She reads books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live. – Annie Dillard
Genre: Psychological suspense, Coming of Age
Publisher: World Castle Publishing
Publication Date: January 15, 2018
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About the Book
On the surface, it looks like Paul Callahan has it all. The family, the house, the job. But nothing is ever as perfect as it seems, and when a college friend contacts Paul out of the blue, he finds himself reliving his first year of college, when everything went so right, and then so very wrong.
Testament is a story of friendship and love and of the terrible evil people are capable of doing to one another. It is the story of a man doing his best to move forward, but struggling with an emotional anchor latched firmly in the past. But more than anything, it is a story about redemption and the unfathomable workings of the human heart.
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L: Can you tell us a little about yourself and your background?
MD: I'm an English teacher at a small private school in North Carolina. My wife and I have two little girls and basically live the harried lives of professional people with kids. Originally, I'm from Philadelphia, but I went to college in Ohio, grad school in Maine, and then moved to North Carolina almost two decades ago, so I've been around. Most of what I write is horror and suspense, but this new book has a lot to do with my college years.
L: Who or what inspired you to be an author?
MD: It's just always been there. I was a voracious reader as a kid, and because my mom was a horror junkie, I got into some pretty crazy books when I was young. Eventually I realized that I did pretty well with words, so I started trying to produce my own stuff when I was in college. It just kind of went from there.
L: Who or what inspired your novel?
MD: I guess is was inspired by my own need to write about college, which I had never done before, and by the need to say some things about the relationships I formed while I was there.
L: What would you say is the genre of your novel?
MD: That's actually a really hard question to answer. With my other books, it would be easy--Supernatural thriller. With this one, I'd have to say it best fits into the categories of psychological suspense and coming-of-age.
L: Why did you pick this/these genre(s)?
MD: I didn't, at least no consciously, but I know myself well enough to understand I'll always write somewhere in the fields of "dark" or "speculative" fiction.
L: How did you develop your plot and characters?
MD: Paul, the main character, is somewhat a stand-in for me, not so much in his actions (because all of that is pure fabrication), but in terms of the way he reacts to things, etc. The other two main characters, Lucy and Roscoe, are amalgamations of people I knew crossed with elements of my own creation.
L: Who or what inspired your protagonist?
MD: In some ways, my old college roommate; in other ways, I have no idea.
L: Who or what inspired your antagonist?
MD: Crappy parents everywhere. I wanted to say something about the terrible consequences bad parents inflict upon their children.
L: What was the most difficult part to write in the book?
MD: The ending. Endings are always hard. Beginnings and middles are like a party--it's fun and easy, pure creation. Endings are heavy.
L: What was your favourite part of your book to write?
MD: The parts about college--it was fun to reminisce.
L: Are you a full time or a part time writer? If part time, what do you do besides write?
MD: Part time. I also teach English.
L: What are you currently reading?
MD: Lots of Jo Nesbo novels. Once I get rolling, it's hard to stop until I've completed a series.
L: What are some of your favourite books or authors?
MD: Stephen King, Clive Barker, Tana French, John Sandford, James Lee Burke.
L: What are your future projects, if any?
MD: I'm working on my fourth book right now. It's a novel about a freak blizzard in Western Maine and how the people in a small town deal with it.
L: What is your preferred method for readers to get in touch with you and your books?
MD: Goodreads and Facebook are great.
L: Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
MD: Read, read, read. Once you find what you love, start writing stories. Once you do that, just have fun and see where it goes.
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