AUTHOR INTERVIEW WITH “BLUE ASYLUM” AUTHOR KATHY HEPINSTALL…

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AUTHOR KATHY HEPINSTALL!

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Kathy Hepinstall is the author of three previous novels, The House of Gentle Men (a Los Angeles Times bestseller), The Absence of Nectar (a national bestseller), and The Prince of Lost Places. She is an award-winning creative director and advertising writer, whose clients have included top brands in American business. She grew up in Texas.
www.kathyhepinstall.com

 

MBA&M: Kathy, please tell our readers a little about Kathy Hepinstall?

I work as an advertising creative and also write novels.

 

MBA&M: What was the inspiration behind writing “BLUE ASYLUM”?

 

I’d been wanting to set a love story in an insane asylum and was visiting Sanibel Island to write a novel on an entirely different topic and the story just kind of fell together.

 

MBA&M: How hard was it to write a compelling story about “madness”,”abuse”,”and “spousal crudity” during the Civil War era?

 

 It was a time when it was fairly easy to lock away a wife on some kind of trumped up charge of madness.  A very sad time in the history of women’s rights.

 

MBA&M: How much research was involved in writing “BLUE ASYLUM”?

 

Did quite a bit on asylums, and my sister and I had done a lot on the Civil War for another novel.  Also researched the history of Sanibel, along with flora, fauna, etc.

 

MBA&M: For those readers who do not know you, who would you compare your writing style to for this era?

 

 Don’t really have a comparison of that era.

 

MBA&M: If you could step into a book,which book you most want to be in,and why?

 

That’s a great question. If you mean a book of mine, I’d love to hang out with Persely, Boone and Alice in Absence of Nectar because I like them so much as characters.

 

MBA&M: Who would you say most influenced your writing career? Why? 

 

 Toni Morrison comes to mind.

 

MBA&M: What piece of advice would you give to any inspiring writer?

 

Think of writing as a combination of magic and muscle.  Both need to be exercised to exhaustion and with faithfulness and hope.

 

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “BLUE ASYLUM” is available?

 

http://www.hmhbooks.com/blueasylum/ Blue Asylum is available at Amazon and surviving bookstores.

 

 

                     Kathy, do you have anything else you would like to add? 

Thank you so much for your support!

You are so welcome. What a great pleasure to have with us and our readers today!

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BLUE ASYLUM

KATHY HEPINSTALL

Hardcover:288 pages

Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (April 10, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:0547712073

ISBN-13: 978-0547712079

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: April 10, 2012
Amid the mayhem of the Civil War, Virginia plantation wife Iris Dunleavy is put on trial and convicted of madness. It is the only reasonable explanation the court can see for her willful behavior, so she is sent away to Sanibel Asylum to be restored to a good, compliant woman. Iris knows, though, that her husband is the true criminal; she is no lunatic, only guilty of disagreeing with him on notions of justice, cruelty, and property.

On this remote Florida island, cut off by swamps and seas and military blockades, Iris meets a wonderful collection of residents–some seemingly sane, some wrongly convinced they are crazy, some charmingly odd, some dangerously unstable. Which of these is Ambrose Weller, the war-haunted Confederate soldier whose memories terrorize him into wildfits that can only be calmed by the color blue, but whose gentleness and dark eyes beckon to Iris.

The institution calls itself modern, but Iris is skeptical of its methods, particularly the dreaded “water treatment.” She must escape, but she has found new hope and love with Ambrose. Can she take him with her? If they make it out, will the war have left anything for them to make a life from, back home?

Blue Asylum is a vibrant, beautifully-imagined, absorbing story of the lines we all cross between sanity and madness. It is also the tale of a spirited woman, a wounded soldier, their impossible love, and the undeniable call of freedom. http://www.hmhbooks.com/blueasylum/

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT AND GIVEAWAY: JOSHUA GRAHAM,”DARKROOM”…

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SUSPENSE AUTHOR, JOSHUA GRAHAM!

WINNER OF 2011 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS, Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble #1 bestselling author Joshua Graham’s novel BEYOND JUSTICE is taking the world by storm, one reader at a time. Many of his readers blame him for sleepless nights, arriving to work late, neglected dishes and family members, and not allowing them to put the book down.

