Tag Archives: Fiction

May 01

Marilyn Meredith Returns to Talk About ‘No Bells,’ Her Latest Rocky Bluff PD Mystery Novel

MA: I am honored to welcome back to my blog, Marilyn Meredith, arguably one of the most prolific mystery writers who has ever guested with me. Marilyn first appeared on my blog back in 2010 when I interviewed her about her then newly-released novel, Dispel the Mist, her eighth in the Tempe Crabtree mystery series. You can read that former post by going here: Marilyn Meredith Sleuths In For An Interview With Mike Angley.

F.M. Meredith aka Marilyn Meredith is the author of over 30 published novels, including the award winning Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery series, the latest being Bears With Us from Mundania Press.

Marilyn is a member of EPIC (Electronically Published Internet Connection), four chapters of Sisters in Crime, including the Internet chapter, and Mystery Writers of America. She is also on the board of the Public Safety Writers of America.

Visit her at http://fictionforyou.com and her blog at http://marilymeredith.blogspot.com/

CONTEST: The person who comments on the most blogs on Marilyn’s tour will win three books in the Rocky Bluff P.D. series: No Sanctuary, An Axe to Grind, and Angel Lost. Be sure and leave your email too, so she can contact you! Read More

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Mar 19

‘No Remorse’ Thriller Author, Ian Wakley, Visits with Mike Angley

MA: I’m pleased to introduce my guest author today, Ian Wakley. Ian is a social and market researcher by profession, investigating the motivations behind human behavior and product purchases. He has pursued his personal passion and written a thriller novel called No Remorse.

Ian, welcome to my blog. How did you decide to become a professional writer?

IW: I used to travel a great deal, and would often buy a novel in the airport bookstore. I thought how great it would be to be able to write a Ludlum, or a Clancy or a Wilbur Smith. Three years ago I was running a research agency and my kids had almost finished school, so I decided to give it a shot. Sold my share of the business and became a writer. Just like that.

MA: Why novels and now a book about the marketing profession?

IW: Since I was young I’ve tended to read novels rather than non-fiction. Probably an escapist mentality. To me, writing non-fiction is the province of journalists. Writing fiction is something anyone can have a crack at. Of course, being good at it is another thing altogether. It took me three years to figure out the basics of creative writing. It’s not as simple actually writing a novel as it is saying “I’d love to write a novel.” I enjoy learning about the techniques of writing, and I expect that I’ll still be learning at the end.

MA: That’s very true! So tell us about your thriller.

IW: No Remorse is an action thriller. I’ve written it as a page-turner. It’s plot driven, with short chapters, action in every chapter. Not so much of a suspense thriller, although there is mystery and conspiracy in there. Lee McCloud is a special operations guy whose best friend’s daughter and another girl are kidnapped in Mexico. He and three other Delta operators try to rescue them, but the attempt fails. McCloud is forced to leave the army and work for a CIA front stealing money from terrorist backers. Meantime, he’s still searching for the two girls, and the trail leads to a Saudi exiled billionaire, Sheik Khalid, who has big plans for one of the girls. I won’t spoil it by elaborating. Suffice to say there are numerous subplots and you won’t know what’s going to happen next.

MA: How did you develop McCloud’s character?

IW: I’ve always had an interest in all things military, so I guess maybe it’s a way of linking this interest with my writing. The skills needed by the protagonist McCloud had to be appropriate to the plot, in this case he needed physical strength, surveillance and shooting skills, and extreme determination. I could have chosen a cop or a fireman or maybe someone who was ex-Army, but when I started writing the book Iraq was still happening and there was a great deal of interest in military heroes. Still is, I think.

MA: I don’t think military characters are ever out of vogue. Tell us more about your hero.

IW: McCloud is a special ops guy, trained for the toughest missions, deniable, highly intelligent, used to making quick decisions under extreme pressure. But his bosses worry about whether someone like that can be controlled. And indeed, McCloud is something of a loose cannon. He has also had some failed relationships with women, including a fiancée who dumped him for his brother four weeks before their wedding day. So McCloud has some trust issues, particularly with women.

MA: And your antagonist, Sheik Khalid?

IW: A few readers have said that I have given more depth to the antagonist – Sheik Khalid – than to McCloud himself. I have to confess I enjoyed writing the bad guy. Many fiction writers do. Khalid is incredibly wealthy, but he doesn’t really have any close relationships. He expects obedience, and the one person who is beyond his control is his personal trainer, Sheriti, who teaches him about tantric sex. He wants her as his fourth wife. Meanwhile, Khalid has big, bad plans…

MA: It doesn’t sound like you have any personal experiences in the military or black ops, or do you?

