Ames author completes thrill novel

David Kovach, author of the thriller fiction “Five Days of Fear,” along with his wife, Karen Kovach, talks about his experience writing his first book on Sunday, March 3, 2013. Kovach revealed that his second book is with the editor now, and he is currently working on his third book. 

Kimberly Woo

A book of suspense, thrill and romance is anticipated to bring in readers of all interests; fiction novel “Five Days of Fear” has been written by Ames author David Kovach.

The book is about a family who went on a picnic together at the Golden Gate Park until something bad happened. The grandmother in the story was kidnapped after overhearing a criminal conversation. The story begins when the FBI enter the picture, David said.

The book evolves into a mystery filled with clues and romance throughout the plot, which all happens in five days, beginning on a Monday and ending on a Friday.

This is a clean book written for everyone, and parents should not be worried to allow their children in high school to read; it is written for readers ages 12 to 93, David said.

“I’m still waiting for it to catch the national attention; I don’t think it’s well-known yet but it’s out there,” David said.

David was especially interested in the TransAmerica building and was determined that he would include that building in his story.

“I was very interested in the TransAmerica building, and when I wanted to write a story I wanted to include that building, because I grew up in the bay area in San Francisco and Karen [his wife] is from Sacramento, so we’re both from California,” David said. “I learned about it through radio and articles, so I included some of that information on that building; and so, came up with the idea of threatening the safety of that building and people and so that’s where the plot partly involves, so that’s how it began.”

David said the San Francisco Golden Gate Park, where David and Karen went when they were dating, and the bay area, where he grew up at in San Jose, Calif. played a role in his story writing.

“There were a few changes, slight, but it was copyrighted in 2006, but I just got a revision copyright, it came last week, so it’s updated 2012,” David said.

David started writing the book about six to seven years ago; it took him approximately 10 to 12 months to write the first draft. He edited it six times with his friends and family and then two more times with the editor.

David has two completed books; one of them is published and one is at the copyright and a third is in progress.

“[The sequel to “Five Days of Fear”] gets more intense; it’s nothing as far sex or bad words or anything like that, but it’s just the intensity of it and the trauma that someone goes through, that two people go through; I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under 16 for that,” David said.

David said that he would probably put an end to “Five Days of Fear” in a third book.

“It’s interesting, he knows the ending and he’s very logical and so he has the story in mind of how it’s going to end and then he works toward that from the very beginning,” said Karen. “I never know his plots until he’s written the book. He won’t tell me anything; it’s part of his whole creative process.”

David felt very good about it when he got the chance to be creative.

“When you get a chance to be creative, say this is it,” David said.

 David gave a piece of advice to writers.

“If you’re interested in writing, go with what interest you cause you’re going to enjoy that,” David said. “If you try to write for a niche or something that’s popular and you’re not in it, it probably won’t be that good, so go with what you’re interested in, whether it’s fiction, nonfiction, whatever genre, go with what interests you. Readers: Go with what you love, read what you love, and if you think you’d be embarrassed, just read it in private.”