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Tuesday, July 31, 2012
The Gilboa Iris - Author Interview
I'm pleased to participate in an author blog tour. Zahava Englard wrote The Gilboa Iris, a romantic thriller.
About the Book Dara Harow, the daughter of a rocket physicist for the US department of defense, sends her parents into a tailspin of dual-loyalty anxiety when she plans to wed Roni Ben-Ari, an Israeli officer in an elite counter-terrorist unit. When the Harows are targeted by a terror cell in hot pursuit of technology not yet found in any country's arsenal, Dara finds herself at the center of a hierarchy of terror that threatens her life and the lives of those she loves. The Gilboa Iris is a blazing tale of romance, deceit and international intrigue. Its rich characters and explosive plot take readers from Israel s Gilboa Mountains to the streets of New York, to Germany's Zehlendorf Forest, and back to Israel amid seminal events that rocked the world between 1983 and 2002.
About the Author
A native of New York, Zahava Englard lived in Teaneck, NJ, before moving with her family to Israel in 2006. An outspoken activist in the United States on behalf of Israel, she served as trustee on the executive board of One Israel Fund, and as its executive director. Presently Zahava lives in Israel. Her writing includes Settling for More: From Jersey to Judea, and she lectures in the United States and Israel about her books, Jewish activism, and her passion for Israel’s well-being. Gilboa Iris is her first novel.
Pam: Do you have a ritual when you are writing? Zahava: I require silence and solitude, preferably writing into the late hours of the night.
Pam: Do you have hobbies outside of writing? Zahava: Blasting the iPod in my head while running.
Pam: What book or books are you currently reading? Zahava: The Messenger by Daniel Silva
If you could be one character from one of your books who would it be? Zahava: The heroine of course, Dara Harow. I need to be second to none.
Pam: Any challenges for you as you wrote and published this book? Zahava: I have to say that this book practically wrote itself. All the ideas were in my head and they flowed out easily as I sat at my keyboard. I fortunately did not experience any writer's block while writing The Gilboa Iris. There were a couple of kinks in the story that I viewed more as solving a puzzle than seeing it as a challenge. The one thing I was determined about was for it not to be predictable.
Pam: Are you working on your next book? What's your process like? Zahava: I talk to myself. I daydream. I create scenarios, and various settings and circumstances, allowing them to take different paths, and then let it mull around in my mind for a while before committing to a specific direction. That is the stage I'm at right now.