Saturday, September 8, 2012

Interview with T.M. Goeglein + Giveaway (Cold Fury)

The second half of my feature with T.M. Goeglein! You can check out the first part of Theodore's feature - HERE. This is my interview with the author of Cold Fury. Theodore has also kindly offered a copy of Cold Fury to giveaway to you lucky lucky people! 

Quickies - 

Skittles or M&Ms? 

Gotta be M&M’s, particularly peanut – I need that crunchy-salty-chocolaty rush. 

Black or white? 


Coffee or Tea? 

Coffee, as strong as unfiltered jet fuel, as hot as the face of the sun.

Print copies or e-books? 

I’m a supporter of any form or method in which someone reads a book, but print copies have a tactile charm that e-books will never possess.  It’s like hugging a robot.

Dog-ear or Bookmark? 

Dog-mark.  Sorry, I meant book-ear. 

Cats or Dogs? 

I a special place in my heart for a small Italian Greyhound named Harry. (Sneaky reference!)

Reading or Writing? 

I don’t think one is possible without the other, so this one is a tie.

Vampires or werewolves? 

Werewolves, because you have to feel for a guy who turns into a giant sheepdog.

Have you watched Vampire Diaries? 

Yeah, and I like it, although the vampire thing is a little overdone.  But I have to admit, Vampire Diaries is done well.

Favourite Harry Potter Novel? 

Deathly Hallows – I loved how dark the books got and how it all ended.

Book you most want to see turned into a Movie? 

Cloud Atlas, by David Mitchell – and it’s happening!

Favourite day of the week? 

Monday (because I’m writing) and Saturday (because my kids are free to hang with me)

Your perfect breakfast consists of – 

See ‘Coffee or Tea?’ plus burnt toast, seriously.

Five things that make a book "good"  - ( ie fight, strong heroine, good-looking boys, high speed car chase, happy endings) 

These are not ranked in order of importance – great location, backstory for the character, a heroine who is not completely heroic, very bad guys who are not wholly bad, and several knockdown, drag-out brawls.


Team Edward or Team Jacob? 

See ‘Vampire or Werewolf?’ and the question above: Jacob’s a bad werewolf who’s not wholly bad.  Who can resist a character like that?

Long Questions - 

1.) Describe Cold Fury in three words? 

Action-packed thrill-ride! (sorry – I needed four)

2.) How did you come up with the storyline for Sara Jane's story? 

I was intrigued by the idea of an outlier – someone who exists on the fringes, feels like sort of a freak, and is regarded by other people as a weirdo – who finds herself in bad situation not of her own making, and how it forces her to change.  Sara Jane’s discovery of her family’s disappearance, their involvement in the Outfit (Chicago’s venerable crime organization,) and her own inherent power make her a very different girl at the end of COLD FURY then she is at the beginning.

3.) What made you decide to write in the perspective of a girl? 

I wanted a female’s point of view when it came to infiltrating, and assuming a position of power, inside of a crime organization.  The Outfit, like the Mafia, has always been male-centric, with no women allowed as members.  Having a young women kick her way into that violent boy’s club, and then kick some ass, only heightened the drama and action. 

4.) Character you feel you can relate best to? Why? 

Sara Jane, easily.  The answer is related to the previous question.  I’ve been asked how I can write from a female perspective, and I paraphrase another author (whose name I can’t remember) when he was presented with a similar question:  it’s because I’ve always regarded women as people.  The fear, loneliness, pain and desire for revenge experienced by Sara Jane are universal emotions.  I feel them every day! (Joking – sort of.)

5.) Is there a story behind the names of characters? 

Not so much regarding Sara Jane and her family, but somewhat with the others.  A good example is Poor Kevin.  After experiencing a terrible accident, people who knew him never referred to the tragic guy any other way – “Oh no…Poor Kevin!” – and it became more his name than his real name.

6.) Are you planning to write any other books outside the series? 

I’m working on an idea for another young adult trilogy which is all I can say at the moment, other than that it will be just as much as a bloody rollercoaster as COLD FURY.

7.) Who would play the characters in a movie adaption? 

I think Zoe Kazan for Sara Jane is pretty perfect, although she might need to work on her left hook.  For Max, Josh Hutcherson if he did something with his hair – his cool intelligence is right on. Tyler, I would go with Avan Jogia, who seems like he could be nice and insensitive at once.  And Doug?  It would have to be a younger, still chunky Jonah Hill.  The character of Harry, however, is indisputable – he has to be played by an Italian Greyhound. No regular greyhound or whippet will do!