Suspense Magazine listed BEYOND JUSTICE in its BEST OF 2010, alongside titles by Scott Turrow, Ted Dekker, Steven James and Brad Thor.

His short story THE DOOR’S OPEN won the HarperCollins Authonomy Competition (Christmas 2010.)

Publishers Weekly described BEYOND JUSTICE as: “A riveting legal thriller…breaking new ground with a vengeance…demonically entertaining and surprisingly inspiring.”

Joshua Graham grew up in Brooklyn,  NY where he lived for the better part of 30 years. He holds a Bachelor and Master’s Degree and went on to earn his doctorate from Johns Hopkins  University. During his time in Maryland, he taught as a professor at Shepherd College (WV), Western  Maryland College, and Columbia Union College (MD).

Today he lives with his beautiful wife and children in Southern  California. Several of Graham’s short fiction works have been published by Pocket Books and Dawn Treader Press.

Writing under the pen name Ian Alexander, Graham debuted with his first Epic Fantasy novel ONCE WE WERE KINGS, an Amazon #1 Bestseller in multiple categories and Award-Winning Finalist in the SciFi/Fantasy category of The USA “Best Books 2011″ Awards, as well as an Award-Winning Finalist in the Young Adult Fiction category of The USA “Best Books 2011″ Awards, and an Award Winner in the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards in the Teen/Young Adult category. ONCE WE WERE KINGS is available in ebook and hardcover editions.

Look for his next Suspense/Thriller DARKROOM (Simon & Schuster/Howard Books) to be released May 1, 2012!

For Film Rights Josh is represented by UNITED TALENT AGENCY.   Please use the CONTACT button on this website for all inquiries.

You can visit his website at www.joshua-graham.com.

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ABOUT DARKROOM

After scattering her mother’s ashes in Vietnam, photojournalist Xandra Carrick comes home to New York to rebuild her life and career. When she experiences supernatural visions that reveal atrocities perpetrated by American soldiers during the Vietnam War, she finds herself entangled in a forty-year-old conspiracy that could bring the nation into political turmoil.

Launching headlong into a quest to learn the truth from her father, Peter Carrick, a Pulitzer Prize Laureate who served as an embedded photographer during the war, Xandra confronts him about a dark secret he has kept–one that has devastated their family.

Her investigations lead her to her departed mother’s journal, which tell of love, spiritual awakening, and surviving the fall of Saigon.

Pursued across the continent, Xandra comes face-to-face with powerful forces that will stop at nothing to prevent her from revealing the truth. But not before government agencies arrest her for murder, domestic terrorism and an assassination attempt on the newly elected president of the United   States.

Darkroom is a riveting tale of suspense that tears the covers off the human struggle for truth in a world imprisoned by lies.

 

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GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH DEBUT AUTHOR DEBORAH MICHEL….

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DEBUT AUTHOR: DEBORAH MICHEL!!

MEET DEBORAH!!!

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Deborah Michel, a seasoned magazine editor and freelance writer, has worked for many publications, including Premiere,Self, Los Angeles  , and the Los Angeles Times Magazine.  She was the West Coast editor of Spyand served as a contributing editor at Buzz.  Michel grew up in Los Angeles , graduated from Dartmouth , and holds an MFA from Bennington .  She lives with her family in northern California  . 

Visit her online at http://www.deborahmichel.net/

PRESENTING DEBUT AUTHOR: DEBORAH MICHEL AND ” PROSPER IN LOVE”!!

Good morning, Deborah and welcome to My Book Addiction and More.

 

Thank you, I’m thrilled to be invited. Prosper in Love is my first book, so this is all new to me.

 

MBA&M: Please tell our readers a few tidbits about Deborah Michel?

 

DEBORAH: Well, I worked as a magazine writer for years, first in New York and then in Los Angeles, where I’m from—for magazines like House Beautiful, Self, Premiere, Los Angeles. Most of that time, I was also trying to write a novel, and there’s at least one that should never see the light of day. I have twin daughters who are about to graduate from high school, so maybe that goes a little way in explaining why finishing a novel took me so long.

MBA&M: Where did the idea Prosper In Love come from?

