Speaking of House of Cards, here's an very enjoyable article by Michael Dobbs, who wrote the three novels the British and now-American productions are based on. He tells about working as chief of staff for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and a humiliating exchange with her that ultimately led to him writing the first novel. He also explains the wonderful and problematic experiences with the BBC over adapting the novels for them -- and his happiness to let go of his work for the Americans to take over, and joyful time visiting the new production.
Robert J. Elisberg is a two-time recipient of the Lucille Ball Award for comedy screenwriting. He's written for film, TV, the stage, and two best-selling novels, and is a regular columnist for the Huffington Post and the Writers Guild of America. Among his other writing, he has a long-time column on technology (which he sometimes understands), and co-wrote a book on world travel. As a lyricist, he is a member of ASCAP, and has contributed to numerous publications.