Interview With Jeffery Deaver

The Writers Write Interview – Jeffery Deaver

In this post, we share our interview with Jeffery Deaver. The American crime author was our guest at an event in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Writers Write Interview With Jeffery Deaver

The Author? Jeffery Deaver
His Birthday? 6 May 1950
The Venue? The Marion on Nicol, Hurlingham, Johannesburg
The Date? 5 August 2012
The Book? XO
The Interviewer? Amanda Patterson

Interview With Jeffery Deaver


  1. If love were a colour, what colour would it be? Green
  2. What is the colour of anger? Red
  3. What is the colour of money? Black
  4. What is the colour of beauty? White
  5. What is the colour of desire? White

Writing Sense 

  1. Writing sounds like Beethoven’s Piano Concerto 4 in G Minor Opus 58
  2. Writing looks like Monet’s Water Lilies
  3. Writing tastes like Coq au Vin with Pouligny Montrechet
  4. Writing smells like Chanel No 5
  5. Writing feels like silk


  • If your life were a city, what city would it be? NYC, Manhattan
  • What is the number you associate with reading? 4
  • What is the number you associate with your day job – before you became a writer? -42 (I hated being a lawyer)
  • What is the number you associate with writing? 12
  • What is your favourite number? 7
  1. If Edwin’s mind were a country, it would be Uzbekistan.
  2. Where would it shop? Dollar Store.
  3. It would look like a magnifying glass.
  4. It would sound like a cacophony.
  5. It would taste like pepper sauce.
  6. It would smell like Kayleigh’s perfume.
  7. It would feel like sweaty skin.
  8. If Edwin were an animal, which animal would he be? A stoat.
  9. If your protagonist, Kathryn Dance, were an animal which animal would she be? A wolf.

More Q & A

What is your favourite meal?
Bœuf Bourguignon with Chateauneuf de Pape.
What are you reading?
The Hunger Games.
Where do you live?
North Carolina & Washington DC.
Why do you live there?
For the dogs in North Carolina and the friends in Washington DC.
How has living there affected your writing?
Not at all. I write anywhere. I write 8 hours a day, 6 days a week.

The books

How did you come up with the titles of your books?
They emerge in the process of researching the book. The title must be both literal and a metaphor for the subject matter of the book.
Who designed the covers? 
Designers, but I do have a say in the end product.
Why did you choose to write this particular book? 
I enjoy writing about personal terror, and there is nothing more personally frightening than a stalker.
What was the hardest part about writing this book?
The violent scenes.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

1. A Lincoln Rhyme novel – The Kill Room
2. A short story – Troubled in Mississipi
3. A novella and two short stories

Mini-Bucket List?

  1. – Ski the Alps.
  2. – Cookery class at The Cordon Bleu.
  3. – Fence in a serious fencing competition.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Speaking to a charming interviewer like you and speaking about my six or seven new books.

When you stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have?
That I entertained people.

Interview With Jeffery Deaver

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