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Jeffery Deaver
May 6, 1950 -
Nationality: American
Category: Writer
Subcategory: American Writer

For me a thriller is a very carefully structured story.


I've often said that there's no such thing as writer's block; the problem is idea block.


When it comes time to write the book itself I'll shut the lights out, picture the scene I'm about to write then close my eyes and go at it. Yes, I can touch type.


I was editor of my high school literary magazine and a reporter for the school newspaper.


I've always written, all my life, and when I was very young I developed an interest in poetry.


In other words, the people who populate my books are more than caricatures.


But one does not make living writing poetry unless you're a professor, and one frankly doesn't get a lot of girls as a poet.


The easy answer is that writing novels is a lot more fun than practicing law.


My books are primarily plot driven but the best plot in the world is useless if you don't populate them with characters that readers can care about.


It means working harder to do the research but I don't really mind - I don't think I have what it takes to chase criminals through back alleys and wade through blood at crime scenes.


The outline is 95 percent of the book. Then I sit down and write, and that's the easy part.


I like the way words go together and I like the gamesmanship of writing poetry. It is such a challenge.


Readers are paramount. I live to write books for them.


If you have a craftsman's command of the language and basic writing techniques you'll be able to write - as long as you know what you want to say.


Generally my typical books have lots of twists and turns a big surprise ending and then usually another surprise at the end and ideally, as in Garden of Beasts, we get to the very end and we find at the last few pages that there's yet another surprise.


Trying to write books with a subject matter or in a genre or style you're not familiar with is the best way to find the Big Block looming.


When you work alone, you need to socialize at some level.


Of course, all writers draw upon their personal experiences in describing day-to-day life and human relationships, but I tend to keep my own experiences largely separate from my stories.


I spend about eight months researching and outlining my book.


Certainly going back to Sherlock Holmes we have a tradition of forensic science featured in detective stories.


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