Author: Maggie Thom
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Synopsis: He didn’t commit suicide but who’s going to believe her.
Frustrated at being fired from her latest job and overwhelmed by her consolatory family, Sam decides to move to the family’s cabin at the lake. A place she hasn’t been since her dad committed suicide there twenty years before. Or did he? Snooping is something she’s good at but someone seems to be taking offense to her looking too closely at what has been happening at the lake. What she discovers is shocking. Now she must uncover what’s real and what’s not. All that she learned growing up, may be false. Keegan who has recently moved to the area to finish his latest book is also trying to find out if his grandfather, who’d passed away ten years before, died of natural causes or was murdered? The descendants of the four families who own the land around the lagoon are dying off. Since Sam and Keegan are the only ones questioning the deaths, they find themselves working together to seek the truth. Are people being murdered? Who would benefit from their deaths? Why would there be barricades and armed guards at the north end of the lake? To stay alive, Sam and Keegan must find the answers and convince others, before more people are killed... including them.
Topic: What inspired you to write in the suspense romance genre?
I love reading. I have been reading since I was quite young. I started out reading romances and real life stories. Then I branched out and started reading pretty much everything I could get my hands on. I also love writing and have been writing since I was quite young. When I was in my late twenties I decided I wanted to write a romance. I loved reading Nora Roberts, Judith McNaught, Jayne-Anne Krentz and many others and so I wanted to know if I could write like them. So I wrote a romance. And then another. And then another. I never really did anything with them because I always felt there was something missing. They weren’t quite there, as in being a good romance not as in writing like the authors I mentioned. :)
By this point in time I had found authors like Sandra Brown, Mary Higgins Clarke, Robert Ludlum and many others. I found I loved the suspense. The intrigue. The mystery. So I started to play around with Captured Lies, the first novel I published, which was originally just a romance. I already really liked the story and had a lot of positive feedback from people but I wanted to add something. So I started to change it up. And I found that I liked the story a lot more. It was more compelling. More interesting. More grabbing. It finally felt like the story and my writing was finally there.
I learned that I like creating suspense. I like creating strong, independent women who can look after themselves. I like having these women go on a journey to solve something and to ultimately find someone as well.
I think suspense, murder, mystery and romance make a fascinating read. Don’t you?
DREAM CAST FOR TAINTED WATERS
I would love it Tainted Waters was made into a movie. I have some ideas of who all the cast would be but I’ll limit myself to sharing who I think would play an excellent Sam and who would play an excellent Keegan.
Ann Hathaway would play an excellent Samantha Overtone. Sam is feisty, a bit self centred, has a bit of an attitude.
Jake Gyllenhaall could easily play Keegan Wesley. Keegan is a bit more laid back, hunky.
About the Author: Maggie Thom took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a full time twenty year career in management, to write full time. After her initial panic that she might need a straight jacket, she published her first book Captured Lies, October 2012. And now is excited to release her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Her third book, Deceitful Truths (sequel to Captured Lies) available fall of 2013. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. Married to her best friend, she is learning that humor, love and patience help her navigate her way through her twins’ teen years. Her motto: Escape to read and Read to escape.