(Radio.com, Dan Weiss, April 15, 2014)
In May, Waite will release a compilation called Best, featuring songs he picked himself, including “Missing You.” But the song is also timely because it factors heavily into the plot of Harlan Coben’s new novel of the same name. Coben’s Missing You just debuted at #1 on the New York Times’ bestsellers list.
Radio.com: Has “Missing You” been a blessing or a curse?
John Waite: You know, if you write one of those in your life, you really left something worthwhile. A lot of bands don’t achieve that. I actually don’t think it’s the best thing I’ve done. But it’s reached the most people and reading Harlan [Coben]’s book [Missing You] brings home what it still means to people. I have to say I’ve never gotten tired of singing it. But it was sweet to read the way the characters in Harlan’s book quote the lyrics. It was interesting and enlightening.
Radio.com: Without giving away too much away, how does the song factor into the Coben novel’s plot?
John Waite: Well, people are going missing, let’s put it like that. But also the heroine, Kat, she’s an NYPD detective, she was in love with this guy who’s disappeared, and that was their song. And the book goes from there, and it keeps coming up. Harlan got in touch and he seems quite nice, really. And the book, I liked it very much. I was quite taken with it really. We’re planning to meet up in New York for some press, and maybe do something.
Read the rest of the interview here: Single Again: John Waite “Missing You”