Daniel Silva Talks ‘The New Girl,’ His Ripped-From-The-Headlines Thriller | TODAY

Daniel Silva Talks ‘The New Girl,’ His Ripped-From-The-Headlines Thriller | TODAY


>>>WHEN A YOUNG WOMAN IS>>>WHEN A YOUNG WOMAN IS ABDUCTED FROM HER FANCY SWISS ABDUCTED FROM HER FANCY SWISS BOARDING SCHOOL IT SETS OFF A BOARDING SCHOOL IT SETS OFF A SERIES OF INTERNATIONAL EVENTS SERIES OF INTERNATIONAL EVENTS THAT INCLUDES UNITED STATES THAT INCLUDES UNITED STATES RUSSIA, THE CROWN PRINCE OF RUSSIA, THE CROWN PRINCE OF SAUDI ARABIA, AND THE MURDER OF SAUDI ARABIA, AND THE MURDER OF A JOURNALIST. A JOURNALIST. SOUND FAMILIAR? SOUND FAMILIAR? WE’RE ACTUALLY DESCRIBING THE WE’RE ACTUALLY DESCRIBING THE NEW GIRL. NEW GIRL. IT’S DANIEL SILVA’S 19th NOVEL IT’S DANIEL SILVA’S 19th NOVEL FEATURING ISRAELI SPY MASTER FEATURING ISRAELI SPY MASTER GABRIELLE ILAN, AND FAIR WARNING GABRIELLE ILAN, AND FAIR WARNING THE THRILLER HAS A SHOCKING THE THRILLER HAS A SHOCKING ENDING. ENDING. GOOD TO SEE YOU BUDDY. GOOD TO SEE YOU BUDDY. 19th NOVEL. 19th NOVEL. WOW. WOW. YOU ARE PROLIFIC. YOU ARE PROLIFIC.>>I AM.>>I AM. I HAVE BEEN PUBLISHING A BOOK A I HAVE BEEN PUBLISHING A BOOK A YEAR SINCE MY EARLY 30s. YEAR SINCE MY EARLY 30s. PEOPLE ASK ME, HOW DO YOU DO IT? PEOPLE ASK ME, HOW DO YOU DO IT? MY SHORT ANSWER IS I DON’T DO MY SHORT ANSWER IS I DON’T DO ANYTHING ELSE OTHER THAN WRITE ANYTHING ELSE OTHER THAN WRITE AND TRY TO SPEND AS MUCH TIME AND TRY TO SPEND AS MUCH TIME WITH MY CHILDREN AS POSSIBLE. WITH MY CHILDREN AS POSSIBLE. BUT IT’S A LABOR OF LOVE. BUT IT’S A LABOR OF LOVE. I LOVE WRITING. I LOVE WRITING. I’M ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO I’M ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO CAN’T NOT WRITE AND THAT’S VERY CAN’T NOT WRITE AND THAT’S VERY FORTUNATE. FORTUNATE.>>FORTUNATE FOR ALL OF US>>FORTUNATE FOR ALL OF US BECAUSE THE BOOKS ARE ALWAYS BECAUSE THE BOOKS ARE ALWAYS FANTASTIC. FANTASTIC. HERE’S THE THING, WE SAY THIS HERE’S THE THING, WE SAY THIS EVERY TIME, YOUR STORIES ARE EVERY TIME, YOUR STORIES ARE RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES. RIPPED FROM THE HEADLINES.>>SURE.>>SURE.>>BUT THIS TIME, AS I>>BUT THIS TIME, AS I UNDERSTAND IT AT LEAST, THE UNDERSTAND IT AT LEAST, THE HEADLINES ACTUALLY FORCED YOU TO HEADLINES ACTUALLY FORCED YOU TO SCRAP THE BULK OF THE BOOK AND SCRAP THE BULK OF THE BOOK AND START OVER. START OVER.