Introducing Ted Galdi and An American Cage

 

An American Cage

 

 

 

 

Expected Publication date: October 16th 2017

 

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TED GALDI

 

 

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Ted Galdi broke out with his debut novel, Elixir a bestseller and winner of Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award and Silver Medal in the Readers’ Favorite Book Awards. His second novel An American Cageis due this Fall.

 

 

 

 

 

How long have you been writing?

 

Ever since I was a little kid, doing stories in crayon. “Professionally” since 2014, with the publication of Elixir, my debut.

 

 

 

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Are you a plotter, panster, or a little of both?

 

A little of both. I won’t start chapter one until I have an outline. I make sure not to go into too much detail on this initial outline though. In my opinion, your idea of plot can’t be fully baked until you really know your characters, and the only way to really know your characters is to start writing. Needless to say, my outline evolves as I get through the first draft.

 

 

This is your second book. Compare your experience between the two.

 

I learned a lot along the way with my first, Elixir. That isn’t to say I didn’t learn a lot with An American Cage, but with your first everything is so new that you don’t even have a sense of your “rhythm.” You know, your way of approaching it all…conceptualizing, outlining, writing, self-editing, etc. AfterElixir, I knew what worked for me and what didn’t, and approached An American Cage through that lens. There was a lot less rewriting and deleted scenes the second time around, which saved me a headache or two.

 

 

Name at least three things that influenced you to become a writer.

 

Like I mentioned above, I’ve been doing this in some form since I was a little kid. I really enjoy it. Nothing was needed to “push me” toward me. You asked for at least three things here and I technically gave you zero. #QuestionFail

 

 

Do you write up character arc for your characters?

 

I think the character arc is one of the most interesting elements in fiction. Danny, the protagonist in An American Cage, definitely changes through the book. The entire story takes place over a twenty-four-hour period, which was a lot of fun to write, but presented a bit of a challenge in terms of arcs. Getting across a major change that happens in just a day was tricky.

 

 

Who is Danny Marsh and what does he want?

 

Danny Marsh is a twenty-four-year-old graphic designer who never committed a crime in his life. Then an incident of bad luck throws him into one of Texas’s toughest prisons. He wants to get out, get to Mexico, and start afresh with a new name and new identity.

 

 

What motivates him?

 

He’s an upper-middle-class kid with no crime experience. Obviously, he doesn’t fit in very well at a maximum-security penitentiary. Being inside psychologically tears at him. Not to mention, he’s had a few horrific run-ins with other inmates. He feels he won’t be able to survive there much longer, either mentally, physically, or both. Escape is the only answer for him.

 

 

What is your creative process for characters?

 

Like I’m sure most other authors do, I start the character-creation process with my protagonist. I start the book-creation process, however, with my theme. I’ll have a solid idea of the book’s theme before I begin with the characters. It’s critical for the protagonist’s arc to mesh with this theme. The supporting characters I consider “forces” that push the protagonist in directions relevant to the theme. Once I have a general idea of the main arc and the supporting forces at play, I then try to think about these characters as people. I do a lot of this off of feel. It’s not really a formal process. However, like I said before, it isn’t until I actually start writing, giving characters a voice and having them interact with each other, that I believe I really “know” them.

 

 

Tell us a few things about the setting for American Cage.

 

The whole book takes place in Texas. It opens in East Texas, then works its way west across the state. The cities in it are a mix of the real and fictional. It was important for me to make sure the setting felt authentic, so in cases where a town is fictional, I tried to give it the spirit of its region. I grew up in a New York City suburb and have been living in Southern California the last seven years. I’ve been to Texas a few times, but am no resident. I put a nice amount of time into setting research so I wouldn’t screw anything up.

 

 

What are some things you learned during your research?

 

Austin has kickass bars. That’s one of the Texas cities I have personally been to. Barhopping is a very high-end form of literary research in case you didn’t know.

 

 

What’s next?

 

I’m on a first draft of another thriller. I’d be happy to come back and talk about it when it’s ready.

 

Sincerely,

Ted Galdi

ted@tedgaldi.com

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Chatting with Author Allison Brennan & her new book Shattered

 

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Please welcome an awesome writer,  Allison Brennan. She’s a New York Times and USA today bestselling author who’s penned over a dozen thrillers and short stories over the years.  Her new book Shatteredwill be released Tuesday August 22nd as the #4 book in the Max Revere series. I’m reading this title now and it’s absolutely stunning.

