I am very excited to have TM Goeglein by the blog today for an interview! Be sure to also check out my review of Cold Fury which will be going up today and the giveaway I have going for a signed copy of Cold Fury.
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.
Who was your favorite character to write in Cold Fury?
Really, I know it seems easy, but it has to be my protagonist, Sara Jane. First, I should say something I’ve said several times before – no, I’m not channeling my inner sixteen-year-old-girl. My hope in bringing Sara Jane to life was that she encompassed all of the emotions and instincts of anyone, female or male, that finds herself in a really terrible, desperate situation. Gender doesn’t matter when it comes to survival, and the desire for revenge, and the deep need to kick some serious ass.
You have quite a few “Extras” for Cold Fury – like Sara Jane’s notebook and the Cold Fury webisodes. How did you come up with the ideas for the extras?
Again, it was the idea of bringing Cold Fury to life, but on a different level. The book is written cinematically and I wanted the audience to not only read the story, but to see, hear, and feel it, too. The single exception is that Sara Jane herself is never revealed. The audience experiences everything from her perspective. It’s important for readers to visualize her in their own ways.
What has been one of your favorite moments along the road to publication?
Honestly, doing interviews like this one, as well as speaking face-to-face to readers about the book. The YA audience is so smart and well informed that I end up learning things about my own story.
What does a typical day of writing look like for you?
It sort of goes this this – write, coffee, write more, drink more coffee, write-write-write, please God no more coffee, and yes, write!
If you had the opportunity to have a conversation with one author, dead or alive, who would you pick?
Elmore Leonard, the master not only of the urban crime/suspense novel, but a writing machine who has roughly published a novel every year or two for about the past five decades. It’s one thing to be brilliant but another thing entirely to write quickly and economically at a pace where he never, ever loses contact with his audience. Whatever he’s drinking, give me a double (probably lots of coffee.)
Thanks so much for stopping by!
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.