Monday, September 8, 2014

0 Interview with Frank Freudberg

Get inside the mind of a serial killer as you never have before. 
Is Martin Muntor a villain or a victim? Can you picture yourself rooting for a madman to succeed in an ingenious plot to kill hundreds of people?

It's 1995, and the tobacco industry thinks it's invincible. But is it?

Second-hand smoke gave Muntor lung cancer, and he's mad. Very mad...and he's not going to go quietly.

Muntor devises a lethal plan to put the cigarette companies out of business, and he doesn't care how many people have to die in order to make that happen.

Hapless private investigator Tommy Rhoads has to find Muntor, and fast. But that's not going to be so easy. Muntor's smart and has nothing to lose, and the FBI doesn't want Rhoads's help.

Rhoads has a lot at stake - personally and professionally - and he's desperate to stop the killer.

Who will prevail? Big Tobacco or the dying madman?



1. Describe Find Virgil in three words. David versus Goliath.

2. Martin Muntor is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. He basically has nothing left to lose. What are some of the pros/cons to writing a character like this?
When people have nothing left to lose, the possibilities of what they are capable of are wide open. Anything goes, and readers know it. It increases the tension and conflict in the story. On the other hand, a desperate character doesn’t operate by the same rules as a more stable character, and some readers may not relate to that. The overwhelming feedback I’ve received from readers and reviewers is that Martin Muntor is a character who readers come to understand and, in a perverse way, begin to root for him – despite his criminal actions and the atrocities he commits.



3. Tommy Rhoads is the private investigator trying to track down Muntor. What are some of the similarities/differences between Rhoads and Muntor? Both Rhoads and Muntor are fundamentally different characters. Rhoads’s damage is self-inflicted and stems from the consequences of his past actions, while Muntor is terminally damaged by the actions of others. But they are similar in that they each have a single-minded way of hammering away at their goals until they either self-destruct or get what they want.



4. Why do you "enjoy writing about underdogs and their battles with forces seemingly bigger than them" ? 

Most people, in some aspects of their lives, feel they have no control over their circumstances. They often feel helpless and overwhelmed by the world around them. Other individuals, however, are so highly motivated by their situations that they don’t care about the odds against success. They’re driven beings. Helping the little guy prevail against all odds is immensely satisfying.



5. What do you hope readers will take away from this book? 
My expectation in writing Find Virgil wasn’t to convey a message but to deliver entertainment, and I hope I’ve succeeded. But if the novel inspires people to think more deeply about the flawed concept of “any means to an end,” and recognize that (at least, according to karma) you can’t get a good result through a destructive action, then that would be fulfilling.

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