 

 

 

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BOOK BLURB

Over a span of twenty years, four boys have been kidnapped from their bedrooms, suffocated, and buried nearby in a shallow grave. Serial killer or coincidence?

That’s the question investigative reporter Maxine Revere sets out to answer when an old friend begs her to help exonerate his wife, who has been charged with their son’s recent murder. But Max can do little to help because the police and D.A. won’t talk to her―they think they have the right woman. Instead, Max turns her attention to three similar cold cases. If she can solve them, she might be able to help her friend.

Justin Stanton was killed twenty years ago, and his father wants closure―so he is willing to help Max with her investigation on one condition: that she work with his former sister-in-law― Justin’s aunt, FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid. Trouble is, Max works alone, and she’s livid that her only access to the case files, lead detective and witnesses depends on her partnering with a federal agent on vacation. She wants the career-making story almost as much as the truth―but if she gets this wrong, she could lose everything.

Haunted by Justin’s death for years, Lucy yearns to give her family―and herself―the closure they need. More important, she wants to catch a killer. Lucy finds Max’s theory on all three cases compelling―with Max’s research added to Lucy’s training and experience, Lucy believes they can find the killer so justice can finally be served. But the very private Lucy doesn’t trust the reporter any more than Max trusts her.

Max and Lucy must find a way to work together to untangle lies, misinformation, and evidence to develop a profile of the killer. But the biggest question is: why were these boys targeted? As they team up to find out what really happened the night Justin was killed, they make a shocking discovery: Justin’s killer is still out there … stalking another victim … and they already may be too late.

 

 

 

 

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*Who is Maxine Revere and what makes her tick?

Maxine Revere spent the first ten years of her life traveling the world with her mother on the whim—Martha Revere never wanted to put down roots. Shortly before Max’s tenth birthday, her mother left her with her very wealthy, very traditional grandparents and then disappeared—sending Max occasional postcards until they stopped after Max’s 16th birthday. Her mother lied to her about her father—she still doesn’t know who her father is—and Max still doesn’t know what happened to her mom.

When Max was a senior in college, her roommate Karen Richardson disappeared while they were on spring break. There were signs that she had been murdered—a lot of blood—but no body was found, and no evidence to convict the playboy Max was certain killed her. Max hounded law enforcement for a year, and finally wrote a book about Karen’s disappearance and the police investigation. She found she had a knack for gathering information and a skill for writing about crime. She ended up writing four true crime books and numerous articles, mostly about cold cases and missing persons.

Now, Max hosts a monthly newsmagazine on a cable television network, highlighting cold cases (think an in-depth America’s Most Wanted, but where the suspect is an unknown.) She is driven to solve crimes for others because she’s never been able to solve the mystery of her own life. Max is abrasive, intelligent, independent, and never gives up.

In SHATTERED, Max is compelled to look at evidence from three cold cases of young boys kidnapped from their bedrooms and murdered. She thinks there’s a connection, though the police haven’t put it together. Once Max is convinced she’s right, she isn’t going to stop until she solves the case.

I really like Max Revere’s straight-forward personality. Her determination and intensity truly shines. She’s not afraid to step on toes to get what she wants. 




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*What motivates FBI Agent Lucy Kincaid?

When Lucy was seven, her nephew and best friend Justin was killed. It changed her and her family forever. Her older brothers and sisters changed their career focus and all went into some aspect of law enforcement or the military. She didn’t realize how much these events impacted her, until after her own tragedy when she was eighteen—she was kidnapped and raped live on the internet, and would have been killed if not for her family tracking her down.

Now, nine years after that horrific event, Lucy has realized her dream of becoming an FBI agent. She’s on the second year of her assignment to the San Antonio field office. She is recently married to private investigator and security consultant Sean Rogan, and has grown tremendously from an insecure trainee to a confident investigator over her now 12-book series.

Lucy is motivated by justice—to help victims by catching those who prey on the innocent. She has a keen insight not only in victim profiling, but in criminal profiling.

I love Lucy! She’s a very interesting character, especially the whole Kincaid family. Seeing what motivates characters and what they want is very satisfying.

 

 

*Explain the relationship dynamic between Maxine and Lucy. 