 

DEBORAH: I stole it! One of my favorite movies is The Awful Truth, a classic from the 40s with Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. It’s about this perfect couple—it’s clear to everyone that they’re meant to be together, but by the second scene they’re heading toward divorce. When my husband and I were first married (we recently had our 20th anniversary) we’d have these big fights—actually, the same fight over and over. And I started wondering, what would happen if we went too far one night and didn’t make up the way we always do.

 

 

MBA&M: Which character in Prosper In Love do you feel you most identify with?Why?

 

DEBORAH: That’s an easy one: Lynn Prosper, the young wife. She and her family are based on my own flaws and experiences. Some of the fights Lynn and Jamie have—well, they’re familiar enough that rereading those pages makes me uncomfortable. At a certain point in the writing, though, I stopped thinking of her as “me.” She turned into her own separate person. The funny thing was, while writing, I started having a lot more insight and sympathy into the male character, Jamie. I don’t know if it’s coincidence or not, but my husband and I stopped having that same old fight, and I think I started trying to listen more carefully to what he was telling me when he was upset. I learned something about marriage through writing about it.

MBA&M: What do you hope your readers will gain by reading Prosper In Love?

 

DEBOROH: First, I simply hope they gain a few hours of pleasure. I hope reading the novel is a delightful experience, a fun summer read. I also hope it really gets readers thinking about love and marriage and the sort of choices we make. Part of Lynn’s problem at the beginning of the book is that she thinks she understands everything and knows the best answer. I think love is complicated and wonderful and often unexpected. Here’s the best compliment I’ve gotten so far: A friend of mine who’d been divorced and had kind of checked out of dating read Prosper in Love, and she said it made her feel like getting out there and giving dating another try. I can’t tell you how happy that made me.

 

MBA&M: What where the challenges in writing this genre?

 

DEBORAH: That’s a good question. I don’t know about the genre as a whole, but for me the big challenge with Prosper in Love was making two conflicting things believable: what drew my characters together, and what kept them apart. (I hope this isn’t a spoiler!) I went through lots of drafts trying to get that balance. Do you believe Lynn and Jamie Prosper as a couple? Do you believe that they’d stay apart? Can you imagine them with anyone else? I guess what I’m saying is that the biggest challenge in any sort of novel is maybe making the characters seem alive.

 

 

MBA&M: What are some of your most interesting quirks?

 

DEBORAH: Oh dear, I have a lot of quirks. I’m not sure any of them are very interesting. My main writing quirk—and it’s an unfortunate one—is that to get myself writing in the morning, I basically need to keep feeding myself to keep me at my desk. When I first started trying to write, it took something I really loved, like almond croissants or bear claws, do the trick, and I’d eat them very slowly in tiny bites. Now I drink pots and pots of tea all day. I switch types according to the time of day so I feel like I’m making progress.

 

MBA&M: What is the first book you remembering reading?

 

DEBORAH: That would be Dr. Seuss’s One Fish Two Fish—and what I actually remember is sitting next to my little sister who’s two years younger, and reading it aloud to her.

 

 

MBA&M: What is some of your life’s passion, other than writing, of course?

 

DEBORAH: Definitely reading! Sometimes I’m embarrassed that I really have no other hobbies. Well, I love movies, too, and art—but only looking at it. I’m hopeless as an artist. My best friend used to be an art historian and art critic, so I really learned a lot walking through museums and galleries with her. That’s probably how Lynn ended up in the art world. Like Lynn, I don’t cook and I love eating out in restaurants. My poor family, I’m not very domestic.

 

MBA&M: Do you have any regrets in your writing?

 

DEBORAH: I wish I’d worked harder and more productively early on. I was very scattered. Ironically, when my twins were born and I had hardly any time to myself, that’s when I really buckled down. Then again, those more leisurely years were also spent reading and sitting around talking to people or watching them, all of which feeds into writing.

 

 

MBA&M: What’s next for you?

 

DEBORAH: Another novel! I’m hard at work. Sadly, without breakfast pastries.

 

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where Prosper In Love is available?

