Interview with literary fiction author Michael Hurley

Today’s
visitor is literary fiction author Michael Hurley. Our focus is on his novel The Vineyard.

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win, use the form below. To increase
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Bio:
Michael
Hurley and his wife Susan live near Charleston, South Carolina. Born and raised
in Baltimore, Michael holds a degree in English from the University of Maryland
and law from St. Louis University.
The
Prodigal
, Michael’s debut novel from Ragbagger Press, received the Somerset
Prize for mainstream fiction and numerous accolades in the trade press,
including Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, ForeWord Reviews, BookTrib,
Chanticleer Reviews, and IndieReader. It is currently in development for a
feature film by producer Diane Sillan Isaacs. Michael’s second novel, The Vineyard,
is due to be released by Ragbagger Press in December 2014.
Michael’s
first book, Letters from the Woods, is a collection of wilderness-themed essays
published by Ragbagger Press in 2005. It
was shortlisted for Book of the Year by ForeWord magazine. In 2009, Michael embarked on a two-year, 2,200
mile solo sailing voyage that ended with the loss of his 32-foot sloop, the
Gypsy Moon, in the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti in 2012. That voyage
and the experiences that inspired him to set sail became the subject of his
memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, published in 2013 by Hachette Book Group.
When
he is not writing, Michael enjoys reading and relaxing with Susan on the porch
of their rambling, one-hundred-year-old house. His fondest pastimes are ocean sailing, playing piano and classical
guitar, cooking, and keeping up with an energetic Irish terrier, Frodo Baggins.
About The Vineyard:
Ten years after college, three very different women reunite for a
summer on Martha’s Vineyard. As they come to grips with various challenges in
their lives, an encounter with a reclusive fisherman threatens to change
everything they believe about their world—and each other.
Excerpt from The Vineyard:
Chapter 20
It was a question that would never
have occurred to her mother or to any of her mother’s friends. Of course she
would marry Tripp Wallace, they would say—or wouldn’t say, rather, because the
subject would never come up. But if they were asked, they would be pained to
explain what was self-evident. He met all the necessary criteria. He was from a
well-respected family. He had gone to the right schools, as had his father and
grandfather and great-grandfather before him. He had the right friends who had
gone to the same schools and traveled in the same small circles. He was
accomplished at the right sports—sailing in summer and skiing in winter—and he
knew how to say and do the right things at the right moment in a way that bore
testament, along with his good looks, to an obvious breeding. He was tall and
well-formed and not overly bright or bookish or moody or sensitive. He would
love Dory with fraternal affection and a benign indifference that would
immunize him from the terrible angst that afflicts the lovelorn. There would be
affairs, perhaps, but he could be relied upon to keep them discreet and
meaningless, and there would be no brooding or melancholy or naval gazing in
the wake of their discovery. New love would falter and stumble as it invariably
does, but the business of marriage would march on. There would be no mid-life
forays into the wild unknown, because he was not a curious man. His life had
followed a well-worn path thus far, and he would stick to that path without the
danger of navigational error that comes from needless reflection. He would lead
a good life, not a well-examined life, and thereby make it possible for Dory to
do the same. He and Dory would produce tall, lithe, gorgeous, tow-headed
children and grandchildren who, on their way to fulfilling their central role
as heirs to the family’s fortune and curators of its legacy, would by their
laughter and playfulness banish the awful silence that would otherwise creep
into their marriage, like a pestilence.
© 2014 by M. C. Hurley. All rights
reserved.

Do you ever read your
stories out loud?

Yes. I often read my writing out loud to see how
it flows. I generally don’t read aloud for pleasure.

What are your future ambitions?
I
have learned, at this stage of my life, to be careful what I wish for. So, I have no particular grand ambitions
other than to enjoy life, to appreciate the present, to write good books, to
play a little music, and to help others who might need me as best I can.

Tell us about your latest release.
The Vineyard is literary fiction
about three women in their early thirties, former college roommates, who are
all wounded in some way and decide to reunite for a summer on Martha’s
Vineyard. As they come to grips with the
challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher
known only as “the fisherman” threatens to change everything they believe about
their world—and each other.

What have you got coming soon for us to
look out for?
The Prodigal, my debut novel
published in 2013, has been optioned for film by a producer. She is exploring development of the book as s
feature film. 
What song would you
choose for Karaoke?
None. I’m really not much of a singer. However, I do enjoy singing the Star Spangled
Banner.
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6 thoughts on “Interview with literary fiction author Michael Hurley

  1. Unknown says:

    I loved this post because we get to learn more about the author. I like that he doesn't like doing karaoke and finding out some of his other quirks. Thanks for the Give Away

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