Jan: Welcome, Maggie! Today, readers, it’s a real pleasure to introduce you to award-winning author, Maggie Thom.
As well as being a prominent and supportive member of Rave Reviews Book Club (follow the link for find out more about this remarkable literary community) Maggie is a word wrangler, arranging and rearranging words into a story full of twists and turns and characters that will pull readers into an adventure beyond their fingertips!
Jan: I know you’ve been writing all your life – what made you decide to take the leap into indie publishing?
Maggie: Great question. It was really that it was time. I actually pulled my first book, Captured Lies from a traditional publisher to Indie Publish. Why? Because they take too darn long to get it into print. 😊
Jan: What got you writing your first book?
Maggie: At age 9? I’m not sure but I was fascinated by words and stories, so I think I wanted to try it. I do know that of the many novels I’ve written and have done nothing with, I think that it was curiosity if I could do it. As for the first published book I have, Captured Lies, the idea for it came from a plane flying too low over our heads and I wondered if it crashed what would happen. Would anyone survive? If a baby survived and then someone took the baby how would the baby (once grown) figure out who she was?
Jan: Do you have a preferred writing style?
Maggie: I do a mix of seat of the pants and plotster. When an idea comes I sit down and write. It’s later when I’m away from the writing that I see where the story could go and do some plotting. In the rewrites I am all about plotting and making sure that all the points fit and line up at the end. No loose ends.
Jan: So, is there a reason why you decided to base your serial around a family wine-making business who also make a living from private investigation?
Maggie: No real idea of why. It just seemed like the right setting and the right kind of business that would suit the story. Bailey doesn’t even know until her mom dies that her identity is a lie. So having Guy be a PI seemed the perfect way to break it to her.
Jan: Is there any part of the books that spring from experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Maggie: No. Not from my experiences or events just from things I heard or saw and of course mixed together with my imagination to create something new and different.
Jan: You’re now on #3 in the series – what’s going on with this one? Are Guy and/or Graham still on the case?
Maggie: Guy and Graham are in this story, although they aren’t the main characters. They do play a part in solving the mystery of who is trying to kill Tarin’s father, keep Tijan and Tarin safe and to figure out why Tijan and Tarin grew up apart.
Jan: Is there anything you find particularly challenging with writing a book series that isn’t necessarily in sequence?
Maggie: With Split Seconds, Book 3 in the Caspian Wine Series, it’s about Tijan who is searching for her twin. So I had to go back to book two, Deceitful Truths, which is Tarin’s story, who happens to be Tijan’s twin. So for some of it and to make sure I got their stories straight I had to go back and forth to ensure I had all the key elements. It was fun to do but was definitely some work.
Jan: Do you have to travel much to research your books?
Maggie: I’ve done some but no, most of it is research on the internet and conversations with people who have the knowledge that I need. Now I will say doing research on wineries of course had to be done in person and I learned a lot. And maybe tasted a bit of wine.
Jan: What was the hardest part of writing the latest book?
Maggie: Because I had never planned on writing a series and I wrote the original version of book one actually about 15 + years ago, I didn’t have the information I needed easily accessible. So all of my notes for it were on paper. Finding all of that, and then finding my notes for book 2 and rereading both stories with the intent of pulling what might be necessary information, was a bit of work. I now use Scrivener for writing so all of my notes, images, outlines, character outlines, etc. are all in one place. That makes it so much easier.
Jan: Now – the Hollywood option! If the Caspian Wine series was going to be made into a movie franchise, who would you like to see playing the lead parts?(Choose as many main characters as you like!)
Maggie: Funny you should mention this because since I published Captured Lies in 2012 I have felt that it should be a movie.
Captured Lies – She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead.
Bailey – Kate Austen
Guy – Jonny Weston
Deceitful Truths – Someone stole a week of her life and now someone is trying to steal the secret she is protecting.
Tarin – Sarah Gadon
Graham – Jason Chatwin
Split Seconds – Twins torn apart as toddlers, reunited as adults and now switching places to take on organized crime.
Tijan – Sarah Gadon
August – Jake Abel
Jan: Who are your own literary heroes, Maggie?
Maggie: I have many. Two who have influenced my writing are Robert Ludlum and Sandra Brown. But the writers and authors who really inspire me are the indie and self published authors who have taken that leap.
Jan: Aha! That really does pan out with your romantic thriller style, Maggie! What book are you reading now?
Maggie: I just finished reading Red Flame: Burning Valentine by Pamela Shine – she wrote a series. She was twelve when she wrote and published her first book, the third book she published when she was fourteen. She has such a good imagination and I am thrilled to see her take the leap to write and publish.
Jan: What was the first book you ever fell in love with?
Maggie: Thomas Covenant White Gold Wielder Series by Stephen R. Donaldson. I started reading this series just after I finished highschool. I was enthralled and wished the author had written faster.
Jan: I loved the White Gold Wielder series too – it finally got me out of my Tolkien fixation in the fantasy genres!
Who’s the one person, past or present, that you would love to spend a summer’s afternoon and evening with?
Maggie: I think Cleopatra would be a fascinating person to sit down with.
Jan: Well, Maggie! It’s been a real pleasure chatting with you, and finding out a little about your Caspian Wine books and getting a few glimpses into your private world.
Maggie: Thank you so much for the interview Jan. It was a lot of fun to do.
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Award winning author, Maggie Thom loves the challenge of creating a web of secrets, lies and deceit. She doesn’t want you to figure it out until the end. Author of The Caspian Wine Suspense/Thriller/Mystery Series – Captured Lies and Deceitful Truths with Split Seconds about to be published – and her other individual novels Tainted Waters (2013 Suspense/Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine) and Deadly Ties. Take the roller coaster ride. It’s worth it. Get your free copy of Captured Lies.
Her motto: Read to escape… Escape to read…
“Maggie Thom… proves her strength as a master of words, plots and finely chiseled characters… she weaves a brilliant cloth of the many colors of deceit.” Dii – TomeTender
Twins… separated as toddlers, reunited as adults… and now they’re switching places in a dangerous game to take on organized crime.
Her sister is alive! Excited to discover her twin didn’t die as a toddler, Tijan can’t wait to meet her other half. But why hasn’t her only sibling reached out in almost thirty years?
Although the reunion is joyous, not everyone is excited to discover there are two of them. Using it to her advantage, Tijan is determined to take down the one man responsible for it all… her father. The secrets and lies that have kept the two apart, soon unravel but with deadly consequences.