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An Interview With Nik Krasno


An Interview with Nik Krasno.

Nik Krasno is a fiction writer, writing in the genre of Crime/thriller. He is also a moderator for the growing Goodreads group ‘Wealth, Writing, World’. But don’t let me tell you about Nik, let’s find out more from the man himself.

Allan: Hi Nik, thanks for taking the time to be interviewed for my blog. Why don’t you start by telling us a little about yourself?

Nik: Hi Allan, thanks for hosting me in the DownUnder and your virtual space -:)

Born in Kiev (Ukraine, then- USSR) in the seventies I immigrated to Israel when the enormous Soviet Empire opened its borders and started crumbling only to return there for business 8 years later.

By the time I had accomplished my law degree, Ukraine came out independent from the Big Bang of the USSR and offered endless business opportunities. I established (with partners) an international law firm and managed it during its first years. I counselled a wide range of multinational sovereign, corporate and individual clients, engaged in diverse areas and industries. Simultaneously with promoting the law office, I worked for an international business group and took part in different projects primarily in real estate as well as in privatization, defence, medicine and telecommunication in Ukraine and some other countries, sharing time between family in Israel and work and business mostly in former USSR countries.

Witnessing the meteoric rise under new capitalist rules of a small number of individuals from modest Soviet citizens to mighty billionaires, who often neglected any rules or laws, I felt compelled to expose to the world the unique phenomenon taking place in this less familiar part of the globe. The fictional plot of my series combines real and imaginary events with some lawyers’ “folklore”, known corruption and criminal schemes customary for Ukraine and other former USSR republics. I offer some insight and interpretation into the glorious and simultaneously tragic events of the 2013 uprising, ensuing Russian aggression in Crimea and tensions and war in the Eastern regions of Ukraine.

Moneymaking always has an audience. Inspired by the popularity of movies about Zuckerberg, Gates and Jobs, I thought some Eastern European billionaires had ‘spicier’ career paths and tried to offer a fictional insight into making billions of dollars in once socialistic country.

I currently live in Israel and work as an independent legal practitioner and an author.

Allan: As an author you have already released a few books, including: Be First or Be dead, Mortal Showdown and Rise of an Oligarch. Which of these did you most enjoy writing and why?

Nik: Probably – Mortal Showdown. After ending the first book (Rise of an Oligarch) with a cliff-hanger, I was very anxious myself to find out how Michael (the protagonist) proceeds and whether he survives, so I just helped him… by writing the 2nd instalment and thus solving the riddle for myself and hopefully – the readers -:)

Allan: For your fans and to satisfy my own curiosity, what are you working on now or what will be your next project?

Nik: After releasing the 3rd instalment and placing a short in an anthology, I’m hesitating where to head: whether to finish the series or try other projects. So I’m toying with a few ideas and not writing anything at the moment.

Allan: When you’re not writing, what authors do you like to read, and which writers have inspired you?

Nik: I like diverse stuff, including sci-fi/fantasy, thrillers, contemporary, classic adventures and so on. Not sure I can pinpoint inspiration, but certainly there was some influence of Mario Puzo – for Oligarch is a Godfather in a sense – a Ukrainian mafia billionaire, of Irvine Welsh – for encouraging literary mischief and of Tarantino – for cool and raw action and grotesque.

Allan: Is there any advice you would give a newbie author, just trying to get started as a writer?

Nik: To first make money elsewhere and then just enjoy being an author -:) When sales aren’t a concern, it’s fun, but if you count on a career, be prepared for long years of obscurity which may result in some glory in the end, but equally, even most likely, – may not.

Allan: Well that just about wraps things up, thanks again for contributing to my blog Nik and good luck with your writing.

You can find out more about Nik and his books by clicking here

Interested in a free e-copy of “Darkness in Shadows”?


If you are interested in getting a free copy of “Darkness In Shadows” in return for an honest review, head over to Sci-Fi and Scary. This blog enables readers to review books with the comfort of knowing the author will never find out who completed the review.

This short story will be available on Sci-Fi and Scary for 1 month only. So if you’re interested, get in while the offer stands.


Downtime – What do you do when you’re not reading or writing?

I have just had 2 weeks off my day job and took the time to relax and have some fun. I figured if I’m going to take a break, I may as well put down my pen and take a break from my writing too. So, here is what I got up to over the last 2 weeks.

I took a trip to Toowoomba and visited the Cobb and Co. museum. Here is one of their Royal Mail coaches, some good old fashioned wind pumps outside and me having a bit of a laugh.

I visited an old church to admire the architecture. Here are a few pictures of the church and one of the old church buildings beside it.


And here I am enjoying a ‘Schooner’ of beer at the pub.

After Toowoomba it was back home for a few nights before heading to Surfers Paradise.


The beach here is truly beautiful and the surf life saver huts reminded me of Baywatch.

There is so much to do at surfers. I even did a few things I never thought to put on my bucket list, but really enjoyed, like virtual golf and shooting a hand gun.

Keeping in theme with my blog (and for all you book lovers out there), I also came across what I believe is an old printing press and this bookcase at the shooting range (the last place I thought I would see something like this).

