After Senate, ND's Dorgan working on 2 novels

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Former North Dakota Sen. Byron Dorgan has two books about trade and finance to his credit, but he says his next two books will be novels.

Dorgan says fiction writing is a different and interesting experience, because the writer has to create a plot structure and characters.

Dorgan says he's writing the two books with another writer, whom he declined to name. He says the first book should be published at the end of this year. Dorgan says the books will be "eco-thrillers" that have "a lot to do with energy" but he won't go into details.

He says he signed a contract with a publisher months ago.

Dorgan left the Senate last week after spending 30 years in Congress. His successor is former Republican Gov. John Hoeven.