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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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Author Interview ~ Max E. Stone

It’s my great pleasure to welcome Mr. Stone back to the blog—his first interview here was great; so, let’s get this one going… One Minute There by Max E. Stone
Max, did you always know you wanted to be a writer?

All I knew was that I always liked to write. I started at nine and at that time it was just a hobby to me. I liked to create stories that, to say the least, scared the crap out of the adults in my life. It was a teacher of mine who told my parents that I could actually make a career out of it. My parents nurtured that gift and I kept going with it; still am going with it.

I know you’ve been super busy with a new launch—tell us a bit about One Minute There.

Sure. This story is the third installment in the Warren-Bennett-Johnson series, which is about a diverse group of families that are interconnected. In One Minute There, Detective Bennett’s step daughter has run off, leaving both her daughter and a trail of blood behind; a trail that, ultimately, the authorities pick up.

What made you write this particular story for the series?

The character Melissa, Detective Bennett’s step-daughter. There were so many different facets and issues with this young woman—reasons for why she is and what she is—that I had to continue and, to a certain degree, explore.

Was there any particular scene that was hardest for you to write?

There’s a scene where Melissa is having a mental breakdown and, in the process, someone close to her almost dies. That was beyond hard to write because I started feeling what Melissa was feeling. I was crying and gasping for air. It took me awhile to get myself together enough to continue the story.

Woah—intense  Are there certain types of scenes, in general, that are difficult for you to write? Love, Murder, _______?

I think love scenes are hard, at least for me, because its about balance. You want to make it hot but not just plain vulgar; intense yet not taking up too much of the story. For that, and for drafts in general, I write everything out and let someone else I trust read it, just to make sure I’m saying what I want to say in the way that it should be said so it will reach the reader. It’s working pretty well.

Did you use any real life in One Minute There?

Yes, I did, especially with conceiving the character of Melissa. Her breakdown was a direct result of abuse and trauma in her childhood caused by her biological father, a psychotic billionaire who used both his hands and his money to terrorize his family, his daughter in particular. While this may not have been my life, I believe that, since the story and those characters came to me, it must have happened to someone

So, Max, do you have any advice for the aspiring writers out there?

I’m just getting my footing and learning the business myself. Thus far, what I’ve learned is that you can’t give up. There are quite a few naysayers out there who will try to deter you from what you love. Just keep going with it. As for your writing style, read a lot, especially in the genre you’re writing. Get acquainted with those styles even while you’re crafting your own. Also, educate yourself on the business of writing as well as marketing. Read up on it and network with other writers. Both are very valuable tools.

What’s next for you?

Currently, I am in the middle of crafting Black Cradle, a story that goes into deeper detail on what leads to each Warren-Bennett-Johnson family member’s current state. This will be released in August. Also, my second book, The Bleeding, is in audiobook production. Noah Michael Levine will be narrating. He’s amazing! You can check out his other titles for audible

Hang on


Yep, he’s very good—changes his style for each book

Last question—where can readers find One Minute There?

It’s available on Amazon:

Max, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule for this interview!

Thanks for having me!
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