It was great fun sending questions to twisty thriller writer Jeffery Deaver for RT's October issue Q&A, where we talked about his July Lincoln Rhyme novel, The Kill Room and his October stand-alone thriller, The October List. One remarkable thing about The October List is the fact that it's written backwards, starting at the end of the story and working back in increments. As usual, I wanted to know so much from my interview subject that I asked too many questions! Here are Deaver's answers to two bonus questions that didn't fit into the print magazine, I hope you enjoy seeing how he plots his novels — this time in reverse!
You’re the king of plot twists; how much more difficult was it to include them in a reverse narrative? Do you have a quota, like OK, we’ve had five pages or three chapters without a big twist, time to give readers a doozy?