 

DEBORAH: Readers can find me at www.deborahmichel.net, and if they click on “Book Groups,” they’ll see that I’m available for call-ins or Skyping with book groups, schedule permitting. I’m really excited about this because I have all sorts of questions myself about love and marriage and what happens to my characters. I’d love the opportunity to hear what readers think. Prosper in Love can be found at Barnes and Noble, Books-a Million, Amazon, and your local independent bookseller.

Deborah, do you have anything else to add?

Just what a privilege it is to be here talking with you and your readers. I still haven’t gotten used to the idea that there are going to be people out there (who aren’t related to me) reading my novel. Thank you so much.

 Thank you for visiting with us and our readers today!!What a pleasure and honor to have you with us and our readers today!!Good luck!!

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PROPER IN LOVE

DEBORAH MICHEL

Reading level:Ages 18 and up

Paperback:336 pages

Publisher:Berkley Trade (May 1, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:0425247279

ISBN-13: 978-0425247273

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: May 1, 2012
A good marriage lasts forever…until it doesn’t.
From the start, Lynn and Jamie Prosper were one of those couples who seem meant to be—so content with each other that they barely notice the rest of the world nodding approvingly at their wedded bliss. But sometimes, even in the very best of marriages, all it takes is a mischievous outsider to bring the perfect couple toppling off the top of the wedding cake… True, Jamie has been working so hard and traveling so much as a young lawyer that he hardly has enough energy to show his devotion. Not that Lynn, a junior museum curator, has any reason to question it. But when Lynn’s old college friend turns up at a cocktail party, chinks in their marriage’s previously unassailable armor start to show. Suddenly, without meaning to, Lynn and Jamie have both acquired divorce lawyers. And those benevolent onlookers—meddling in-laws and competitive friends alike—eagerly bear witness to each new misstep. Is love really enough to make a marriage last?

 

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AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT: SALLY MACKENZIE,”BEDDING LORD NED”…

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ROMANCE AUTHOR:

SALLY MACKENZIE AND “BEDDING LORD NED”!!

ABOUT SALLY(From the author’s website)

The short version:

USA Today bestselling author Sally MacKenzie writes funny, hot, Regency-set books for Kensington Zebra. Her Naked Nobility series concluded (at least for the time being) with The Naked King, which was named one of ALA Booklist’s top ten romances for 2011; now she’s hard at work on a new “Duchess of Love” series which will debut with an e-novella prequel, “The Duchess of Love” (May 2012) and the first print book, Bedding Lord Ned (June 2012).  Her books have been translated into Czech, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and Turkish. Sally graduated with a B.A. in English from the University of Notre Dame in the first class of women. She’s a Cornell Law School dropout, former federal regulation writer, recovering parent volunteer, mother of four grown sons, and “mature” Masters swimmer. A native of Washington, D. C., she still resides in suburban Maryland with her husband.

Visit her website at: http://www.sallymackenzie.net/

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Bedding Lord Ned

Zebra Books

June 2012

ISBN 10: 1-4201-2321-1

ISBN 13: 978-1420123210

Pleasure is in her future…

Ellie Bowman is determined: during this year’s Valentine house party, she will choose one of the men the matchmakingDuchess of Greycliffe–aka the Duchess of Love–has invited for her.  Unfortunately, that man will not be Lord Ned, the duchess’s second son.  Ned is still mourning his wife and will never see “trusty” Ellie as anything other than a childhood friend.  Now if only she could convince her heart of what her head already knows–and persuade the duchess’s thieving cat to stop stealing her red silk drawers and depositing them in Ned’s bed.

Lord Ned arrives at Greycliffe Castle vowing to finally cooperate with his mother’s matchmaking efforts.  He’s been a widower for four years; it’s time to put his past behind him.  He wants a family; he needs an heir.  Ergo, he must get a wife–and this year’s candidate even looks like his lost love.  But his old friend Ellie is behaving strangely, and Reggie, Mama’s cat, keeps bringing him a pair of shocking red underwear.  This outrageous, alluring scrap of silk couldn’t be Ellie’s, could it?   Suddenly his respectable old friend is invading his dreams in an utterly scandalous manner.

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INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR,SANDS HETHERINGTON..

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SANDS HETHERINGTON!!

Welcome Sands!!

Good morning Sands and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!

