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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Welcome Author Cathi Stoler

   Where do you hail from and what do you love most about your hometown?

I’m a native New Yorker and have lived my entire life in New York City. It’s a wonderful place and I’m very fortunate to be in a city with so many amazing opportunities, such a great mix of people and so much culture. I use the city as a backdrop for my characters lives. My protagonists live and work in Manhattan, take advantage of all it has to offer and hopefully it comes across that they enjoy and appreciate the city it as much as I do.

   As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? How has that childhood dream affected your

I think I’ve always had a latent desire to be a writer. The first thing I remember writing is a short play for the Girl Scouts. After college, I started working as an advertising copywriter and have done so for many years.  At some point, I thought about writing a novel, but was very hesitant to give it a try.
I finally took a course at Marymount Manhattan College entitled “How to Overcome Your Fear of Writing Your Novel.” It was the impetus I needed and a great beginning. It gave me the confidence to actually begin my novel writing career. TELLING LIES and my upcoming books, KEEPING SECRETS, and THE HARD WAY, are the results.

   Have you ever used contemporary events or stories “ripped from the headlines” in your work?

Yes. For TELLING LIES, I always imagined someone must have taken advantage of the terrible tragedy of 9/11 to leave behind a life they were unhappy with and disappear. I’d also been reading about the skyrocketing prices in the art market and felt it would be a good element to layer in to the plot as the reason for the main villain’s deception.

My next two books are also based on ideas that have been ‘headline worthy’. KEEPING SECRETS deals with the subject of identity theft, which is a very real problem while THE HARD WAY takes on the subject of the international smuggling of conflict diamonds, which has been known to fund terrorist activities.

   Is there anything you find particularly challenging about writing?

Finding the time to write is the real challenge. I have a full-time job, as well and it’s difficult to fit everything in. I also like to spend time with my husband, daughter and friends.

   What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

Don’t give up. Keep writing and telling your stories. The process of becoming a published author can be daunting and discouraging but if you keep working at it, eventually you’ll succeed. And, the more you write, the more your skills improve, which can only help your chances.

   Who is your favorite author and why? What books have most influenced your life?

My favorite contemporary mystery writer is Lindsey Davis who writes the Ancient Roman Marcus Didius Falco series. The series has wonderful characters, a great setting and is very involving. Her knowledge of the period is encyclopedic and it's interwoven into the stories in a way that makes the time period come alive.  My favorite classic author is Charles Dickens.

I’ve been a reader since I was very young and have enjoyed so many wonderful books from Dickens and Fitzgerald, to the spy novels of Ian Fleming and Robert Ludlum, to contemporary literary fiction such as WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, THE ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG and THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE. They’ve all left their mark but mysteries and thrillers have always been favorites, which is why I chose to write in this genre.

   How did you deal with rejection letters?

It’s disappointing, of course, especially when it comes after someone has asked to see part of your manuscript and then rejects it. I have a file folder with all the rejection letters I received before I sold TELLING LIES.

   What tools do you feel are must-haves for writers?

I think the best tools a writer can have are to be well read and to have a good imagination. The first allows you to see how other writers approach their craft and determine what works and what doesn’t. The second lets your take your work anywhere you want it to go.

   Tell us about your latest book.  Do you have anything new in the works and can you tell us a bit about it?

As I mentioned earlier, the next two books in the series are KEEPING SECRETS, which deals with hidden identity and identity theft. I’m also writing the third story in the series, THE HARD WAY, which is about International diamond smuggling.

I’m a member of the New York chapter of Sisters in Crime and have a story in our new anthology, MURDER NEW YORK STYLE: FRESH SLICES, which was published a few weeks ago and launched at the Brooklyn Book Fair on September 18th.


Is the person you love who you think they are? Or, will you find they’ve been

As a senior editor at Women Now magazine, beautiful and talented Laurel Imperiole has a life most thirty-somethings would kill for. When she responds to a series of frantic e-mails from a reader who’s learned that her fiancé may be using several fake identities, she sets off a chain of events that topples her
once-secure world.

Teaming up with Helen McCorkendale, a veteran private detective, the women delve into the subject of hidden identity and come up with more than
they bargained for. From a run in with the mob and the world of international
banking, to deceit and murder, and Laurel's involvement with a
sexy detective, the women find out who they can trust, and who just might kill to keep the truth from ever becoming known.

Don't forget to give us links to your website etc.

My website is: www.cathistoler.com. It has information about my writing, my novels, short stories, reviews, interviews and upcoming events.

I also blog at womenofmystery.net on a regular basis.

Readers can visit me on my website or find me on Facebook at Cathi Stoler Author, or on Twitter at @cathicopy.

The  trailer for TELLING LIES is up on my webiste in my media section. It can also be viewed on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dmk8ybWnJpQ&feature=email&email

Telling Lies synopsis
and Cathi Stoler bio

How many lies does it take to get away with murder?
When a chance encounter in Florence’s Uffizi Museum plunges Women Now editor Laurel Imperiole and private investigator Helen McCorkendale into an investigation of missing persons and stolen Nazi art, the women find themselves ensnared in a deadly maze of greed and deceit.

Could the man Laurel bumped into have been Jeff Sargasso, an art dealer and friend who perished in the World Trade Center on 9/11? Was it possible he was still alive and had disappeared without a trace?

Laurel, who was vacationing in Italy with her boyfriend, Aaron Gerrard, a New York City detective, is thoroughly shaken by the experience of seemingly meeting a dead man. Sargasso was supposedly killed that day during a meeting regarding the sale of a 150 million dollar painting between a Japanese billionaire and a Wall Street tycoon.  Determined to get to the bottom of things, she and Helen investigate in Italy and in New York.

As she delves deeper, Laurel leaves the truth behind, telling lies to Aaron about her actions and the liaison she’s formed with Lior Stern, an Israeli Mossad agent with an agenda of his own. One lie leads to another, entangling everyone and everything the women encounter, including murder and the painting at the heart of the affair.

Searching for answers, Laurel and Helen thread their way through a sinister skein of lies that take them on a whirlwind journey that could end in death.
Cathi Stoler was an award-winning advertising copywriter. Telling Lies is her first mystery/suspense novel. Other novels in this series will include Keeping Secrets, which delves into the subject of hidden identity, and, The Hard Way, a story about the international diamond smuggling. She has also written several short stories including Fatal Flaw, which was published online this April at Beat To A Pulp and Out of Luck, which will be included in the upcoming New York Sisters in Crime anthology, Murder New York Style: Fresh Slices. In addition to Sisters in Crime, Cathi is also a member of Mystery Writers of America. You can contact Cathi at www.cathistoler.com.


Tribute Books said...

Thanks Brynna for hosting Cathi on her blog tour. We appreciate your support of "Telling Lies."

Cathi had a lot of great things to say. As a lover of Dickens, it's no wonder she is astute at creating twists and turns in her plot. And yes, it is sound advice to any writer that the more frequently they write, the better they will become. And I'll definitely be looking forward to "Keeping Secrets."

Tribute Books said...

For all those who would like to follow along on Cathi's tour, please visit: