dinsdag 11 november 2014

Author Interview The Vineyard Tour

1) What is your favorite part of the process of writing a book?
Finishing it.  There’s nothing like that feeling when you type the final word of what may be more than a hundred thousand words.

2) Tell us more about your main character. What would his/her dream holiday destination be? Which celebrity would he/she love to meet in real life?
The Vineyard has three main characters, all women, all former roommates in college. Dory is filthy rich and can afford any vacation she wants, but she aspires to be a “down-to-earth” girl in spite of herself. She would most enjoy chilly fall mornings on a cottage on the coast of main, or summers in the Tuscan countryside.  Turner is all Las Vegas, where her favorite celebrity would be any man with a lot of money and free time.  Charlotte would love nothing more than to be able to take her daughter Meredith, who died three years earlier, on a marathon vacation to Disneyworld.

3) What are some of the challenges your main character faces?
Dory is running from a stuffy and joyless life that awaits her as the heir to her family’s centuries-old fortune and legacy on Martha’s Vineyard. Charlotte has fallen into a suicidal depression over the loss of her young daughter to cancer, three years ago.  Turner is running from financial troubles and the unwanted attention of men created by her blog.

4) Is there a villain in your book? What is the villain's reasons for struggling against the protagonist?
Yes.  The Vineyard is an allegorical tale, and one character in particular, occupies the role of supreme villain.  I won’t spoil the story and say who he is, as his discovery in this role is one of the themes of the book.

5) What projects are you working on at the moment?
I have started my third novel, The Passage, which will be a romance, as part of NaNoWriMo.  I am about 8,000 words along so far.

About The Vineyard

Title: The Vineyard
Author: Michael Hurley
Genre: Literary Fiction
From Michael Hurley, winner of the Somerset Prize for his debut novel, THE PRODIGAL, comes a complex and ambitious, allegorical tale of old money, young passion and ancient mystery in a classic New England seaside village.
Ten years after their college days together, three wounded and very different women reunite for a summer on the island of Martha’s Vineyard. As they come to grips with the challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher known only as “the fisherman” threatens to change everything they believe about their world–and each other.
“Hurley writes beautifully,” says Kirkus Reviews, “especially when describing island and nautical life.” Publishers Weekly praises “his well-crafted prose.”

Author Bio

Michael Hurley and his wife Susan live near Charleston, South Carolina. Born and raised in Baltimore, Michael holds a degree in English from the University of Maryland and law from St. Louis University.
The Prodigal, Michael’s debut novel from Ragbagger Press, received the Somerset Prize for mainstream fiction and numerous accolades in the trade press, including Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, ForeWord Reviews, BookTrib, Chanticleer Reviews, and IndieReader. It is currently in development for a feature film by producer Diane Sillan Isaacs. Michael’s second novel, The Vineyard, is due to be released by Ragbagger Press on November 25, 2014.
Michael’s first book, Letters from the Woods, is a collection of wilderness-themed essays published by Ragbagger Press in 2005.  It was shortlisted for Book of the Year by ForeWord magazine.  In 2009, Michael embarked on a two-year, 2,200 mile solo sailing voyage that ended with the loss of his 32-foot sloop, the Gypsy Moon, in the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti in 2012. That voyage and the experiences that inspired him to set sail became the subject of his memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, published in 2013 by Hachette Book Group.
When he is not writing, Michael enjoys reading and relaxing with Susan on the porch of their rambling, one-hundred-year-old house.  His fondest pastimes are ocean sailing, playing piano and classical guitar, cooking, and keeping up with an energetic Irish terrier, Frodo Baggins.


YouTube Video Book Trailer:  http://youtu.be/iXfSuF1t9ss

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