Hello April and readers and thanks for having me!

MBA&M: Give our readers a few tidbits about Sands Hetherington.

I am an old man with big feet –J and lots of white hair and have lived in North Carolina most of my life.  I went to U.N.C.-Chapel Hill and U.N.C.-Greensboro.  I have two Saint Bernards from the same litter, Maggie and Dudley.  Maggie is short-haired and Dudley is shaggy and they are very attached to each other.  We live beside a lake in the country.  The one you really want to know about is my son John.  He lives in Spain now and, like the character in the stories, he doesn’t have a middle name.  I raised him by myself from the time he was six and read to him every night.  All of the kids’ stories out there.

 

MBA&M: What made you decide to write NIGHT BUDDIES AND THE PINEAPPLE CHEESECAKE SCARE? Or where did the idea come from?

During our nightly reading sessions, John joined in the enterprise and invented Crosley the zany red crocodile. We collaborated on John-and-Crosley adventures.  Years later I decided to take the thing further and put the characters in a book.  First I had to sit down and figure out why Crosley was red.  You can’t just spring a red crocodile on somebody and not explain!  Once the answer came to me (one of those eureka moments), everything started to fall into place. Crosley had become such a family member that I felt I owed this to him.

 

MBA&M: What are the challenges in writing juvenile fiction?

I read a lot of literature in college and graduate school and wrote adult short stories off and on for a number of years.  I never thought much about juvenile fiction until John and I got into it.  Like a lot of people, I considered it a distinct genre with its own peculiar features.  Like sonnets vs. novels, or sonatas vs. symphonies.  These both use words or musical notes, but they do it with very different structures and rules.  I don’t think this about adult vs. juvenile fiction anymore.  After digging into the machinery of both, I find the forms nearly identical, as alike, say, as English and Springer spaniels.  The only difference worth mentioning is that children’s writers get to use magic.  This shouldn’t be done promiscuously, but it tends to free the imagination from certain real-world constraints and makes the writer’s life easier.

 

MBA&M: What is a favorite comfort food for you? Why?

You may need to give me a pass on this one.  I watch my weight and avoid comfort foods because they make me feel uncomfortable.

 

MBA&M: Who is your inspiration in writing juvenile fiction?

John, I suppose.

 

MBA&M: What author would you say inspired you to write juvenile fiction?

No single one, really.  I like Roald Dahl and Lewis Carroll and Frank Baum and Mark Twain (if I can wedge the last one in).  Oh, and Tolkien.

 

MBA&M: Who is your favorite juvenile fiction author?

Maybe Roald Dahl.

 

MBA&M: What is your favorite genre to read for pleasure?

I’m very eclectic about this, but find myself defaulting to the American Civil War these days.  I’m thinking of raising a regiment.

 

MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where NIGHT BUDDIES AND THE PINEAPPLE CHEESECAKE SCARE is available?

The book is available on Amazon.com, BN.com and can be ordered at any fine bookstore. There are links to the online bookstores at www.nightbuddiesadventures.com

 

Sands, do you have anything else to add?

That’s all I’ve got right now.

 

Thank you for visiting with our readers and us today!

Thanks again for having me!

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NIGHT BUDDIES AND THE PINEAPPLE CHEESECAKE SCARE

 SANDS HETHERINGTON

www.DUNEBUGGYPRESS.com

http://www.nightbuddiesadventures.com/

Paperback:128 pages

Publisher:Dune Buggy Press; One edition (June 1, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:0984741712

ISBN-13: 978-0984741717

Genre: Juvenile Fiction/Chapter Books

Book Description(from Amazon)

Publication Date: June 1, 2012 | Series: Night Buddies
When pineapple cheesecakes start disappearing from the world’s only Pineapple Cheesecake Factory across town, Crosley, a zany red crocodile, enlists the help of young John Degraffenreidt to straighten things out. In this adventure-fantasy, the unlikely pair sneaks out of John’s house by becoming invisible, thanks to the I-ain’t-here doodad Crosley uses from the bunch of whatchamacallits hanging on his belt.On the way to the subway they get better acquainted, and John finds out the wacky reason Crosley is red, and also what happens if he gets any water on him. They get on the Night Folks Limited train and ride all the way to the Cheesecake Factory where they meet the giant manager, Big Foot Mae.There is danger ahead, but the Night Buddies must stay with their “Program” (the Night Buddies word for Adventure) if the world’s supply of pineapple cheesecakes counts for anything. And it surely does, especially to Crosley who is totally goofy about the things and never seems to get his fill.
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GIVEAWAY AND GUEST POST WITH DEBUT AUTHOR,GEORGE M MOSER…

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DEBUT AUTHOR,GEORGE M MOSER!

