Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Dangerous Life of a Thriller Writer: Two Interviews With Frederick Forsyth, Author of The Day of the Jackal and The Cobra

As Hannah Stephenson in the Scottish newspaper The Press and Journal noted, thriller writer Frederick Forsyth has been arrested and interrogated by the police in East German, tailed and bugged by the KGB in Moscow, and shot at by Nigerians in Biafra.

The newspaper mentions Forsyth's many brushes with danger while reporting on stories as a journalist and researching his fact-based thrillers, and states its all in a day's work for the 72-year-old writer who brought us The Day of the Jackal, The Odessa File and other stories about assassins, mercenaries, terrorists, drug barons, spies and kidnappers.

Forysth's latest thriller is called The Cobra.

You can read Stephenson's piece on Forsyth via the below link:

The Press and Journal services Aberdeen and Inverness in the North of Scotland, places I recall fondly from my time there in the mid-1970s while serving in the U.S. Navy.

Below is a second interview with Frederick Forsyth. The British newspaper The Telegraph has Forsyth talking about his past as a 19-year-old RAF pilot, a young journalist and finally, a thriller writer.

Forsyth also talks about being swindled and his brief outing with a female spy.

You can read the piece via the below link:

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