On the TV show “Castle”, Richard Castle is supposed to be a mystery novelist. In the show, one of the books he recently wrote was called “Heat Wave”, introducing his new protaganist, Detective Nikki Heat.
I was just in a book store and I saw on the shelf “Heat Wave”, by Richard Castle! The book plays it completely straight: Nathan Fillion, the actor who plays Richard Castle in the TV show, is shown as the author. The acknowledgment section lists his TV daughter and mother and the fictional NY detectives on the TV show. There never is a “nudge, nudge, wink, wink” that I could detect.
My question is, who ACTUALLY wrote the novel?
For those who have read the book, what’s your opinion?
And just to broaden the thread, what other shows have actually put out books, etc. that were allegedly written by the TV characters?
It’s just a WAG, but look up the writing credits of the show and you’ll probably have your answer. Either that or it was contracted out to an actual mystery writer to be ghostwritten, but I should think an existing successful writer wouldn’t want a book published under another name.
If you read the back leaf of the dustjacket it states that Castle’s first book received “the Nom DePlume Society’s prestigious Tom Straw Award for Mystery Literature”. There’s a television writer named Tom Straw who has also written a mystery novel (The Trigger Episode); although he’s not on the credits for Castle I have seen some online speculation that he’s the actual writer of Heat Wave.
There was a tie-in novel with Lost the manuscript of which was supposedly found in the remains of the fateful flight.
For that matter, there have been a number of motivational books written by the Muppets in the past few years: Before You Leap by Kermit the Frog, The Diva Code by Miss Piggy*, and It’s Hard Out Here For A Shrimp by Pepe the King Prawn.