you the best?
I don't think I'm the best -- I just want to tell entertaining stories that with any luck give people some insight into worlds they don't usually get to see.
What are your aspirations?
To continue to improve as a writer.
The birth of my daugher and son, Lucy and Ezra (though my wife Jackie really deserves all the credit)
Most Challenging Moment?
As a journalist -- having to kill a story that I thought was important for reasons I couldn't control.
Do people really have favorite mottos?
Tompkins Square Park; Red Square
My old motorcycle, which one day maybe I'll get to ride again (when the kids are in college and don't need me anymore)
I'll always love to travel