Coping with Success and Failure

As in life, when you write a novel, at some point you will publish it, and then, you face either success or failure. David Khara, author of the Consortium thriller series, enjoyed instant success in France. Here, he shares some thoughts on coping. His advice applies to many endeavors.

You’ve been brave, you fought against yourself, against the odds, against those who told it would never happen, and here it is at last: your book is there, in front of you. It will be sold very soon, online or in bookstores. Now is the time for THE question: will it be successful?

Forget about that. I know it is hard, but you HAVE TO FORGET ABOUT IT.

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Why forget? Because success doesn’t depend on you. Even if your book is pure genius, you never know what’s going to happen, so let go. Something good happens? Take it. Nothing happens? That is the fate of a huge majority of books. Of course, you can hope. Not hoping would be ridiculous. But if nothing happens, do not give up. Do not surrender, and do not start believing you have no talent. A professional has decided to publish your work, this should mean something. Maybe it wasn’t the right time, maybe too many good books were released at the same time, who knows.

Something else could happen: your book could be an amazing success. It could become impossible to open a magazine without seeing your face (this happens to very few writers). Stay calm. It doesn’t mean you’re the best. Maybe you were in the right place at the right time. And still, with success comes exposure and harsh criticism that will hurt your feelings. Put all this aside. Keep doing what you like, keep telling stories. Always imagine you’ll be writing for ten people. And do your best to bring these ten people the only thing that makes sense: entertainment.

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Bastille Day Special — Authentic, Exciting Books Set in France

How are you celebrating the storming of the Bastille? I’d say the French national holiday calls for something French. So, if you can’t actually go to France for the parade on the Champs-Elysée or attend the dances and festivities traditionally held at fire stations across the country, you can pick up a book from Le French Book and be transported to France.

Here is our reading list for Bastille Day, with some deep discounts on these books set in France (mostly, at least), by French authors, translated for you. 

PARIS ART

  • The Collector by Anne-Laure Thièblemont (http://amzn.to/29xyd2A), a captivating dive into the little-known world of Paris art specialists and counterfeiters. After a father she never knew died, Marion Spicer finds herself facing the merciless microcosm of Paris art auctions and galleries, with its sharks, schemes, fences, traps, scams and attacks—a world where people will kill for a love of beauty. 

PARIS SUSPENSE

  • The Paris Lawyer by Sylvie Granotier (http://amzn.to/2a4Is0e), psychological suspense in the French capital. An ambitious rookie lawyer in Paris catches a case that sparks a determined search for the truth in her own life.

DARKNESS IN THE CITY OF LIGHT

Paris, the French capital, the City of Light, and the perfect setting for crime, and an actual character in Frédérique Molay’s award-winning Paris Homicide series.

  • The 7th Woman (http://amzn.to/29sRoj5) launches the series and gives the city a whole new dimension, with “ratcheting tension” and suspense. Terror stalks Paris. Will the team of elite crime fighters prevail?

FRENCH SPIES NOT FRENCH FRIES

  • The Rare Earth Exchange by Bernard Besson (http://amzn.to/29xKDaU), a chilling financial espionage novel and an unsettling look at a post-Panama Papers world. A team of freelance operatives gets caught up in a web of corruption and cyberterrorism in a struggle to control rare minerals key to today’s technology. “As subtle as a chess game, and as explosive as today's headlines.”

FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE AND GOURMET ATTITUDE

Jean-Pierre Alaux and Noël Balen’s Winemaker Detective series (http://amzn.to/29xAkUh) is a celebration of France combining enticing mysteries, mouthwatering accounts of food and wine along with authentic descriptions of French countryside. A vacation with quirky characters and winetasting, British-like mysteries with a French flair.

  • The Winemaker Detective: An Omnibus (http://amzn.to/29xAYkr) is a fine introduction to this series, with three titles in one. 
  • Late Harvest Havoc (http://amzn.to/29AJKBu). Disaster strikes the vineyards in Alsace. Vintners are tense and old grudges surface. The Winemaker Detective's reputation is on the line as he must find the cause before the late harvest starts.
  • Tainted Tokay (http://amzn.to/29Ktgtc). The Winemaker Detective encounters deceit and deception in Old World Europe. 

EUROPEAN ACTION AND ADVENTURE

The Consortium thriller series (http://amzn.to/29DR9Be) by David Khara offers a roller-coaster ride that dips into the history of World War II, then races through a modern-day loop-to-loop of action and humor. What impact could the folly of World War II—death camps, medical manipulation and chemical warfare—still have today?

  • The Bleiberg Project
  • The Shiro Project
  • The Morgenstern Project

 

  • Shadow Ritual (http://amzn.to/29xAvPx) by Eric Giacometti and Jacques Ravenne. The series has sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Douglas Preston calls it “Phenomenal.” Shadow Ritual has ritual murders, ancient enemies and a powerful secret, making an electrifying thriller about the rise of extremism. 

AN ENTIRELY DIFFERENT FRENCH FLAVOR

  • White Leopard by Laurent Guillaume (http://amzn.to/29xAIC0). In addition to a starred Publishers Weekly review, Craig Johnson (of Longmire fame) called this “the real deal.” White Leopard is African noir with a renegade PI. An ordinary case turns out to be not so ordinary. The drug mule gets her throat slit. The French lawyer is too beautiful and too well-informed. The cocaine is too plentiful. The reader travels down the roads of Mali in the protagonist’s desperate search for truth.

Le French Book Writers at Thrillerfest

Two top thriller writers from France—Eric Giacometti and David Khara—will be attending International Thriller Writers' Thrillerfest from July 9-11 in New York City. On a panel about thrillers on the international market, they will be joining top thriller writers from around the world for this event.

