Today I would like to welcome you all on my stop of the Blog Tour for Mama’s Gone by Leopold Borstinski and I would like to share an interview with the author, with all of you. Thank you very much to Emma from damppebbles for the invitation. Please do show some love to all the wonderful book bloggers on this blog tour by following and sharing their work. 🙂
Publisher: Sobriety Press
Release date: 18 03 2019
Price*: Kindle £0.99 (GBP)/ Paperback £N/A (GBP)
Kindle $1.32 (USD)/ Paperback $N/A (USD)
Pages: ~ 297
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Description of the book: When children grow up, the parents must die.
California gang leader Mary Lou has built a criminal empire while her adult children are desperate for their mother’s attention and love.
As her mental faculties wane, Alice and Frank Jr must acknowledge their mother is not the woman she once was and that they need to step up and take the helm, despite the stark differences between them.
But their sibling rivalry blinds both of them to their weaknesses which threatens the family when the Russian mob moves into the state. How can they fend off those attacks while fighting to decide who will lead the family now their dear Mama’s gone?
First of all, can you please tell us about your latest book?
Mama’s Gone is set 20 years after its predecessor in the Lagotti Family series has ended. We are watching Mary Lou as the 1990s draw to a close. She has built a mob-funded gangster empire on the west coast of the USA and faces two major problems: her adult children want to take over the family business and, at the same time, that business is threatened by new entrants to market – the Russian mob. On top of that, she is slowly losing her mind.
Where do you find inspiration for your novels?
The initial ideas come from a variety of sources: my love of film noir through to a newspaper article. I’m interested in the fallibility of human beings and trying to take situations and follow them to their logical conclusions. Given so many of my characters live criminal and morally unpleasant lives, the chances are there will be few happy endings.
Who is your writing hero?
I have a couple: James Ellroy and Raymond Chandler. The former melds reality and fantasy in a way I can only dream of and the latter’s control over language is overwhelmingly brilliant.
Which book do you wish you had written?
I always want to get to the end of my current manuscript, but I can’t pretend to wish ownership of any other book. But The Godfather would be a great one to have on your CV: it was high-class pulp but grossed a bagful of cash.
What advice would you give to someone considering taking the plunge and attempting to write their first novel?
Ignore anything anyone says and write down the first sentence. Even if you change it completely later on, at least you will have started. The second sentence is always easier than the first one and, like a serial killer, you’ll get used to it after a while.
If you could have a dinner party and invite three other writers (living or dead), who would you invite?
Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett and James Ellroy. Three of the greats, but we would need to be in quite an isolated setting otherwise I reckon the neighbours would complain. From what I’ve read, these guys would get quite rowdy.
What’s the one question you wish I had asked and what’s the answer?
Question: In which of your books do you make a cameo appearance?
Answer: The Case, out later in 2019. I wanted a homage to Alfred Hitchcock as the story is about a relatively innocent man where events get out of hand. I thought either insert myself in the text or include a shower slashing scene by a guy wearing his mother’s clothes. A cameo sounded a lot easier.
About the author: Leopold Borstinski is an independent author whose past careers have included financial journalism, business management of financial software companies, consulting and product sales and marketing, as well as teaching.
There is nothing he likes better so he does as much nothing as he possibly can. He has travelled extensively in Europe and the US and has visited Asia on several occasions. Leopold holds a Philosophy degree and tries not to drop it too often.
He lives near London and is married with one wife, one child and no pets.
Website: http://www.leopoldborstinski.com/ / Twitter: https://twitter.com/borstinski / Facebook: www.facebook.com/LeoBorstinski
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