The other night, I was accosted by terrible news. An email arrived announcing that Senya was dead. While I tried to restart my heart and catch my breath, the email further informed me that she had died in the first chapter of The Forest Bull.
Immediately, I realized that my Senya, THE REAL SENYA, being a HE and not a SHE was not, in fact, dead, but rather someone of a similar name had perished in another book. As all of you, my loyal fans know, Senya is currently in Bora Bora while his attorneys attempt to screw me out of every dime I have ever earned.
That aside, as soon as my irritation at the author of the offensive email waned, I continued reading his missive which was really only an odd request to be featured here on this highly regarded blog. After a further discussion about a big head, of which I am still quite confused, I consented to host him, if only so he’ll leave me alone.
Therefore, I would like to introduce you to Terry Maggert, a man who has a self-proclaimed large head, a herd of cats and dogs, and has written a newly published and highly regarded book entitled, The Forest Bull.
Naomi:Let’s start with just a brief synopsis of your book. In 20 words or less, tell me what it is about.
Terry: Three lovers who stalk and kill immortals are asked by a reclusive Baron to find stolen jewelry– and the thief…
Naomi: Terry, I must say, you have started off the interview rather poorly. The instructions specifically said 20 words and being a teacher, I would expect you to follow the instructions as written. I’ve had to cut you off and I’m afraid I’m going to have mark you down.
Terry. Oh! That’s not fair!
Naomi: No one ever said this life was going to be fair.
Naomi: (sighing heavily) Alright, I’ll cut you some slack since I’ve only recently started doing interviews again. Give me the rest of your synopsis.
Terry: Thanks. I was going to say, the thief…is not only the Baron’s daughter, but she may be Satan, as well.
Naomi: Well, that sounds like a nasty bit of business, although come to think of it, on occasion I’ve suspect the same thing about my kids. Who is your favorite character and why? You can use more than 20 words from here on out.
Terry: Delphine completely took me by surprise. She’s a 2400 year old succubus currently working as a high end escort in New Orleans, and the more I wrote in her voice, the more I became enamored of her humor. She’s really funny, in addition to being a rather moral person. I like the contrast. Writing her also made for some interesting conversations with my wife, who good naturedly told me on more than one occasion “If you don’t know any hookers, you’re going to have to email a few to get some background material.” It made for some unusual emails, and some terribly earnest communications between me and escorts across the world.
Naomi: Being 2400 years old, I suspect business for her is not quite as brisk as it was when she was much younger, say, only 2300 years. What’s the hardest part about writing your book?
Terry: We have a herd of cats and dogs. Our five year old son is a dream compared to them. If it weren’t for animal maintenance, I’d be on my tenth book by now, and I only started seriously writing a little over a year ago.
Naomi: Of course, because he can feed and toilet himself. What were you thinking? But, I digress. Back to your book. What’s the easiest part?
Terry: The story. I don’t– dream isn’t the right word, I just envision the whole story, it comes to me, in full, and then, when I have a quiet hour, I write, quickly, with certainty, and I’m generally very happy with the results.
Naomi: Well, that’s lovely for you. I have no clue what I’m going to write about until the words have magically appeared on the page and then, I react with profound surprise that they all make some sort of sense. Did you ever wonder if you were a little crazy for writing fantasy/fiction?
Terry: Absolutely! I speak in front of people every week ( I teach college history), but the concept of someone critiquing or enjoying something I’ve created is a bit frightening, and I mean that in the best way of all. I love the notion that someone might enjoy my book as much as I enjoy other books, and that alone makes the hours of writing well worth it.
Naomi: Frankly, teaching college history might be a little crazy too. Tell me, how do you get your students to remove their earbuds and quit facebooking, tumbling or texting while they are supposedly listening to your lecture?
Terry: Well, I…
Naomi: Oh! Sorry, we’re out of time. You’ve used up your 5 minutes of fame that this blog has allocated to you. But, I will inform our vast reading audience that they can find out more about Terry and his book, The Forest Bull at the following links: