Interview with suspense novelist Maggie Thom

Today’s
special guest is women’s fiction suspense novelist
Maggie Thom. She’s currently on a virtual
book tour for her novel
Captured Lies.

Maggie will be awarding winner’s choice of a $20 Amazon or Barnes and Noble gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. To enter for a chance to win, leave an e-mail address with a comment below. And if you’d like to increase your chances of winning, visit other tour stops and leave comments there.
Bio:
Maggie Thom
made the hard decision to leave her successful, twenty-year career in
management, to write full time. The leap was easy. The freefall was adventurous
and very enlightening. When she’s not running her children around or spending
time with her best friend, her husband, she’s writing – anywhere, anytime. Give
her five free minutes and you’ll find her busy scribbling down ideas. She lives
in the real world but loves to get lost in the lives of her characters – who
live, love and laugh and are all figments of her imagination. She is thrilled with
her first novel – Captured Lies
filled with suspense, murder, mystery, and romance.  
She can be
found at:
The book is
currently available through:
Welcome, Maggie. Please tell us about
your current release, Captured Lies.
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 wasn’t 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.
But can she do it in time…..
What inspired you to write this book?
It was an
idea that came to me when we were driving. I get lots of ideas, some I write
down and some I don’t. This one though kind of grabbed me and just kept
building to the point that I realized I had to do something with it. Some of
what happened in the book though was a result of my father passing away while I
was writing it. It really became kind of cathartic to write and express some of
the pain I felt at losing him. Some of the idea for the book was also about, what
would it be like to lose your identity. What would that mean? What would you do
if you weren’t who you thought you were? What if your life was meant to have
been different? How would you unravel it?  
Excerpt:
The voice came over the speaker. “We’re experiencing some
turbulence. Everyone please return to your seats and fasten your seatbelts.”
Mary looked out the window. Gray clouds, low-hanging and
heavily laden, filled her view. Lightning streaked by, followed by a loud
rumble. The plane jerked and shuddered.
Passengers screamed and shouted. The stewardesses flung out
instructions as they raced down the aisle, checking on everyone. “Please remain
calm. We’re going through some rough weather. Stay seated and ensure your
seatbelts are secure. Put your tray tables in the upright position.” The
instructions were thrown out so fast they were almost incomprehensible.
More booming and cracking shook the plane like it was having
a grand mal seizure. The aircraft dropped, nose down. They were descending.
Rapidly…too rapidly. The stewardesses swayed and scrabbled, grabbing seats,
staggering as they pulled themselves down the aisle heading to strap themselves
in. The plane bucked. People screamed.
Mary slammed forward, smacking her head on the seat in front
of her. The baby shrieked terror. Mary forced herself back, glancing at the
infant in her arms. “Shh, baby. Shhh. We’ll be all right.”
Papers flew around like frantic birds despite her seatmate’s
attempt to catch and hold them. Ignoring him, she looked out the window. The
sky was a blur of ominous black lit up to a gun-metal grey every now and then
by a flash of lightning. She wasn’t sure what dropping out of the sky looked
like but she figured this was it.
What exciting story are you working on
next?
Tainted Waters
Frustrated at
being fired from her latest job and overwhelmed by her consolatory family, Sam
decides to move to the family’s cabin at the lake. A place she hasn’t been to
since her dad committed suicide twenty years before. Or did he? Snooping is
something she’s good at but someone seems to be taking offence to her looking
too closely at what has been happening at the lake. The descendants of the four
families who own the land around the lagoon are dying off… Is she next?
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
Today. Just
kidding. Okay well not really. It has taken me a long time to call myself a
writer. I told people I wrote but not that I was a writer. It has always been
something I do not something I am. So it was an interesting leap to finally
admit to myself that I am a writer. It’s kind of crazy the little quirks we
have. This is one of mine. Now I tell people I’m a writer and an author. That was
a leap.  
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
I’m not
sure how to answer this. My intent is to write full time but other things sure
get in the way of that. Some people call that procrastination. 🙂 Now that I
have a published book, my time is split between writing my new book, Tainted Waters, and marketing Captured Lies. I start early with doing
all the emails and social media stuff. Then I work on promotional things. Then
I try to fit in time to write. My writing time isn’t really set. I find time to
write but sometimes it’s when I’m waiting for my kids while they’re at a sport
or an activity, sometimes it’s early in the morning, sometimes in the evening, sometimes
when we’re traveling – driving or flying. Give me five free minutes and I’ll
write.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I guess
that I will whip out pen and paper at any given moment and start writing. Doesn’t
really matter where I am or what I’m doing. Also I have pads of paper all over
the place – by the bed, in my purse, in my car, in the living room, where ever
I might be that an idea will come to me. I wouldn’t want to lose it. 🙂
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
The first
memory I have of this, grade one or so, is a picture I drew for my parents, in
which I planned on being a nurse. Back then, I’m really not that old but it
sure sounds like it, there really weren’t a lot of female role models for much
else for girls. Choices tended to be – nurse, teacher, secretary… None of
which I became.
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
I love to
read, although I don’t get as much time now to just sit down and read as I used
to. I love to hear about new books that others have enjoyed. I guess because
I’m a new author that I’m finding a lot of newly published authors to read and
I love being one of the first to read their books. Your feedback is really
important to me. What did you think of Captured
Lies
?

Thank you, Maggie. Readers, remember if you’d like a chance to win a gift card, leave an e-mail with a comment below so you can be contacted. Good luck!


15 thoughts on “Interview with suspense novelist Maggie Thom

  1. Mindgardner says:

    I always have had a very vivid imagination and easily create stories in my mind, but to take the time it must take to sit and write out the story and make it so captivating that someone else would want to read it and be completely caught up in it is a real art. One you seem to have mastered very well. I love your book.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hi MomJane. I hadn't really thought of it as being frightening but there are some tough situations Bailey has to deal with. Thank you for stopping by.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Mindagardner. Thank you so much for your comments. That means a lot. I have done a lot of writing and reading and gotten a lot of feedback to have gotten to this point. I am so glad you loved Captured Lies. I loved writing it and my next book Tainted Waters, out in a few months. Thank you for stopping by.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for hosting me today Lisa. Very much appreciated.

    Mary I realized my comment could be taken two ways, what it should have said was, I like to write the same kind of stories that I like to read. 🙂

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