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Author Interview ~ Max E. Stone

There are over 70 Author interviews on this blog—writers of all ages and levels of experience

Today’s interview is the third for Mr. Stone—here’s his first interviewhere’s his second interview

And, at the end of this interview, Max is giving away 5 free audio books :-)


Author Max E. Stone

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 Welcome back to the blog, Max! Great to have you with us again. For those who might be new to the blog or your work, what genre do you write in? 

Thanks for having me back, Alex! It’s great to be here again! And I write, as a reader once put it, hardcore thrillers. These thrillers are set in New England, for the most part, and are about three seemingly different families woven together by events involving their children. 

What’s the latest in the series and what are you working on now?

The latest in the series is entitled Black Cradle, which is the fourth book and a broader version as well as “second volume” to August to Life which gave background on the families the series centers on: the “old-money” Warrens, the “working-class” Bennetts, and the “nouveau-riche” Johnsons.

As for what I’m working on, during Camp NaNoWriMo this month I’m hard at work on Black Roses, which adds in another family, the Jacobs. Like one of the original families (the Warrens) they’re extremely affluent and are “rooted” in New England. However, unlike the other family, they’re very close with each other. Or, it seems that way until Detective Bennett has to dig through their secrets after the patriarch is murdered. I’m looking to have this story completed by late 2016 to early 2017.

Sounds fascinating, Max. Would you lay out the timeline of the series?

O.K.—four to date. In order, they are: August to Life, The Bleeding, One Minute There and Black Cradle. Black Roses will be the 5th book. Black Cradle ~ Max E. Stone

Coming back to your work at Camp NaNoWriMo, what’s your writing process like?

Lately, my writing process has been more varied and free, especially with location, though music is always a part of it. I have a couple of playlists on Spotify that I always work with and I have them on my phone, iPad, and laptop as well, so I can always write, no matter where I am. So, for the most part, I write with music. It gives my pen or fingers a rhythm…

Have you read any good books lately?

Not too long ago I finished Into the Light by Aleatha Romig. Oh my goodness—it was amazing.  The way it was written—with its suspense and twists and turns—that’s what I’m striving for with each of my books

Anything else new on your writing journey, Max?

The 3rd in the series, One Minute There, became an audiobook not too long ago; and, I’m giving away a few copies of it. Noah Michael Levine did an amazing job, both with it and the previous one in the series, The Bleeding.

How can my readers win a free copy of One Minute There?

I have five copies to give away; so, the first 5 people to leave a comment on this blog post will receive a free copy…

Where can we find you, Max?

You can find me at my WebSite; on Twitter; or, on Facebook.

Thanks, Max, for another interesting interview


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2 responses to “Author Interview ~ Max E. Stone

  1. Jane Watson July 25, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Hi Max, thanks for such an interesting interview! I have 2 questions – what’s on your playlists – a few of your favourites? And could you describe how you made the amazing trailers? :-)


    • maxestone July 25, 2016 at 8:53 pm

      Hi Jane, nice meeting you and thanks for your questions! A few favorites on my playlist are In the air tonight by Phil Collins, Cheap Thrills by Sia, Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew, and Pressure Off with Janelle Monae, Duran Duran, and Niles Rodgers. And I’m so glad you like my trailer, but I can’t take the credit at all. Jessica Smith at Create Forward did a wonderful job on it so much so that it scared me when I first viewed :)


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