Sunday, October 7, 2012

Maggie Thom: Author Interview/Giveaway

Hi everyone! Welcome to The Window Seat's very first author interview! Maggie Thom's book is currently on our TBR pile, and we can't wait to start reading it! For three of you you'll also have the chance! This book will be released on October 17th, so don't miss out on your chance to be one of the first to read it! Below is a short blurb on the book and then the interview. Feel free to ask questions, leave comments, and join the giveaway! We at the Window Seat want to thank Maggie for participating and giving us the opportunity to read her work :).

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She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it....
Her life was a lie!
Bailey knew her upbringing hadn't been normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then suddenly her mother dies, leaving a gaping hole and a discovery that they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator is to be believed, her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.
Everyone seems to have a story…but who’s telling the truth? And who wants her dead? Is guy part of the solution? Or part of the problem? To discover the facts, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets, dating back over thirty years.

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Interview with Maggie Thom:

Where did your idea for the book come from?
The idea for Captured Lies really came from a, what if scenario. It started innocently enough. We were driving near the airport and a plane flew over us, at what seemed a rather low altitude. And I just started thinking, what if that plane crashed? Would anyone survive? What if there was a baby on board, would or could it survive? And the story just built from there. Also, my dad, who I was close to, passed away half way through writing this book. So that influenced a lot where the story went.

Who is your favorite character, and why? Who was the most fun to write?
Geoffrey. He's someone you can empathize with and feel sorry for as to why he's like he is but he's so far gone over the top that he's scary and not rational at all. I think Geoffrey was the most fun to write. It was interesting building his dark character and building his back story as to why he was like he was.  

Do you model any of your characters off of real people?
Yes and no. There are definitely characteristics that my characters have that are based on real people but no one character is 100% someone I know. They are more part of someone I know or even a few people I know and part of their own person.

How long have you wanted to be an author?
As I think is true of most authors, since I was a young girl. In fact, at the age of 11, I started to write what I was considering was the tiniest romance book ever. I was writing it on 1" by 1" paper. Not sure why but that was the start of my writing career.

Has there ever been anyone who inspired you to be a writer?
My parents and grandparents loved to read, so there were always books around. We were encouraged to read. But I think my uncle was who really inspired me to write. He used to write his own music on the piano. I loved listening to him and watching him create. It was like entering a whole different world.

How did you decide on the names Bailey and Guy for your main protagonists?
Love this question but I find it hard to answer. Bailey is a name I really like and I needed something that was not overly common and that suited the person that I was creating. It just seemed the right fit. Guy, I'm not really sure where it came from. It just fit. I tried several other names but none of them fit the character. I often run through a list of names to see which one seems right for the person I'm creating. The names, to me, are very important.

Are you currently working on any other projects right now? Can you tell us a little about them?
Yes. I have my next book about 3/4's written but it needs a lot of editing. Sam's dad committed suicide. Or did he? Were the stories she's been told for 20 years a lie? I am hoping for it to be ready for publication in the spring of 2013. And people who have read Captured Lies have asked if I am doing a sequel, so I am seeing where that might go.

Anything else you would like us to know that we didn't ask? :)
I love the freedom that writing gives me. I love creating. I just wish that I could write as fast as the ideas come to me for a story.
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Thanks again Maggie! Alright everyone, don’t forget to sign up for the giveaway below! And anyone who still wants to know more about this author can go check out her site, I’ve including the link. J

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  1. Great interview. Captured Lies is a great read, I was so captivated and drawn into the story I could not put it down... I had to know what happened next.

  2. I can't wait to read this book! And guess what? I'm a brand new follower as of this minute. Nice to meet you both! :D

  3. This book sounds fascinating and I can't wait to read it!