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Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Hello everyone welcome! Today we have a Q/A with author Larry Kahn and my review of his new novel King of Paine.  Enjoy!

Now for the review...

Synopsis: King of Paine is a sexy, fast-paced suspense novel filled with characters who grapple with a range of intriguing end-of-life issues while everything they care about is at stake. The story follows two investigations, Special Agent Frank Paine's pursuit of a stalker committing a series of kinky Internet crimes and a reporter tracking the disappearance of wealthy senior citizens across the nation. Both paths lead to a hidden enclave where a brilliant biochemist harbors a deadly secret. Somebody is going to die there, and it may be Frank Paine's soulmate. Or him. 
Review: Larry Kahn's King of Paine is a well written story full of action pack suspense. This is the kind of book where you can open it on ANY page and the story just pulls you in. It's that good! I can honestly say I was hooked from beginning to end. Although I lost a bit of sleep, I had a blast reading it! There's definitely some saucy scenes in this book, so I only recommend this for adults. I have to say one of my favorite things about Kahn's writing is every chapter has a fantastic opening. This is definitely part of the magic of this book. His characters, in particular Joylnn are well thought out and masterfully crafted. I have to admit i've heard the comparison between The Girl and the Dragon Tattoo and King of Paine and in my opinion, Kahn is better. I was never bored, in fact I hung onto every word in this story. Some of my favorite chapters were the chatroom scenes. I thought Kahn did a wonderful job building the story and propelling the plot forward with them. The chapters themselves were quick and left no room for "fluff," which I thought was great. Overall, I thought this book was fantastic! I hope to read more from Larry Kahn and I hope he continues writing suspense novels.

Q/A with Author Larry Kahn

Who is this mysterious author?
I'm Larry Kahn, author of The Jinx, a political thriller, and King of Paine, my new suspense novel. After growing up as a shy, creative-minded child, I tried to prove to the world I was everything I am not by attending Yale Law School and embarking on a career in the fast-paced world of corporate mergers and acquisitions, first in New York and then in Atlanta. After a dozen years as an attorney pining for a creative outlet, I took a sabbatical and penned The Jinx, which garnered some nice reviews. I returned to legal practice but couldn't shake the feeling that I was born to write. After fighting my basic nature for 20 years, I've come full circle. I'm now a shy, creative-minded, adult-sized child, doing what I love and surrounded by my favorite people around-the-clock.  

What inspired you to write your first book?
It was an idea churning in my mind for many years. My high school Civics teacher joked about the "20-Year Jinx" as the 1980 presidential campaign approached--the presidents elected every twenty years from 1840 through 1960 died in office. This unusual phenomenon intrigued me, and when President Reagan was shot in 1981 the notion of a multi-generational conspiracy took root. With a young family and a demanding job, I could never find time to write, but I viewed the 2000 presidential election as a "do or die" moment. I took my sabbatical and finished writing The Jinx a year before the election. The story is about a young estate lawyer who discovers a cryptic poem among his murdered client's possessions that hints at a 160-year vendetta against the American presidency. It's set around a fictional 2000 presidential campaign, but its anti-racism message still resonates today. It's found a second life as an ebook.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
I do like to weave social themes into my novels, but I try not to be preachy. I include multiple perspectives through characters whose views are expressed organically, with a proper foundation layered into the plot and consistent with the characters' established personalities and beliefs. Some issues are controversial, others less so. I'd like to think that the subtle call for a renewed emphasis on family and tradition in King of Paine is not. I think readers who see the book's cover may be surprised to hear that's the issue I want to talk about, but the story is about so much more than that provocative image suggests.

What book are you reading now?
The Arranger by L.J. Sellars. I enjoy suspense novels, and I want to support other indie authors who take pride in their work and show some marketing savvy. Next up is R.J. McDonnell's rock and roll mystery series.

Do you relate to any of the characters in your book?
I related more to my ordinary guy protagonist in The Jinx than to Frank Paine, the larger-than-life action hero in King of Paine. I intentionally developed characters that were unique and drew less on my own experience in the second book because that was more of a challenge and, I felt, would make me a more versatile writer. Naturally, there are some elements of the characters' personalities and experiences that I feel a strong connection to, like Frank's agnosticism, but their quirks are mostly the product of my imagination, fertilized with a lot of research into their milieu. At a bigger picture level, though, who can't relate to the challenge of overcoming obstacles to love, a struggle all four main characters face?

