Jeffery Deaver recently learned that a novelist’s life can be fraught with peril. To lend credibility to the fictional blog he created in Roadside Crosses, he roamed the shoreline near Monterey, Califo., taking pictures to accompany the posts. During a beach breakfast break he was “mercilessly attacked by a flock – gang is more accurate – of seagulls, who clearly had had a taste for Super-Seed bagels with cream cheese and wanted more. They are, by the way, very big birds.” Deaver just finished a 14-city tour (gull-free, we trust); Roadside imprint total: 210,000 copies.
(Publisher’s Weekly, June 22)