Author profiles contributed by Chris Bacon, Mason County District Library

 

Jeffrey Deaver was born outside in Glen Ellyn, Illinois near Chicago in May 1950. He has a bachelor degree with a major in journalism from the University of Missouri and a law degree from Fordham University. During his life he has worked as a journalist, a folksinger, and a corporate attorney before becoming a bestselling author. He has a sister who is also an author of young adult novels, Julie Reece Deaver. In his free time Jeff likes to speak at conferences and festivals about books, literacy, and writing in general. He is also a cook and loves to have dinner parties with some unusual themes, such as Roman medieval.

 

Jeff has said he has always wanted to be an author and even wrote his first book at age eleven. He has written over thirty novels, three short story collections, and a nonfiction law book. Jeff's novels are suspense filled fast paced stories that usual only cover a very short time frame of only hours or days. Even though most of his stories are plot driven, he is able to present the human side of his characters and include human issues into the stories. The stories feature strong and sometimes flawed heroes, deranged bad guys and are full of surprising twists and turns with oodles of cliffhangers. His books explore the psychology of crime and crime detection with insights into not only the hero’s minds, but the villains as well. There is also a great deal of forensics and standard police work that go into his books to make thrilling crime stories that you just can't put down.

 

To come up with ideas for his novels Jeff does not peruse the news headlines. Instead he spends his time in a dark room thinking of stories and characters that would fit into a typical Jeffrey Deaver novel. After coming up with a story he likes he then spends about eight months researching and outlining his book. When he is ready to begin writing he will sit in a dark room and picture the scene he is about to write. Once he has it, he closes his eyes and begins touch typing the scene. He then goes on to revise his novels twenty to thirty times before he even sends in his manuscript to his publisher. He has never taken any writing classes and believes the best way to learn to write is to study the work of other writers that you like.

 

Jeffrey primarily writes two thriller series. The first and most popular series is the “Lincoln Rhyme” series featuring a quadriplegic New York detective and the other “Kathryn Dance” series featuring Dance as an agent with the California Bureau of Investigation. His latest novel “Solitude Creek” released in May 2015 is the fourth in the Dance series and has Dance investigating a possible serial killer that uses panic and the chaos it creates to kill people.

 

If you are a fan of any of these thrilling crime writing authors Jonathon Kellerman, Boris Starling, Michael Connelly, John Sandford, Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter, or Jefferson Bass you should give Jeffrey Deaver a try. His psychologically in depth novels with plenty of plot twists and carnage will provide you with a roller coaster thrill ride where you aren't quite sure who you are rooting for in the end, the hero or the villain.