Thursday, May 30, 2013

Author Interview – Maggie Thom

How did you develop your plot and characters? I have a lot of fun with characters. I like to play with a scene until it’s clear to me and is gripping and compelling and then I’ll figure out who those characters are. What is their name, physical attributes, their personalities and then I get into who they really are and why. I get a clear idea of who they are, what they do, why they do what they do. Often I will interview my characters so that I know them so well that you, as the reader, feel like you know them. Now every now and then a character will just come to me and will enter a story as I’m writing. As for the plot, I usually play around with it a lot before I ever put anything down on paper. Then after I get started I still do that. I run several scenarios through my mind as to what works and what doesn’t, then I write, then I plot, then I write….

Who designed the cover? Digital Donna designed the cover for this book, Tainted Waters and for my first book, Captured Lies. I think she did an amazing job.

Who is your publisher? I’m self published, so me :) .

Why did you choose to write this particular book? I’ve always been fascinated by people who have a cabin at the lake and who go there every weekend over the summer. I’m not one of those people although there are a few lakes that I like to go to swim and/or camp. Once though we went to a lake that was little more than a slough but it got me to thinking about all the sinister things that could go on at a lake that was remote and didn’t have much traffic to it. So if it was an out of the way place, who might go there, what might they be hiding, what might they use the area for?

What was the hardest part about writing this book? For this book, Tainted Waters, it was finishing it. I’m not sure why that was. Some I know was because of all that I had been doing with Captured Lies which had just been published was taking up a lot of my time but I just couldn’t seem to get myself planted in my chair to write the last ten chapters. I finally did though. :)

Did you learn anything from writing this book and what was it? That I love writing. That I really could write another suspense novel. It’s funny when I start writing a new novel I always wonder how am I going to get to 80,000 words. And then when I get to over 100,000 I think, okay now I have to cut some. :)

How do you promote this book? I am and will be doing a number of things. I have asked for reviews from bloggers. I am doing this book tour through Orangeberry Book Tours (thank you for the great job at organizing this). I have been invited to go back on a radio show (LA Radio – Two Talk Books with Starla Faye) that I did for Captured Lies, I am contacting the local media, I have bookmarks, I do guest blogging and I host book tours on my blog

Will you write others in this same genre? Yes. Captured Lies was published October 2012. Deceitful Truths which is the sequel to Captured Lies will be published Fall of 2013. I also have another book outlined and some ideas written but I have no title yet. I plan to write many more suspense stories.

He didn’t commit suicide but who’s going to believe her…

Frustrated at being fired from her latest job and overwhelmed by her consolatory family, Sam decides to move to the family’s cabin at the lake. A place she hasn’t been since her dad committed suicide there twenty years before. Or did he? Snooping is something she’s good at but someone seems to be taking offence to her looking too closely at what has been happening at the lake. What she discovers is shocking. Now she must uncover what’s real and what’s not.

All that she learned growing up, may be false. Keegan, who has recently moved to the area, to finish his latest book is also trying to find out if his grandfather, who’d passed away ten years before, died of natural causes or was murdered? The descendants of the four families who own the land around the lagoon are dying off. Since Sam and Keegan are the only ones questioning the deaths, they find themselves working together to seek the truth.

Are people being murdered? Who would benefit from their deaths? Why would there be barricades and armed guards at the north end of the lake? To stay alive, Sam and Keegan must find the answers and convince others, before more people are killed… including them.

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Genre – Suspense

Rating – PG13

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