Today I have one awesome (I mean it! He's all sorts of awesome~) debut author T.M. Goeglein, who saved Tin and I from a life of crime, the details of which I can't disclose because of the highly sensitive information involved. We're kidding about the highly sensitive information part, but Theodore really is awesome. And we were able to get a hold of him to bring you this very informative interview. Enjoy!
Describe Cold Fury in one sentence.
After her parents and younger brother mysteriously disappear, leaving behind a scene of violence and destruction, sixteen-year-old Sara Jane Rispoli uses a tattered old notebook full of secrets to discover that her family belongs to the Chicago criminal organization, the Outfit, and that only she has the inherent power to save them.
Are you secretly a member of a mob? Why choose it as a theme for your book?
I can't claim a direct connection to the Outfit, but then again, this is Chicago, where everyone knows someone who knows a guy who...anyway, you get the picture.
Did you ever base any of your characters on real person(s)?
Sara Jane is a composite of several real people. Rather than base her on one person, I selected traits I admire in many of my friends and family members, especially tenacity. Sara Jane is the most determined person I know, which is absolutely necessary in any survival situation. Also, she has a self deprecating sense of humor...without that particular characteristic, a person is doomed to a life of taking themselves seriously. Ugh.
What is the best thing that a reviewer (or someone) said about your novel?
I'm paraphrasing, but a well-regarded YA author recently said that it's a good sign when she's reading a book and already thinking of who to recommend it to--and already has a long list for Cold Fury.
Can you give us one line from your novel that you find important, striking or unforgettable?
Actually, three short lines that build on one another: "As long as I keep moving, I should be OK. As long as I keep the notebook with me, I should stay alive. This is not what I thought life would be like when I turned sweet sixteen."
So how are you guys doing so far? It wasn't a one-liner but that was indeed unforgettable!
Cold Fury by T.M Goeglein
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Sara Jane Rispoli is just a normal sixteen-year-old girl coping with school and a developing crush— until her parents and younger brother are kidnapped, and she discovers her family has been a key figure of Chicago’s Outfit (aka the mob) for decades. Her father, grandfather and great grandfather all used their special ability, cold fury, to settle disputes between the two mob factions—the muscle and the money. And unless Sara wants the mob to think her now missing family has turned state’s evidence, she will have to fill her father’s shoes as the mob’s peacemaker, using her own cold fury.
Cold Fury will be released by Putnam Juvenile on July 24, 2012
And if you haven't heard of it yet, Sara Jane, the main protagonist of Cold Fury, has a journal and she's posting webisodes. First one is up now (and scared the life out of me!):
Know more about Sara Jane by visiting her journal: http://www.tmgoeglein.com/index.php/journal
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