Eric Giacometti's Shadow Ritual, which he wrote with Jacques Ravenne, came out recently in English. It's an electrifying thriller about the rise of extremism.

David Khara's titles available in English are The Bleiberg ProjectThe Shiro Project and The Morgenstern Project. These Consortium thrillers offer a roller-coaster ride that dips into the history of World War II, then races through a modern-day loop-to-loop of action and humor. What impact could the folly of World War II—death camps, medical manipulation and chemical warfare—still have today?

Thrillerfest is organized by International Thriller Writers, which has over 3,000 members in 28 countries with nearly 3 billion books in print.

Publisher Anne Trager from Le French Book will be joining Giacometti and Khara for the round table.

We'd love to see you there.

Is he really a Mossad agent? David Khara on his Protagonist

In a recent interview, French thriller writer David Khara talked about the protagonist of his Consortium thriller series, the Mossad agent Eytan Morg. But is he really a Mossad agent? Find out below. Read the full interview here—in it he also talks about how he writes the books and more.

The Protagonist: A Mossad agent?

  • Eytan works for Mossad at the beginning of the series, but he insists on the fact that he is Polish. In The Bleiberg Project, we learn he was born in a little village in Poland.
  • Eytan considers himself a shield against barbarism and fascism, and he works with people who hunt war criminals.
  • Being Jewish is the reason he was sent to Warsaw’s Ghetto, but religion means little to Eytan, since no god showed up to save him as a child.
  • In The Shiro Project, we learn that Eytan leaves England in the 1950s to join Mossad, but in The Morgenstern Project, it becomes obvious that Eytan works with Mossad, and not for it. 

His Future

  • Has Eytan ever been in love, or even shared someone’s life? I think you’ll have to wait for the next books to find out.
  • David is currently working on a thriller that deals with tax evasion and nuclear material trafficking. "Once I’m done with it, I’ll start working on Eytan’s return!"

Anecdotes from a Writer's Life at Sirens of Suspense

David Khara, author of the Consortium thrillers, shares stories from his life as a writer at the website The Sirens of Suspense.

Check out the post and find out about:

  • The one with the glamorous life
  • The one in the bakery
  • The one with the not-so-focused reader
  • The one when it all made sense

There's also a contest to win a copy of The Shiro Project.

 

The Game of Masks

David Khara shares some thoughts about his Consortium thriller series on the blog Queen of All She Reads. Here's how he starts.

“In The Bleiberg Project, I had a lot of fun introducing Eytan’s character as a threat and then let the readers realize by the middle of the book that he was the actual hero. With The Shiro Project, I wanted to write a more personal story, thus enabling the readers to learn more about Eytan—about his values, his own story, and his life nowadays when not on a mission. I love the idea that there is more to see about all of us than meets the eye. One-dimensional characters do not interest me. Maybe this comes from the fact that most people stick to what their eyes tell them, and it frightens me. I can’t talk to someone without trying to figure out what he or she is trying to hide, and why. How many easy talking people are actually shy underneath? Others look cold and distant because they are afraid somebody might spot their weaknesses.”

Why is this post called "The Game of Masks"? Do go and read the rest here to find out.

The Shiro Project in Bookstores

It's no secret that World War II continues to inspire thriller writers, particularly in Europe. Bestselling French author David Khara is a prime example, with his Consortium Thriller series that dips into history, then races through a modern-day loop-to-loop of action and humor. What impact could the folly of World War II—death camps, medical manipulation and chemical warfare—still have today? The second in the seriesThe Shiro Project—hits bookstores on November 18.

 Action-packed WWII thriller

What links exist between Japanese camps in China in the 1940s, a US Army research center in the 1950s, and the deadly threat Eytan faces today? From Prague to Tokyo, with stops in Ireland, yesterday’s enemies become today’s best allies and mankind seems on the verge of repeating the errors of the past. What can a lone man do against the madness that is bound to follow?

Recommended for fans of: Dan Brown, Steve Berry, Daniel Silva, John Grisham, Robert Ludlum and Ian Fleming.

Blue Moon Award for best thriller for The Bleiberg Project

Praise

“Suspense done to perfection.” —Le Monde

“A well-written, fast-paced, intelligent and well-documented thriller.” – TV host Gérard Collard

”Mossad, Japan, bacteriological weapons—all the ingredients of an impeccably written thriller.” —Page Library Journal

"A chilling thriller that leaves you biting your nails." —Mystery Sequels blog



The Story Behind The Shiro Project

David Khara, author of the Consortium thriller series, recently shared a guest post at The Writer's Shack about writing The Shiro ProjectIt was a 56-day marathon, he said. Here's the start of the post. Do visit Rebecca's site for the rest here.


For reasons I will not explain here, I was given eight weeks to write The Shiro Project. Considering that the Consortium thriller novel split time between the present and the past, those 56 days promised to be extremely busy.

I usually write four hours a day. For The Shiro Project, I switched to eight writing hours per day, which is a lot when it comes to staying focused.

To me, being a writer is all about discipline. So, I decided to go Spartan. Every morning, I would get up at four in the morning and use the time until six to read books and watch documentaries. Then, I’d go back to sleep until 8:30. After a tough wake up, I’d drink a very strong coffee, grab my cigarettes (I know it’s a bad habit), and sit in front of my laptop for four hours. I’d grab a quick lunch, then head back to work for another four hours. Some people may be able to stay focused eight hours in a row, but I know I usually can’t, so it was absolutely exhausting, both mentally and physically.

But, in the end, it was appropriate, since the whole book is a race against the clock. I was just going through the adventure the same way Eytan and Elena did. Merging with your characters can be quite helpful....

See the rest of the blog post here.