Wednesday, July 5, 2017

MEET THE AUTHOR: LEE MATTHEW GOLDBERG





Lee Matthew Goldberg’s novel THE MENTOR is forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in June 2017 and has been acquired by Macmillan Entertainment. The French edition will be published by Editions Hugo. His debut novel SLOW DOWN is out now. His pilot JOIN US was a finalist in Script Pipeline’s TV Writing Competition. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his fiction has also appeared in The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, Verdad Magazine, BlazeVOX, and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series. He lives in New York City.

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Title: THE MENTOR
Author: Lee Matthew Goldberg
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 336
Genre: Thriller / Suspense / Mystery

Kyle Broder has achieved his lifelong dream and is an editor at a major publishing house.
When Kyle is contacted by his favorite college professor, William Lansing, Kyle couldn’t be happier. Kyle has his mentor over for dinner to catch up and introduce him to his girlfriend, Jamie, and the three have a great time. When William mentions that he’s been writing a novel, Kyle is overjoyed. He would love to read the opus his mentor has toiled over.
Until the novel turns out to be not only horribly written, but the most depraved story Kyle has read.
After Kyle politely rejects the novel, William becomes obsessed, causing trouble between Kyle and Jamie, threatening Kyle’s career, and even his life. As Kyle delves into more of this psychopath’s work, it begins to resemble a cold case from his college town, when a girl went missing. William’s work is looking increasingly like a true crime confession.
Lee Matthew Goldberg's The Mentor is a twisty, nail-biting thriller that explores how the love of words can lead to a deadly obsession with the fate of all those connected and hanging in the balance.
PRAISE FOR THE MENTOR:
From Booklist - A junior editor at a Manhattan publisher reunites with his college mentor with disastrous results in Goldberg's second thriller (after Slow Down, 2015). Kyle Broder has just acquired a probable best-seller for Burke & Burke publishing when he hears from his former literature professor, William Lansing, who pitches the still-unfinished opus he’s been working on for 10 years. Lansing’s book is not only badly written, it’s also disturbing, featuring a narrator literally eating the heart of the woman he loves. Lansing turns vengeful when his "masterpiece" is rejected, but Broder’s concerns about his mentor are dismissed both at home and at work: Broder’s girlfriend considers Lansing charming, and a rival editor feigns interest in Lansing’s book. Broder revisits his college and delves more deeply into the cold case of a missing ex-girlfriend, and as the plot darkens and spirals downward, it’s unclear who will be left standing. The compelling plot is likely to carry readers with a high enough tolerance for gore to the final twist at the end.

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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

The show Twin Peaks and its creator David Lynch really inspired to me write during junior high school. When I was bored in class, I’d work on my own story about a similar fictionalized town I called Kapok Hills. After a few years, I had hundred and hundreds of pages. I knew after that this was what I wanted to do for a career.

At what age did you know you wanted to be a writer?

That was around 13, but when I was even younger I used to write this story about my dog who gets stuck in a strange hotel. I was really into the books Bunnicula and The Celery Stalks at Midnight by James Howe.

Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

Sometimes. I’m inspired by books and films a lot and ideas often come from what I’m watching or reading, especially if it already has similarities to what I’m working on. I’m taking notes in my head all the time too.

Has writing always been a passion for you or did you discover it years later?

It’s always been a passion, but I discovered it as a career after grad school. I knew I could write and that it was what I wanted to do, but the business end was a struggle to get my work heard at first.

Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

I’m an adjunct professor at the College of New Rochelle, but I’ve taken some time off from that now so I’m just working on a ton of different writing projects.

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

Edit, edit, and edit. It’s very important to constantly make your work even better. It’s also essential that you have people in your life who can give you honest feedback with the good and the bad. Finally, brace yourself for rejection. Everyone will reject you, but you just need one agent, and then one editor who’s interested and it all changes.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing?

No, I’m very regimented when I’m working on a book and like to stick to a strict discipline.

What hours do you write best?

I’ll edit in the mornings what I’ve written the day before and then write in the afternoons. Sometimes I’ll edit a little at night too.

How often do you write?

If I’m really into what I’m working on, I’ll write most days with a day off here and there. Too many days off interrupts the flow, but it’s necessary to be able to breathe from a book too.

Are you an avid reader?

Yes, I read about a book a week.

What are you reading now?

A few things. I just finished A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, which was great. And Lincoln in Bardo by George Saunders. I like George Saunders a lot. His latest was hard to get into a first, but ultimately rewarding.

What are you currently working on?

A few projects. I have a sci-fi-ish book about a cult in the Ozarks, two books in a thriller trilogy, and two YA books I’m working on. I’ve also gotten into screenwriting and I’m writing a couple of scripts and TV pilots too.

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