Monday, June 4, 2012

Revenant Rising by M M Mayle: Interview & Excerpt


British rock star Colin Elliott survives the road accident that kills his depraved wife, Aurora. After a lengthy recovery, he returns to the music scene a changed man. A chance meeting with attorney Laurel Chandler results in a collaboration that could lead to romance. But Laurel comes with built-in prejudice against rock musicians and strict adherence to the code of professional ethics prohibiting attorney-client relationships.

As Colin steps back into the limelight, an upsurge of media attention exploits Aurora's sordid past. Laurel is outraged. In Colin's defense, she condemns the media campaign as unfair to Aurora's survivors. By alluding to Aurora’s legendary deficiencies in this public statement, Laurel attracts the enmity of a vengeance seeker, a legacy of Colin's former lifestyle who already has the rock star in his sights.

Aurora's malignant influence continues to be felt through the actions of this avenger. Three people with ties to Aurora are slaughtered in quick succession. Within an atmosphere of tension and threat, Colin is impervious to all but his quest to win Laurel, and she is unable to see beyond her conflicts. While the pair is mired in indecision, their nemesis feeds his obsession in unthinkable ways as he closes in for the kill.

A complex thriller with literary overtones, REVENANT RISING transcends genre boundaries and will appeal to an audience that enjoys a full-immersion reading experience.

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Colin again conceals himself below window level while Nate, presumably unrecognizable, draws up behind the pickup truck that is exactly as described in the fax except for one detail: the Michigan license plate is phonier than a three-dollar bill. Even with road grime on it, anyone can see that a numeral three has been clumsily altered to make an eight and a letter “P” crudely changed into an “R.” Plus, the renewal tag is missing.

Nate has no idea what to make of this incidental information and he’s run out of thinking time anyway. A dingy door with no outside handle flies open and out comes Aurora Elliot. In the flesh. No question, as Colin said. And there’s no question she’s no longer pregnant. At this sudden revelation his gasp is about the same length and intensity as Colin’s and that may be the reason he doesn’t anticipate Colin’s next move.

At the precise moment Aurora climbs into the passenger seat of the pickup and pulls the door shut, Colin jumps out of the rental car and sprints for the opposite side of the truck. In one fast motion he yanks open the driver’s door and drags the driver out. In another quick move he sends the driver sprawling and swings himself into the driver’s seat where he guns the already running engine and roars out of the parking lot in a spray of dust and gravel…

Today I'm pleased to welcome M M Myle as my guest author.  Welcome Mary! Thanks so much for stopping in.  So, ready? Let's get started.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing your books?

That the characters often dictated the action and story arc. I was stunned to discover that fully-realized characters would resist going against their established grain and refuse to cooperate if I took a wrong turn in my plotting.

What are your hero and heroine of the story like? 

Taking a bit of liberty here and summarizing the four main characters:

British Rock Star Colin Elliot somehow survives the devastating road accident that claims Aurora, his runaway heroin-addicted wife. After a long recovery period he returns to productive society with a fresh set of values and a pronounced distaste for the cosseting that characterized his previous lifestyle. As part of his new outlook, Colin agrees to a first-time-ever authorized biography—with the stipulation that the project be undertaken by the intriguing female attorney he’s just met in the offices of his regular American representation.
Former Assistant District Attorney Laurel Chandler overcomes dire circumstances thrust upon her by the untimely death of her mother and perseveres against a heartless grandmother whose withering dictates have finally been met. Newly installed at the law firm co-founded by her grandmother, free to make choices for the first time in her adult life, Laurel yields to the rock star’s demand as a favor to the senior partner to whom she’ll always feel beholden.
Independent investor and Artist Manager Nate Isaacs is first at the scene of the devastating crash that very nearly terminates his client’s career. He is subsequently haunted by a detail of that scene he can neither confirm nor deny—a detail that presently fuels his strong tendency to overdo the care and supervision of Colin Elliot.
Hoople Walking Crow Jakeway blames the music industry in general and Colin Elliot in particular for the debauch and eventual death of Aurora, whom Hoop knew as Audrey when she was his high school crush. With Elliot’s return to the limelight and glaring media attention, Hoop’s latent animosity goes live and includes anyone perceived to have dishonored Audrey/Aurora. His first three victims suffer gruesome, well-publicized deaths that attract the attention of Nate Isaacs, who sees in their deaths a common thread leading to the late Aurora Elliot.
Use no more than two sentences. Why should we read your book?
For pure enjoyment; for love of a full-immersion reading experience—with more to come.
Do you hear from your readers? What kinds of questions do they ask?
Yes. Before books two and three of the SECOND CHANCES TRILOGY were published, the questions universally dealt with when they would become available. Now that RESURGENCE and RETRIBUTION have been published, I’m delighted to be asked if I’m working on anything else. And yes, I am.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
That I didn’t start writing until later in life—which won’t come as much of a surprise to those who just read the preceding Q/A.
Do you have a favorite quote, quip or saying? What is it? 
“It’s never too late to be what you might have been,” a saying usually attributed to George Eliot.
Tell us about the absolute BEST fan letter you have received.
It was short, to the point, and arrived via email from my daughter, who said after having read an early draft of REVENANT RISING: “Wow, this isn’t just some junk my mom wrote, this is an actual book!” 
Do you have any suggestions for beginning writers? If so, what are they?
I’ve often heard that finishing a first novel is the hardest thing you’ll ever do, but for me starting was the hardest. On that basis I suggest to all aspiring writers to begin as soon as possible. Do not delay until the planets are all aligned and you’ve read 177 books on the art of the novel and gained life experience that may or may not be applicable. Do it now! Be unafraid of failure because that’s the best way to conquer failure! Test yourself and learn to measure up while you still have brain cells to burn!


M. M. Mayle grew up in Michigan and attended university there. She worked in many diverse fields including animal husbandry, catering, real estate sales, and dedicated homemaking before concentrating on writing. A veteran of eleven relocations and extensive travel on five continents, those experiences also color her writing, as does her lifelong interest in music as both performer and concert-goer. She presently lives in Connecticut with her supportive husband and screwball cat.
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