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The Sirens of Suspense

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

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French author David Khara, a former journalist, top-level sportsman, and entrepreneur, is a full-time writer. Khara wrote his first novel—a vampire thriller—in 2010, before starting his Consortium thriller series, which offers a roller-coaster ride that dips into the history of World War II, rushing back to present day with a loop-to-loop of action and humor. The Bleiberg Project was an instant success when it was first released, and The Shiro Project just came out in English, published by mystery and thriller publisher Le French Book. The third book in the series, The Morgenstern Project is scheduled for release in English spring 2015.

 

Find David on Facebook and Twitter:

http://www.lefrenchbook.com/david-khara/

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The one with the glamorous life

Eventually, every writer hears someone say: “You must lead such an exciting life.” Well, to be honest, of all the lives I’ve lived so far, as a journalist, sportsman, and entrepreneur, I must admit that a writer’s life is, by far, the least exciting. Of course, you’ve got all the book signings, interviews, and events with your readers. But that is just a small part of a writer’s life. The tip of the iceberg. Eight months out of the year, I wake up at the exact same hour every morning and start the same ritual: coffee, cigarette (I know, it’s wrong), and vitamins, followed by 4 to 6 hours in front of the keyboard. When I’m not inspired, I switch to reading or watching documentaries that might be of help for the book. Since I do no move a lot, I make sure I don’t eat too much, and every day, I cycle for almost an hour. 10 p.m. is lights out. Every day. Pretty exciting indeed!

The one in the bakery

Every other Sunday, I bring croissants and a baguette to my parents for a family breakfast. Sound cliché? Well, just a little bit, but, hey, that’s France! A few weeks ago, I went to the bakery I’ve been going to for a decade. The people there are never hostile, nor are they particularly friendly, but simply polite, which already not bad. Twenty people were in the line behind me, reading the paper or chatting. When I reach the counter, the employee turned to me and instead of asking me what I wanted, she literally shouted, “I saw you on TV last week! You’re David Khara, the writer!” Suddenly, I jumped from being anonymous to being Brad Pitt. A quick glance over my shoulder confirmed what I feared: everybody was staring at me. Imagine yourself naked in the middle of Time Square.  Well, at that point, I felt naked in the bakery. I went back the next week, as usual, and the employee started talking about books she likes. Ultimately, this weird experience proved quite funny.

The one with the not-so-focused reader

This story took place last year, at a book fair in a town not so far from where I live. A lot of very famous writers from around the world attended this event. I signed quite a lot of books, and at lunchtime, I decided I’d have a sandwich at my table—you know, just to enjoy the silence for a while. As I was eating, a lady came up and handed me a book, asking me if I’d sign it. I said yes, of course, and took the book. I looked at it and handed it back to her saying “I’m sorry, I can’t sign this.”

“Why?” she asked, before lashing out at me for being mean.

“It’s not that I’m mean. I didn’t write this book. It’ s by Tatiana de Rosnay.” The woman left without a word. 

The one when it all made sense

Resistance is the main theme of the Consortium thriller series—resistance in every possible meaning: resistance to oppression, to our own disorders, to our darkest side.

Last year, during a book fair, an old man stopped in front of me. I couldn’t tell his age. He had a white beard, small eyes with a clever gleam in them. With his suit and sailor’s cap, he looked like a retired captain still willing to sail. He smiled at me and kept knocking on The Morgenstern Project cover. In the French edition, you can see a SS dagger with an inscription that could be translated “My honor’s name is loyalty.”

The old man turned to a boy and whispered in his ear. The boy turned to me explained to me that his great-grandfather was in the resistance and had been sent to death camps. He had escaped and had to kill SS soldiers to do so. He had the exact same dagger at home. I then told them that the whole trilogy was a tribute to people like him, who fought for freedom. Of course, I gave him the three books. We ended up taking pictures together, and he wouldn’t stop shaking my hand. I didn’t want that handshake to stop. This man was the living reason why I wrote the trilogy. At that moment, thanks to him, it all made sense.

 

 

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