First Word: Jeffery Deaver

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  • 21 August 2009
First Word: Jeffery Deaver

American mystery and murder author Jeffery Deaver waxes lyrical about Bob Dylan, Bonnie and Clyde and coq au vin

First record you ever bought
The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.

Last time you were chatted up
I had a marriage proposal from a woman I’d never met about two years ago at a bookstore in New York City. Does that count as chatting up? I declined.

First film you saw that really moved you
Shane – the George Stevens’ Western movie.

Last lie you told
My partner had fallen and hit her leg, and I told her the bruise was really insignificant, nobody would notice it. And it was the size and colour of an aubergine.

First movie you ever went on a date to
Bonnie and Clyde. She never went out with me again.

Last time you cried
I lost a dog about six months ago – I breed and show dogs – and he passed away. I was really upset about that.

First thing you do when you’ve got time off work
I throw a dinner party.

Last great meal you cooked
Coq au vin with mashed potatoes, green beans and a salad. And a very nice Bordeaux wine.

Last extravagant purchase you made
This was literally the last, not the most recent, but the last, and I’ll never make one like this again – it was my BMW.

First crush
Oh hands down, Hayley Mills (60s actress and star of Disney films including Pollyanna and The Parent Trap). I mean, there was a real person as well, but as an actress, Hayley Mills was my first crush.

Last book you read
John Connolly’s book The Lovers.

First great piece of advice you were given
It came from a fellow writer who has since passed away, Stud Terkel, and his advice was ‘Take it easy, but take it’.

Last time you were star struck
Can I say never?

First thing you’d do if you ran the country
My country? I would get our troops out of the Middle East and concentrate on finding terrorists where they really are.

Last meal on earth – what would it be?
That’s a tricky one. It would be … chips and a bottle of Chateau Petrus.

First song you’ll sing at karaoke
I’m such a bad singer, but I would say ‘Unchained Melody’.

Last time you exploited your position to get something
Never. I never have and I never would do that.

First time you realised you were famous
I think when I walked into an event in Italy expecting to see about ten people there, and an audience of 400 people had come to see me.

Last time someone criticised your work
Very recently. I got an email from a woman who said she liked my books but I described a very technical part of a pistol wrong, and please correct it in all future books. And she was right.

First three words your friends would use to describe you
Generous, funny and weird.

Last time you made an impulse buy and regretted it
I saw a Donna Karan sports coat in a store in New York and I had to have it and when I put it on – it was a brown jacket – it made me look like a potato.

First concert you ever attended
It was in the 1960s. It was the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. Irish folk music.

Last time you bought someone flowers
I bought my partner flowers about three weeks ago, for no occasion at all, except she likes flowers.

First thing you think of when you wake up in the morning
Getting the dogs outside to do what dogs do in the morning.

Last thing you think of before you go to sleep
I think about plots for the books I’m working on.

Jeffery Deaver’s latest novel Roadside Crosses is out now, published by Hodder & Stoughton, £18.99.


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