WELCOME GEORGE!

Good morning George,and welcome to My Book Addiction and More!

GMM: Good morning to you and thank you for inviting me. I am very excited to be here.

 MBA&M: Tell our readers a few tidbits about Geore Moser?

Some interesting things about myself. I grew up in a small family business. My grandfather and father started the business over fifty years ago. We have been in many different industries including real estate, banking, conferencing and banquets, heating and air conditioning to name just a few. I guess now you can add writing to my repertoire.

I have a wonderful family and live just outside Chicago. One of my favorite places in the whole world is Jackson Hole, Wyoming. We love the mountains and the large open spaces. I have traveled all over the world and have some fantastic stories to tell.

MBA&M: What made you decide to write a dark comedy with horror?

GMM: I have always been infatuated with certain writers like Mark Twain and JRR Tolkien. As I became older, I started looking for writers I could relate with more as myself. I am a very big Stephen King fan. He’s one of those writers who just know how to make the reader feel his energy. I always thought he was one of the best and I wanted to emulate him as a writer. Another writer I really love is Michael Crichton. He is very detailed in his research of a book and has some exciting stories to tell.

So I guess the two most influential writers of myself were both King and Crichton. I wanted to write some scary novels that people couldn’t put down. I wanted detail in my characters and a story to go along with it. What I did not want was a book of senseless killings just to be scary. I wanted a purpose to the book.

Nine Lives started off as a simple story. Since this is my first book, I discovered many things most authors probably already know. The book took a life of it’s own. My writing style came out and I began writing subconsciously about things in my life. I had fun writing the book and so my sense of humor followed suit. So in essence, I really didn’t sit down and say to myself, “I am going to write a dark comedy with horror.” The book just went that way and I discovered my own sense of writing.

MBA&M:  What if anything made you want to write “NINE LIVES”,with feline set on revenge and a banker?

GMM: Over the years, I have collected ideas for books that I would like to write. I probably have  nearly fifty ideas so far. Like many people, writing to me was a dream that I figured would never really happen. Sitting down and actually taking it serious, takes a certain dedication. Nine Lives is my first novel and I wanted to start off with something simple, something I knew where it was going.

Nine Lives is based on a real life experience. It was easy for me to start the book off because I already knew what happened. I had, what I thought of as an outline for the book. What I wasn’t expecting was, where the book would take me. I just figured a book was planned. Instead, the book took off into a world of it’s own. I started writing subconsciously about myself and the things that I learned.

I mentioned my family was in the banking industry. During this time of my writing, my families bank was taken over by the government. My dad started the bank over 35 years ago. To watch how the government comes in and does whatever they want to take over his bank was really sad. I don’t think many people have any idea how horrible it is to have something you have worked your entire life to build, only to have it taken away from you. They manipulate their own rules to their advantage. We’re made out to be the bad guys. Kind of like Michael Morino, the main character in the book. He was made out to be the crazy cat killer. The cat tries to take everything from Michael. The cat tries to take everything Michael loves and worked so hard for. A writer writes what he knows and I happened to write about my experience as a business man and banker. I didn’t want to write just another slasher novel with no meaning, I ended up writing about something with a lesson of my own. I want people to know, if you love something so much, don’t hold back. Go after it and chase that dream of yours.

Basically, I never had the intention of writing about a feline set on revenge and a banker. I picked a career for Michael that I could relate to. Suddenly, the book had meaning and it went off in a different course that I am very satisfied with.

MBA&M: If you could switch place with any character in “NINE LIVES”, who would it be and why?

GMM: That’s a hard one. I don’t know if I would switch places with anyone in the book because I think their all nuts! Okay, that made me laugh but isn’t that part of what makes the book so fun to read? I guess the wife Jenny is the only real sensible one in the book.

