Happy Friday everyone! Today we welcome fellow Black Rose Writing author Tom Minder and his crime thriller, The Long Harbor Testament. Based on Tom’s choice of cookie and Netflix preferences, he and my son could settle in for some serious snacking and binge-watching.
Father Jim has a gambling problem, a girlfriend, and his brother Gabe just killed his bookie. Detective Mark Porfino investigates while mob boss Mario Gallante arrives to figure out why his protege was found floating in the harbor. Mark and Mario form an unholy alliance, with fast food, drinking, Girl Scout cookies, a dead man with a morbid sense of humor, and a wedding with a miracle, contributing to the search for the killer.
Jim must weigh family loyalty and protection of his lover against the vows he’s made to himself and his church. Will Gabe confess and relieve Jim of his burden? Or will they both be dragged further into the abyss until their secret is revealed?
What’s the most constructive criticism you’ve been given in your writing career?
I joined a critique group as part of the South Jersey Writers’ Group. I learned to look at a story as a reader and not the writer. Do the actions make sense for the characters/time/place? Was also clued in to be more sensitive to the woman’s perspective.
What do you wish you’d known before you were published?
That my brainchild, surely the next great American novel, would involve more than a first draft, but rather professional editing, honest beta reader feedback, an arduous, and humbling, querying process, seeking reviews, and finally, promotion. I still would have done all that, maybe just been the wiser upfront, to make the process smoother.
What do you love most about the writing process?
The ability to be creative while at the same time letting the story, to some point, write itself.
What’s your favorite kind of cookie and why?
Chocolate Chip with Macadamia. A good combination of sweet and salty. The nuts also allow me to pretend that this is a healthy treat.
What’s the last thing you watched on TV/Netflix?
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Frank (Danny DeVito) is the friend that you’re too embarrassed to introduce to anyone, but look forward to talking to. Charlie (Charlie Day) is the manic buddy whose enthusiasm and quirkiness is a good foil to the others.
If you were an animated character, who would you be and why?
Charlie Brown. At a party once, they played a game where they handed you a slip with a name on it and you had to act the character. When I saw ‘Charlie Brown’, I realized that was pretty close to me in real life.
Tom Minder lives in southern New Jersey, with his wife Paula, and writes novels and short fiction. He is published in various online journals and in the Beach Nights anthology from Cat & Mouse Press. He is a member of the South Jersey Writers’ Group and The Writers’ Coffeehouse. His novel, The Long Harbor Testament, was released by Black Rose Writing on January 5th, 2017.