Max and Lucy meet in SHATTERED. Justin Stanton is the possible first victim of an unknown serial killer. Justin’s father, long-time D.A. Andrew Stanton, agrees to help Max in her cold case investigation on the condition that Max work with Lucy. Lucy is more than willing to take time off of work to solve a crime that has pained her and her family for so long. Max doesn’t like working with cops for many reasons, largely because they have rules they must follow that she doesn’t. Lucy is intrigued by Max’s theory, and reminds her that without her, no one in San Diego will cooperate. They don’t trust each other, and when Max starts digging into Lucy’s past, Lucy threatens to cut Max out of the investigation completely, which infuriates her.

However, Max and Lucy are both driven by the need to see justice served—that the truth needs to be uncovered at all cost. That tentative bond can be strengthened or severed … it was very fun and satisfying for me to challenge these two strong women.

Seeing these two clash and work together on the page is quite explosive. Very entertaining to say the least. The tension is palpable. 




 
*What did you enjoy the most in writing Shattered?

Putting Max and Lucy on the same page. At first I was really nervous about it because I wasn’t sure how they would work together. They are both so clear to me, they are both so well-defined in my head, that I was afraid that they would absolutely detest each other and not work together. There is a lot of distrust and even some misinformation between them, but as they worked together they gained a mutual respect.

You might be on to something here, Allison. These two are dynamite!

 



*What were some challenges writing Shattered?

Figuring out the logistics of what happened to Justin and the other boys. I was never going to solve Justin’s murder unless I knew why he was killed. When I figured out the why, I thought it was going to be “easy” to solve the crime. But I was tied to some information I’d released in earlier Lucy Kincaid books, and I had to make sure I was consistent in this book. It took a lot of thought and choreography to make sure it worked! But once I had the motivation of the killer understood, it fell into place.

Your’e motivations are great! The plotting has been spectacular. Your choreography paid off 🙂


 

“Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.”

 

 

*Will Maxine and Lucy partner in future books?

I don’t know — I would like to put them together again. I might bring Max into a Lucy book. (SHATTERED is technically part of the Maxine Revere series though Lucy plays an equal role in the story.) It would be fun … but I’d have to have the right idea for them. I’ll never say never!

Well, I certainly hope they team up again in the future. They have a wonderful chemistry about them. Even their resources, backgrounds, colleagues are ripe for a collaboration. Guess we’ll wait and see what happens!





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Thanks Allison!!

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Allison Brennan
SHATTERED coming August 22, 2017

RT Top Pick!

PW: “Intricately plotted … psychologically complex characters … heart-pounding.”

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Books & Blurbs: A Short Horror Story by Jordon Greene

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Welcome to another Book Blurb!

 

 

What’s up book lovers!! Any horror readers in the house?

Author Jordon Greene is releasing his new short story come May 23, 2017. But pre-order it now on Amazon for 0.99 cents. 

 

 

 

 

Anywhere but Here

 

 

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“A book is a dream that you hold in your hand” -Neil Gaiman

 

 

 

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Contact: Jordon Greene FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tel: 704-659-3915 Email: info@franklinkerr.com http://www.FranklinKerr.com

ANYWHERE BUT HERE: A SHORT HORROR STORY TO RELEASE MAY 23, 2017 Have you ever woken in the middle of a dream only to find it isn’t over? A place where reality and fantasy become blurred. When sleep becomes torment, could you close your eyes?

CONCORD, N.C. (April 6, 2017) – Franklin/Kerr Press is pleased to announce the release of Award-Winning and Amazon Bestselling Horror Author Jordon Greene’s first foray into the world of short stories with Anywhere But Here: A Short Horror Story, to be released on May 23, 2017. Anywhere But Here is a literal nightmarish story that follows Taren Evan’s confrontation with sleep paralysis, a disorder which wakes Taren from his dreams but renders him incapable of moving while they continue to play out in the real world around him.

Just as he did in his most recent horror release To Watch You Bleed, Jordon weaves a daunting story that’s all-too-possible. He takes us into the mind of Taren Evans as he’s thrust into a dream world that’s grafted atop the real world, captured by a horrifying inability to do anything about his situation. As the story’s tag line asks, when sleep becomes torment, could you close your eyes?

The short story releases May 23, 2017 on eBook and in paperback. The eBook version will be exclusive to Amazon Kindle for $0.99, including the Kindle Unlimited Program where members can read for free. The paperback version will be available at $4.99 from most major online retailers. The short story is currently available for pre-order on Amazon Kindle.

