DeMille says he became a writer not because he felt he had talent, but for the adventure of it. "I equated writers with guys who got to drink a lot, see the world and who got a lot of women. It was that certain generation,'' said DeMille, 74. "I was inspired by Hemingway and Ian Fleming and James Bond books. I wanted that life filled with fame and adventure. ''
DeMille is a native New Yorker and Vietnam veteran who graduated from Hofstra University. His newest book, The Cuban Affair, comes out Sept. 19. The story takes place in contemporary Cuba, with a cast of characters including Daniel Graham MacCormick, a Key West charter fisherman in need of a good payday, and a sultry woman named Sara hoping to unearth her family's fortune, buried in a cave during Castro's revolution.
What's on your nightstand?
For my book club, I have two books. I read Trophy's Son by Douglas Brunt. It was very different than a lot of novels. He took some chances and explored new territory. All of us had children or have young ones now and can relate to parents who push kids too hard. It is a cautionary tale and one all parents in suburbia can relate to. And I also have Little Bee by Chris Cleave. It was a bestseller back in 2008. A woman from Nigeria goes to London. It's about seeing Western society through different eyes. It's interesting because Chris Cleave is a male author and he writes in a female perspective.
Is he successful at it?
He's very clever. You believe it to be a woman's voice, and at the same time you don't. By and large his prose is so engaging that you want to suspend disbelief. It's kind of a sleight of hand, and he's very good at it.
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