The 42-year-old writer is firmly ensconced among his old things in his native Michigan, with English and writing degrees from local Wayne State, four years in the '80s with Doner/Detroit and, for the last nine years, a very amenable steady freelance gig with Campbell-Ewald/Detroit, which gives him plenty of time to work on the finer aspects of his art. His short fiction has appeared in a host of literary reviews, and even his ad work has a literary bent; one of his accounts is Borders, for whom he writes pithy "Borders Moments" ads, like, "Meet the Bill Zehme. He is writer of book about Andy Kaufman. Tenk you veddy much," for a Bill Zehme book signing.
And no less a prince of page-turners than one-man vice squad Elmore Leonard has written a pithy blurb for the jacket of Zadoorian's novel: "Second Hand hooked me right away -- Zadoorian is a stylist with his own sound. He's a very entertaining writer, hip and funny." It turns out that Leonard's son-in-law works at Campbell-Ewald and Leonard himself worked there decades ago. So not only does the agency have a literary tradition, but Zadoorian, who does bookstore readings of his own, may have the pleasure of writing a Borders ad for himself. "That would be kind of cool," he admits.