8.) Can you tell us anything about what to expect in Book #2? 

It and the final book grow progressively darker, violent, and for Sara Jane, filled with even more desperation to find and save her family.  Book II contains new and unexpected characters, as well as plot twists that even the closest reader will never see coming.  Deadly drugs are involved, and a super-hot former TV star, and…that’s all for now!  My goal is to keep readers off balance, gasping for breath, scared of what might be waiting around the corner – just like Sara.


If you're not excited for Cold Fury yet, you're not human because that interview was EPIC. Having read the novel, I think you've picked great actors to play the characters especially Tyler. YES on AVAN JOGIA. I'm so keen for Book #2 and #3 and I can't wait to see what you have planned for YA readers next! 


T.M. Goeglein is giving away (1) SIGNED Copy of Cold Fury!

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  1. really cool interview... and i agree totally with his opinion about the decision between e-book and print copy (of course i do both, but prefer print copys just because of the feeling holding it in your hands and the good book smell ^^)


  2. Love that he has a greyhound!! Love them:)

    Great idea to have a casting part of the interview - Love knowing how the author envisions things:)

  3. I hope when I read Cold Fury that I can picture the characters as the actors he's chosen :-)

    Great interview. Thanks for the giveaway!


  5. I enjoyed the interview :D Love this book too.


  6. Yes!!!Finally someone who agrees with me!I LOVE the peanuty M&Ms(the ones in the yellow packet) though no one else at my house or at school agrees with me. :/

  7. This is an awesome interview. Loved it! Your description of an awesome book is exactly what I look for as well. :D And if this interview isn't enough to get peope reading this book, then I honestly don't know what is wrong with the world.

  8. The cover looks amazing and the book sounds really interesting. Will def add it to my TBR list.

  9. I love knowing that the next books in the series get darker. Something that a lot of YA fiction is missing.

  10. Thanks for an awesome interview! I have such book lust for this title and I it's on the top of my "want" list. And what I want, I usually get ;)

    Nice to know that there will be more books! I love the premise and from the reviews I've read, I know that I'll love it!

  11. Really cool interview! I'd love to read this book!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. When I read this Josh Hutcherson will be in my head. And I love his answer for the e-books or print copies question, I agree that print copies do have a certain charm that you can't get from e-books

  13. Awesome interview! I really love the cover and it sound so interesting.

    Thanks for the giveaway :)

  14. wow I heard of this book....I can't wait to read it if I'll win.
    Cheers for the chance to win.

  15. Thanks for the great interview!! I've been wanting to read this book and I love knowing that there will be more!!

  16. Love the choice of actors. Want to see this in a movie! But I need to read the book first! :)

    Thanks for sharing!

  17. Great interview, Lisa! My favorite HP book is The Deathly Hallows, too--it was nice to see how strong Harry, Hermione and Ron's friendship was. LOL, Theodore, you're hilarious! Can't wait to check out COLD FURY. :)

  18. Great interview!
    Interesting that it's from a girl POV from a male author.
    Can't wait to read it :D

  19. Haha, I love this interview! So cool! And I've been looking forward to reading Cold Fury, I love kickass characters, action and secret organizations in my books!

  20. Cool interview, love the pic and love the cover of this book :)

  21. Thank you for making this open internationally!

  22. Awesome interview, Lisa and Theo! I especially love Theo's reply when you asked him why he decided to write in the perspective of a girl.

    The Outfit, like the Mafia, has always been male-centric, with no women allowed as members. Having a young women kick her way into that violent boy’s club, and then kick some ass, only heightened the drama and action. - YES. *fist pump*

    And a giveaway to finish off this great interview? We sure are lucky! ♥

  23. Great giveaway! Book sounds good!!

  24. A great interview! I was sold at 'Action-packed thrill-ride!' This book sounds amazing & I love the cast of characters he chose.

    I saw the trailer for Cold Fury this morning & it was amazing.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :)

  25. This sounds great!
    The interview was kinda hilarious also :D

  26. "’m a supporter of any form or method in which someone reads a book, but print copies have a tactile charm that e-books will never possess. It’s like hugging a robot."

    Haha, I can totally agree with that. Lovely interview, thanks for sharing!

  27. This one is intriguing. I'd love to read this one soon! Kudos on the interview! :)