What does Christmas time mean to you?
A great time to give holiday dinner parties for my friends. I spend so much time alone writing that it’s great when the holidays roll around so I can do some socializing. I love to cook, so Christmas is a great time to get together with my favorite people.
Do you have any Yule tide traditions?
Not specifically that I can think of.
I’ve written all my life, but I wrote my first “book” (just a couple of chapters) when I was eleven. I enjoyed it so much that I knew I wanted to do write professionally one day.
You are one of the ghost of Christmas. Who would be your Scrooge?
Hmm…probably any editor who ever sent me a rejection letter early on (even though they were probably right!).
I had wonderful Christmases growing up in suburban Chicago. I do remember getting a typewriter one Christmas (those were machines we used to write on before computers were invented!), so that Christmas stands out.
I was fortunate to be chosen by the Ian Fleming estate several years ago to write Carte Blanche, a James Bond novel, so I would certainly love to sit down with Mr. Fleming. Let’s also invite Arthur Conan Doyle and perhaps Dashiell Hammett.
I still don’t think I’ve arrived. I keep up the same work schedule I had before I achieved any success, but I will say that the first year I was able to support myself entirely by writing gave me an indication that perhaps I was on the right track career-wise.
I suppose I believe in “like at first sight,” which can lead to love, of course.
Again, Ian Fleming. I grew up reading the Bond novels, so would have loved to have had his input throughout my career.
No, I never thought about quitting. Even when I worked full time as a journalist and then later as an attorney, I always made time to write.
My characters are the naughty ones. I think I’m basically pretty nice!
What does the New Year hold for you and your readers?
About Jeffery Deaver
A former journalist, folksinger and attorney, Jeffery Deaver is an international number-one bestselling author. His novels have appeared on bestseller lists around the world, including the New York Times, the Times of London, Italy’s Corriere della Sera, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Los Angeles Times. His books are sold in 150 countries and have been translated into over twenty-five languages.