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.
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