JEFF ABBOTT QUOTES

American writer (1963- )

The perfection of her face created a sense of emptiness--like a house with no curtains in the window.

JEFF ABBOTT, Black Jack Point

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Criminals are dumb as stumps. If they were smart they could go be investment bankers. Or judges.

JEFF ABBOTT, Black Jack Point

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She spoke with the air of the artist, playing out each nuance until it wasn't a nuance anymore.

JEFF ABBOTT, Black Jack Point

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I'd spent five minutes looking at Twitter once and felt I'd wandered into a poker game where everyone immediately displayed their hands against the cool green of the felt.

JEFF ABBOTT, The Last Minute

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Life is getting what you want, and I'm better at life than you are.

JEFF ABBOTT, Adrenaline

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Keep your head down, avoid all the distractions of being a writer today--all the shifts in the business, all the drama, all the debating about where publishing is going--and write the best story that you can. It sounds a bit glib, but I think this is advice a lot of people are having trouble following right now. It is so hard to focus. But that is the single key to success.

JEFF ABBOTT, The Big Thrill, Jun. 30, 2013

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She had to treat it like a tactical error, not a human tragedy, because she was not sure that his unfinished jigsaw of a brain understood sadness and loss.

JEFF ABBOTT, Panic

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Abstract art filled the walls, lined the bookshelves. But all painted with the same crude hand, no eye to detail or form. Savagely mixed, the colors selected to hurt the eye. Jackson Pollock without the pictures. They were ugliness disguising themselves as talent.

JEFF ABBOTT, Black Jack Point

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There is a time on every job where you say, screw caution. I'm not foolhardy. I'm not stupid. But sometimes you have to be the battering ram.

JEFF ABBOTT, Adrenaline

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If it's broken, it can be fixed.

JEFF ABBOTT, Fear

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It's your call. You want to go back home, go ahead. But if I were you, I wouldn't. Home is death.

JEFF ABBOTT, Panic

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I want to be a writer you can always depend on for a good read during your vacation, during your flight, during a time in your life when you want to forget the world around you. The nicest notes I've received from readers are those that tell me I've gotten them back into reading for entertainment. For me, there is no greater compliment.

JEFF ABBOTT, Publisher's Weekly, May 30, 2011

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I believe the most intricate plot won't matter much to readers if they don't care about the characters, especially in a series. So I try to focus hard on making each character, whether villain or hero, have an interesting flaw that readers can relate to.

JEFF ABBOTT, Publisher's Weekly, May 30, 2011

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Read heavily in the area where you want to write. Be aware of what's selling and what's doing well but don't try to write to market trends; they are fleeting.

JEFF ABBOTT, Book Browse interview

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I'm sympathetic with new writers who focus so much on the beginning. That's what you show friends or beta readers to see if you are just wasting your time or if there's something there. But you won't really know until you finish the whole book.

JEFF ABBOTT, "Rules of Fiction with Jeff Abbott", Suspense Magazine, January 19, 2017

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Emma, okay, enough with the singing. Mommy's getting a three-pill headache.

JEFF ABBOTT, Trust Me

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The death for the driver was egregiously bad: being impaled is never anyone's exit of choice.

JEFF ABBOTT, The Last Minute

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If you don't want to run the risk that the filmmakers may adapt your work in a way you don't like, then you don't sell the option.

JEFF ABBOTT, "Jeff Abbott, Author of The Last Minute", seattle pi, July 2, 2012

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I tend to be a plotter, just because I do have to write an outline of the book for my publisher, and I like to have an idea of where I'm headed. That said, I don't treat the outline as cast in stone, and I often get better ideas as I write, so the outline is a living thing. What often drives change is when I start writing a particular character and she or he asserts themselves more strongly than I thought they would.

JEFF ABBOTT, "At the Mercy of Storytellers: MysteryPeople Q&A with Jeff Abbott", Mystery People, July 17, 2017

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I travel, a lot, to research the locales for the books. I have professional contacts that I can ask questions of, or show them scenes to vet. You meet a lot of interesting people this way, and as long as you've done your prep work so you're not wasting your time, the experts are usually really happy to help.

JEFF ABBOTT, "Jeff Abbott, Author of The Last Minute", seattle pi, July 2, 2012

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Tags: travel