Book: Saving the Karamazovs by Gary Goldstickcategories: Book, Karamazovs, Family Saga, Investing, Management, Leadership, Negotiating, Sabotage, Scandal, Sex, Vietnam War, Buisness Thriller
Gary Goldstickabout this book: Sex, Scandal and Sabotage... Set in the unstable business world of the 1990 Gulf War, Saving the Karamazovs tells the story of three brothers whose good intentions -- and dysfunctions -- pull their family into an ugly war of its own.
• What inspired you to write Saving the Karamazovs?
Two factors inspired me to write the book.
The first: The success of John Grisham, especially his first two books, "The Firm" and the Pelican Brief," motivated me to emulate him using the venue of the world of business as opposed to the world of the law.
The second: My experiences with a wide range of personalities and situations during my during my thirty plus years as a business doctor (i.e. turnaround consultant) gave rise to many stories that would interest a slice of the reading public.
• How long did it take to write it?
Approximate 10 years.
• How did you come up with the title
The story centers on the youngest son's efforts to save his family from bankruptcy. During his teenage years, he was fascinated by Dostoevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" and the similarity of the personalities of his family to that Karamzov family. The title "Saving the Karamazovs" is what the youngest son believes he is doing.
• How did you choose the cover?
The novel is about business and family conflict. Water turbulence appeared to be an appropriate metaphor to describe the contents of the book.
• What was the hardest part of writing the book:
Since this was my first novel, every part of it was hard. First, I had to learn how to write fiction. Then I had to craft a story that would be interesting. Then I had to determine how to structure scenes and sequels so that the story would build to a climax. Then I had to make sure that the beginning would capture the interest of the reader and the ending would not disappoint him. I had to work closely with an editor to make sure the work flowed and that there was nothing in the novel that would cause a reader to cease to suspend their disbelief during their reading – and so on.
I expect that my next novel will prove to be a lot easier to write.
• Did you do research for the book and what did that involve:
Yes, I did a great deal of research.
For example, the first chapter is set in Vietnam during the war. I had never been in the military and my knowledge of the details of the Vietnam War was much too limited for me to be able to write convincing scenes. Therefore, I had to immerse myself in the details by reading books by Platoon leaders and company commanders, as well as overall histories of the conflict. I watched many hours of movies and documentaries about the life of soldiers on the front line. I found that this effort was essential for me to capture the verisimilitude of the Vietnam War.
• Did you learn anything from writing your book?
Yes. I learned a great deal about the Vietnam War. I learned a great deal about the psychology and physiology of stress. But the most important thing I learned is that I could write a novel that would capture the interest of readers and deep them turning pages.
• What do you want to say to your readers?
If you have an interest in stories about business conflicts, and/or if you like to read thrillers, you should take a look at Saving the Karamazovs.
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