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It’s Almost My Birthday!

It’s my birthday in 10 days!

Is money tight? Just can’t think of what to get the girl who has everything? I’ll give you a hint–nay, a wishlist. Don’t You Forget About Me has 58 reviews on Amazon as of today.

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Can you and one other person make that 60 by the Feast of St. Andrew/the First Sunday of Advent? Pretty please?  

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7QT: An Interview with R. B. O’Gorman

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It’s 7QT Friday with Jennifer over at ConversionDiary.com!

I’m excited to share with you an interview with R. B. O’Gorman, nice Irish Catholic doctor that he is… sorry, ladies–he’s taken!

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His novel Fatal Rhythm just dropped, and it has so many good readers saying so many good things about it, I just scooted it up to the top of my dance card.  I met him at CMN/CWG back in August, so allow me to introduce you!

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R. B. O’Gorman grew up in Texas where he developed a devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. He obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from Rice University and studied cardiovascular surgery under Dr. Michael E. DeBakey. His debut novel, FATAL RHYTHM, is a medical suspense/mystery based on his training experience. Currently, he lives in Mobile, Alabama, where he writes, teaches, and practices medicine. He and his wife stay busy with their six children and first three grandchildren.

And now for the questions!

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Tell us about your most recent work.  How did the idea come to you?  How long did it take you from start to publication?  

The annual celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe begins with Las Mananitas, and my experience at St. Anne’s Church in Houston touched my soul. I felt compelled to translate that experience into words. Some two decades later, Fatal Rhythm was published.

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Idea, research, editing, design…What was your favorite part of working on this project? What was your least favorite?

The favorite part was the initial writing. I even enjoyed the editing experience. My least favorite was negotiating the publication process.

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Tell us about how this work came to reach us:  did you go the self-publishing route or did you contract with a publisher?  What was that like?

I was listening to “The Son Rise Morning Show” on EWTN and heard about a new Catholic publisher who was sponsoring a contest. That prompted me to take down the novel from the proverbial shelf and submit. I was a finalist in that contest and was offered a contract. Ultimately, I did not publish with that entity, but the external confirmation of the book’s worthiness was invaluable.

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What other things in your life do you juggle in order to keep at your writing?  How’s that working out for you?

It is always a juggle. I work as a cardiovascular surgeon, I’m married, and we have six children and three grandchildren. It is hard to resist the temptation to “do it all,” and I’m blessed that my wife lets me slide on some of my jobs (the yard, the garage) when I’m particularly focused on a writing project.

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Setting, characters, plot, mood, tone… What would you describe as your greatest strength as a writer?

I think my greatest strength is in mood/tone. I hope I have a compelling plot and believable characters, but if my work doesn’t convey my chosen themes, it has no value.

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Conversely, if you could change one thing about your writing style, what would it be and why?

I wish I could write faster.

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Lastly, where can we find your work, a. k. a. give you our hard earned cash?

FATAL RHYTHM is available through Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com in both digital and trade paperback.

Thanks, Ron!  Readers, have you picked up Fatal Rhythm yet?  

The “One For A Friend” Giveaway

One of the greatest compliments I’ve received (and, thankfully, keep receiving) on Don’t You Forget About Me is that it isn’t “preachy.”

“While I’m a fan of Catholic fiction, I’m not always impressed by the writing. Don’t You Forget About Me is a well-written, entertaining book that actually has some substance to it. ” -Review by Jay Calvin Nelson on Amazon

“Without being preachy or in-your-face about it, Cupp compares the difficulties and heartaches of being a fallen-away Catholic with the peace and joy that comes when one humbly and trustingly puts his life in God’s loving hands.”  –Review by Laura Pearl on Amazon

“Fans of Christian fiction will particularly enjoy the elements of faith that add to the richness of the story without hampering the plot.” –Review by Therese Heckenkamp on Amazon

“I found the religious elements well integrated into the story.”–Review by “ruthjoec” on Amazon

As I told Kate over at So Much To Say, So Little Time, I’m not a message writer.  I just want to tell you a story.  On the other hand, as I told Catholic Fiction, since I don’t go into a book with message in mind, I tend to discount the possibility that story can be used by God to share a message.  So here I am, embracing message even while I embrace the people who might not want to read it otherwise.

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Introducing the “One For A Friend” Don’t You Forget About Me Giveaway.  Here’s how it works.  

  1. Post a new review of Don’t You Forget About Me to Amazon between now and June 17, 2014.
  2. Comment below with a link to the review.  In your comment, include some (vague) info about a friend or family member (no names, please) who, like Cate Whelihan, is anything but a practicing Catholic–but who just might enjoy reading Cate’s story.  Example:  “I know someone who thinks I’m crazy that I joined RCIA, but she loves mysteries.” “I have this friend who thinks I’m crazy for not using contraception, but she’s a sucker for romantic suspense.”  Etc.
  3. On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, I’ll draw a commenter’s name from a hat.  I’ll send that commenter one paperback copy of DYFAM, inscribed to the friend you described in your initial comment.  (We’ll work out the details over email.)

Clear as mud?  I’m just putting my money where my New Evangelization mouth is.  Let me know below if you have any questions.

DYFAM free on Kindle through 21Nov13!

Yes, friends, Don’t You Forget About Me is free on Kindle through Thursday.

Um… I really don’t know how to elaborate on that.

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Okay, here’s some elaboration.  The most frequent compliment regarding my writing that I get from people who know me in real life is, “I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the writing.”  That means, “I expected it to suck and it didn’t!”  If that doesn’t convince you to go get a free book, then I don’t know what will.