Monday, January 5, 2015

Featured Author: Jeffery Deaver

To date, Jeffery Deaver has written thirty-two novels. He is an international, number-one bestselling author whose novels have made just about every list there is to make. His newest release, The Skin Collector, part of his infamous Lincoln Rhyme series, has over four hundred, five-star reviews on Amazon.

His newest novel, Solitude Creek, is releasing May 2015.

At the beginning of 2011, I emailed several well-known authors to ask for their advice about writing. At the time, I was writing the first novel in my Sloane Monroe series, Black Diamond Death. Since then, I've penned five additional novels in the series, one stand-alone, the first in a paranormal suspense series, and a few novellas here and there. I've also been fortunate enough to make the New York Times bestsellers list myself as part of a collaborative effort with the amazing thriller group, The Twelve.

In my humblest of beginnings, Jeffery Deaver was gracious enough to reply to my blog request. giving his advice for new authors. Here's what he had to say:

"I can tell you that I truly look at writing as a business. That means I get up each day and go to work for eight to ten hours, whether I'm in the mood to write or not. I never wait for inspiration. If I did, I would never write anything.

I'd encourage new writers to read as much as possible and write as much as possible. The more we write, the better we become at the craft of writing. Remember not to be discouraged if your work meets with rejection at first, because all writers--even published ones--have work rejected all the time. You just have to keep trying.

Some readers want to know if I plan my books out or if I just start writing. Because my books are so plot-driven, it's important for me to know exactly where I'm going before I begin writing the book itself, so I spend the better part of a year writing a detailed outline that runs hundreds of pages. Creating the outline is the hardest part of the writing process, but the most necessary.

Good luck to all my fellow writers out there!"

All best wishes,
Jeff Deaver

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