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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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Would you call yourself a born writer?

Yes, I’d definitely call myself a born writer. It’s in my blood.

What was your inspiration for THE MENTOR?

I wanted to right a twisty thriller that also read as literary too, since it takes place at a publishing house. I was very influenced by the films Cape Fear and The Wonder Boys. I was reading a lot of Stephen King while I was writing as well as Lou Berney’s The Long and Faraway Gone.

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I like to explore the ideas of obsessions. In The Mentor, one character is obsessed with bringing the opus he’s worked on for a decade to life, while the other character becomes obsessed with how his own life is turning into the kind of twisty thriller he publishes as a book editor.

How long did it take you to complete the novel?

A year for the first draft. And then I worked on it with my editor for a few months after that.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

I’m very disciplined. I edit in the mornings, break for a work-out and lunch and then write all afternoon. Sometimes I edit at night too.

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

Making the villain relatable was the hardest part. I wanted readers to feel for him, even when he’s doing terrible things. Someone had done terrible things to him in the past, and he’s unfortunately repeating those mistakes.

What do you love most about being an author?

I absolutely love writing everyday and the thrill of creating. I love research too. I’m starting a new book in the fall that partially takes place during the Gold Rush so I have a lot of research to do for that.

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

St. Martin’s Press is publishing the book so I was very lucky to get a deal with a big press. My first novel Slow Down was with an indie press.

Where can we find you on the web?

Leematthewgoldberg.com – You can link there to my Twitter, Facebook and Goodreads accounts. I love hearing from readers so feel free to send a message!

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