With the release of his latest novel King and Maxwell, we caught up to David Baldacci to give him the Amazon Asks treatment.
Describe your book in 10 words or less?
My sleuths help a son whose dead father isn't dead.
What's on your nightstand/bedside table/Kindle?
W is for Wasted; Thomas Jefferson, The Art of Power; The Reluctant Tuscan; The Hamlet. I multi-read!
Favorite books of all time?
Sophie's Choice, The Cider House Rules, To Kill A Mockingbird, A Tale of Two Cities
Book that made you want to become a writer?
Eudora Welty's and Raymond Carver's short stories.
Most memorable author moment?
Being mistaken for John Grisham. What an ego stroke that was.
What talent or superpower would you like to have (not including flight or invisibility)?
Seeing the future. At least then I can see my mistakes coming.
What are you stressed about now?
What are you psyched about now?
What's your most prized/treasured possession?
My kids. I know, awwww.
Pen Envy - Book you wish you'd written?
A Tale of Two Cities
What's next for you?
An eBook-only short story titled "Bullseye" in February. The YA fantasy, The Finisher, in March and a new Will Robie thriller, titled The Target, in April. I'm also working on a new thriller for the fall of 2014. Other than that, I've got nothing going on.
What's the last dream you remember?
I'm on a stage holding a statuette and thanking some sort of Academy for their vote. Not really sure what that was about.
A legal one. The slippery slope is indeed slippery. In that one phrase is about as much wisdom as you can pack into six words.
Favorite method of procrastination? Temptation? Vice?
Procrastination: Boating, walking while daydreaming, kayaking. Temptation: Going out to eat. Vice: A bottle of Amarone wine followed by another and so on and so on"¦.
What do you collect?
First edition novels and custom pens.
Best piece of fan mail you ever got?
Many that begin with, "Thank you, Mr. Baldacci, your books have gotten me to be a reader again."