>>I HAD TO START OVER IN>>I HAD TO START OVER IN OCTOBER. OCTOBER. I LOST TWO AND A HALF MONTHS OF I LOST TWO AND A HALF MONTHS OF THE WRITING YEAR. THE WRITING YEAR. I WANTED TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT I WANTED TO WRITE A BOOK ABOUT LIKE A CHARACTER LIKE MOHAMMAD LIKE A CHARACTER LIKE MOHAMMAD BIN SALMAN OF SAUDI ARABIA, THIS BIN SALMAN OF SAUDI ARABIA, THIS MAN PROMISING TO BRING MAN PROMISING TO BRING REMARKABLE CHANGE TO SAUDI REMARKABLE CHANGE TO SAUDI ARABIA IN THE MOSTIDDLE EAST. ARABIA IN THE MOSTIDDLE EAST. I’D BEEN THINKING ABOUT I’D BEEN THINKING ABOUT FEATURING HIM IN A NOVEL FOR FEATURING HIM IN A NOVEL FOR SOME TIME AND THIS SPECIAL SOME TIME AND THIS SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP HE HAD FORMED WITH RELATIONSHIP HE HAD FORMED WITH ISRAEL AND I STARTED WORKING ON ISRAEL AND I STARTED WORKING ON THE BOOK AND IN EARLY OCTOBER THE BOOK AND IN EARLY OCTOBER SAW THE LITTLE TINY ITEM ON THE SAW THE LITTLE TINY ITEM ON THE INTERNET THAT JAMAL KHASHOGGI, INTERNET THAT JAMAL KHASHOGGI, THE CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST FROM THE CONTRIBUTING COLUMNIST FROM THE “WASHINGTON POST” WAS THE “WASHINGTON POST” WAS MISSING, A FEW DAYS LATER WE MISSING, A FEW DAYS LATER WE LEARNED HE’D BEEN MURDERED LEARNED HE’D BEEN MURDERED INSIDE THE SAUDI CONSULATE IN INSIDE THE SAUDI CONSULATE IN ISTANBUL, A FEW DAYS LATER WE ISTANBUL, A FEW DAYS LATER WE LEARNED THAT MBS HAD PROBABLY LEARNED THAT MBS HAD PROBABLY GIVEN THE ORDER FOR THAT. GIVEN THE ORDER FOR THAT. I HAD TO COMPLETELY START OVER. I HAD TO COMPLETELY START OVER.>>MBS, MOHAMMAD BIN SALMAN, THE>>MBS, MOHAMMAD BIN SALMAN, THE CROWN PRINCE OF SAUDI ARABIA, CROWN PRINCE OF SAUDI ARABIA, HOW MUCH IS HE LIKE THE MAIN HOW MUCH IS HE LIKE THE MAIN CHARACTER IN YOUR BOOK? CHARACTER IN YOUR BOOK?>>WELL, THERE ARE OBVIOUS>>WELL, THERE ARE OBVIOUS SIMILARITIES. SIMILARITIES. BOTH THE YOUNG CROWN PRINCES OF BOTH THE YOUNG CROWN PRINCES OF SAUDI ARABIA. SAUDI ARABIA. BUT MY CHARACTER IS VERY, VERY BUT MY CHARACTER IS VERY, VERY DIFFERENT FROM MOHAMMAD BIN DIFFERENT FROM MOHAMMAD BIN SALMAN. SALMAN. HE’S A MUCH MORE REDEEMABLE HE’S A MUCH MORE REDEEMABLE CHARACTER. CHARACTER. HE’S EDUCATED AT OXFORD. HE’S EDUCATED AT OXFORD. HE SPEAKS THE KING’S ENGLISH, HE SPEAKS THE KING’S ENGLISH, BRITISH ACCENTED ENGLISH. BRITISH ACCENTED ENGLISH. HE’S A MUCH DIFFERENT CHARACTER. HE’S A MUCH DIFFERENT CHARACTER. BUT CLEARLY, AS I SAY IN THE BUT CLEARLY, AS I SAY IN THE FORWARD OF THE NOVEL, THEY SHARE FORWARD OF THE NOVEL, THEY SHARE SIMILARITIES. SIMILARITIES. AND THE STORY YOU’RE GOING TO AND THE STORY YOU’RE GOING TO READ IN “THE NEW GIRL” IS READ IN “THE NEW GIRL” IS INSPIRED BY EVENTS SURROUNDING INSPIRED BY EVENTS SURROUNDING KHASHOGGI’S MURDER. KHASHOGGI’S MURDER.>>WHAT DOES DANIEL SILVA READ>>WHAT DOES DANIEL SILVA READ WHEN HE’S NOT WRITING? WHEN HE’S NOT WRITING?