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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Cold Fury Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway

I'm thrilled to be the next stop in Jean BookNerd's Cold Fury blog. Today along with the tour's awesome giveaway, I've got author T.M. Goeglein's on the blog to talk about his debut. 

My Journey as a Writer: 3 Reasons I Write Fiction

1.) I hate talking about myself.
I hate it so much that I hate writing that I hate talking about myself.
That’s partly why I write fiction.
I’m in the things I write, in some form, but mostly I’m not.  What I write is based on real life, events, and other people – their crimes, lies, tragedies, heroics – which I then contort, twist, add to, subtract from, often multiply, shake, stir, and serve.  It’s impossible not to add myself to that mix but only the ticks and feelings that serve a story.  Make no mistake.  In the end, everything I write is completely made up.
2.) The truth is usually as boring as hell.
I once made the mistake of attending a well-regarded journalism school.  It took half a semester to realize that, not only was I naturally awful at the craft, but to put it mildly, didn’t give a rat’s ass about what everyone else held in such high regard: facts.  To me, they were cumbersome to work with, always having to check, recheck, and verify once more, and then and only then could a person begin writing.  It was a total buzz kill.  Who really cared if the international bank robbers used ten AK-47’s or eleven?  They’re robbing international-freaking-banks, for ef’s sake!  
But, people did care.  They still do.  And I do too, as a citizen of the world.
I just couldn’t give a crap less as a writer of fiction.
From my standpoint, why triple-check the population of the fourth largest city in Latvia when you can just make it up to fit the story?
3) Because it’s all about me, and that’s a fact.
Recently, a writer I admire, John McPhee, wrote a piece in the The New Yorker about the editing habits of some of that magazines’ editors-in-chief, and about his relationship with his literary agent.  Toward the end of the article, he discussed how he’d landed on his genre of writing, long form nonfiction.  Speaking of his own career, he noted that the desire to be a writer was always alive within him, but that becoming the type he is today required attempts at other forms.  
His point, I think, was that a writer’s journey is as much about the work he or she produces as figuring what type of writer a person is.
For me, the trail led to fiction.
It fits.

Thank you T.M. for stopping by Mundie Moms!! Here's a little bit about Cold Fury:

About the book:

Having just turned sixteen, Sara Jane Rispoli’s birthday is anything but sweet.

Returning from her first high school dance, Sara Jane walks into a ransacked home and finds her family missing, the dog maimed and a psychopath in a ski mask who won’t rest until she’s dead. With nothing to go on but a clue hidden in a bust of Frank Sinatra, Sara Jane jumps into her dad’s 1965 Lincoln Continental and drives into the night.

The clues lead her to an ancient, worn notebook that contains a guide to a Chicago hiding in plain sight— safe houses, secret doors, mysterious phone numbers are all suddenly at Sara Jane’s disposal. But it also contains darker, more troubling secrets concerning the Rispoli family, including the revelation that a rare and powerful hereditary trait passed down from the time of Alexander the Great enabled certain male members of the Rispoli clan to become major figures in the Outfit, Chicago’s storied crime syndicate.

Sara Jane realizes the secret-filled notebook is the reason why her family was taken, and why she’s being pursued by three different factions: her turncoat uncle, Police Detective Dotty Smelt, and the huge, shambling freak in the ski mask. Learning of the gift awakens a realization in Sara Jane that she, too, possesses the powerful phenomenon.

With the help of a weight-challenged sidekick, an angry Italian greyhound, and a legion of guardian angel sewer rats, Sara Jane is chased, attacked, and fights back with cold fury, staying one step ahead of her pursuers and circumnavigating the male-centric Outfit while also keeping a growing romance.

Published by: Putnam/Penguin
To Be Released on: July 24th, 2012
Purchase from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository  

About the Author:

T.M. Goeglein began his career as a writer of print and television ads for a host of advertising and media companies. As a screenwriter, he created both original scripts and worked as a script doctor for several production companies in Los Angeles. He was an original contributor to the Huffington Post 'Living' section, and continues to write for both the national edition and Huffington Post Chicago. Read T.M. Goeglein's stories on the Huffington Post.

His debut young adult novel, COLD FURY, will be published by Penguin/Putnam in 2012 and is the first in a trilogy; he’s currently working on the second book. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Laura, and two young children.

Visit TM via his: Website | Facebook | Twitter

The Giveaway:

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  1. If I wrote I would have to write fiction too. I would also be like well it sounds better if the used a banana while robbing a bank, let's change it!

  2. thanks for a fun post and giveaway!!! I'm really excited for this book :)

  3. Great Giveaway. Good Luck Everyone.