I have to say, I have been absolutely loving meeting some really awesome authors from all over the world with Meet the Author Monday! I hope you are enjoying it as well! Today we are interviewing Ukrainian author Nik Krasno.
Nik Krasno is one of those writers who never thought he would end up authoring a book. He just knew that he had a story that apparently waited for the right moment to break out.
For many years Nik had been involved in law and business in few Eastern European countries, spending most of his time in Ukraine.
Witnessing the meteoric rise of a small number of individuals from modest citizens to mighty billionaires, Nik felt compelled to expose to the world the unique phenomenon taking place in this less familiar part of the globe. In the fictional plot of his Oligarch series he combines real and imaginary events with some 'lawyers' folklore' and known corruption and criminal schemes customary for Ukraine and other former USSR republics. The author also shares some insight into the glorious and simultaneously tragic events of 2013 uprising in Ukraine resulting in ousting of the president, ensuing Russian aggression in Crimea and tensions and war in the Eastern regions of Ukraine. The imaginary characters are designed to reflect real behavior and mentality and provide decent entertainment for the readers.
Remember movies based on Bill Gates' and Mark Zuckerberg's biographies describing their path to wealth and glory? Although they were truly amazing, Nik thinks the rise of their Eastern billionaire peers is just a little more thrilling and unorthodox.
Let's get the interview started! Welcome to An Angell's Life Nik.
What is the current book you are promoting?
I am promoting my Oligarch series, which currently comprises two books: 'Rise of an Oligarch' - a
historical saga with thriller elements, close conceptually to 'Godfather'. The second book is 'Mortal Showdown' - a gritty, hard-boiled thriller. The third book 'Be First or Be Dead' shall hopefully join the other two soon.
The series combines imaginary events with real and realistic backgrounds, some 'lawyers' folklore' and known and made-up corruption and criminal schemes customary for Ukraine and other former USSR republics. The fictional characters are designed to reflect real behavior and mentality and provide decent entertainment for the readers.
Wow, they sound so exciting! I am definitely looking forward to checking these out!
If you could have your book made into a movie, who would you want to direct it?
Quentin Tarantino or Guy Ritchie, definitely. The books are full of raw action, absurd yet humorous dialogues, colorful personages, erratic, cruel behavior, which some readers and fellow authors claim easily amount to an action blockbuster. I deliberately put my own opinion aside, as I can't be objective.
Ha, I love it! Those are two of my top favorite directors.
If your book were made into a movie, who would you cast?
I'd love to see Danny Trejo in them, but unfortunately he doesn't look sufficiently Russian -:)
He deserves a book written especially for him though to play some major role.
Neeson would probably fill Oligarch's shoes, while Statham - those of his security chief. I think Gary Oldman, Woody Harrelson and Vinnie Jones won't spoil the cast.
Sounds like a great blockbuster, to be sure! We need to get a bug in someone's ear. This would definitely be better than another remake.
What is your next project?
I'm at the pre-publication stage with the third installment - 'Be First Or Be Dead', which should conclude the trilogy, at least for the time being, and it has a little surprise in it.
Michael, the Oligarch, tops Forbes billionaire's list only to find out that those, who really dominate the global economy, rule illicitly and stay away from the public eye. He needs to confront the ancient cabal in order to survive and to save his country... For good or bad, it should be a transgressive, radical, uncompromising, grotesque, action-packed and philosophical read.
What is one place you would like to visit and why?
I'm 'collecting' continents -:) and I'm currently missing South America and Antarctica for the full house, so visiting either of these two would be cool. Yet, there are lots of places I'd gladly revisit. From the known ones I'm a big fan of Thailand and Australia. Regarding more exotic locations, I think Africa offers an amazing insight into a very different life style, Altai Mountains in South Siberia - a breathtaking nature sites, and Predjamski Grad in Slovenia - an absolutely fabulous combination of nature and human craft.
Sounds like so much fun! I have only managed North and South America to date, but would love to visit some of those places you mentioned. Want to learn more about this exciting world traveller? Follow him on Facebook, or check him out on LinkedIn! To keep tabs on his book releases, follow him on Goodreads, or Amazon.
Until next time,