Today’s #TalkTuesday interview is also our #TeaserTuesday and First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros, all of which feature Lies by T. M. Logan . A joint effort by Elise and I! Enjoy!
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Lies by T. M. Logan is his debut psychological thriller. From page one readers will be riveted to the storyline and it never lets up. The plot focuses on what can happen to someone’s normal life when, in one moment, it comes crashing down with the main culprit, lies and betrayals.
The plot begins with Joseph Lynch and his 4-year-old son, William, navigating North London traffic when William spots his mother’s car exiting the highway. A spur-of-the-moment detour leads to disaster. Mel, Joe’s wife and William’s mother, is spotted at the Premier Inn bar arguing with her best friend’s husband, tech millionaire Ben Delaney. After Mel leaves, Joe confronts Ben with a civil conversation, but it quickly develops into a confrontation. Words lead to shoving and Joe pushes Ben a little too hard where he falls and bangs his head. At the same time, he must help his son who is having a major asthma attack, leaving Ben unattended. Unfortunately, when he goes back later Ben is missing and so is Joe’s phone. Later that night Mel is confronted and delivers her first lie, saying it is only a business meeting. Eventually she admits to an affair that begins a downward spiral for Joe’s life. The more he tries to unravel the lies, the more deception he discovers. As the lies gain momentum, he realizes he can trust no one, and must mount a personal investigation to find the truth. Accused of having something to do with Ben’s disappearance, Joe must find Ben to prove his innocence.
The storyline raises some valid and important issues about technology and social media. Joe realizes that someone is manipulating his text messages, the home PC, his Facebook account, photos, and anything else they can get their hands on. It becomes clear the crime and the technology were going hand-in-hand.
It is interesting to have a story written from the male point of view. Joe is an average, contented, trusting man, happily married man, a daunting father, and a respected teacher with a wife he loves and a son he worships. But he is also very naïve, lying to himself as he tries to persuade himself that he was not betrayed. He is the kind of character a reader can root for.
This gripping psychological thriller is a twisted page-turner that will keep readers guessing with an unexpected turn. There are layers of lies, secrets, and betrayals.
Elise Cooper: How did you get the idea for the story?
T. M. Logan: In 2013, I was looking for something new to write. I had a conversation with my wife and she talked to me about someone using Facebook in a particular way. This got me to thinking that someone could possibly use it to frame someone for a crime they had not committed. I thought why would someone do that, where would it take them, and what would be the consequences? I wrote these four main characters, how they would interact with each other, and how it would play out. I wanted to explore truth and honesty versus lies.
EC: Is there ever a good lie?
Logan: There are white lies that could be considered good. We say things to people to not hurt their feelings. It is easy to slide from a white lie to something altruistic. This is particularly true with social media where people are able to be anonymous and not accountable for what they say.
EC: Social media is an antagonist?
Logan: I have this quote, “I was struck by what a strange view you could get of someone’s life from looking at his or her Facebook profile.” I do not think Facebook reflects someone’s real life. No one is as happy as they appear on Facebook nor as angry as they appear on Twitter. I once read about an academic study by Birmingham City University that showed how Facebook was involved in 40 to 50 murders. People had a dispute and became antagonistic, some pretended to be others, luring people into dangerous situations, or to make it appear someone was alive when they actually were not.
EC: Joe’s life spiraled out of control?
Logan: It became irrelevant of what the facts were, and what matters is the perception of what people think. The truth does not seem to matter in someone’s guilt or innocence.
EC: How would you describe Mel?
Logan: Mel is independent, a liar, an extrovert, and an alpha-female in the book’s beginning. She is a wife, mother, and career woman. Once she started a new relationship she became swept along. I hoped to make her reasonably sympathetic because there are different levels to her. She is pulled into the orbit of the person she is having an affair with, while looking for fulfillment. She benefits from Joe only wanting to see the good side of her. In her new relationship, she becomes this secondary person, being led by their obsessions.
EC: How would you describe Joe?
Logan: He is righteous, every man, an average man, a good father and a loving husband. In the beginning of the book he is optimistic, kind, steady, and honest. It takes him a while to figure out bad things can happen to good people. He wants to see the best in someone, which leads them to take advantage of him. People manipulate him because they could predict what he would do and how he would react.
EC: Is there any of you in Joe?
Logan: I am a father like Joe. What he says about William, his four-year-old, is what I would say. William is based on my son at that age, including his traits, games, and challenges. Both Joe and I are family oriented. Just like William, my son was obsessed with cars and one of his first words was the car company Audi. The scene in the book is true, where we would sit in traffic, calling out car names. My son matched up the shapes of his toy cars with the real cars owned by myself, my wife, and my parents.
EC: How would you describe the antagonist?
Logan: Obsessive, full of contempt, hate, and jealousy.
EC: A shout out about your next book?
Logan: 29 Seconds, also a psychological thriller will be available in the US next year. It follows the story of Dr. Sarah Haywood, who finds herself in an impossible situation at work with her predatory boss. When a powerful stranger offers an unthinkable solution, she is assured there are no strings attached, no comeback, no way she could ever be implicated, exploring what is just and what is right.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
When Joe Lynch stumbles across his wife driving into a hotel car park while she’s supposed to be at work, he’s intrigued enough to follow her in.
And when he witnesses her in an angry altercation with family friend Ben, he knows he ought to intervene.
But just as the confrontation between the two men turns violent, and Ben is knocked unconscious, Joe’s young son has an asthma attack – and Joe must flee in order to help him.
When he returns, desperate to make sure Ben is OK, Joe is horrified to find that Ben has disappeared.
And that’s when Joe receives the first message . . .
First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros
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