Best selling Author, Jeffery Deaver…an Interview (part 2)

murder mystery, best sellers, Jeffery Deaver   JD: “Mickey Spillane once told me: “People don’t read books to get to the middle. They read to get to the end.”

  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.

Q. Where/when do you first discover your characters ?murder mystery, best sellers, Jeffery Deaver

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?

murder, mysteries, best sellers A. I hope any aspiring writers out there won’t be discouraged by rejection. Every writer—even published ones—have work rejected. You just have to keep going until you meet with success.

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.”


Click here to read Part I of this interview

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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.

So come along with me; we shall sneak into these writers’ special places, be a fly on the wall and watch them create!  September will feature Tasha Alexander. Jeffrey Deaver is October’s author and Patrick Taylor will join us in November.  Slick mystery writer, Andrew Grant will join us this winter. Loretta Chase will be featured later this year. Raymond Benson is my January author.

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