Anywhere But Here follows the release of Jordon’s first psychological horror thriller To Watch You Bleed, an Amazon Bestselling Horror which released in January.  Watch the trailer: Here

 

 

Pre-order it Now 0.99 cents!

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ABOUT JORDON GREENE

Jordon Greene is the Award-Winning & Amazon Bestselling Horror Author of To Watch You Bleed and They’ll Call It Treason. He is a full stack web developer for the nation’s largest privately owned shoe retailer and a graduate of UNC Charlotte. Jordon spends his time building web applications, attempting to sing along to his favorite rock songs, reading and, of course, writing. He lives in Concord, NC just close enough and just far enough away from Charlotte.

For more information about “Anywhere But Here,” or to schedule an interview please call Jordon at 704-659-3915 or e-mail Jordon at info@franklinkerr.com

 

 

*If you’re interested in promos, book releases, interviews, chapter critiques, Q&A’s, Social Media, Media blasts, Please check with me for prices*

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Catch you on the next blurb!!

 

 

 

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Author Interview with Bill Thompson

Interview questions – Benjamin Thomas to Bill Thompson – January 12, 2017

 

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Where did your passion for writing start?

I have always enjoyed the English language and I have a degree in journalism.  I worked for a metropolitan newspaper while I was in college and I found writing the easiest and most satisfying part of the job.  I used my writing skills peripherally in the corporate world, but now I’m doing it full-time and enjoying it very much.

That’s great! 

 

 

 

When did you start writing?

See question 1.  My career as an author began when I started – but never finished – my first book thirty years ago.  I became a caretaker for my terminally ill wife who urged me to finish it.  In 2009 that book, The Bethlehem Scroll, became my first published novel.

I would love to read this. The story premise looks great. 

 

 

If you could start over would you begin with a writing career?

No. I wouldn’t trade my years in the corporate arena for anything.  I was fortunate to be able to travel extensively and enjoy the finer things in life.  Many of my experiences are included in my books, especially in the life of Brian Sadler, the primary character in five books so far.

Wonderful! It’s refreshing to hear this. 

 

 

 

What sparked your love for archaeology?

Since I was a kid it’s been an interest of mine.  I loved reading about paleontology and many of the books I checked out of the library were about dinosaurs.  I also was fascinated with Egypt and how people in ancient times could have created the massive pyramids, Sphinx and temples.

My boys both love dinosaurs. Egyptian culture is extremely fascinating. 

 

 

 

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Tell us about your archaeological thrillers.

Most of my books are set in Mesoamerica and involve places to which I’ve traveled. Even though I found the ancient Egyptians fascinating, I think there’s even more mystery and intrigue in the Mayan world.  How an agrarian culture with no knowledge of things such as the wheel and pulley systems could create temples in the jungles is beyond me.  I have seen a hundred-ton stone sitting atop a thirteen-story temple in Guatemala.  How did it get there?  Some of my books address those types of questions in unconventional (but not that far-fetched) ways.

Oh wow, that is a mystery. I can’t wait to read more of your books!

 

 

Who is Brian Sadler?

Brian Sadler is an ambitious man who started as a stockbroker for a mainstream brokerage firm in Dallas.  He watched friends make millions with a high-flying broker who played fast and loose.  He joined that company and things went fine until the Feds arrived.  In a bizarre turn of events, Brian became owner of a Fifth Avenue antiquities gallery with an international reputation.  He has taken that firm – Bijan Rarities – and made it and himself into household names by creating shows for Discovery and History channels.

Brian and his lawyer-turned-fiancé Nicole Farber face one adventure after another as the series progresses.  From the jungles of Mesoamerica to the corporate jungles of London and New York, Brian finds something new around every corner.

I’ve only ready Order of Succession. Now I have to go back and read all the others. Love a good adventure. 

 

 

 

How did you develop the plot for Order of Succession?

I enjoyed writing Order of Succession most of all my books.  It all began with a “what if” moment.  What if the Republican president and vice president disappeared in separate and seemingly unrelated plane crashes, within minutes of each other?  What if a boorish Democratic career politician with a hidden agenda suddenly was thrust into the presidency?  What if his friends were on a mission to take over the largest oil company in the world?

The plot developed from there, with twists and turns along the way.  Brian Sadler is a big part of this book, but his role is not as important here as in the earlier novels.  Regardless, I think it’s a believable plot that will make readers ask – what if?

I love what if’s!! There’s so many possibilities!

 

 

 

What are your favorite mysteries of the past?

