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.

Mystery Sequels Interviews David Khara

With the paperback release of The Shiro Project coming up this month, the author of the Consortium series David Khara has been busy writing guest posts and being interviewed. Here's a last-minute stop added to his blog tour, at Mystery Sequels.

David talks about his inspiration, about the character Eytan, about the challenges of writing, and what he's been up to recently. Check it out.

Many thanks to Marika. 

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