Friday, August 1, 2014

An Author is an Author ~ Thoughts by Maggie Thom, author of 'Captured Lies'

An Author is an Author
By Maggie Thom

It's such an interesting journey once you decide that you're going to be published, whether you choose the traditional route or you indie publish. It seems that when you go the traditional route of publishing through an established publishing house, there is an inherent respectability and authenticity built in to it. If you've published that way you must be good and are truly an author. However if you indie publish or self publish there seems to be a stigma that you're writing might not be as good and it will be full of typing, grammatical and punctuation mistakes. Some of both of those may be true but in all honesty there really is no difference between an author who traditionally publishes and one who indie publishes.

Okay well that's not totally true because an indie author also then takes on the role of publicist, marketer, brander, office administrator, coordinator, social media expert, negotiator, executioner (no not killing people although you might do that in your books but being the person who makes sure things get done), the CEO (Chief Executive Officer or President but I like CEO), the CFO (Chief Financial Officer or accounting whiz but I like the fancier name), the consoler (for when things don't quite go as you'd planned), the connector (finding people to connect with who you like and like you back), Business Manager, Business Consultant (because you have to talk to yourself about what your plans are), the wine connoisseur (because you have to be able to celebrate the good and the bad), the media guru (finding all the different types of media and then finding the people within the media who just might interview you or write a story about your book) and the list goes on and on... The best part is that you are the boss so you get to make the decision as to what happens with your book, how it's marketed, who it's marketed to and you get to do all the work.

Whether you indie publish or you traditionally publish, you are still an author. An author by definition, "a person who writes a novel, poem, essay, etc." ( An author is an author…

About the book:

Date Published: October 2012


She was kidnapped not once but twice and now someone wants her dead because of it...

Her life was a lie!

Bailey knew her upbringing wasn’t normal but she’s worked hard to stabilize her life. At 29, she finally has a good business, a stable home; her life is miles from that of her childhood. Then suddenly her mother dies, leaving a gaping hole and a discovery that they may not even be related. If Guy, the private investigator is to be believed, her life is a lie. Using the skills she learned on the streets, Bailey travels back through a sketchy and dangerous past, to find answers. Dodging bullets, staying ahead of those who want her dead and convincing Guy she can do it alone, are making it difficult to discover not only the secrets of her mother’s past but that of a family claiming she is theirs.

Everyone seems to have a story... but who’s telling the truth? And who wants her dead? Is Guy part of the solution? Or part of the problem? To discover the facts, she’ll have to untangle a web of deceit, lies, and secrets, dating back over thirty years.

But can she do it in time...

Read an excerpt:
Bailey wasn’t sure what had hit her harder—her mom being dead, or her mom having health problems and not sharing that with her. 
Straightening, she squared her shoulders. “Just tell me who put out the money to pay for my mom’s funeral. Who organized it? It doesn’t make any sense.” The problem was that her mom had no friends, just Bailey. 
Mr. Sommervold pushed up his round wire-rimmed glasses. She’d already noticed that they had a tendency to slide down his nose. 
“I’m not leaving without answers.” 
The door opened, his assistant, a stunning auburn-haired woman, poked her head in. “Mr. Sommervold, the Greenings are here. They have a few things they’d like to discuss with you before the funeral this afternoon.” 
Solemn-faced, he nodded then turned to face Bailey. “I don’t know who paid for it. Mr. Lund sent me a letter requesting all that she wanted for a funeral. He also provided a second letter.” He opened the folder in front of him, pulled out an envelope, closed the file and dropped it into the bottom drawer of his desk. After a short hesitation, he slid the envelope across to Bailey. 
She stared at him for a full minute before reaching out and picking it up. Her name was scrawled across it in her mother’s handwriting. She pressed it between her palms. 
“I’m sure this will answer some of your questions. For any others you have, you’ll need to talk to Mr. Lund. Here’s his business card.” 
Bailey stared at the envelope. Would it give her the answers she needed? 
“Now if you’ll excuse me. I have other clients I need to see.” 
She jerked up her head. Mr. Sommervold was standing in the open doorway, obviously waiting for her to leave. A bit dazed, she stood and walked past him to the main foyer, where she stopped. 
Everything seemed surreal. Even the rich, immaculate oak entranceway was too perfect, too daunting. Soft hymn music drifted through the building. Quiet voices, whispered, reverent tones heard only at solemn times, drifted to her. They made everything more unreal. 
She felt like a character in dream. A bad one. An unexpected shiver shook her out of her reverie.

Captured Lies won Book of the Month LAS Reviews (March 2014)

"This is a story that when you start to read it you don’t want to put it down until you finish it." Cindy's Reviews

"Captured Lies is a very edge of your seat sort of book... I was totally enthralled with this book..." 
Tammy's Tea Time

"Maggie Thom has a hidden gem with Captured Lies!... Like an onion, each layer of this action-packed tale becomes more involved, more wickedly deceitful and more dangerous..."
Tome Tender

"Captured Lies is an outstanding book and it was a book I couldn't put down..." 
Dee Sauter (Moderator Linda Howard Book Junkies)

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About The Author-

Award winning author, Maggie Thom, took the challenge and leapt off, leaving a fulltime, twenty year career in management, to write full time. After publishing her first book Captured Lies, October 2012, she published her second novel, Tainted Waters, April, 2013. Tainted Waters went on to win Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine. She is excited to publish her third novel, Deceitful Truths, March 2014. An avid reader and writer her whole life, she decided to break the monotony of wishing to be an author by making it happen. She is an avid nature lover and likes nothing better than taking a book, hiking to a remote spot by a river or waterfalls and reading. 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. "Maggie Thom writes a fast paced thriller laced with romance that keeps the reader interested and on edge!" InDtale Magazine

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting Captured Lies. I truly appreciate it. :)


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