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I am so beyond excited to be hosting the epically amazing T.M. Goeglein on my blog today. He wrote one of my favorite debuts of 2012- Cold Fury! Cold Fury is all about Sarah Jane, one of the COOLEST female characters EVER! Seriously, she kicks butt. I love her.
Today, I have an interview with T.M. Goeglein and then a really interesting guest post from him about how he researched for Cold Fury. This stuff just fascinates me!
oh yea, and there is a pretty great giveaway that you will want to check out at the bottom of the post! 😉
Jason Bourne meets The Sopranos in this breathtaking adventure
Sara Jane Rispoli is a normal sixteen-year-old coping with school and a budding romance–until her parents and brother are kidnapped and she discovers her family is deeply embedded in the Chicago Outfit (aka the mob).
Now on the run from a masked assassin, rogue cops and her turncoat uncle, Sara Jane is chased and attacked at every turn, fighting back with cold fury as she searches for her family. It’s a quest that takes her through concealed doors and forgotten speakeasies–a city hiding in plain sight. Though armed with a .45 and 96K in cash, an old tattered notebook might be her best defense–hidden in its pages the secret to “ultimate power.” It’s why she’s being pursued, why her family was taken, and could be the key to saving all of their lives.
Action packed, with fresh, cinematic writing, Cold Fury is a riveting and imaginative adventure readers will devour.
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.
Want to see why I loved Cold Fury so freakin’ much? You can check out my review HERE
1. Describe Cold Fury in a tweet (140 characters or less)
After her mom, dad and brother violently disappear, Sara Jane Rispoli infiltrates the Chicago mob in order to save her family!
2. The main character, Sara Jane is a boxer.
a) Do you have any fighting experience?
I do. I boxed for years at a hallowed dump on Chicago’s south side called (as it is in COLD FURY) Windy City Gym. I was just good enough to know that I should never, ever get into the ring with someone like Sara Jane, who’s great.
b) If you and Sara Jane got into a fight, who would win?
See my answer above; I might be able to hold my own for a round or two, but her killer left hook would have me on my back seeing stars and planets by at least the third bell.
3. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Stopping. Once I get on a roll and my characters are breathing, it’s impossible to quit.
4. If you could go anywhere in the world right now where would it be and why?
There is a tiny, pebbly beach near Portofino, Italy, right across the autostrada from a little inn called Il Hotel Piccolo, where the sea collects in a cool, clear pool and…OK, that’s it, I’m leaving right now.
5. Who is your all time favorite author?
A combination of J.D. Salinger, the greatest YA writer of all time, and Elmore Leonard, the greatest crime writer of all time; I’m very into ‘greatest all time’ writers, obviously.
Researching COLD FURY: Looking Inside the Outfit
It’s nearly impossible to be a citizen of Chicago, or elsewhere for that matter, and not have an awareness of the city’s criminal history. Utter the word ‘Chicago’ nearly anywhere in the world and still, decades after his death, the response is invariably ‘Al Capone!’ (although ‘Michael Jordan’ is a close second.) Capone was a ubiquitous media presence, courting publicity like a rock star right up until his incarceration. Reams were written about him, he was photographed regularly, and then – it all stopped. As soon as he went away, Chicago’s crime organization, the Outfit, seemed to go away, too, but in fact it grew stronger, richer, and more dangerous. It learned from Capone’s constant place in the spotlight, which attracted unwanted legal attention, and went deep underground, away from prying eyes. The Outfit has remained there ever since.
A number of books and articles have been written about the criminal organization, many of which I used in my research for COLD FURY. But even more useful were the secrets hiding in plain sight, all around the city. Some places still stand as glowing testaments to the Outfit, while others are so bland and unremarkable that you have to blink and shift your gaze until they come into focus. By observing two locations in particular, I learned how the Outfit operated before Capone’s arrest and death, and how it descended into the shadows almost immediately afterward.
First is the Green Mill Lounge. Inside and out, it looks much like it did in the late 1920’s and early ‘30’s when it was owned by Capone and managed by a brutal henchman/hitman named ‘Machine Gun’ Jack McGurn. Decades later, the interior retains a slinky elegance, from its long curving bar, to its frosted wall sconces, to its oil paintings framed in glossy, tropical wood. Outside, the large green neon sign and flashing lights still demands the attention of passersby, nearly blotting out the bland signage of its neighbors. In its heyday, the Green Mill’s stage drew the greatest singers and performers of its time, with gangsters and stars mingling freely without the slightest concern of police or public scrutiny. In those days, at the height of his power, Capone sat at a private booth in full view of patrons, smoking, sipping, and drinking in the glory of his celebrity. In 1927, when comedian Joe E. Lewis, refused to renew his contract at the Green Mill, Jack McGurn slit his throat and left him for dead. No one said a word, least of all Lewis, who miraculously survived.
The next location, 2122 N. Clark Street, became notorious only two years later. Now, it barely registers a glance, since it is simply doesn’t exist; the building is gone, replaced by a small grassy patch with a tree or two against a nondescript brick building. In 1929, it was the SMC Cartage Company. On February 14th of that year, it became the scene of one of the most infamous crimes in mob history, which spelled the beginning of Capone’s downfall. The Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre, led by Jack McGurn and another Capone Henchman, disguised as police officers, resulted in the bloody shotgun deaths of seven members of a rival gang. The act was so blatant and barbaric that it caused a public outcry for justice, finally spurring law enforcement and prosecutors into action. From that day on, Capone’s place in Chicago was never secure. In 1931, he was sentenced to federal tax evasion and upon reporting to prison, never again set foot in the Windy City. In his absence, the Outfit remade itself along corporate lines, instilling a strict policy of say-nothing-draw-no-attention-or-dieamong its membership that still stands today. It wasn’t long before the organization disappeared from public view, just like the SMC Cartage Company, leaving an empty space marked forever by murder.
I have a copy of Cold Fury for one super lucky reader! Trust me, you don’t want to miss out on this book! This one is open to US/Can peeps only due to shipping.
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