Minta Hall is the author of The Magician of Wall Street, a new release from Entangled Publishing under their Indulgence imprint. Minta stopped by to introduce herself, and she brought a present! Later today, you can enter for a chance to win a digital copy of The Magician of Wall Street, open Internationally!
[Manga Maniac Café] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.
[Minta Hall] I’m a little off-the-wall and quirky with an offbeat sense of humor and a love of paranormal twists in stories I write.
[Manga Maniac Café] Can you tell us a little about The Magician of Wall Street?
[Minta Hall] Oliver Pendragon’s days as the Magician of Wall Street are over. He’s lost everything: his business partner, his reputation, and the love of his life, Abby Daltry. When Abby’s father offers him a way to get everything back—including Abby—Oliver can’t refuse.
Meanwhile, Abby Daltry wants nothing more than to break away from the controlling men in her life. When a tarot reading reveals that she’s in danger and that her ex?lover will be returning to her life, she’ll do whatever it takes to prove her independence.
Though Oliver will stop at nothing to prove his love and to protect her from the man out to kill them both, Abby finds out the truth about his deal with her father and issues an ultimatum: he can have her or the company. As danger looms and shots fly, Abby has to decide whether to give into the passion that rises to the Magician’s command—the Magician who all?too?easily controls her heart.
[Manga Maniac Café] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?
[Minta Hall] You know, I don’t think there is a fixed method for defining either characters or story. You start with an idea, then start thinking about who fits that idea—what characters might exist. In this case, I thought of a woman receiving an ominous tarot reading: “Beware the Magician!” So…who was the Magician? Why did she need to beware of him? What if he wasn’t a literal magician, but one who was “magic” with money, and—because people you know intimately are far more dangerous in many ways than strangers—what if he’s a former lover? That led to wondering why she’d left him in the first place, and then why he comes back into her life. And so it goes. One question leads to another. It’s a very organic process.
[Manga Maniac Café] What was the most challenging aspect of writing the book?
[Minta Hall] I think it was hard to be sure that Oliver didn’t come across as too dark. He’s a natural leader, and a strong-willed man. It would be easy to make him seem like a stalker—especially because he tracks Abby down 3000 miles away from where they once lived together! It was important to make it clear that he’s head over heels in love with her—that he’ll do whatever it takes to win her back.
[Manga Maniac Café] What three words best describe Abby?
[Minta Hall] Intelligent, wary, and loving
[Manga Maniac Café] What are three things Oliver would never have in his pocket?
[Minta Hall] Tobacco (especially chewing tobacco!), a pocket knife, and a NASCAR keychain
[Manga Maniac Café] What is Oliver’s single most prized possession?
[Minta Hall] Abby! But if you’re talking about a thing not a person, the possession he once has, but has now lost, was his company. He lived and breathed his company—until he had to sell it.
[Manga Maniac Café] What are your greatest creative influences?
[Minta Hall] I think the first thing is meditation. Doing even a brief meditation helps me stay centered and focused. Second is the importance of writing what I love to read. I think most writers tend to write stories they want to read, and I’m no exception. And finally, paying attention to current trends. For example, I fell in love with the TV series “Revenge” this year. O.M.G. That series is so delightfully twisted! Love it!
[Manga Maniac Café] What three things do you need in order to write?
[Minta Hall] My computer. In terms of writing my books, I am all but nonfunctional without a keyboard, though I prefer journaling in longhand.
Some kind of background noise—I usually turn on the TV and have it playing in the background. I don’t actually pay much attention to the program, but the sound keeps me going.
My beta reader. I don’t know what I’d do without her to keep me on the straight and narrow! (Thanks, Caro!)
[Manga Maniac Café] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?
[Minta Hall] The Hunger Games Trilogy. Frankly, I cannot stop with those books. They are phenomenal—totally knock-your-socks-off wonderful. I think I’ve read the whole trilogy three or four times, and discover new things in them with every reading.
[Manga Maniac Café] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?
[Minta Hall] Oh, gosh. I’ve been reading since I was about 3 years old and reading at adult levels by the time I was about 4. I cannot imagine not reading. And I read virtually everything—my parents were worried about me reading “too early” so when I was about 3 or 4 I took to reading cereal boxes and soup cans. Everything turns me on to reading.
[Manga Maniac Café] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?
[Minta Hall] I have set up a bird feeding station right outside my den windows on my deck. The station is a simple make-shift table (a board over some simple supports, covered with plastic to protect it from the weather) and it’s right at window-sill level—about knee height inside the house. I keep seed and suet plus water on the table for birds and it draws a huge variety of birds, plus a couple chipmunks (Alvin the Awfully Cute and Mrs. Alvin) and squirrels (Rocky the Not-So-Flying Squirrel and Mrs. Rocky). This spring I’ve seen all kinds of baby birds stop by with mom and dad, some of them just barely fledged. When I’m working the birds are only about 3 or 4 feet away—if the windows were open, I could literally reach out and touch them. I’m having great fun watching them!
[Manga Maniac Café] How can readers connect with you?
[Minta Hall] You can find me at:
[Manga Maniac Café] Thank you!
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