Genre fiction: a good story is a good story

“It’s the kind of thriller we love, with chase scenes and all the espionage you can ask for. A fun read you would be wrong to pass up.” This is how the French blog Le Concièrge Masqué describes The Bleiberg Project. Richard, who runs the blog, ran an interview of David Khara, the book’s author, and I’m happy to share an excerpt of it here, in which David talks about genre fiction and his writing.

How did you get  started writing thrillers?

I didn’t make a conscious decision to write thrillers. When I started writing, I didn’t know how important categories were and about marketing segments in the book world. Genre–mysteries, SF, thrillers and all the rest–don’t make sense to me. Would you classify Shakespeare in classics, plays or fantasy? After all, there is a ghost story in Hamlet. Does that make it a minor work? I don’t think so. A good story is a good story. For me, what we call genre is a way to wrap up the content, a decor, a color imposed on the work and on the characters. I think that this systematic categorization reassures us, and also somehow imprisons us. I have never been a fan of dogma.

But I have digressed. My approach is simple: I tell stories, I introduce characters and I use suspense to make the reader want to know more. The tag “thriller” doesn’t come from me. To tell you the truth, I quite simply write what I would like to read.