Part 2 of my Interview with author, Jeffery Deaver
Q. and the all important: What does the process of going from “no book” to “finished book” look like?
A. I’m not sure I completely understand this question. If you mean the work process, I can tell you that I spend the better part of a year to create a detailed outline for my novels. Because my thrillers are so plot-driven, it’s important for me to know exactly where the story is going before I begin writing it. My outlines run hundreds of pages long and are the most difficult part of the writing process, but the most important. The outlines are where I work out all the twists and turns in the story. Once I finish the outline, writing the novel is fairly easy and only takes a few months. It takes about a year for me to write a novel, although some years I write two novels a year.
A. I usually get an idea for a plot, then craft characters who can best serve that plot.
Q. What inspired your story/stories ?
A. My ideas mostly come from my own imagination, although my stories are also influenced by events happening all around us.
Q. When is your next book coming out? (or) What are you working on?
A. My next novel is The October List, coming in October. It’s a thriller set in reverse chronological order.
Q. Have you? Or do you want to write in another genre`?
A. No. At least for now, I’m quite content to continue in my genre. I don’t believe in writing for myself, but believe in writing for the audience. If my audience wants a particular genre from me, then that’s what I hope to give them.
Q. Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?
Excerpt from Deaver’s website: You were once a folk singer? “Ah, there’s nothing like music. It’s seductive, it’s all-consuming, it’s emotional, it’s infinitely creative . . . . I was a singer-songwriter, not particularly talented musically but drawn to the craft of song writing. I liked the challenge of writing in a very concise structure in which both meaning and form are important. (It’s far easier to write long than it is to write economically.) I performed and taught music in clubs in the San Francisco Bay area and Chicago. But that was years ago and I don’t do it anymore.”
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I have had a wonderful response from other authors and will feature an interview with one once a month . These authors have already responded and you can read their interviews by clicking on their name: Ann Purser, Susan Elia MacNeal, Karen Robards, Mark Childress, Rhys Bowen, Dean Koontz, Tasha Alexander, Patrick Taylor, Sheryl Woods, Jo-Ann Mapson, Jeffrey Deaver, Cathy Lamb, Elizabeth Gilbert, Amber Winckler, Raymond Benson, Andrew Grant, Heidi Jon Schmidt, Robert McCammon, Sue Grafton, Walter Mosley, Nora Roberts, and many others.
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