Introducing our Ex-Lawyer of the Week: David Baldacci.
Baldacci is a well-known lawyer-turned-bestselling author. His first novel, Absolute Power, became a major motion picture in 1997; its plot, about a Secret Service scandal, may seem like it was ripped from today's headlines.
But the ex-trial lawyer prefers to write fiction. "I like to sort of blend my own stories together," Baldacci said on "CBS This Morning" last week. "But some of these facts [in the current Secret Service scandal] might end up in a book later on down the road."
Author David Baldacci shared some of his Secret Service insight as the agency's Colombia prostitute scandal unfolded. "It was just a total mess-up," he said.
"As a former lawyer, I like to let the investigation do its job," Baldacci, 51, told CBS. "It might be a culture that's developed there, a negative one, and they'll have to take care of. This might be a blessing in disguise to turn it around now."
In the same interview, Baldacci explained his transition from law practice to fiction-writing; his 24th and latest novel, The Innocent, was released April 17.
"I was paid to be a storyteller as a lawyer," said Baldacci, who earned his law degree from the University of Virginia and practiced law for nine years, according to his website.
"I won cases because I was a better storyteller than the other lawyer, and I lost cases because that lawyer was better than I was," Baldacci said. "When both sides have the same set of facts, you have to tell your story that best represents your client."
"So if you want to be a great novelist, go to law school?" CBS anchor Charlie Rose asked.
"Go to law school," ex-lawyer/author David Baldacci said with a smile. "I'm not saying 1.5 million lawyers can be great writers, but some of us can be."
You can watch Baldacci's entire interview here:
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