Author Interview: ‘The Desire Card’ by Lee Matthew Goldberg

About the Book:

Any wish fulfilled for the right price. That’s the promise the organization behind The Desire Card gives to its elite clients – but sometimes the price may be more menacing than anyone could ever imagine.

Harrison Stockton has lived an adult life of privilege and excess: a high-powered job on Wall Street fuels his fondness for alcohol and pills at the expense of a family he has no time for. Quite suddenly all of this comes crashing to a halt when he loses his job and at the same time discovers he almost certainly has only months left to live.

Desperate, and with seemingly nowhere else left to turn, Harrison activates his Desire Card. What follows is a gritty and gripping quest that takes him from New York City to the slums of Mumbai and forces him to take chances, and make decisions, he never thought he’d ever have to face. When his moral descent threatens his wife and children, Harrison must decide whether to save himself at any cost, or do what’s right and break his bargain with the mysterious group behind The Desire Card.

The Desire Card is a taut, fast-paced thriller, from internationally acclaimed author Lee Matthew Goldberg, that explores what a man will do to survive when money isn’t always enough to get everything he desires.

 

What people are saying:

“I couldn’t look away for a moment from Harrison Stockton’s thrilling train wreck of a life. Jeer at him, cheer for him, and maybe—just maybe—fall in love with him a little. Lee Matthew Goldberg has created a Bonfire of the Vanities for a new generation, and served it up with style, wit, and empathy. I guarantee you’ll want to devour The Desire Card in one glorious, heart-pounding sitting.” – Laura Benedict, Edgar nominated author of The Stranger Inside.

“Lee Matthew Goldberg’s The Desire Card is a character-driven, enthralling thriller that introduces readers to a dark underworld powered by an equally mysterious organization loaded with as much menace as promise. Goldberg’s characters are well-formed, memorable and complex, adding humanity to a story that is sweeping in scale and remarkably focused. The Desire Card is the kind of book you think about long after you’ve finished it.” – Alex Segura, acclaimed author of Blackout and Dangerous Ends

“Careful what you wish form especially from a nefarious shadow organization, in this gripping start to Lee Matthew Goldberg’s fast-paced, highly-compelling, buzz-worthy new series. If you love your characters morally compromised, richly drawn, and constantly surprising, you’ll love, The Desire Card. I burned through the first book and can’t wait to get my hands on Prey No More to see where this endlessly exciting story takes me next! Love it!”
– Daniel Palmer, critically acclaimed suspense author of The First Family and Mercy.

 

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Purchase Links:

Amazon – UK / US

 

Author Interview:

1: Tell us a little about yourself and what got you in to writing?

I’ve always been a writer. As a little kid, I would write a book about my dog and a haunted hotel. After I got my MFA, I really saw it as a profession. I published a few stories in magazines and journals and then my first book Slow Down came out in 2015.

2: Do you have a favourite time and place where you write?

I usually write in the afternoons in Central Park from around April through November. During winter, I find an indoor spot, but I write best outside surrounded by nature. I have a tree that perfectly contours my back, and I’ve written all my books there. It’s great because you have people around, but there aren’t distractions. I’ll write there forever.

3: Where do your ideas come from?

I’m good at having a lot of ideas. Right now, I have a bunch on the backburner so when I finish one book; I’m able to start another right away. I also have a few series in the works so there will be sequels and more to write. I read a lot of books and watch a lot of movies and that helps spark ideas. I usually outline my books beforehand so when I start writing, I pretty much know where the plot is going.

4: Do you have a plan in your head of where the story is going before you start writing or do you let it carry you along as you go?

Most of my books are written with an outline. My first book wasn’t and that one took about eight years so I like having an idea of what is going to happen. Although, I recently finished the latest book in The Desire Card series and decided to write that one with only knowing the ending. I had seen the documentary Free Solo and was really inspired about not having a net. It worked for that book in particular, but thrillers are tightly plotted and it’s hard without an outline.

5: What genre are your books and what drew you to that genre?

So, I’ve published only thrillers, but I’ve written in a few other genres. I have a sci-fi book, a literary novel and a young adult one finished as well. I like to challenge myself. Thrillers are fun and I will always write them. While character is important, you’re focuses on moving the plot forward at all times. It’s helped me for my other books too. Making sure that the plot is always engaging and the readers want to turn the page.

6: What dream cast would you like to see playing the characters in your latest book?

Great question! For the lead character Harrison Stockton, I think Paul Giamatti or Russell Crowe would be a good fit. For Naelle I’d go for Zoe Saldana and for Jay Howell think I’d go for Richard Gere.

7: Do you read much and if so who are your favourite authors?

I read a lot. I love old writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and Emily Bronte. I’m a big fan of John Irving and Paul Auster. I’ve been reading a lot of Stephen King as well. He’s great at moving plot forward.

8: What book/s are you reading at present?

Right now, I’m reading The River by Peter Heller. I loved the Dog Stars and the Painter. He’s a very precise writer with beautiful sentences. On my shelf, I have the new Dave Eggers book The Parade, The Last Romantics by Tara Conklin and Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

9: What is your favourite book and why?

Probably the Great Gatsby. Even though that’s an easy answer, it’s just a perfect book. I’m very critical when I read, and with Great Gatsby, there is nothing I wouldn’t change. The sentences are gorgeous, and the characters come to life, even though the novel is so short. I try to reread it every few years.

10: What advice would you give for someone thinking about becoming a writer?

It’s a very tough profession. There is a lot of rejection and moments you want to give up. But if it’s what you really want to do, go for it. You have to know you have talent. Not everyone can write as a profession. Start sending your work out there and find people who will give you honest feedback. Go to conferences and meet people. Get stories published any way you can. Start a blog. Read a ton. Write what you love and because you wouldn’t be happy doing anything else.

11: What are the best Social Media Sites for people to find out about you and your work?  

My website is www.leematthewgoldberg.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/LeeMatthewGoldberg

Twitter: @LeeMatthewG

Instagram: www.instagram.com/leematthewgoldberg

Amazon page: www.amazon.com/Lee-Matthew-Goldberg/e/B00RPF06TS

I have three novels published and the second book in the Desire Card series coming out later in 2019.

 

About the Author:

Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of SLOW DOWN and THE MENTOR from St. Martin’s Press with the film in development. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The first two books in a thriller series, THE DESIRE CARD and PREY NO MORE, are forthcoming from Fahrenheit Press in winter 2019. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series (guerrillalit.wordpress.com). He lives in New York City. Follow him at leematthewgoldberg.com and @LeeMatthewG

His favorite authors are classic writers like F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Hermann Hesse, Emily Bronte, W. Somerset Maugham and Raymond Chandler. For modern authors, he’s been influenced by Jay McInerney, Bret Easton Ellis, Denis Johnson, John Irving, and Paul Auster.

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