THE PULP AND MYSTERY SHELF July Mystery Week Special!
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Author: Lee Matthew Goldberg
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books / St. Martin’s
Genre: Thriller / Suspense / Mystery
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.
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.
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.
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.
What initially got you interested in writing?
I’ve always been a writer even since I was a little kid. I remember reading Catcher in the Rye in sixth grade and becoming transported. I wanted to write a book too.
What genres do you write in?
My first novel Slow Down and my current one The Mentor are both thrillers with a literary bent. But I’m also working on a sci-fi book and two Young Adult novels as well.
What drew you to writing these specific genres?
Thrillers are fun to write because it’s all about moving the plot forward. You constantly have to up the stakes, even if that becomes unfortunate for your characters. Science Fiction is a genre I’ve become more interested in. Maybe it’s the state of what’s going on with the world today, but it’s nice to take a break from it with sci-fi and travel somewhere else.
How did you break into the field?
It has not been easy. My agent Sam Hiyate at The Right Factory never stopped believing in me, even after we didn’t sell my first few books. Then with got a deal with the indie publisher New Pulp Press for Slow Down and right after it came out, I got a deal with St. Martin’s Press for The Mentor.
What do you want readers to take away from reading your works?
I hope that they enjoy a good ride, that the twists and turns catch them off guard, but also that the book gets them to think as well. The Mentor is about the violence that consumers crave and whether or not that is becoming an issue we can’t choose to ignore.
What do you find most rewarding about writing?
I love when I figure out a tough spot that I can’t seem to get past and break through and come up with an idea better than I had initially thought.
What do you find most challenging about writing?
I’m very good at discipline but it’s hard to be creative every day at times. I’m learning more and more that I need to take a break when I’m blocked.
What advice would you give to people wanting to enter the field?
First off, have talent. Not everyone is meant to become a writer. But if you have talent, edit your work over and over and find enough people who believe in your work too. Don’t give up when you’re rejected – use that rejection to make you a better writer.
What type of books do you enjoy reading?
All kinds. I enjoy current literary books and thrillers as well as some classics on my shelf that I haven’t read yet.
Is there anything else besides writing you think people would find interesting about you?
I’m a college professor too. Right now I’m taking time off from it, but I’ll eventually go back to teaching on the side as well. I’m a big film and sports buff too and I love to travel. At the end of my life, I’d like to say that I’ve traveled to most places I’ve wanted to go.
What are the best ways to connect with you, or find out more about your work?
Follow me at leematthewgoldberg.com with links to my Twitter, Goodreads and Facebook accounts. Thanks!
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