Well, that’s pretty much it for my update. What do you do when you’re not reading or writing?

Reposted from – Reading Every Night.

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week there is a new topic for bloggers to choose and list their top ten. This week’s theme is Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List. So who else is incredibly excited about all the amazing books that are […]

via Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books on my Fall TBR List — Reading Every Night

Oiling The Machine On My Journey.


Photo by Daniel Go

Hello readers, I have been working on a number of things lately, including writing more stories. I’m currently about 4000 words into a short story I started about 6 months ago and put down to mature after about 1500 words. I’m also about 3000 words into a new story.

In this post though, I wanted to focus a little on how I am trying to improve my business of being a writer. So, what have I been up to? Well for a start, I have now registered a PO Box. I did this for the sole reason of setting up a Mail Chimp account to help build a mailing list and anti-spam laws require you to provide an address that is displayed on all your e-mails. Having a Mail Chimp account will enable me to build an e-mail list of my readers, so I can notify them (via email) when I release a new book or provide a special offer. For instance, I may look for readers to read a story I have just completed and provide feedback before it’s released. I may offer a free copy of a new book for an honest review on Goodreads or Amazon. I may run a giveaway, etc… that sort of thing.

Okay, now I have my PO Box and a Mail Chimp account. I’ve linked a free anthology that contains short stories from a number of upcoming Australian authors. This is a kind of thank you for those that subscribe to my mailing list. If you are interested and would like a copy of the book, you can sign up by clicking here, or if you are interested in signing up, but do not want the anthology then you can sign up here.

The next step was to add my PO Box address to my social media sites and my e-mail signature. I chose not to add this to all of my social media sites, just the main ones. After doing all this, I have posted some blogs/messages on social media to create awareness of the book giveaway to kick-start my mailing list.

That’s about it for this update, so until next time, be lucky.

Repost from The Owl on the Bookshelf – Book review: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

It was only fairly recently that I discovered Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. The first in the Peculiar Children trilogy it was originally published in 2011, and next week a film adaptation directed by Tim Burton will be released in cinemas. Its premise intrigued me – an abandoned orphanage on a remote Welsh island, […]

via Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs — the owl on the bookshelf

Freelance: Find & Manage an Editor — Quintessential Editor

You’ve finished your masterpiece and want to get it professionally edited. If you have no access to brick and mortar editors, you might be considering using an online, freelance editor. Scrolling through freelance profiles on the many sites they populate sometimes has the same seedy feeling of looking through the personals section of a newspaper (we’ve all […]

via Freelance: Find & Manage an Editor — Quintessential Editor

A Writer’s Dilemma. What Would You Do?


Picture by Shannon Hauser

For those that follow my blog, you may already know I have been working on a couple of things. Honestly, I can’t remember if I have mentioned it before or not, so you may not know. Anyway… I have a trilogy that consists of a short story, a novella and a novel. These are all written and currently being edited. I also have 2 short stories I’ve released and another 5 in various stages of being written/edited.

I have 2 distinct marketing plans for these:

1 – Release the novella and novel from my trilogy individually at a standard price, then release a boxed set at a reduced price with the short story as a bonus (this short story will be exclusive to the boxed set).

2 – Release the short stories one at a time with standard pricing and no promotion, then when I have 8 or so, release a boxed set. The boxed set will be heavily discounted in comparison to the cost of purchasing all the individual books.

My dilemma is, that now some of the short stories are out there, I really want to start promoting them to generate some interest. There are problems with this though. I don’t want to ‘rip off’ my readers by having them pay full price for individual books. Especially when I know a boxed set will be available for a much better price down the track. I could give free copies away, but then I will not get verified purchases for any reviews on Amazon (which apparently is a must for Authors if they want to sell books). I could make the books exclusive to Amazon and do an Amazon giveaway, but then I have to pull my stories from other places, which I can’t do for one of them.

So what do I do?  I don’t know. But I would love to hear your thoughts, whether you’re a reader or a writer. What would you do?

Tin House is Accepting Unsolicited Submissions for 2017

25 August 2016

Tin House is Accepting Unsolicted Submissions for 2017

“Tin House is an invaluable repository of fine American writing and American fiction, presented in a crisp and entertaining visual format.”
– Stephen King

The first issue of literary magazine Tin House was published in 1999. Based in Portland, Oregon, Tin House publishes fiction, essays, and poetry, and its contributors have frequently been recognised by major American literary awards and anthologies including the Best American Short Stories and the O. Henry Prize.

Throughout September Tin House will be accepting submissions for its first three issues of 2017:

  • Spring – Theme: Rehab, to be published 1 March 2017
  • Summer – Open, non-themed, to be published 1 June 2017
  • Fall – Theme: True Crime, to be published 1 September 2017

Writers are asked to submit only one story or essay (10,000-word limit), or up to five poems at a time. Submissions are welcomed from emerging writers, as well as more established ones. The editors particular seek work that is “new and fresh, unlike what [they’ve] read and published before.”

Submissions open on 1 September and close on 30 September. For further details visit the Tin House website.

For some extra tips before submitting your work, read our popular posts on How to Submit Your Writing to Literary Magazines and Mistakes Writers Make When Submitting to Literary Magazines.