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Very sound advice from Mr Jeffery Deaver

Posted on 16 September 2011 by Alice

During the organisation of my very ridiculous collection of chapters and character notes in varying locations, I was very fortunate to remember some sound advice from none other than bestselling thriller and crime writer Jeffery Deaver. I met and interviewed Mr Deaver at the 2010 Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Cue picture of me with famous novelist:

Me and Jeffery

Hob-nobbing with the famous!

I explained to the very talented creator of the Lincoln Rhyme series about my issue with all my chapters being in different places. I also hate to admit that I’d even forgotten some of the minor characters’ names! His suggestion was to go through all of the text and chapters I’d already written, write each character’s name on a post-it note, then procure some large sheets of paper and chart out what happens in each chapter, using a colour-coded scheme.

And voila!

Chapter plan

My new chapter plan

Character board

All my characters

This was THE MOST HELPFUL ADVICE EVER. And if I ever see him again, I’ll have to thank him wholeheartedly. Or maybe even dedicate my first published work to him.

The following January (2011) I attended a press conference for the launch of Mr Deaver’s first James Bond novel, as part of the 2011 Lit Fest (see story below). A horrible realisation dawned on me. I hadn’t actually made any progress on my novel since I last saw the bestseller and he gave me this invaluable advice. That definitely gave me a kick up the backside and I’m here eight months later about to embark on full-time writing.

Thank you Jeffery Deaver!

Carte Blanche

Bond visits Dubai

*Suspense writer unveils new Bond book; some scenes set in Dubai

Deaver also said that the Intercontinental Hotel figures to some extent in the novel

  • By Alice Johnson, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 12:01 January 17, 2011

Dubai: The new James Bond book “Carte Blanche” has some scenes set in Dubai, renowned suspense author Jeffery Deaver revealed at a press conference on Monday. “I travel a great deal and this year I have spent 80,000 hours in the air. There are not as many exotic locations as there used to be. When writing the book I thought of Dubai,” Deaver said, adding that he thinks if Ian Fleming had been alive today, he would have set one of his novels here as well. Deaver is in Dubai as a guest author as part of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, which will be held from March 8 to 12 at the Intercontinental Hotel Dubai Festival City, and the Cultural and Scientific Association, Al Mamzar. Deaver also said that the Intercontinental Hotel figures to some extent in the novel. Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) said at the conference that he is a big fan of the thriller writer’s work, and has read all of his novels. Corinne Turner, from Ian Fleming publishing, added that Dubai is very “Bond-esque”. Tickets for the Lit Fest will go on sale on Tuesday 18 January and will host more than 100 authors.

*Story originally published in Gulf News.

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