NC: your readers are eager for movies to be made out of your novels, and they seem a natural fit. Is that in good the works, or any reason you can share as to why not? SB: Theres been a lot of talk about doing it, but no one has come and actually bought the rights. It would cool to see it on the screen. Poet of the week, valentina neri, imagining. Vanishing one evening without a trace. Without forgotten clues on the threshold of my room and no arrow to show me the way.
That something from history still has to matter today. All of that works together to keep the suspense and pace going. NC: you've got a book forthcoming on my pet topic, The Ghent Altarpiece. What about it drew you to it as a plot driver for a future cotton Malone novel? The most stolen work of art in history? That, in and of itself, is amazing. Its going to work great for a thriller. Im looking forward to visiting Ghent soon to see the altarpiece.
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Its important that the locales i use are all accessible. Ive heard from a lot of readers who have gone to see them. NC: ever been tempted to write pacy, narrative non-fiction? You'd seem a natural for it, since your novels are based on careful research, with just some fictional elements peppered. If so, is there a topic that you'd most enjoy publishing non-fiction on? SB: Not at the moment, but I wont say never.
NC: Any tip or preferably a magic recipe for writing good pacy, tense thriller text? SB: Stuff has to happen all the time. Its a thriller, which by definition has to thrill. Im not saying I get that pacing right 100 of the time, but I try really hard. Another thing for me, the story needs that oooh factor, something from history that gets the reader to say ooooh. Then you need a so-what?
I use around 300 to 400 sources for each novel, most of which are physical books. There is usually at least one trip associated with each book, where i have to visit a particular place because the answers I need are not found in the books. But I try to correct them as fast as I can. Theres also a writers Note in the back of all my books that tells the reader whats real and whats not. I think its important that be done. NC: Most of your novels take place in Europe, but you and your protagonist are American.
But Cotton Malone for some time has been an expat, living in Europe. Any particular reason for the eurocentricity of your novels? SB: I love the place. Old to the United States is 250 years. Old to europe is thousands of years. Theres so much history and heritage there. I also think that American audiences enjoy visiting overseas locales, particularly ones they can ultimately go and see for themselves.
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His marriage has failed, he maintains a difficult relationship with the his teenage son, and hes lousy with women. In another words, hes human. And ive never felt burdened by him. I enjoy our visits together. NC: What is your research process like? Having interviewed you in the past, and having assisted you with a few questions on your research, i can attest to the fact that your research is wonderfully thorough. You read many books and interview experts prior to writing (unlike certain other historical mystery thriller writers who will go unmentioned). SB: my books are 90 kept to history, with 10 of fiction woven. I try to get it right.
NC: How did you come up with Cotton Malone, and does it ever feel constricting to have such a popular character who you've "lived with' for so many hundreds of pages? Conan doyle famously felt burdened by the popularity of Sherlock preferee holmes. SB: he was born in Copenhagen while i was sitting a café in Højbro Plads, a popular Danish square. Thats why cotton owns a bookshop there. I wanted a character with government ties and a background that would make him, if threatened, formidable. But i also wanted him to be human, with flaws. Since i love rare books, it was natural that Cotton would too, so he became a justice department operative, turned bookseller, who manages, from time to time, to find trouble. I gave him an eidetic memory, since who wouldnt like one of those? At the same time, he is clearly a man in conflict.
a secret, something hidden, something lost we yearn to know. This is fertile ground that you tap in your novels. I wonder about your thoughts on it as a human trait, why we have that in us? SB: It goes way back to the dawn of humankind. Weve always wanted to know what lies just over the horizon, which may have been the greatest secret of all. Its in our genes to be tantalized by the unknown. We cant help. But thats great for novelists like.
Inferno ) and in the resulting novels, is miles apart. In short, knowing a lot about the true history behind a steve berry novel is not annoying and detracts nothing from the enjoyment of reading. Not necessarily so for. I was fortunate to interview Berry years back, and so, after being interviewed by him for his future novel, it was good to circle back and ask him a fresh round of questions. As a writer of non-fiction, academic works and the occasional thriller myself, Ill be taking careful notes. Noah Charney (nc you specialize in thrillers that are based on historical homework mysteries. What about a historical fact or mystery jumps out at you, in order to prompt you to build a novel's plot around it? Steve berry (sb i look for subject matters that others have not touched, those historical tidbits that are usually found in the footnotes of a book. Aspects of history that are relatively unknown but, hopefully, readers will want to know more about.
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Steve berry is a rare breed of author: the perennial best-seller. Rare and admirable, as any of us would love the certainty that our next novel will be a best-seller. But this does not come easily, and there is a great deal of hard work behind Berrys thrillers, which may be page-turners, but are deceptive, if you think them simple. Berry does research as if he were writing non-fiction, and I can attest to the level of depth into which he delves. He spelunks into history with the attention of a scholar. One of his forthcoming books write in his Cotton Malone series—about a not-quite-retired us department of Justice operative who runs a bookstore in Copenhagen when not chasing or being chased in search of historical treasures and truths—involves. The Ghent Altarpiece by jan van Eyck, the subject of one of my non-fiction books. Berry interviewed me several times after reading my book with remarkable detail, asking insightful questions that lay to rest the lazy mans comparison of his books to dan Browns. Both sell millions of books and write conspiracy theory chase thrillers involving historical facts and treasures, but their level of research, in my personal experience (Brown cites the organization I founded, the Association for Research into Crimes against Art.