Please welcome Dave Krikorian to my blog today. His recent novel, Borderline – a John Haig Thriller became a Booklocker.com best seller one week after its debut in March. Dave has worked as a wilderness guide, jazz musician, great lakes boat pilot, e-commerce marketing director, and was the first the naturalist at Lake Superior’s historic Lutsen Resort. He’s written for Field & Stream and Jazz.com, and was a newspaper columnist for the Tribune Companies before focusing on fiction.
Do you outline your books or wing it? Describe your process.
I undergo the Ken Eulo process that forces an author to prove if in fact he or she has a saleable story. It’s akin to running a gauntlet that begins with a cocktail-party question like, “can a lost dog find its way home?” Easy right? Now you have to struggle to track the dog as it moves through a series of outline mileposts that begin with exposition, first significant event, and then move through conflict and more conflict, complication after complication, until the dog faces a Yogi Berra moment of truth, taking the fork in the road that hurls the dog in crisis, climax and finally resolution. Then you can begin the outline with confidence.
How do you decide on setting?
I prefer to call setting the “crucible.” Like a bubble where the main character can develop without loosing the reader with details – since there is an agreement to suspend disbelief, the author has a responsibility to maintain a crucible that becomes familiar to the reader. The Greeks had this down over two thousand years ago. Often their tales began and ended in the same place, as lot of novels do to this day.
What is your favorite part of writing?
The moment I understand that you have a valid character whose story has a beginning, middle and end. That’s when I can simply relax and fall in love with the writing.
Some writers edit excessively as they write; others wait until a novel is finished to do the bulk of editing. How about you?
I write five to ten pages and stop. I begin the next day by editing the previous day’s work, which gets me warmed up.
How much research was involved in writing your book? How did you go about it?
I looked up material online on the fly, page by page. Some writers would never gather info online, but I write fiction where often the truth is not your friend. Again, the most important thing is the character’s experience. Facts are facts, but they can reduce the quality of your storytelling.
What inspired your latest release?
Traveling to visit my wife’s family in Slovakia, this and my roots in far northern Minnesota. Add an ounce of John Haig’s angst, stemming from my previous life, and there you have my novel.
How much time do you spend promoting your books?
As much as takes – I’ve earned a living from web marketing and am somewhat well regarded in Web Content Development. I have a fair understanding of what it takes to get attention and plan to put in a lot of time and effort to sell my work.
What else have you written already?
I’ve written a number of outdoors articles for pre-web magazines. Had a newspaper column for a while. Did tons of copywriting and a web series on famous trumpet players for Jazz.com. There are two other John Haig thrillers that need final edits. I have a screenplay gathering dust and promises at Tribecca. And a new novel near rough-draft completion called “Cherry Blossoms at Night” about the convergence of the WMD of Japan and the US just before the end of WW2.
What do you keep on your desk?
Boy’s stuff: rocks, coins, artifacts, fishing lures and other junk.
What books are on your nightstand or by your chair?
Alan Furst. Bernard Cornwell. Phillip Kerr. Rick Atkinson.
What’s the coolest surprise you’ve ever had?
My wife. Amongst her many gifts she has showed me Europe, which as a north woods guy never interested me. Over time she has resurrected my life.
For more about Dave Krikorian, visit his website or track him on Twitter @KrikorianDave and Linkedin.
Now in print Borderline –a John Haig Thriller by David Krikorian
“One man’s wilderness is another man’s theme park.”
John Haig. Nature lover. Survivor. A US Border Patrol agent tasked with tracking down illegals in the wilderness between Canada and Minnesota. Yet an unhealed wound stalks Haig every day of his life, until the morning he finds the body of an old friend. As Haig fights to survive a covert war, he collides with a pair of maniacs while tangling with the ghosts of his past.
Buy the novel at Amazon in both print and e-book editions.
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