The Keeper is the second installment of David Baldacci’s Vega Jane series. Now Vega’s in the Quag, a very dangerous place that completely surrounds the village of Wormwood, the place Vega escaped from in the first book, The Finisher.
Read on to see what the bestselling author has to say about The Keeper!
Which of your characters do you most closely relate to?
That would have to be Vega Jane, even though she’s a girl. She’s kind of the underdog and is always fighting for something she believes in. I relate to that in many, many ways.
Which genre does The Keeper fall under and what attracted you to it?
It’s fantasy for young adults. I loved fantasy as a kid, and it’s what got me into reading. As a writer, I write adult thrillers for the most part. I’ve written a lot of those. When writing fantasy for kids, you’re completely liberated, and you’re not tethered to the earth anymore. Everything is from scratch, and it’s exactly the way you want it to be.
What are your top three favorite books?
The Cider House Rules by John Irving, Sophie’s Choice by William Styron and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
What is the inspiration behind your books?
My wife gave me a blank page book on Christmas day in 2008. Never give a blank page book to a writer because you won’t see them for the rest of the day! I went off to my cubby hole and started writing The Finisher. It took me five years to write it. I guess what really attracted me to it and inspired me was looking at a blank page and wanting to create story that had a female, teenage heroine. I tell people that even in my adult thrillers, I do not write about damsels in distress for one good reason: I don’t know any. I know some of my guy friends need serious help on many levels, but none of my women friends need help at all. I have a detective series called King of Maxwell, and Michelle Maxwell is a kick-butt lady. She’s secret service and tough as they come. You never want to get in her way. My wife’s name is Michelle, and she’s the role model for Michelle Maxwell. That’s all you need to know about why I don’t write about damsels in distress!