I suppose a writer usually writes about himself. That would make me Michael Morino but I didn’t write him completely as myself. I do like the Chief of police, Marty Dugan. I found I was writing too many swear words in the book and I really didn’t want to do that. So I made him out as a simple guy, maybe old fashion. His wife doesn’t like him swearing and so he always says, “Son of a Barbie.” That was just my sense of humor but it was also me saying, what’s the point in swearing all the time? With that being said, I also think when a person is running for their lives, they may just shout a few obscenities.

MBA&M: Do you have any regrets?

GMM: My only regret is that I rushed out the book initially. I finished this book over a year ago and it was really exciting. However, it was not edited and parts of the story actually changed. I just figured an agent would take care of all those wonderful things for me. So I rushed it out looking for an agent, not realizing they wanted the finished product. A lesson learned for me.

The book looks fabulous now after editing and polishing. I worked very hard on the book after finishing it. It’s a book I am very proud of.

MBA&M: If not writing what would you be your career choice?

GMM: Well, I have already done so much in my life already. If I had a choice of doing what ever I wanted, it wouldn’t be a serious one. I would probably be a scuba diver instructor or something around the water because I love the ocean. Any openings in Hawaii?

Seriously, I think my wife would be upset if I was a scuba diving instructor. Besides, I can’t stay in one place for very long. I need something that takes me places different. Something that challenges me to be a better person. I guess that’s why writing is something I absolutely love. How about a movie producer instead?

MBA&M: Tell our readers where to find you and where “NINE LIVES” is available?

GMM: I have a website at http://gmmoser.com where there is a link to purchase my book. Nine Lives is available online at just about any place available including Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. I have been working on getting it in stores, most of the local Barnes and Noble stores near Chicago are stocking it now and I am starting to set my focus further out to places like Iowa and Missouri.

 George,do you have anything to add today?

GMM: Actually I do have one more thing to add. I am finishing up another novel. I plan on taking my time with this one cleaning it up. I don’t want to say it’s a series but my first three books are very related. I kind of like to make it cryptic. I think readers are smart and will figure it out.

Thank you so much My Book Addiction and More for having me!

You are so welcome and thank you for the fantastic post!!

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NINE LIVES:A STORY OF HORROR

GEORGE M.  MOSER

Paperback:364 pages

Publisher:iUniverse (March 1, 2012)

Language:English

ISBN-10:1469753111

ISBN-13: 978-1469753119

(from the author’s website)

This all started the day I ran over a cat with my sports car squeezed in like a tuna in a small alcove of the garage. There were many ideas I had for a book but this one seemed the most likely if I was to ever begin writing. I knew just where this one was going from the beginning but as I learned stories end up growing a life of their own like this one did. It was simple, write a story about a guy who kills a cat and you can guess the rest right? Life sometimes throws a curveball and it gives us time to reflect.

How could something possibly be missing in the life of Michael Morino? Marrying his college sweetheart, the two of them bought the house of their dreams. A beautiful baby boy and his trustworthy companion Max their dog completed the dream. Michael was at the top of his game with a promotion at his job to the upper floors of management. It was everything a person could hope for. Dreams are just that, a journey of hope barely out of reach that keeps us striving to reach our destiny.

Life has a way of constantly changing, our hopes and dreams lost and forgotten. Michael’s Dad died leaving him the one thing that meant the most to them. A letter accompanied the car telling Michael to, “dream.” It was that very car that started a sequence of events accidentally killing a cat. The cat was dead—he was certain of it—yet something seemed out of place.

Do cats really have nine lives? This thought never occurred to Michael until one cat after another returned with a vengeance threatening every part of his life. Two people kept calling him to follow his dreams. His wife Jenny loved him and pushed him to chase it. It was the second person that bothered him more because that person was dead. His Father left a message to “Drive it” but what had he meant by that? Then there were the others, the ones who tried to keep him on the path he was on. Between his boss, the crazy lunatic police lieutenant, and his high school girlfriend who recently became a stalker, Michael finds himself struggling to find an answer before its too late.

Is it possible we all have more than one life to live?

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