Book Nerd Interview
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.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Determined, patient, and suspicious (so much so that even now, I’m wondering why you asked that question.)
Where were you born and where do you call home?
I was born in Indiana but have been a Chicagoan for a long time. There’s nowhere else I’d want to call home, except in the winter, when I want to live anywhere else.
What was the greatest thing you learned at school?
Honestly, that I didn’t belong there. I struggled with the structure and strictures of school from day one. For me, graduating from college was like being paroled.
For those who are unfamiliar with your novel, Cold Fury, how would you introduce it?
Sixteen-year-old Sara Jane Rispoli believes that she has an ideal life until her family suddenly and brutally disappears, and then realizes that her entire existence up until that moment has been a lie.
Do you have plans for a new book? Is this book part of a series?
Cold Fury is book one of a trilogy. Sara Jane will appear twice more as her story goes deeper into the violent world of organized crime.
What’s one thing that readers would be surprised to find out about Sara Jane?
She doesn’t like violence. Really. I mean, until she’s forced to fight. Hey…you don’t have to like something to be good at it.
When asked, what’s the one question you always answer with a lie?
"Did you win the fight?”
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Two pieces of advice. First, write a lot. All of the time. Write until your fingertips squeal, and eventually you’ll develop a style all your own. Second, never, ever plagiarize. The moment you steal from another writer, you sacrifice every shred of legitimacy, forever.
Favorite places to travel?
Any place hot with a good beach and ocean nearby, and of course, Italy. Venice is crawling with tourists until late October or so, and then the joint is all yours. Bring boots.
What are 4 things you never leave home without?
Telling my kids I love them, a kiss from my daughter, money to buy coffee – and boots, if I’m going to Venice.
What do you normally eat for breakfast?
One of those cereals that taste like tiny rocks made out of cardboard. It’s an old habit.
Where can readers stalk you?
On my website, T.M. Goeglein, and on Facebook and Twitter. And if you happen to live in Chicago, the Parthenon Restaurant in Greektown – order the gyros crispy.
Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure
Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance—until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).
Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It's a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies—a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense—hidden in its pages the secret to "ultimate power." It's why she's being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.
Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing, Cold Fury is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour.
T.M. Goeglein’s addictive novel, Cold Fury, follows 16 year-old Sara Jane Rispoli after coming to an upside-down ransacked home. Blood is everywhere and her family is nowhere to be found. When she digs into their whereabouts, she find herself being sucked into a world of danger, mobs, and violence. With this cold flame of fury within her, she is determined to bring down the people responsible for her family’s disappearance.
I really enjoy a total badass heroine. Sara Jane is crafted with thoughtful consideration to maintain a sense of realness with might and susceptibility. Although she carries a gun and a suitcase full of cash, she is still your typical teenage girl who worries about finding a date for prom. But she realizes when action is required to find the location of her family, even if they are dead or alive.
Goeglein’s writing style is precise and highly detailed. You can almost smell the gunpowder each time the gun pops and taste blood when fist and flesh meet. The descriptions of Sara Jane’s dangerous journey are so real it will keep readers on their edge. Goeglein puts the reader straight into Sara Jane’s mind as reader and heroine try to solve each presented clue.
The writing approach puts the reader in the middle of all the action with great visualization. Cold Fury brings breathtaking mystery and fiery action to every page. With a well-structured dialogue that compliments a very intriguing plot, finely tuned unforgettable characters, and action that screams, it is the perfect formula for an action-packed roller-coaster of a ride.
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