The Book of Fate | Brad Meltzer | Talks at Google | Summary and Q&A

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TL;DR

Brad Meltzer discusses his bestselling book, "The Book of Fate," his experience writing for DC Comics' Justice League of America, and his passion for research.

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Key Insights

  • ๐Ÿฅถ Brad Meltzer's book, "The Book of Fate," explores the world of Freemasonry and a 200-year-old code, reflecting his passion for historical research.
  • ๐ŸŒ Meltzer's experience of being treated like a celebrity in Bulgaria highlights the international reach of his books and their popularity.
  • ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ”ฌ The author's dedication to thorough research and firsthand experiences, like visiting the White House attic, contribute to the authenticity and realism of his novels.
  • โœ๏ธ Meltzer's interest in writing extends beyond novels, as he enjoys creating stories for comic book characters like Superman and Batman.

Transcript

welcome to another authors at Google event Our Guest today is New York Times bestselling author Brad Meltzer whose new book the book of Fate happened to debut last week on the New York Times best s list at number [Applause] one and this seems this seems to be a very good month for him because he also started writing the Justice League of America co... Read More

Questions & Answers

Q: How did Brad Meltzer's book, "The Book of Fate," become a bestseller?

"The Book of Fate" became a bestseller due to its intriguing exploration of Freemasonry, a 200-year-old code, and the secrets of a president's aide who discovers his dead friend is alive.

Q: What inspired Brad Meltzer to write about Freemasonry?

Meltzer's interest in Freemasonry was sparked after receiving a list of famous Freemasons, including presidents and influential figures. This information inspired him to use it as a foundation for a thrilling story.

Q: How does Brad Meltzer approach research for his novels?

Meltzer believes thorough research is essential for creating authentic stories. He immerses himself in the world he wants to explore, visits locations, and talks to people to ensure accuracy and immerse readers in the story.

Q: What is Brad Meltzer's writing process like from conception to publication?

Meltzer's writing process takes around two years, including six months of research. He prefers not to rush his novels and believes in taking the time to perfect each book before publication.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Brad Meltzer's book, "The Book of Fate," debuted at number one on the New York Times bestsellers list and explores the mysteries of Freemasonry and a 200-year-old code.

  • Meltzer shares his experience of being welcomed as a celebrity in Bulgaria and the surprise of being told he outsold John Grisham in the United States, which turned out to be a fabrication by his editor.

  • The author reveals his research process and how real-life experiences, such as visiting the White House attic, influenced his novels.

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