1. How is David’s last name pronounced?
2. When will we see David’s next book?
3. How did David become a writer?
4. Where does David get his story ideas?
5. What authors does David admire?
6. What is David’s writing process? Does he write every day?
7. How can I find out if David’s novels are published in my language?
8. I have a great story idea for David. Will he consider writing it?
9. Will David read my manuscript and give me his opinion?
10.Does David have any advice for aspiring writers?
11.Can David suggest a good agent/good publisher?
12.When is the next book signing event?
13.How can I get a personalized/autographed copy of one of David’s books?
14.How many books may I bring to a book signing?
15.When does the website post updated appearance dates and locations?
16.Why hasn’t David visited my city?
17.Is David working on any television and/or movie projects?
18.How can I contact David?
19.Does David read his email?
20.What is the Wish You Well Foundation?®
21. How do I book David to speak at an event?
22.Where can I find a list of David’s novels by publication date and series? Do you have a printable list?
23.When will we see Oliver Stone/John Puller/Will Robie/King & Maxwell again?
24.I have a book that’s missing/repeating pages; what do I do?
25.We are a public library interested in acquiring foreign editions of David’s books. How might we obtain copies?
2. KING AND MAXWELL is available now. Look for lots of great reading material from David in 2014: the Camel Club will team up with Will Robie in the ebook-only BULLSEYE in February; David’s first fantasy novel for young readers, THE FINISHER, publishes in March; and Will Robie and Jessica Reel return in THE TARGET in April.
3. David’s wise mother gave him a notebook in elementary school (to keep him quiet, we’re told), but it wasn’t until high school that David started writing seriously; he continued writing through college and law school. While practicing law, he wrote in the late evening and the wee hours of the morning – whenever he had a spare moment.
4. Everywhere. In an airport, on a train, in a car, at a book signing, walking his dogs, taking out the trash – we can guarantee that wherever he is, he is thinking about characters and plot points. (Although when he’s taking out the trash he’s also probably thinking, “Why isn’t someone else in the family doing this?”) He says, “As a writer, you can never ‘turn off’ your passion for the written word and love of a great story. So I watch life, listen intently, and basically drive everyone around me a bit crazy as I absorb my environment. When you’re naturally curious you uncover storylines everywhere.”
5. David admires many of the traditional southern scribes: Flannery O’Connor, Lee Smith, Eudora Welty, Harper Lee, Walker Percy and Truman Capote are among his favorites. He says, “Since college I have been reading and re-reading works by Anne Tyler and John Irving. I’ve also been reading Graham Greene and Patricia Highsmith and am a big fan of David McCullough. And I am never far from a well-read copy of Mark Twain.”
6. David’s days are typical for being atypical. When he is finishing a novel he can write for 10-15 hours straight. Some days he’s so busy with other stuff that he only writes for an hour or two. When he’s not writing at a sufficiently productive pace (we receive numerous requests for him to “write faster”) we lock him in his office and tell him that he can’t watch another episode of NCIS until he produces additional pages.
7. Please visit the International Editions page. David’s novels have been translated into more than 45 languages and sold in more than 80 countries. (If you are a publisher and would like to inquire about rights to David’s novels, please contact Melissa Edwards at the Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency.)
8. David does not read story ideas submitted by others. He already has numerous ideas of his own and will never have time to write about all of them.
9. For legal reasons, David does not read unpublished material.
10. David says, “Write about what interests you. You need to sustain the passion as you work. Writing is hard. It’s easy to give up. Set yourself up for success instead of failure by building on that passion.”
11. Writers Market and Writers Digest are excellent resources for writers seeking agents. Start there, or ask your local librarian for assistance.
12. Visit the Author Events section of the website for news about upcoming appearances.
13. David loves to meet and sign books for fans and does so a number of times each year at book signing events. If you cannot attend a book signing, visit VJ Books for signed copies of David’s novels.
14. David does not limit the number of books he will sign at events. However, if you plan to bring books to the signing, please check first with the store, as some bookstores have policies about what you can bring into their store. And as a courtesy to the store holding the book signing, we ask that you purchase at least one of David’s novels from that store.
15. We post appearance dates as soon as we’ve confirmed them. David generally publishes a novel each spring (March or April) and fall (October or November), so if a tour is scheduled, it will likely take place during that time period. For more information about the release of David’s novels, subscribe to Hachette’s David Baldacci newsletter.
16. David would love to visit every city where he has a fan, but publishing two novels (and sometimes three) each year means he has to spend the bulk of his time writing and researching. For many years David toured extensively, but now he’s focusing on other important projects as well, including promoting efforts to reduce illiteracy (through his Wish You Well Foundation) and hunger (via his Feeding Body & Mind initiative) in the United States.
17. David wrote the screenplay for (and co-produced) the feature film Wish You Well (adapted from his eponymous novel); the independent production premiered at the Heartland Film Festival in October. Sony Pictures recently optioned the film rights to THE FINISHER; the fantasy novel will be published on March 4, 2014.
18. If you have a specific question or comment for David, use this form. Constructive criticism is welcome, but we delete mean-spirited and inappropriate correspondence before it even reaches him. Because life is too short.
19. Because of the sheer volume of mail David receives, he cannot read it all. (We’ve not yet figured out how to clone him.) David’s staff replies to correspondence, but please be patient, as David receives hundreds of emails each week.
20. David and his wife, Michelle, established the Wish You Well Foundation® in 2002 to foster and promote literacy programs. Please visit the Philanthrophy section of David’s website for information about the foundation.
21. Visit the Contact page for information on Keppler Speakers Bureau.
22. ABSOLUTE POWER (1996), TOTAL CONTROL (1997), THE WINNER (1997), THE SIMPLE TRUTH (1998), SAVING FAITH (1999), WISH YOU WELL (2000), LAST MAN STANDING (2001), THE CHRISTMAS TRAIN (2002), SPLIT SECOND (2003), HOUR GAME (2004), THE CAMEL CLUB (2005), THE COLLECTORS (2006), SIMPLE GENIUS (2007), STONE COLD (2007), THE WHOLE TRUTH (2008), DIVINE JUSTICE (2008), FIRST FAMILY (2009), TRUE BLUE (2009), DELIVER US FROM EVIL (2010), HELL’S CORNER (2010), THE SIXTH MAN (2011), ONE SUMMER (2011), ZERO DAY (2011), THE INNOCENT (2012), THE FORGOTTEN (2012), THE HIT (2013) and KING AND MAXWELL (2013). For a printable list of David’s novels – by date of publication and by series – click here. For additional information about David’s novels, visit the Books page. Looking for the exact dates of publication? Visit Hachette’s website.
23. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell are currently starring in KING AND MAXWELL. Look for more adventures with Will Robie/Jessica Reel, John Puller, and Oliver Stone & the Camel Club soon.
24. Return the recently purchased book to the store from which you bought it; the store will gladly exchange the defective book for a new, good copy. You do not need a receipt to exchange a misprinted book.
25. David is happy to donate foreign editions of his novels to public libraries in the United States. Please use the Contact form on our website to inquire about copies in the particular foreign language you are seeking.
26. David is hard at work making final edits to his spring 2014 novel, THE TARGET, gearing up for the April publication of THE FINISHER (his spring fantasy novel for young readers), and writing his fall novel. We don’t know when he sleeps.