Saturday, October 29, 2011

Michele Drier

Welcome to Augie’s Corner,

Today’s guest is Michele Drier who’s the author of SNAP: The World Unfolds, which is her first vampire romance novel and Edited for Death, which is her first mystery.

Michele: Definitely espresso!  I’m a caffeine kinda person, but iced tea is my best summer drink.
Augie: I love warm tea when I interview, but iced tea is a favorite too. Let me tell you, I really appreciate this title SNAP: The World Unfolds. It happens to be one of my favorite words to use, Oh Snap. Why SNAP for this book? 

Michele: The premise is that Maxie Gwenoch lands a job at an international, multimedia gossip and celebrity conglomerate.  I thought about OMG (taken), PIX, Celeb, but SNAP worked on a couple of different levels. First is the image angle (the magazine buys from paparazzi) and then the instant exposure in today’s 24/7 media cycle.
Augie: I love that idea…. Audience, you may not know that this is not Michele’s first novel; she has also written Edited for Death, which was released October 1. You should be so thrilled. Let’s talk about Edited for Death. I understand that this it is a mystery, but what is the premise of this novel?
Michele: This is the first in the Amy Hobbes mysteries.  Amy is a daily newspaper editor in a medium-sized town in California.  She and her police reporter, Clarice, both love the adrenaline of covering instant news, and murder is a favorite.  Each book will have an actual murder in it as backdrop, but the main plot is fictional.  In Edited, the death of a prominent politician starts Amy off on a chase to find the man behind the office.  In doing this, she uncovers a 60-year-old secret involving stolen art, Nazis, Holocaust survivors and three murders in a small Gold Rush town.
Augie: Sounds fascinating, you got my ears perked.
Michele: Well, conventional wisdom says “write what you know” so my protagonists are women working in the print media—an industry that’s fighting to stay alive.  In the Amy Hobbes novels, this will add some tension as she loses staff to cut-backs.
Augie: It would be shameful if we allowed print media to die. I love it when characters deal with today’s problems, like bullies, drug abuse, discrimination/racism, and the written word which is so important. Hopping onto another track, so during the time you were waiting for a ‘house’ to pick up Edited for Death, you were already writing your second novel, SNAP? Truly a novelist, actually you are a journalist.
Michele: Yep, I began writing SNAP—a completely different genre, while still looking for an agent or publisher for Edited for Death.  SNAP: The World Unfolds was always planned as a self-published ebook.  I also thought the marketing I’d have to do for SNAP would help with Edited, and it has, to some extent.
Augie: Being a journalist did this aid you in finding a ‘house’ to publish your first novel?
Michele: No, not really.  I will say that the editor for Edited for Death said that it was one of the cleanest manuscripts she’d ever worked on.  I don’t know if that’s from a background as a journalist or from having half-a-dozen alpha and beta readers!
Augie: Uh-huh. Tell us about SNAP? I understand that it is a vampire novel, but of an unconventional nature.
Michele: It is.  The owners of the international conglomerate that’s SNAP are a “family” of vampires headquartered in Hungary.  They have other financial dealings, but SNAP took off and is now their main enterprise.
Augie: There is a huge market for vampire novels, and there are many to choose from, what makes your family of vampires different?
Michele: The idea came from an off-hand remark my daughter made.  She said “You only see a lot of celebrities at night.  They all wear dark glasses.  They travel around in limos with tinted windows.  They could be vampires!” And so SNAP was born.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Where do stories come from?

Augie's Quick Post

I thought that I would ask writers where their stories came from, and then I thought, where do stories really come from?  From within, around us, perhaps plot driven, character driven (those who demand to come out), or the story is real.

Many stories that I write are name driven, I know this sounds rather strange, but I make up names, then they derive the plot and I am the muse.   

Where does your story come from? Let me know @

Friday, October 7, 2011

Special Guest

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I realize that this is unconventional even for me, but tonight I’m going to forego my usual interview and allow my guest to introduce herself. We are not in a studio, nor is there an audience present, just my guest and me. You see she is very shy, and the only way I could do this interview was to travel to Montauk Peninsula and visit her home. This is a gorgeous mansion, actually the first that I have ever been in, with huge walls that surrounds the perimeter, all I could see are rolling green hills, orchards, vineyards, stables and I think I can hear the sea.

Guest: Yes, Augie you are correct, you can hear the sea, if you pull the curtain back, you can actually see the harbor in the distance. Okay, I think I’m ready. Let me see, I suppose I should introduce myself and then go from there.

Augie: I think that would be a great place to start

Guest: Here goes, my name is Charlotte, and I am the only living child of Theis Veit-Standforte and Chevalier Georges Aethelbert Demerayes. We live in this mansion that has been in the Demerayes’ family for generations.

My mother is called Mistress and father is Master of Fanaman, who is a land baron.

I had a brother, who was younger than I, but he died. No one speaks of him, actually, no one is allowed to say his name, or mention anything about him according to Mistress.

Let me see, I’m nineteen, nearly twenty and I have never married, nor have I ever been betroth. According to mother, I am a disaster, a failure to all women and a failure to the Veit-Standforte as well as the Demerayes. 

You see women in my era were considered spinsters if they were not married or betroth by the age of sixteen, and I am a little late. I am an embarrassment, I accept this.

I wanted to be unconventional, you know never marry, enjoy life, but that was not to be. She had other plans for me. To be honest mother hates me.

Augie: Isn’t that a little harsh.

Guest: Oh no, she will not allow me to go anywhere, well I have been to the Village maybe ten to twelve times in my life and I do go with the family to Grissly Hall during the winter, but other than that I stay here, between these walls. All I have learned about life was taught to me by Mary, my favorite friend, she’s our maid and dear old Alexander, who is father’s manservant, who is really father’s boyhood friend. Mother has no friends, she spends her time conjuring up spells and doing evil things to people and me. She never spends time with me, unless it is to ridicule me about one thing or another.

I heard once that she had a friend but she disappeared, like the things in the Mansion, that mother tells me

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