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An As The World Turns Novel
In April 2006, as the daytime drama, "As The World Turns," celebrated 50 years on the air, the residents of fictional Oakdale, USA, wondered which of their own had penned the scandalous, anonymous mystery novel, "Oakdale Confidential." As the camera zoomed in on the most-likely suspects: Katie (Terri Columbino), Carly (Maura West) and Maddie (Alexandra Chando), eagle-eyes readers might have spotted another, real-life possibility in the crowd - bestselling author Jeffrey Deaver!
Deaver, who guest-starred on the April 10th episode as himself, also offered an endorsement of "Oakdale Confidential" when it was published in the real world on April 4th by Pocket Books, calling it "Fast, fun and filled with sizzling intrigue and gossip galore, "Oakdale Confidential" is a real treat. Whether you're a fan of daytime drama, murder mysteries or just plain gold storytelling, this is the book for you. Come visit Oakdale...and hold on tight!"
A longtime fan of the show, Deaver explained, "Two and a half years ago, I was on "The Early Show," and I mentioned that although I write crime thrillers I also enjoy the human drama, such as you see, in very good form on my favorite show, "As The World Turns." Then I got a phone call, asking, "How would you like to be on the show? You can be a dead body." But I should have known, being a person who constructs stories for a living, that you simply have no emotional impact if there is a body by itself. You need to set up that person as a human being before you can kill him. Last time, my primary scenes were with John James as (serial-killer) Dr. Death. On the final day of shooting, when I was murdered, it was a rather elaborate scene. I was upping the ante, blackmailing him, asking for more money. I had a gun and was threatening him. We rehearsed the actual fight scene with a fight choreographer. We had it down pretty well, did a rehearsal on the set, a simple walk-through, and then we did the first take. I thought I nailed it. I had all the lines down, the gun went flying. He grabs me and he's strangling me. He throws me up against the wall of the abandoned farmhouse and I go down. They close-up on my hand that goes limp, because I'm dead now. And then John says, "Okay, I'm really into the character now, let's do it again." And I thought, "Oh, no, please, I'm dead, just let me be dead." But we went back and did it again. That take turned out better. I died quite well. This time, when they said, "How would you like to be on the show again?" I said, "Fine. As long as I don't have to say anything." I enjoyed my little stint. But probably it will be the last of my acting career."