Deaver reavels more about Dubai's role in 'Carte Blanche'
Much-awaited Carte Blanche is an âindelible impressionâ of what Dubai is to best-selling and award-winning mystery/crime writer Jeffery Deaver, reports Gulf Today
Describing it as a âtypical Bond bookâ pregnant with the twists and turns of espionage in the 21st century, the recipient of the 2004 Ian Fleming Steel Dagger Awards by the United Kingdomâs Crime Writersâ Associationâ for his thriller Garden of Beast about an American assassin sent to Berlin before the Third Reich â on Tuesday evening, said that a thirty-ish âJames Bond will be on an assignment. There will be clues and leads taking him to the different locations in Dubai.â
âThere is fast pace action. Races on the streets,â he added, resulting in the burst of laughter from his over 100 mostly Caucasian guests who braved the drizzle and traffic snarls to the Dubai Cultural and Scientific Association in Al Mamzar.
âThere will be local folks, wonderful food and drinks. Will he be jumping from Burj Khalifa? I do not know,â the sexagenarian-bachelor author of 28 novels, translated into 25 languages, said.
Earlier in the âface-to-face interactionâ moderated on by radio and television presentor Shahnaz Pakravan, Deaver said that as a writer, he was able to get inside the âbelly of Dubai,â last year from his first participation in the âEmirates Airlines Festival of Literatureâ (EAFOL), when he toured the city.
Armed with a pen and notebook, he talked with people as well as carefully scribbled his personal anecdotes on its sights and sounds.
âThe place is so culturally vibrant, so picturesque,â the journalist-turned lawyer- turned-novelist went on to say.
Adding later on that as some reading materials â he specifically cited the Wikipedia â are a cornucopia of straightforward facts and figures about locales and countriesââemotional resonanceâ is the blood that stirs life in the kind of writing, he since embraced and concentrated on from age 40, when he already became financially capable and could âquit his legal professionâ from Wall Street.
Deaver said he longed to be a writer, anyway.
He was responding to The Gulf Today question during the open forum of the March 8 to 12 EAFOL pre-event, wherein a collage of photoplays of James Bond, featuring in the title role, the actors Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig as well as movie theme songs âDiamonds Are Forever,â âGoldfinger,â and âNobody Does It Better,â were interpreted by Filipina singer Celeste.
And apart from his parents who brought up the family in the ârelatively conservativeâ Midwest state of Illinois and encouraged the children to become bookworms, it was the creator of the British Secret Intelligence Service Agent 007, journalist-turned British naval intelligence officer-author Ian Fleming, who moved him into dreaming of becoming a mystery/crime writer someday.
âI have been a fan all my life of Ian Fleming,â said Deaver who volunteered that as a child, he was a ânerd and socially inept.â
Hence, he learnt to binge on Commander Sir James Bond and his exploits with âsick and twisted characters,â that Fleming set from 1946 to the Cold War and thereafter.
Saying that he takes writing as a craft and which he can be doing for â10 hours a day and produce 40 pages,â Deaver claimed it was his idolâs way of writing â making readers âgrab the first page to the very endâ â that got him into writing, specifically mystery and crime writing.
The author whose first novel, written at age nine, was patterned after 007âs character, and who also wrote poetry in his youth, described Fleming as a âcreative influenceâ.
He said mystery and crime genres let him explore âlarger than lifeâ.
âI do not write about children. I do not kill my protagonists. Some of my protagonists are very good,â he said.
âThere should be emotional depth. It is very important for readers to have a very emotional connection to my characters. Something that will touch their hearts,â he said.
Asked by an aspiring lady novelist for tips, Deaver who, in an interview with USA Todayâs Carol Memmott claimed that the James Bond in Carte Blanche would be âan Afghan War vetâ and about the âpost 9/11 evil,â said research in any form of writing is very important because nothing is so distressing to a reader when this finds an incorrect detail or information in a supposed to be an entertaining read.
The author shared that he has not been spared of such a mistake and mentioned about an e-mail correspondence he got from one of his fans about one item in one of his books, for which he humbly acknowledged.
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