Monday, July 23, 2012

Cold Fury Blog Tour

T.M. Goeglein:


T.M. Goeglein began his career as a writer of print and television ads for a host of advertising and media companies. As a screenwriter, he created both original scripts and worked as a script doctor for several production companies in Los Angeles. He was an original contributor to the Huffington Post 'Living' section, and continues to write for both the national edition and Huffington Post Chicago. Read T.M. Goeglein's stories on the Huffington Post.
His debut young adult novel, COLD FURY, will be published by Penguin/Putnam in 2012 and is the first in a trilogy; he’s currently working on the second book. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Laura, and two young children.


The clues lead her to an ancient, worn notebook that contains a guide to a Chicago hiding in plain sight— safe houses, secret doors, mysterious phone numbers are all suddenly at Sara Jane’s disposal. But it also contains darker, more troubling secrets concerning the Rispoli family, including the revelation that a rare and powerful hereditary trait passed down from the time of Alexander the Great enabled certain male members of the Rispoli clan to become major figures in the Outfit, Chicago’s storied crime syndicate.
Sara Jane realizes the secret-filled notebook is the reason why her family was taken, and why she’s being pursued by three different factions: her turncoat uncle, Police Detective Dotty Smelt, and the huge, shambling freak in the ski mask. Learning of the gift awakens a realization in Sara Jane that she, too, possesses the powerful phenomenon.

With the help of a weight-challenged sidekick, an angry Italian greyhound, and a legion of guardian angel sewer rats, Sara Jane is chased, attacked, and fights back with cold fury, staying one step ahead of her pursuers and circumnavigating the male-centric Outfit while also keeping a growing romance.
Today we have a question that T.M. Goeglein will answer.

“Do you have a favorite quote that you keep visible in your work environment to help inspire you?

The best quotes are like good jokes; they’re short, easy to remember, and capture human emotion as precisely as heart surgery. Whenever I come across one that appeals to me, I resolve to use it in conversation (That reminds me of what the Babe once said about baseball being like life…) but then the perfect moment arises and I can’t remember a word of it, only that it had to do with hitting a ball, I think, and maybe something about crossing home plate. Now and then I’ve ripped out or transcribed a quote, and pinned or taped it somewhere for a while. But then I begin to look past it, or maybe upon further reflection, it has nothing to do with my present condition.
The quote hasn’t changed; I have.
There is, however, a bit of writing that I look at frequently and which, as time passes, means more and more to me. It’s printed in black crayon, in tall capital letters, and reads:
This is one of the first notes written by my son when he was five years old; for clarification, his intention was to write ‘To Daddy, from Michael.’
I will be pleased if he grows up to be a neurosurgeon, or a hot air balloonist, or whatever; I could care less, as long as he’s happy and it’s legal. Also, to be clear, I don’t look at his note as the foreshadowing of a scribe-to-be, but do see in it something that applies to writing as an avocation: how hard he tried to get it right. Besides the sweet sentiment, it’s a perfectly worded reminder that capable writing requires effort and hard work. Hopefully, the result – whether forty thousand words or four – will capture human emotion in a way that makes a reader care about it.
Like a good quote.
Like my son’s note.

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  1. I really enjoyed Cold Fury! Took a while to get into it but it was great in the end!
    can't wait for book #2!!

    - juhina

  2. Seems like an interesting read! cool blog!
    new follower!