Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do you pronounce Zabo?
A: I pronounce the a with a hard a, as in Cake. It’s a variant of a family name and that’s how we say it.
Q: Do I need to read the Takeover books in order?
A: Nope! They’re all written to be standalones. Of course, characters cross from one book to another, so your understanding of a secondary character may be enhanced if you read them all, but it’s absolutely not required.
Q: How do you pronounce Fazil’s name? (From Due Diligence)
A: He’s of Turkish decent, so it’s pronounced Fah-zil.
Q: Why is Brian’s coffee shop called Grounds N’at? What does n’at mean?
A: It’s a Pittsburgh thing. N’at mean and that. It’s basically a colloquial way of saying et cetera or and so forth. There are a lot of actual places in Pittsburgh that use the _____ N’at form, such as Game N’at, Gyros N’at, and Popcorn N’at. There was also a series of radio sketches from the station WDVE that advertised a fake shop called Pants N’at and the commercials had over-the-top Pittsburghese and accents.
Q: Are you ever going to write more Close Quarter books?
A: Yes. I promise. Hopefully in 2017.