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May 27, 2020

The internationally bestselling author of over 35 novels, Jeffery Deaver, took a few minutes to discuss his advice on how to write emotionally engaging fiction, the merits of plotters vs. pantsers, and a 5-step process for writing your novel.

"Rejection is just a speed bump ... it's not a brick wall. Keep at it." – Jeffery Deaver

Jeffery is a former journalist, musician, and attorney best know for his Lincoln Rhyme series – now a hit NBC TV show – and the novel, The Bone Collector, adapted for the big screen starring Denzel Washington and Angelina Jolie.

The "master of suspense" has been nominated for seven Edgar Awards and gone on to sell 50 million books worldwide, translated into 35 languages.

His latest thriller is a sequel to The Never GameThe Goodbye Man (A Colter Shaw Novel Book 2) – and once again features Colter Shaw, a rugged survivalist and "reward-seeker."

One of Bookpage's "Most Anticipated Mysteries and Thrillers" of 2020, Publishers Weekly said of the book, “Deaver balances suspense and plausibility perfectly ... This is a perfect jumping-on point for readers new to one of today’s top contemporary thriller writers.”

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In this file Jeffery Deaver and I discussed:

  • Why suspense writers are like airline pilots
  • Wisdom from Joyce Carol Oates and the importance of outlining
  • How having your novel read aloud to you can improve your prose
  • A simple formula for writing "roller-coaster" fiction
  • And much more!

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