Heads You Lose

A Novel

By Lisa Lutz + David Hayward

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Dr. PhilPardon the enthusiasm, but anytime Lisa's involved, I don't pass up a chance to get the first or last word in. That's just one of the many rules for successful collaboration I learned during the writing of Heads You Lose. Pretty much all the others I got from Dr. Phil's marriage advice. For example, "If you put your relationship in a win/lose situation, it will be a lose/lose situation." And "Sometimes you just have to sit quietly and take the abuse." And "No dog ever peed on a moving car."

Response from Lisa:

I have many thoughts, most of which involve using four-letter words, which I'd like to reserve for later blog posts, if it comes to that. I'm a bit baffled with Dave's Dr. Phil themed post, but like including a cat in a crime novel, he's clearly just pouring salt into this open wound of a collaboration.

That said, I'll stick with Dr. Phil catchphrases in reply.

"Get real," Dave. You know this book wouldn't exist without me taking the reins.

"I didn't just ride in on a load of turnips"—in fact, I'd written four successful novels before Heads You Lose was even a passing thought.

"If you're gonna talk to me, you have to be honest." Without me, no book deal for Dave. So "let's just call a spade a shovel."

"This relationship needs a hero" and that hero is me.

Thank you, Dr. Phil, "I love what you're doing with your hair."


Now I want to read the book again and figure out how many of David’s characters are based on Dr. Phil.

I see David is really earning his Ex-Cowriter #1 wings here.

I had already pre-ordered Heads You Lose, but I’m thrilled that there will be another Spellmans.  The fourth book ended so happily (for Spellmans) that I was afraid it was the end of the series.
Lisa Lutz is a brilliant writer!

It’s true: No dog ever peed on a moving car. Have dogs peed in moving cars? Lutz?

Finally, did I mention that I like the picture? I like the picture! Is that Dave Heywood? He does look a lot like Dr. Phil, just like everybody says!

Hey Guys- I can’t wait to read the book!

That being said, David, here is another Dr. Phil-ism: “You can be right or you can be happy.  Pick one.”  In your case, it sounds like having a best selling book with Lisa means you can be “right or you can be happy and wealthy.”

I know what I’d pick :-).

“No dog ever peed on a moving car.” But sometimes dogs pee FROM a moving car. That was awesome, that one time I saw that.

Very excited for the book!

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