IW: Not in an autobiographical sense. But I enjoy the research side of writing, including traveling to places featured in the book, except for the fictional island of Andaran. I’ve shot sniper rifles, and been on board luxury yachts. And I’ve met lots of eccentric characters.

MA: Now that you have No Remorse out the chute, are you working on something new?

IW: I’m currently writing my second novel, Bait, which is more of a suspense mystery, but still with plenty of action. The protagonist is a tough female cop in Australia, who is posted to a country town to investigate some backpacker disappearances. There she finds an American she had resettled some years earlier under the witness protection program, and with whom she had a brief relationship. After I’ve finished Bait, I’ll be starting on the sequel to No Remorse. Lots of readers are on my back about that.

MA: I take it some of your main characters from No Remorse will reappear in this sequel story?

IW: Yes, McCloud and Tally will be in the sequel, and I have some other characters in No Remorse that could feature in sequels, or maybe their own series. An assassin named Anastia, and a Mossad agent are two of these.

MA: Give us some websites and information about where my readers can find your stories.

IW: No Remorse is available in good bookstores and online stores. Bait will be available in late 2012.

No Remorse Facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/No-Remorse/311150275607839

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Dec 28

Mary Deal Writes About “Scene Changes” On The Child Finder Trilogy

A scene ends when the action ends or the conversation can add no more to that part of the story. Maybe one scene is in the grocery store; the next scene is outside on the docks. Usually when a huge shift in location happens, you begin a new chapter.

(Don’t try to write a sequel to “My Dinner with Andre” which happened totally in one scene at the dinner table. It’s been done and was successful because the actors were good.)

When you end a scene, leave the reader wondering what could happen next and wanting to read further. It’s called a cliff hanger. Leave something unfinished, like a threat of action yet to happen and we can see one character gearing up to do some dirty work. The reader wonders what could possible happen next? And so they keep turning pages. Read More

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Dec 21

“Sleep & Creativity” By Mary Deal…Another Great Article On The Child Finder Trilogy

Want to wake in the morning with more creativity? Then pay attention to what’s on your mind when you fall asleep.

Research has proven that the mind uses its most recent daytime images and thoughts to create dreams. So, too, the mind produces the mood with which you wake after sleeping. Read More

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Dec 14

“Talk Uppity” An Article Contributed To The Child Finder Trilogy By Mary Deal

I grew up among middle-class everyday folk. Language was one thing that separated groups of people as I had come to know them. When I was young, every once in a while I’d hear someone say, “Oh my! She talks so uppity!” Read More

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Dec 07

“Repetition Offends Your Reader” Let Me Repeat, Okay, You Get the Point! Another Writing Advice Article By Mary Deal

When descriptive words are used repetitively in writing, it makes the reader wonder why they have to be told something they’ve already learned earlier in the story. Repetition can kill your reader’s interest. Read More

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Nov 16

Author Mary Deal Shares Her Perspective On Foreshadowing With Mike Angley

I am excited to post — with permission, of course — an article that Mary Deal has put together with her perspective on foreshadowing. I told her when she sent me the article that I love this particular literary device, and I’m pretty good at spotting it when I read. Because I can spot it so well, when I write my own stories, I try to use it with great subtlety. In fact, I like to sprinkle foreshadowing dust in my books, and then pull the foreshadowed hints together like a bunch of threads at the climax to the story. Read More

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Nov 09

A Good Deal — Mary Deal, That Is, Guest-Blogs With Mike Angley Today

I want to extend a hearty welcome to thriller writer Mary Deal, my guest blogger today! Mary is a native of Walnut Grove in California’s Sacramento River Delta, has lived in England, the Caribbean, and now resides in Kapaa, Hawaii. (I’m insanely jealous). She has published three novels: The Tropics: Child of a Storm – Caught in a Rip – Hurricane Secret, an adventure suspense; The Ka, a paranormal Egyptian suspense; and River Bones, a thriller, which was a winner in the Eric Hoffer Book Awards competition. A sequel is being written. Down to the Needle, her next thriller, is due out early 2010. Mary is also a Pushcart Prize nominee. Read More

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Nov 02

Mike Angley Interviews Romance Thriller Author Margie Church

My guest today is Margie Church, AKA Churchlady, author of romance/thriller novels with “SASS.” She tells me that stands for Suspense, Angst, Seductive Sizzle. Margie is a married mom of two children, and a Minnesota native. He writing career began early when she published in “McCall’s Magazine” in the sixth grade. Margie describes her professions as a mother and author whose guilty pleasures are great beer, real vanilla ice cream, and lobster. I couldn’t agree more with that list! Read More

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