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Interview with Lee Lindauer Author of The Salvation of Henry Maxwell

Q.What Inspired You to Write Your Book? 

A.For some odd reason, I was pondering different ideas to pursue when my memories of those great Gothic horror movies of the sixties flittered through my head. Movies with Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Boris Karloff, and the likes. And then it came to me. what about one of those guys and what kind of trauma can I get them in, thus, Henry Maxwell was born. 

Q.What Are Your Plans for Future Writing Projects? 

A.I am working on a novel about a stage magician who goes from being one of the best in the world to someone who has fallen from grace. The underlying theme will touch on stage magic: Is it real magic, does parapsychology have something to do with it, or is it a belief in a supernatural part of the equation? Along the way, a budding love will emerge adding spice to the story.

Q.What Can Readers Expect from This Book? 

A. A “feel good experience,” one that challenges their beliefs but more so, one that integrates different views, all that have validity depending on one’s perspective. 

Q.If People Can Only Buy One Book This Month, Why Should It Be Yours? 

A.They won’t be disappointed—and it is not formulaic, The Salvation of Henry Maxwell is unique.

 

Q.What was the most challenging part of writing your book? 

A.Trying to present a good plot with engaging characters. The characters are what drive the plot in this novel. Henry Maxwell, an eighty-five-year-old brings to the table a caustic character that readers will learn to love, but one that changes as the novel proceeds. It will give them the satisfaction that when they age, life goes on to its fullest.

Q.Do you have a sequel planned for your book? If not, are you working on any other projects? 

A.No, and at the moment, no. 

Q.What do you wish you knew before you started to write your book? 

A.As with all my other books, I wish my plot were set in stone, but what I’ve learned is: plots are dynamic, they change and spread, most of the time for the better. Sometimes, they take off on an unexpected tangent that fosters sub-plots that only add to the suspense. 

 Q.What was your favorite experience while writing your book? 

A.Research, as always, but I enjoyed reliving those movies of the sixties that I loved going to on Saturday afternoons. American International Pictures and their Edgar Allen Poe series of films were in my mind classic. The research established in me the beauty that celluloid film had as part of our experience in those days. Our digital age has greatly reduced the excitement and history of film, frame by frame.  

Q. How is your book different from other books in the same genre? 

A.I don’t think I’ve seen one similar that talks about old celluloid movies, but I could be wrong. I tried to bring several interesting elements together to get my point across and to rely on those Edgar Allen Poe stories for the climatic ending in the modern age. 

Q.What type of reader will enjoy your book? 

A.I think all readers will be enthused, but maybe the older crowd who remembers the Saturday matinees in the sixties will experience a tear flowing from their eyes. 

To find out more about Lee Lindauer go to his website

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