My interview with John Howell on Rave Reviews Book Club’s Spotlight Honors Blogtalk Radio Show.
It was such a fun interview. Well worth listening to. 🙂 And check out all of the other amazing authors who have been on one of the several amazing Blogtalk Radio Programs that Rave Waves Book Club hosts.
Starla Faye of Two Talk Books interviews me about my journey and about the writing of Captured Lies.
@twotalkbooks Just finished Captured Lies! Oh my what a #thriller Hear @MaggieThom2 Sat, 2/2 Live at 11am PST https://www.latalkradio.com Ch 2
If you missed my talk with Starla Faye of Two Talk Books on LA Radio – check it out here… Saturday, February 2, 2013
Why did I pull my book from a traditional publisher?
To Listen, click here: https://www.latalkradio.com/archives/Starlafaye-020213.mp3
To Listen or to download, click here: https://www.latalkradio.com/Starlafaye.php(February 2, 2013)
Pipestone Flyer – January 9, 2013 (https://www.pipestoneflyer.com/Article.asp?id=2729)
Millet Mom Turns Author
After 20 years of working a regular nine-to-five job, Millet’s Glenna Mageau decided to trade it all in to follow her dream of becoming a published author.
Wetaskiwin Times – January 8, 2013 (https://www.wetaskiwintimes.com/2013/01/08/local-author-goes-ebook-route-for-first-novel)
Local author goes ebook route for first novel 0
Sarah O. Swenson/Staff writer
Tuesday, January 8, 2013 9:16:29 MST AM
Using a nom de plume and a somewhat less traditional publishing method, a local author is enjoying some surprising success with her debut novel.
Glenna Mageau recently released – Captured Lies – under her pen name Maggie Thom.
Captured Lies was released in October 2012 as an ebook, which has become a much more popular method for new writers to get their work out.
“I chose to publish as an ebook for a number of reason actually,” explained Mageau. “One because it was cheaper if I indie published, self-published it.”
“I did have it with a publisher, and they were taking forever to make up their mind whether they were going with it, and once publishers make up their mind, then you’re still waiting another year to two years.”
“Also, I had just read horror stories online about people who went with publishers and even after they’d been accepted, it was years later. They were still going back-and-forth over how the book should be put out. I got a lot of really good feedback on the book and I thought ‘you know what? I’m just doing it. I’m not putting it off anymore, I’m just going to jump in, sink or swim.’”
Captured Lies is a mystery novel, centered around Bailey, a young woman, who has just got her life together when her mother suddenly dies. Shortly after, she is approached by a man who tries to explain to Bailey that she was kidnapped as a baby.
“She doesn’t believe him, of course,” explained Mageau. “But then people start trying to kill her to prevent her from finding out her life story. It becomes this adventure where she needs to find out (about) her past.”
The novel is set in Canada, which Mageau says most readers respond to her saying they enjoy reading about familiar places across the country.
Captured Lies was written nearly four years ago and was inspired by real-life events.
“I had heard about this child being kidnapped, just something that was on the news,” said Mageau. “But I have known people that have had their kids kidnapped by an ex, and it’s just something that always made me think how horrific, right?”
At the same time, Mageau was racking up some frequent flyer miles, taking three flights in three months, more flying than she normally does.
“I just started playing the ‘what if’ thing,” said Mageau. “What if the plane did crash … and the ideas started coming. What if someone survived it, what if someone wanted to lose their previous life, and then what if it was somebody who didn’t want to and what if it was a baby?”
“Also at the same time I started writing this book, my dad passed away, my mom had a heart attack, and my mother-in-law passed away, all within three months. I quit my job.”
“It was honestly just one of those years where you think ‘am I going to survive this?’ So anyway, I wrote the book, put it away, I had shared it with a couple of people and it really just ended up being cathartic for me.”
Since its October release, Captured Lies has had a very warm reception from the ebook community.
“It’s done exceptionally well,” said Mageau. “And the thing is: I don’t know these people. You know like when your family tells you it’s great you’re like ‘yeah, yeah whatever’ but these reviews are from people I don’t know.”
It has received six five-star reviews on Amazon and four five-star reviews on Kobo, as well as some positive reviews on GoodReads, a social networking site for book lovers.
Mageau is currently hard at work on her second novel, another mystery adventure titled Tainted Waters, which she aims to release in spring 2013.
Captured Lies is available from ebook vendors Amazon, Kobo, iTunes, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords.
More about the author and her upcoming blog tour can be found at www.maggiethom.com.