2 #Cos­moChats: David Bal­dacci

The best-sell­ing author has carved a niche for him­self in the fic­tional world of spies, as­sas­sins, and rogue agents. Here, David talks about his lat­est book, his in­spi­ra­tion and rec­om­men­da­tions for you.

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Cosmo: If you could de­scribe The Hit in 3 words, what would they be? David Bal­dacci: “Cat and

mouse.” C: One book of yours that you’d love to see as a movie (be­sides up­com­ing Wish You Well)?

DB: “The Hit! It has two very strong male and fe­male leads—they have this crazy

ten­sion as they start out as op­po­nents. I built th­ese char­ac­ters very care­fully. I think Daniel Craig and Char­l­ize Theron would fit the roles per­fectly! C: Would you ever con­sider writ­ing a thriller based in In­dia?

DB: “I’ve cer­tainly thought about writ­ing a story in­volv­ing In­dia. I’ve writ­ten about places over­seas quite of­ten, and have a never-say-never at­ti­tude in this depart­ment.” C: Why do you think women love your books?

DB: “I think it’s be­cause my char­ac­ters are strong in­de­pen­dent women. I don’t write about damsels in dis­tress be­cause I don’t know any! Th­ese women are true and real. I take in­spi­ra­tion from both my mother and my sis­ter, they’re the strong­est women I know.” C: In your opin­ion, what makes fe­male se­cret agents bet­ter than their male

coun­ter­parts? DB: “I think women are more at­ten­tive to de­tail. able to They sum­ma­rize see what’s it ad­e­quately. go­ing on and Women are also have this in­nate abil­ity to multi-task.” C: Three books you would rec­om­mend to Cosmo read­ers...

DB: A Thou­sand Splen­did Suns by Khaled Hos­seini is bril­liant. If you like Brit mysteries, you should read Agatha Christie. And, if you’re look­ing for some­thing more cur­rent, check out Gone

Girl by Gil­lian Flynn.”

C: The book that changed your life…

DB: “In Cold Blood by Tru­man Capote had a huge im­pact on me. This book got me think­ing about writ­ing about mur­ders and mysteries.”

C: How do you get over a writer’s block?

DB: “I take a shower! I’m very clean (laughs). There’s some­thing about the rush of wa­ter flow­ing over your head—it’s su­per cleans­ing and helps clear your mind. I’ve got­ten some great ideas in the shower.”

David Bal­dacci’s new book, The Hit fea­tures the pop­u­lar char­ac­ter, a govt. as­sas­sin called Will Ro­bie.

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