Daniel Silva spills top secrets for writers of fast-paced spy thrillers
If you're one of tens of thousands sitting on a beach this summer reading one of the latest Daniel Silva thrillers, The Messenger (Signet paperback; July, 2007) or The Secret Servant (Putnam hardcover; July, 2007), trying to figure out 'how he does it,' take note. Silva spilled some of his top secrets for successful spy thriller writing, including how to develop character, plot, and fast-paced action, during an interview with NPR book critic Maureen Corrigan at the 2006 National Book Festival. Fielding questions from the audience, Silva tipped his hand on who his favorite writer is and, in naming his favorite thriller novel, appeared to catch the audience by surprise. Looking past his current mega-sellers (The Messenger currently sits at #1 on independent bookstores' lists, while The Secret Servant is #3 on independent lists, and #18 on the New York Times list), Silva analyzed the possibility of writing a novel about the terrorist organization Hezbollah and the Middle East; gave additional hints about his writing process; reflected on the influence of news media on his writing; and confessed to the cardinal sin of re-writing novels after they have gone to the printer. Of course, his publishers forgive him. He is, after all, a perfectionist.
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