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Author Interview – Maggie Thom

What inspired you to write your first book? Captured Lies isn’t the first book that I wrote but it is the first book published. So many things were going on in my life when I wrote it, it was really a way to deal with it all. On top of that some cool situations happened all around the same time. It brought together some great ideas that I was able to meld together into a suspenseful, compelling story.

Who or what influenced your writing once you began? I have had a lot of people influence my writing, from other authors and writer’s to friends, to family to readers. Beyond that I’d have to say that the writing courses and instructing that I’ve taken and the types of books that I like to read (suspense) all started to make sense and everything clicked so that I was able to write the type of book that I wanted.

Who or what influenced your writing over the years? The authors that I love to read definitely had an impact on how and what I write. An instructor that I had taught me a lot. But the biggest influence has been the people who kept encouraging me – my family and my friends. Because of them I kept working at being a better writer – reading, getting feedback, joining groups, etc.

What made you want to be a writer? I wanted to be a writer to do something with the ideas in my head. They had to go somewhere, my brain was getting awfully full. I love to weave stories, see where they will go, what can I create. I also wanted to take people on an adventure, a journey and pull them into the story and help them to forget their everyday lives, even for a short period of time.

What do you consider the most challenging about writing a novel, or about writing in general? Sometimes it’s just getting my butt in the chair to write and not be distracted by a hundred other things. It is sometimes very challenging just to sit down and do it. Beyond the writing, which in itself isn’t all that challenging, it’s the editing and the marketing and finding the balance to do all of it.

Did writing this book teach you anything and what was it? I know as a writer that I have lots of ideas and I know that I can write novels but I wasn’t sure until I finished writing Tainted Waters that I could write another suspense novel. And that I could make it different from the first book, Captured Lies and yet make it an exciting page turner as well. I think once every author finishes writing a book and publishes it and it is well received, there is a fear if can they do it again. Can they make the second book as compelling? As interesting? I know this was true for me.

Do you intend to make writing a career? Yes! I love writing and can’t imagine doing anything else. Tainted Waters is my second novel and my third Deceitful Truths will be out in the fall of 2013. I have so many ideas but nowhere near enough time to write them all down. I plan on continuing to write and to publish novels.

Have you developed a specific writing style? I tend to write and write and write. I try to write my whole manuscript before I edit. Or at least I try to. I didn’t used to. I used to stop and edit almost every page as I wrote it. This really stopped the flow of ideas. Now I write and try not to edit until I’m done. However if as I’m writing, I realize that I have put something in the story that doesn’t make sense or quite fit, than I will go back and sometimes I’ll edit but sometimes I’ll just mark it to be dealt with later.

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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Website http://www.maggiethom.com/

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