Which character was the most fun to write?

Frank Paine. I was able to shut the filters off and channel my inner jackass. One of the themes brewing below the surface of King of Paine is that we are who we let the world see through our words and actions, not our thoughts. When I was writing as Frank, I found myself thinking thoughts I ordinarily wouldn't even dare to let myself think, never mind say aloud. And since Frank's pre-FBI background is as a Hollywood actor, I also enjoyed creating his mindset, frequently drawing on well-known scenes from movies to inspire his reaction to obstacles he faced. There are a couple of passages that still crack me up when I reread them, like an unflattering image of Jack Nicholson at a Playboy Mansion party that Frank can't get out of his head at an inopportune moment.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
My work-in-progress, Hostile Takeover, is still in the outline stage. My protagonist discovers a conspiracy by Asian sovereign investment funds to acquire vital U.S. companies and subvert the government. If I stay true to the genre, he will likely take heroic action to save the American way of life (after overcoming several life-threatening obstacles, naturally). I just hope we're not all speaking Chinese before I finish writing--that would put a real damper on book sales!

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
That reminds me of the interview scene at the end of the movie Almost Famous, where William Miller, the teenage freelancer for Rolling Stone, finally gets to interview his rock hero and asks, "What do you love about music?" A smile comes over the guitarist's face as he pulls up a chair and sighs, "Everything." I find everything about writing challenging in a good way. It's easy to put words on paper, as the proliferation of new fiction in the marketplace demonstrates, but it's incredibly difficult--and rewarding--to craft an intricate, relevant, and entertaining novel. I love trying to put all the pieces of the puzzle together.

What was the hardest part of writing your book?
The hardest part was trying to make Frank Paine, a deeply flawed man, a protagonist readers can get behind. He wronged the woman he loves, but he'd give up his life to earn her forgiveness. I hope his remorse, fundamental integrity, and determination to fight his darker impulses will ultimately win readers' hearts.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Understand that the economics of supply and demand make writing a crapshoot as a career choice. Write because you love to tell stories, not to make rent money. And, for crissakes, edit your book before publishing it! Those who don't are giving all indies a bad reputation in some circles.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I'd like to thank them for supporting indie writers who put in the effort to produce quality books and encourage them to spread the word if they like what they read. Every book needs word-of-mouth promotion to be successful, and it's difficult for indie authors to reach their audiences. Generous book bloggers like you help a lot, and I've tried to make it more fun for readers to get in on the act by sponsoring a Kindle Giveaway Contest that offers something back for doing the promotional tasks that can help connect me with others interested in my novels. This can be as simple as "Liking" my Facebook Fan page and sharing a review, or leaving a brief review on a book site. And a review from a reader who truly connects with my book makes me feel ten times better than the 35 cents I earn on an ebook sale!

Lastly, If you could be any character in your book who would you be?

Don't read too much into this, but I'd say Angela del Rio--the "Angel of the River." She's a mysterious and brilliant woman who spreads joy like a contagion to everyone she meets. She's my favorite because she's inspired by my wife, who shares those qualities. I dream of making the world a better place by spreading ideas; she makes it happen, one person at a time, with her selflessness and a smile. She is my hero, and I wish my nature was more like hers.

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More about Larry Kahn:
Author Bio: Larry Kahn, the author of The Jinx and King of Paine, successfully negotiated the fast-paced world of domestic and international mergers and acquisitions for twenty years, first at a major New York law firm and then at an Atlanta Fortune 500 company. He penned The Jinx while on sabbatical in 1999 and is now devoted to writing fiction full time. Many of his more cynical legal clients and associates have accused him of writing fiction full time for many years. He resides in Atlanta with his family.
Larry developed a keen interest in social issues while attending Yale Law School, an idealistic spirit that continues to spice his novels. The vision of a colorblind America in his political thriller The Jinx led to endorsements by leaders of the ACLU, National Urban League and Artists Against Racism. And as the Baby Boomer generation scatters about the country, King of Paine envisions a renewed emphasis on family and tradition in which Americans create for their venerable elders, and ultimately themselves, a peaceful place to die.

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