Allow me to introduce Daria

When I first imagined “Crashers,” oh, 11 years ago, I didn’t anticipate the character of Daria Gibron being the breakout star.

Oh, she’s fun as hell to write. She’s an ex-pat, ex-spook who leaps first, then strategizes. She pretty much writes her own dialogue. Readers seemed to go crazy for her.

I gave her what I consider to be a nice reveal in the second novel, “Breaking Point.” My editor was happy enough with it that he asked for a third novel featuring Daria. I suppose it’s OK to let you know that, yes, she is the protagonist of the third novel, “Threshold Event.” It’s still in the works, so I don’t have a release date yet.

Doing a novel with just two or three protagonists was a whole hell of a lot easier than “Crashers” and “Breaking Point,” which have a dozen protagonists. There were days when I had to draw diagrams on butcher paper taped to my kitchen cabinets, just to keep the plots and sub-plots clear. “Threshold Event” promises to be a much-more streamlined story.

And I don’t crash a single airplane. Honest. OK, maybe a little one.

Admitting you need help is the first step.

About danahaynes

Dana Haynes is the author of ICE COLD KILL (2013), BREAKING POINT (2011) and CRASHERS (2010) from Minotaur and St. Martin's Press.

Posted on June 30, 2011, in Blog. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Just finished ‘crashers’ today. Couldn’t put it down. Hope Daria reappears in sequel!

  2. Picked up “Crashers” at the library last week as I was looking through a stack of James Patterson books, hoping to find one I hadn’t read. “Crashers” caught my eye, and made the cut after I read the flap. I am only about 1/3 of the way through, and absolutely LOVE it! Love your writing style, and although it’s a thriller, I often find myself smiling at your subtle humor. FANTASTIC! I am thrilled to know about “Breaking Point” & “Threshold Event”…James Patterson move over! 🙂


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