Today I’m pleased to have author Maggie Thom in the house! I have known her for several years and enjoy her writing style. If you like suspense and intrigue, then I think you will enjoy reading her books. I just poured her a cup of tea and we are sitting on the couch. There is plenty of seating here so pull up a chair and we’ll get started. Today we’re going to focus on her thriller Deceitful Truths.
Okay Maggie, first of all, can you please tell us a little about yourself and your writing background?
I have three published suspense/thrillers – Captured Lies, Tainted Waters, Deceitful Truths – and two more – Deadly Ties and Split Seconds – on the way. In total I have written over twelve novels, some may see the light of day and some I think were just part of my learning curve. 🙂
Not only do I love to write but I love to read and read almost anything that has a good story and good characters. My preferences though are – suspense/thrillers, fantasy, mystery, or some subgenre of those. I am an avid outdoors person, I love hiking, kayaking, just being out in nature. I also love to be active, spend time with my family, play games…
That sounds wonderful! Now I’m wondering… How did you come to start writing? Was your intention to become an author?
Writing is something I’ve always loved to do but to be an author… I’m not sure I ever thought I was good enough. At least not for a long time.
Writing was one of those things I did as a child because words just fascinated me. I used to cut them out of books, much to my mother’s dismay, especially when it was a book she was reading. Oops. I grew up on farm so I think it was also a way to pass some cold, wintery days when I didn’t want to be outside with my siblings. During those quiet moments (which I’m sure my parents enjoyed but also worried as to what I was up to) I was either reading, cutting out words or writing my own.
I don’t know that I ever truly gave it a whole lot of thought to be an author. It seemed something so far removed from me… for a long time. But then I realized maybe it wasn’t and I became determined enough that I wrote like crazy and took several courses to learn the craft well.
I love that determination in you! Tell me, what authors do you like to read?
I used to read mostly traditionally published authors (they are all that you used to see in paperbacks right?). Now that I have entered the ebook reader era, I read mainly Indie or small published authors. There are so many incredible writers out there that are virtually unknown.
My current favorite authors are Donna Cook, P. M. Terrell, Phil Lecomber, Belle Blackburn, Dianne Gallagher, Christy Birmingham… just to name a few.
Ohhh thank you for mentioning me, wow. I am honored! Maggie, how would you describe your main character in Deceitful Truths?
Tarin is a woman who was raised by a domineering, emotionally stale, single father. Her life has been filled with men who have manipulated and/or controlled her life in one way or another. She, however, has always believed she was strong and independent. It’s not until a series of events occur that rob her of her independence, she realizes for the first time, she really needs to take charge of her life and do whatever it takes to protect her young son. She is really a dynamic character who is finding her true strength while flexing her muscle, so to speak, as she searches for answers to a lost week of her life.
What research, if any, did you do to write this book?
Deceitful Truths is set in Canada, a bit in Alberta but mostly in Ontario and one of the main settings is a winery. I’ve been to Ontario but wasn’t really all that familiar with some of the places I wanted in my story. So I had to do research on that. Also, I really didn’t know much about wineries. I’ve been on the tours and tasted the wine but that was the extent of my knowledge. So I had to learn how they really work and I specifically had to understand how they work in Ontario. Interestingly, I connected with a gentleman on Twitter, who is from Uncork Ontario and he was extremely helpful in helping me understand not only the wine making process but how it all works with the liquor control board and shipping of wine to restaurants, liquor stores, inter-provincially and internationally. Very interesting.
That is so interesting to find out more about the way you did your research! Please tell us a bit more about Deceitful Truths.
Who stole a week of her life? And who’s trying to steal the secret, she’s now protecting?
Doing whatever it takes to protect her family, Tarin abandons her abusive marriage, rescues her son and flees across country. Lost and unsure who to trust, she hopes her new job with a Private Investigator, Knight’s Associates, will give her the connections and resources she needs to find answers. Seven days of her life are missing and she doesn’t know why but the consequences of it are undeniable.
Graham’s company, Knight’s Associates, has been hacked, they are being inundated with false leads. The past is coming back to haunt them but how does the new assistant they hired, play into it? Is she truly helping them solve cyber-crimes or is she selling off their high-security information? Is that why someone is trying to abduct her?
Tarin and Graham discover that although they don’t trust each other, they are forced to work together to solve several seemingly unrelated crimes that may lead to one disastrous conclusion. Can they figure it all out before Tarin’s nightmare plays out? An eighty year old woman pays with her life? Or before Tarin learns a truth that may seal her fate and be the one secret that will keep her and Graham apart as neither one of them may be able to forgive or forget…
(Caspian Wine Series, Book Two – Standalone but is a Sequel/Companion Novel to Captured Lies)
“Maggie Thom’s talent for mixing mystery, intrigue and romance becomes a masterpiece begging to be read.” Tome Tender
Okay now I want to go back and read the book again! For anyone not familiar with Deceitful Truths, is it part of a series or a stand-alone book?
Deceitful Truths is a standalone but is part of a series, meaning you don’t have to read book one – Captured Lies – (but you’ll want to :)) to read it.
Let’s talk a bit about your writing schedule. Do you write every day? Why or why not?
I do write pretty much every day. It isn’t always for my new story – Deadly Ties – that I’m currently writing but I do try to ensure that I am doing some sort of crafting/creating every day. I find by writing regularly, it just helps the words flow much easier when I do sit down to write 5000 to 10,000 on a story.
And now for the last question, Maggie. What tips would you give to someone interested in writing his or her first book?
Stop thinking whether it’s right or wrong, and just start writing. The key to getting a novel done is to start writing. Your first draft will never be your final draft (or at least I hope not). Creating a good story takes practice, so it is something that you have to sit down and do. There is no easy road but the more you write the easier it will be. Write… write… write… and read. J These are the keys to getting your novel written, and written well. Enjoy the journey.
Wonderful advice, Maggie! Thank you for taking the time to stop by here for an interview. I enjoyed learning more about you and spending quality time together. I hope readers enjoyed the interview too!
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