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IR Approved Author David Klein: “I never decided to become an author, writing seems to have decided me.”

THE MONEY received a 4+ star review, making it an IndieReader Approved title.

Following find an interview with author David Klein.

What is the name of the book and when was it published?

My novel is called THE MONEY, published by Black Rose Writing on February 25, 2021.

What’s the book’s first line? 

The first line is “I was standing at a mirror in the men’s room at the Jay Street courthouse, rehearsing my argument to the D.A. on behalf of Amber Waves.”

What’s the book about? Give us the “pitch”. 

THE MONEY is about Henry Krakow, loving husband, devoted dad, and lawyer for the down-and-out. Henry tries to help a single father keep his two kids, but Henry’s good deed takes a wrong turn, and he has to fight for his family through an underworld of corrupt power brokers, Ukrainian mobsters, homicidal pole dancers, rap buskers, internet revolutionaries, and a conspiracy to rob the people of Coney Island of millions of dollars meant for rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy–a conspiracy that ultimately forces him to confront the legacy of his legendary father.

What inspired you to write the book? A particular person? An event? 

I’ve always found the banana peel of good intentions to be very funny. Musing on how hard it is to do the right thing without simultaneously doing some wrong one, I came up with Henry and his quest to help a single father and his two kids.

What’s the main reason someone should really read this book? 

The main reason someone should read THE MONEY is to hope, with Henry, that he’s able to stare down temptation after temptation in his quest to win back the love and respect of his wife.

What’s the most distinctive thing about the main character?  Who-real or fictional-would you say the character reminds you of? 

The most distinctive thing about Henry is his sense of humor and humanity. Henry reminds me of many of Bill Murray’s characters: observing the absurdity of life through a lens of wry affection.

When did you first decide to become an author?

I never decided to become an author, writing seems to have decided me. I took a creative writing course in college, loved it and got the second of two college career A’s (the other was for singing, not advanced algebra), and that was it, I was hooked.

Is this the first book you’ve written?

THE MONEY is my first novel, though I’m hard at work on my second.

What do you do for work when you’re not writing?

When I’m not writing I’m an attorney who represents injured workers. I also teach pro bono classes in workplace rights, and I teach my short stories to high school students for the Hudson Review Writers In The Schools Program.

How much time do you generally spend on your writing?

I write six mornings a week, 3 1/2 hours a day.

Would you go traditional if a publisher came calling?  If so, why?

Black Rose Writing is a terrific publisher; it pretty much demolishes any meaningful distinction between indie and traditional.

Which writer, living or dead, do you most admire?

I admire any writer who does the work, day after day after day. Novelists I love include Willa Cather, Melville, Henry Green, David Markson, Barbara Pym, and too many more to mention.