Well, Fleming himself used to complete a spy manuscript in a month and a half. As Faulks joked to the Daily Telegraph:
"In his house in Jamaica, Fleming used to write a thousand words in the morning, then go snorkelling, have a cocktail, lunch on the terrace, more diving, another thousand words in late afternoon, then more Martinis and glamorous women," said Faulks.
"In my house in London I followed this routine exactly, apart from the cocktails, the lunch and the snorkelling."
Self-deprecating Faulks, now 54, used to work a beat for the Daily Telegraph before he edited the book pages of London's Independent, and was lauded for his trilogy of sensitive war novels set in France. But as a teenager, he'd pored over all the cool, cruel and sexy Fleming thrillers.
Faulks, who normally spends years in careful research before tackling a draft manuscript, divulged his new method to the Independent:
adding new characters with as much speed and as many twists as I thought the reader could bear...and Fleming's distinctive sentence construction.Penguin plans to publish "Devil May Care" next May.
Author Sebastian Faulks, left, and the late Ian Fleming, right.