I like novels in my genre, such as those by Clive Cussler, but I also enjoy the books of Preston and Child, James Rollins and Joel Rosenberg (his are absolutely incredible, since he was a bit of a prophet on his first two books!)

I also enjoy books that explore possibilities beyond the traditional realm of thinking.  I read alternative theories about Egypt and other major sites in the Middle East, possible involvement in our early societies by people from other worlds, and the idea that there may have been technology on Earth millennia ago that has been lost and may someday be discovered.  I don’t read things that are too much in left field – like aliens walking among us today – because I’m more interested in the ancient past.  And could these things have happened? Why not?

It does sound pretty intriguing. 

 

 

Name three favorite travel destinations and what you enjoy about them.

My favorite places to travel are cities.  I love London and New York and have traveled there for decades both for business and pleasure.  Rome has become a more recent favorite city too.  All three are teeming with history from vastly different ages.  In my book The Relic of the King (the first of a trilogy) I mention the things excavators find every time they begin to build a new building in the City of London.  You can’t walk more than a few blocks in that tiny part of London without seeing something from the Roman occupation.

Same thing with New York, but fast-forwarded hundreds of years.  Downtown Manhattan was New Amsterdam and archaeologists find historical memorabilia all the time under its streets.  I think that’s fascinating.

And rewind thousands of years to the majesty of Rome.  What a glorious city.  Walking its streets, seeing the temples and fountains and contemplating life in this ancient place always whets my appetite to write a novel about it.  (And I did.  In The Bones in the Pit, Brian Sadler takes on a powerful Cardinal in the Vatican who isn’t what he seems to be.)

I’ve been to London and New York and can’t wait to go back. 

 

 

 

Name three of the most intriguing travel destinations.

Egypt, Israel and Turkey.  Two I’ve visited, one I haven’t.  Turkey’s on my list for the future.  I want to see its archaeology, especially Gobekli Tepe, a fascinating archaeological site that may be the oldest one found on Earth so far.  What people erected enormous monuments there nearly 12,000 years ago?  Let your imagination run wild!

YES!

 

 

Can you share any pictures?

(“Pakalsarcophagus”) – This is King Pakal, who is buried in the Temple of the Inscriptions in Palenque, Mexico.  Doesn’t he look like an astronaut, lying back and preparing to be launched with his hands and feet on the controls?  Many people think so!

 

 

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(Image 204) – Temple IV at Tikal, Guatemala.  How did primitive farmers get those massive stones up there a hundred feet above the ground?  Was it levitation?  That’s as logical to me as saying ten thousand men spent ten years dragging it up.

 

 

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(Image 416) – The Zapatista rebels set up roadblocks along the roads in the state of Chiapas, Mexico.  They want to secede and their interference with the government makes life interesting for locals and tourists alike.  See my book The Crypt of the Ancients for an idea of what might happen if the rebels turned into kidnappers.

 

 

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How does writing compare to the success you’ve had in the business world?

That depends on what one’s definition of success is.  Financially my life in the corporate world buying and selling companies and making deals was vastly more successful.  I think I’m just getting started in recognition as an author.  It’s going well so far and I hope it’ll continue to provide more and more financial rewards.

The real measure of success for me is the satisfaction I receive in what I’m doing now.  I absolutely love creating stories that other people will read and enjoy.  It’s immensely gratifying when readers let me know they’re ready for the next book and loved the last one.  The pleasure I receive from that makes it all incredibly rewarding.

Great definition of success. Love it. 

 

 

What are you currently writing?

I recently finished The Outcasts, my tenth novel and the first I’ve written in the genre of apocalyptic disaster.  This one is totally different for me and it’s a stand-alone book (at least so far – some readers are already asking for a sequel!)  This book begins with a current theme – the election of 2016 when two candidates ran for president and most Americans weren’t that happy with either one of them.  Two years later the House and Senate switch to the other party.  In 2020 the Social Democrats are swept into power and they retain control of our government until the very last election ever in the United States – the presidential election of 2040.  Things get really interesting after that!

The book I’m working on now is tentatively called The Black Cross.  It’s another Brian Sadler mystery.  Unlike Order of Succession, he plays a very prominent role in this one.  It’s a story about voodoo, Christopher Columbus and an ancient relic; it’s set in New Orleans, Cuba and Guatemala.  It will be released in late March 2017.

Wow. I love the premise of all your books. Can’t wait to read more. 

 

 

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