Monday, November 10, 2014

Interview with literary fiction author Michael Hurley

Today’s visitor is literary fiction author Michael Hurley. Our focus is on his novel The Vineyard.

During his virtual book tour with Goddess Fish Promotions, Michael will be awarding a $50 Amazon or gift card to a lucky winner. To be entered for a chance to win, use the form below. To increase your chances of winning, feel free to visit his other tour stops and enter there, too!

Michael Hurley and his wife Susan live near Charleston, South Carolina. Born and raised in Baltimore, Michael holds a degree in English from the University of Maryland and law from St. Louis University.

The Prodigal, Michael’s debut novel from Ragbagger Press, received the Somerset Prize for mainstream fiction and numerous accolades in the trade press, including Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, ForeWord Reviews, BookTrib, Chanticleer Reviews, and IndieReader. It is currently in development for a feature film by producer Diane Sillan Isaacs. Michael’s second novel, The Vineyard, is due to be released by Ragbagger Press in December 2014.

Michael’s first book, Letters from the Woods, is a collection of wilderness-themed essays published by Ragbagger Press in 2005. It was shortlisted for Book of the Year by ForeWord magazine. In 2009, Michael embarked on a two-year, 2,200 mile solo sailing voyage that ended with the loss of his 32-foot sloop, the Gypsy Moon, in the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti in 2012. That voyage and the experiences that inspired him to set sail became the subject of his memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, published in 2013 by Hachette Book Group.

When he is not writing, Michael enjoys reading and relaxing with Susan on the porch of their rambling, one-hundred-year-old house. His fondest pastimes are ocean sailing, playing piano and classical guitar, cooking, and keeping up with an energetic Irish terrier, Frodo Baggins.

About The Vineyard:
Ten years after college, three very different women reunite for a summer on Martha’s Vineyard. As they come to grips with various challenges in their lives, an encounter with a reclusive fisherman threatens to change everything they believe about their world—and each other.

Excerpt from The Vineyard:
Chapter 20

It was a question that would never have occurred to her mother or to any of her mother’s friends. Of course she would marry Tripp Wallace, they would say—or wouldn’t say, rather, because the subject would never come up. But if they were asked, they would be pained to explain what was self-evident. He met all the necessary criteria. He was from a well-respected family. He had gone to the right schools, as had his father and grandfather and great-grandfather before him. He had the right friends who had gone to the same schools and traveled in the same small circles. He was accomplished at the right sports—sailing in summer and skiing in winter—and he knew how to say and do the right things at the right moment in a way that bore testament, along with his good looks, to an obvious breeding. He was tall and well-formed and not overly bright or bookish or moody or sensitive. He would love Dory with fraternal affection and a benign indifference that would immunize him from the terrible angst that afflicts the lovelorn. There would be affairs, perhaps, but he could be relied upon to keep them discreet and meaningless, and there would be no brooding or melancholy or naval gazing in the wake of their discovery. New love would falter and stumble as it invariably does, but the business of marriage would march on. There would be no mid-life forays into the wild unknown, because he was not a curious man. His life had followed a well-worn path thus far, and he would stick to that path without the danger of navigational error that comes from needless reflection. He would lead a good life, not a well-examined life, and thereby make it possible for Dory to do the same. He and Dory would produce tall, lithe, gorgeous, tow-headed children and grandchildren who, on their way to fulfilling their central role as heirs to the family’s fortune and curators of its legacy, would by their laughter and playfulness banish the awful silence that would otherwise creep into their marriage, like a pestilence.

© 2014 by M. C. Hurley. All rights reserved.

Do you ever read your stories out loud?
Yes. I often read my writing out loud to see how it flows. I generally don’t read aloud for pleasure.

What are your future ambitions?
I have learned, at this stage of my life, to be careful what I wish for. So, I have no particular grand ambitions other than to enjoy life, to appreciate the present, to write good books, to play a little music, and to help others who might need me as best I can.

Tell us about your latest release.
The Vineyard is literary fiction about three women in their early thirties, former college roommates, who are all wounded in some way and decide to reunite for a summer on Martha’s Vineyard. As they come to grips with the challenges and crises in their lives, their encounter with a reclusive poacher known only as “the fisherman” threatens to change everything they believe about their world—and each other.

What have you got coming soon for us to look out for?
The Prodigal, my debut novel published in 2013, has been optioned for film by a producer. She is exploring development of the book as s feature film. 

What song would you choose for Karaoke?
None. I’m really not much of a singer. However, I do enjoy singing the Star Spangled Banner.


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Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thanks for hosting!

Edgar Gerik said...

Enjoy the interview.

Rita Wray said...

Great excerpt, thank you.

Unknown said...

I loved this post because we get to learn more about the author. I like that he doesn't like doing karaoke and finding out some of his other quirks. Thanks for the Give Away

Mary Preston said...

Is it my imagination or are we seeing two covers throughout the tour?

bn100 said...

Nice interview