John Feldman is in the hot seat
today. We’re chatting a little bit about his new mystery-suspense, Out of Hiding.
During his virtual book tour, John will be awarding at $50 Amazon or Barnes and
Noble gift card (winner’s choice), to a lucky randomly drawn winner. To be
entered for a chance to win, use the
form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit
his other tour stops and enter there, too.
Feldman was born and raised in southern New Jersey, but has since moved to
Florida at the request (demand) of his beautiful wife. He has written several
short stories and novels, including his newest release, Out of Hiding. He
writes a lot, thinks a lot more, and is currently wondering why he’s writing this
in the third person.
Welcome, John. Please share a little bit
about your current release.
Lisa, I’d like to thank you for having me. These characters have been stuck in
my head for years and to be able to talk about them now is an amazing feeling.
book centers around Emily Geiser, a young woman who’s been dealt a bad hand.
When she was a teenager, her mother left her stepfather for her best
friend…yes, Emily’s best friend. But the worst part? Her mother blamed her. So when she finally finds love
almost ten years later, she feels as though she’s finally escaped the horrible
life she’s been glued to. But what she doesn’t know is that the man she loves
has a wild past of his own, and the family and friends that surround him are a
merciless band of killers…and she’s their next target.
What inspired you to write this book?
was actually my wife who created Emily. She also created the idea of Emily
falling for an older, wealthier man, so I’m not too sure if I should be worried,
since I’m neither old nor wealthy. But I was having severe creativity block a
few years ago and I asked her to give me a name, any name, and she gave me
Emily’s. And from there, we worked on a story. She spent about an hour giving
me some details and I spent the next three-plus years making a story of it. I’d
say we’re even.
Excerpt from Out of Hiding:
the gas cannot pump fast enough. He’s made it two states away and he’ll be
damned if this one woman is the end of him. He’ll kill her right here if he has
to. Right here in this parking lot. Let her nosey ass get a little closer and
then slit her throat. Dump some gasoline on her smug body and watch her squirm
until the life drains out of her. That’ll teach her to look over here.
taking any chances. He removes the nozzle, replaces the gas cap and heads for
his car door.
back on the door handle. But she does it.
looks at her and smiles, but receives no smile in return. Instead he gets the
look of curiosity, only magnified. She is within mere feet of him now and those
squinted eyes show crow’s feet attached. Her mouth is open, lower jaw just
hanging there lazily as she thinks.
right at that very moment, Herb can feel the cold steel of the switchblade in
his pocket. Hey, it’s saying to him. Come and get me.
What exciting story are you working on
A novel about a frustrated writer who kills people to make his work authentic.
His name is Brian Hart and he’s been writing for nearly fifteen years (I’ve
been writing for nearly fifteen years) and has yet to be traditionally
published (I, also, have yet to be traditionally published) and is sick of the
consistent rejection letters (as am I) and decides the only way to make his
writing authentic is if he kills people so he can make the killings as convincing
as possible. …No similarity with me and the character here; I’m too out of
shape to be hunting people down. I’ll stick with Googling my descriptions.
When did you first consider yourself a
been writing since I was 20 years old, but could never muster up the courage to
call myself a writer. Whenever someone asked what I do for a living, I’d always
tell them what I do full-time (for now), embarrassed to say that I’m a writer
because I’d never been published. But a few years ago—not many—I read a quote
from JK Rowling that was something along the lines of her saying that once she
stopped kidding herself and admitted she was a writer and nothing else, her work
began to flourish. Since then, I’ve told everyone I’m a writer. You’d be
surprised at how many people respond with “Really? And you make a living off of
that?” I lie and tell them I do.
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 write full-time, it’s just after my other full-time job. I easily put in 40
hours a week worth of writing and marketing. But that comes after my forty
hours of working my pays-the-bills job. My “other job” (just a placeholder
until I’m dethroning James Patterson) is in the IT field and has me occupied
during the day. But I wake up early in the morning around 4 AM. I write for a
few hours until it’s time to get the kiddies ready for school and then I do my
work thing. At night, I work on trying to market and advertise and be my own
publicist–for any aspiring writers out there, marketing is as important, if not
more important, than writing itself. Especially in an agent’s eyes.
What would you say is your interesting
Most interesting writing quirk? Maybe that I don’t have one, as odd as that
sounds. Some people need to write in one certain place, or during certain
points of the day, or even need to hit a specific word count to feel they’ve
done enough. There’s nothing wrong with any of these quirks, I just don’t
typically abide by any of them. I write what I can, when I can, and as often as
As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?
I was a typical boy, playing all the major sports. Ice hockey was my true love
and although I was never any good, I always envisioned pulling a Philadelphia
Flyers sweater over my shoulders. Funny, I turned out choosing a path that has
me stationary and out of shape. Life throws some curve balls, doesn’t it?
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
Thank you. Thank you to you, Lisa, for hosting me and to anyone taking the time
to read this interview or any of my writing. It’s redundant to say that it’s an
honor to have people even consider reading my book when there are so many great
ones out there, but it really is just that: an honor. It’s humbling to know
that someone will read over the work I spent over three years writing and
(fingers crossed here) find it entertaining.
Thank you for being a guest on my blog!