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.
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.