The Writers Write Interview With David Baldacci

The Writers Write Interview – David Baldacci

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The Writers Write Interview With David Baldacci

Author: David Baldacci
Date of Birth: 5 August 1960
Date of Interview: 14 September 2015
Book on Promotion: The Keeper
Place of Interview: Reston, Virginia, U.S.A.

David Baldacci has published 30 best-selling novels for adults. Several of these have been adapted for film and television. They have been translated into more than 45 languages and they are sold in more than 80 countries. Over 110 million copies of his books are in print worldwide. We are thrilled that he agreed to answer our 20 Questions.

1. Who is your favourite hero of fiction?

Hercule Poirot, but only if played by David Suchet.

2. What is your most treasured possession?

An 1861 U.S. Springfield rifle my ancestor used in the Civil War fighting to free slaves.

3. Which living person do you most dislike?

Too numerous to mention. Many are running for president right now.

4. What is your greatest fear?

Running out of ideas.

5. Who or what has been the greatest love of your life?

My wife, Michelle.

6. What is your greatest regret?

Not meeting my wife sooner.

7. If you could choose to be a character in a book, who would it be?

Tom Ripley – for the dark side. Phillip Marlowe – for the good side.

8. Which book have you read the most in your lifetime?

The Sherlock Holmes stories.

9. What is your favourite journey?

Going home.

The Writers Write Interview With David Baldacci

10. What is your favourite quotation?

“You can only come to the morning through the shadows.” ~JRR Tolkien

11. Dogs or Cats? Which do you prefer?


12. What do you most value in a friend?


13. What quality do you most admire in a woman?


14. Which book that you’ve written is your favourite?

Wish You Well. It’s a very personal story. (Established by David and his wife, Michelle, the Wish You Well Foundation supports family and adult literacy in the United States.)

15. What are your favourite names?

Michelle, Spencer and Collin

16. What do you do as a hobby?

Putter around.

17. Which are your three favourite books?

  1. Sophie’s Choice by William Styron
  2. The Cider House Rules by John Irving
  3. Strangers On A Train by Patricia Highsmith

18. Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

In the shower.

19. What is your Writing Routine?

There’s nothing routine about it. Every day is different. I don’t count words or pages; I just write ‘till the tank is dry.

20. What are your Top Writing Tips?
  1. Write about things you’re interested in.
  2. Don’t count pages or words; it’s too artificial.
  3. Never treat writing as a job.
  4. Don’t know the ending before you start.
  5. Listen to comments from others.
The Guilty is available from 5 November 2015.

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  1. Peter Chabanowich

    Thank you for this interview. It serves well as an introduction of a
    currently successful author to me.



  2. Writers Write

    Thank you for the feedback, Peter. We’re glad you enjoyed it.

  3. Danielle

    “Wish You Well” was the first book by Baldacci that I experienced. My dad stumbled upon it when it first released. He was so touched by the story that he actually read it to us as kids over several weeks. I won’t give any spoilers but, it is one of the few books that made me cry.

  4. Writers Write

    David says it is his favourite book. It has a powerful, genuine message.

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