‘Seven Doors’ by Vandergrift author is journey of redemption
Spending months in a hospital on an antibiotic made David Krajci tired most of the time.
“So, I was always sleeping,” he says. “And when I would wake up, I would remember my dreams and would tell them to my wife Lori. She would write it all down, and by the time I left the hospital most of the book was written.”
The book is “Seven Doors.” The story follows Zac Turner, a musician who lives an immoral life of recklessness, robbery and rock music, and is also a con man.
“Zac is the kind of guy everyone loves to hate,” says Krajci, who uses D.A. Krajci as his pen name. “He is selfish. In the book, he learns about love and Jesus Christ as he goes through doors, some which show him his past, and he realizes people don’t like him.
“The book is more for people having problems with life who get into alcohol and drugs. I have had people tell me that was them back in the day,” he says.
“It is satisfying to say I wrote a book, and I believe everyone has a story to tell.”
Turner receives late-night visits from a mysterious guest who takes him on a series of journeys through seven doors. He comes to terms with his childhood, learns about life and love and, at the seventh door, must make a critical decision that will impact the rest of his life, Krajci says.
The journeys provide the young man with the opportunity of peering into the past to gain insight into why he has become the person that he is. He also gets a glimpse of his future by choosing between competing life-paths, says Krajci, who was born and raised in Tarentum and currently lives in Vandergrift.
The story tells of Turner’s wonderful early childhood, being constantly pampered by his adoring mother. His life derails at age 9, when she dies in a traffic accident caused by his father.
The son gets to relive those precious childhood moments with his mom, and is thrilled to visit Christmas celebrations at his grandparents’ house, Krajci says.
“Readers have commented that they were drawn in to relive their own beautiful holiday childhood memories as they read Zac’s account of visiting a Christmas village celebration that he had experienced as a child,” Krajci says.
The written word
Krajci began writing later in life after a career as a manager of supermarkets in New Jersey and owner of a potato chip franchise in Pennsylvania. He wrote three screenplays and this novel, which is related to one of the screenplays. He chose to include the word “seven” in the title because it is a “very biblical number.”
The book “is doing really well,” Krajci says.
From the publisher
The book was published last year via Xulon Press, a Christian book publishing company. The editorial team at the publishing company says through email “the author develops an intriguing story right from the introductory scene. The first few pages of Zac’s performance and robbery clearly show the beginnings of his strong character development early on in the story.”
Xulon also says, “Throughout the book, the pacing is appropriate and flows naturally and consistently from chapter to chapter. The timing of the dialogue is effective and successfully works as a catalyst to move the plot along without the author relying too much on narration.
“The author uses unexpected plot devices, such as foreshadowing, that emphasize the theme and message of the book before the reader is even aware of the author’s purpose of writing. This is especially true of the foreshadowing within Zac’s cross tattoo,” the publisher says.
The book is available at Barnes & Noble, Amazon and other major booksellers. The cost is $15.99
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JoAnne Klimovich Harrop is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact JoAnne at 412-320-7889, [email protected] or via Twitter .