A 56-Day Marathon: The Story Behind The Shiro Project
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.
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.
Luckily enough, I had decided that after the fast-paced Hollywood-like The Bleiberg Project, The Shiro Project would be more personal, focusing on Eytan’s thoughts and background, since he is the actual hero of the series. Knowing everything there is to know about him, more than enough for other novels, this part was pretty easy to write.
What also helped was that every single piece of information revealed in the series had been planned out in my mind when I wrote The Bleiberg Project. When I wrote the first sentence of the first book, I knew precisely what the last line of the third book, The Morgenstern Project, was going to be.
While writing The Shiro Project, I discovered I was able to stand the pressure of both writing the sequel to an unexpected bestselling novel, and that I could do it in 56 days.
This whole experience left me almost shred to pieces but surprisingly happy. Never before had I been so involved in a story, and a lot of fans consider Shiro to be the best novel in the series so far. I love my books as parents love their children, equally, but Eytan and Elena’s adventures will always have a special place in my career.
Can a lone man stop mass destruction looming from the past?
Reporter Branislav Poborsky is running away from a bad marriage, when he witnesses the Czech army covering up the extermination of an entire village. Saved in extremis by the gentle-giant Mossad agent Eytan Morgenstern, he is thrown into a troubling race to defuse a larger-than-life conspiracy. After Eytan’s mentor is kidnapped, he must join forces with his arch-rival to put an end to a mysterious group that has weapons of mass destruction. Once again, the atrocities of World War II come back to haunt the modern world. 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