It’s time for another Author Spotlight! This week we’re lucky enough to have T.M. Goeglein, author of COLD FURY, stop by to chat with us. He’s currently hard at work writing the rest of the Cold Fury series, and a good thing, too, because I don’t know how long I can wait to find out what happens after the heart-stopping end of COLD FURY! For now, we’ll have to make due with a little insight into the inner workings of T.M. Goeglein’s life. So let’s find out what he has to say!
Name: T.M. Goeglein
Novel: COLD FURY
Available: July 24th, 2012
Who’s your favorite author, living or dead?
One of each. Living – Elmore Leonard for his funny, realistic portrayal of the pettiness of criminals and heroes alike, who sometimes are one and the same. Basically, everyone is flawed. Dead – J.D. Salinger, because of the honesty of his characters. They feel alive.
What’s your favorite thing about your book?
That I channeled (successfully, I hope) the traits I admire in my favorite authors’ work into my protagonist, Sara Jane Rispoli. She’s naïve and tough, fearful and courageous, she fails and endures and keeps going. And she’s funny. A little corny sometimes, and like all of the people I admire, blunt.
If you could spend one year on a deserted island with one character from literature, who would you choose?
Robinson Crusoe is probably the smartest answer in terms of survival, but I’d have to say Sammy Glick from ‘What Makes Sammy Run?’ The guy could sweet-talk the coconuts out of the trees.
Where do you write?
I write in a small studio apartment high in the clouds above Chicago, with a view of Lake Michigan. From up here, it’s clear that it’s less of lake than an inland sea.
Who is your favorite hero or heroine of history?
I’m obsessed with history, since nothing exists without a backstory. In modern terms, Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and Lyndon Johnson are hard to beat for their achievements and sacrifices for civil rights. Marie Curie was a superstar. Winston Churchill was wonderful and weird. I have to give Alexander the great a shout-out, since I probably share DNA with him. I could go on all day.
Do you tweet? What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever tweeted?
I do, and am purposely unfunny while tweeting since I read so many tweets that are supposed to be funny, and sometimes, as a tweetee, I’m embarrassed for the tweeter. There – I’ve successfully used the word ‘tweet’ four different ways in one sentence.
What is your favorite season?
Summer, far and away. Winter in Chicago has a ‘gulag in Siberia’ feel to it; a guy can be slapped in the face by sheets of snow-slush-ice only so many times before he starts to take it personally. But then summer arrives, and it’s like little sun-angels are blowing trumpets and strumming harps, and the whole city turns green, and all is right with the universe. For about four months.
If you could teleport anywhere in the known universe right now, where would you go?
A tiny hotel tucked into the side of a mountain in Umbria, Italy. It’s called Eremo Della Grazia and used to be a hermitage about 500 years ago. Michelangelo stayed there which sounds like some serious marketing BS, but it’s true.
Do you have any writing rituals?
Just that I treat it as if I’m a plumber or an accountant, on a 9 to 5 basis, writing every day. Plus music.
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
Lucky for me it occurs every day when I kiss my wife and hug my kids. Also, a little bourbon over ice (because I’m over 21!) and a great film.
What is the best concert you’ve ever been to?
I saw Frank Sinatra perform toward the end of his career at a theater in Aurora, Illinois; for those unfamiliar with Aurora, all I can say is that I was probably one of the few audience members without Outfit (Chicago organized crime) connections. He was old and faltering, having trouble with lyrics. And then a young woman yelled, ‘I love you, Frank!’ and he paused, grinned, and growled ‘I love you too, sweetheart.’ The next song was ‘Come Dance With Me,’ and he sang it flawlessly, like he was 21 again.
What are you currently working on?
The third book in the COLD FURY trilogy. The stories grow darker as they progress. The first book was intended to be a little innocent, even a bit clichéd when it came to introducing Sara Jane to the Outfit. By the end, all of that has been stripped away and she sees the reality of her life in stark and violent terms. It’s scary, fast, and makes revenge feel very, very sweet.
Thanks to T.M. Goeglein for stopping by to answer all of our questions today!