>>DANIEL SILVA HAS TO DO A>>DANIEL SILVA HAS TO DO A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF RESEARCH TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF RESEARCH FOR EACH OF HIS BOOKS. FOR EACH OF HIS BOOKS. YOU KNOW, AS YOU MIGHT HAVE YOU KNOW, AS YOU MIGHT HAVE GUESSED I’M SOMEWHAT OF A GUESSED I’M SOMEWHAT OF A NERDISH CHARACTER, NOT AS COOL NERDISH CHARACTER, NOT AS COOL AS YOU ARE. AS YOU ARE. I SPEND ALL DAY EITHER WRITING A I SPEND ALL DAY EITHER WRITING A BOOK OR READING A BOOK. BOOK OR READING A BOOK. THAT’S A BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE THAT’S A BEST WAY TO DESCRIBE IT. IT.>>NO BEACH READS, NO MINDLESS>>NO BEACH READS, NO MINDLESS THUMB TURNING? THUMB TURNING?>>I HAVE A COUPLE OF BEACH READ>>I HAVE A COUPLE OF BEACH READ AUTHORS THAT I REALLY LIKE. AUTHORS THAT I REALLY LIKE. BUT I DO SO MUCH HEAVY LIFTING BUT I DO SO MUCH HEAVY LIFTING FOR EACH NOVEL THAT I REALLY FOR EACH NOVEL THAT I REALLY SPEND A LOT OF TIME READING SPEND A LOT OF TIME READING PRETTY SERIOUS STUFF. PRETTY SERIOUS STUFF. AND I’M A COMMERCIAL WRITER. AND I’M A COMMERCIAL WRITER. BUT IN MANY RESPECTS I’M A BUT IN MANY RESPECTS I’M A LITERARY NOVELIST, MASQUERADING LITERARY NOVELIST, MASQUERADING AS A THRILLER WRITER AND I READ AS A THRILLER WRITER AND I READ A LOT OF GOOD LITERATURE AS A LOT OF GOOD LITERATURE AS WELL. WELL.>>DO YOU EVER FANTASIZE ABOUT>>DO YOU EVER FANTASIZE ABOUT LEADING THE KIND OF OPERATION LEADING THE KIND OF OPERATION GABRIEL DOES? GABRIEL DOES?>>I WOULD BE THE WORST PERSON>>I WOULD BE THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD TO BE PART OF THAT. IN THE WORLD TO BE PART OF THAT. I’M NOT ONE OF THESE GUYS THAT I’M NOT ONE OF THESE GUYS THAT THINKS OF MYSELF AS MY THINKS OF MYSELF AS MY CHARACTER. CHARACTER. I COULD NEVER DO THE KINDS OF I COULD NEVER DO THE KINDS OF THINGS HE DOES. THINGS HE DOES. AND THERE’S SIMPLY NO WAY THAT I AND THERE’S SIMPLY NO WAY THAT I WOULD HAVE WANTED TO BE A PART WOULD HAVE WANTED TO BE A PART OF — I’M THE LAST PERSON YOU OF — I’M THE LAST PERSON YOU WANT AROUND AN OPERATION. WANT AROUND AN OPERATION.>>WHY?>>WHY?>>BECAUSE, I WOULD SORT OF BE>>BECAUSE, I WOULD SORT OF BE THE — YOU KNOW, THE WOODY ALLEN THE — YOU KNOW, THE WOODY ALLEN OF THE OPERATION. OF THE OPERATION. I DON’T LIKE TO FLY. I DON’T LIKE TO FLY. I DON’T LIKE HOTEL ROOMS. I DON’T LIKE HOTEL ROOMS. YOU KNOW, I’M A GERMOPHOBE. YOU KNOW, I’M A GERMOPHOBE. YOU DON’T WANT ME AROUND ANY YOU DON’T WANT ME AROUND ANY KIND OF SECRET OPERATION. KIND OF SECRET OPERATION.>>STICK TO WRITING.>>STICK TO WRITING. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THANK YOU SO MUCH. THE BOOK IS CALLED “THE NEW

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