Thursday, April 5, 2012

Interview with Author Mandi Tucker Slack


Mandi Tucker Slack has been married for 12 years and is the mother of two boys and a little 3 year-old girl. She and her family spend most weekends rock hounding or exploring new places. She loves the desert and mountains, and has been interested in everything from archeology to paleontology. One of her favorite hobbies is collecting and searching for fossils in the desert. She also grew up frequenting museums and accompanying her parents on archeological digs in San Rafael. Like a true author, she loves to incorporate her hobbies and interests into her writing.

If you want suspense, action, drama all in one book, this is the one you want to read. I was instantly hooked and couldn't put the book down.”

Hello, Mandi. Your book is one of those where you have to sit on the “edge of your seat.” Please tell us about your suspense novel.

Jacey Grayson is a recently divorced mother who learns some frightening news about her ex-husband, John. Frightened, she and her son Blaze flee to Utah to hide among rural Mormons. The main theme in The Alias is Jacey’s attempt to overcome years of abuse and develop a sense of who she really is. As the story progresses we see her desire to change and grow. She struggles with feelings of guilt and remorse for staying with her ex-husband so long and exposing her son to abuse, but as the story progresses we also see how she uses the lessons from her past to move forward into a more promising future. 

Where did you get your inspiration for this book?

My story ideas usually come from a conglomeration of different events that touch my life. At the time, a close friend was pursuing a divorce where she had suffered some spousal abuse. I was struck by the amount of strength it would take to leave behind such a marriage and the amount of courage needed to build a new life. One of the main themes in The Alias is domestic violence. Jacey, the protagonist, is attempting to build a new life for her son after leaving behind an abusive and controlling husband. One reviewer said, “Having had some spousal abuse myself, the author handled the topic with a maturity I appreciated.” I’ve really tried to portray that quiet strength in this novel.

A Reviewer wrote, “I literally couldn't put it down and when I had to, I became agitated… while I was reading it this morning my heart was pounding and my hands were sweating wondering what was going to happen.” Wow! What a wonderful review! But this is only one out of many who have said that your book was hard to put down. Tell us your thoughts about this. What is your secret in writing an intriguing book?

I love suspense. I love to read any sort of story that gets your heart thumping. So, it is only natural that suspense is what I love to write. I like mysteries and I like to keep readers guessing. 

What does your family think about your writing?

My boys are always so supportive. When The Alias was first released, I gave each of my young boys their very own copy. My oldest, who was in Kindergarten at the time, carried it around with him for days. It just warmed my heart. My husband has been so supportive and without his help, I couldn’t do it. He has always gone the extra mile to help me when I’m at a point where I just can’t put down my computer.

You have a wonderful husband. I can just imagine your little son carrying around your book. How adorable! Now it’s time to tell us something about the real you that we’ll never forget.

When I was a kid, my dad joined the Army and we moved to Germany to live for 4 years. During that time, we visited many near-by castles and palaces and during one of those visits my sister and I met a little German girl who was about my age. We couldn’t communicate, but we all immediately became best friends and my mother brought us to the castle nearly every week to play with our new friend. I loved exploring the grounds, towers, dungeons and the great halls. The time spent at the castle has always been some of my best memories.

Wow! What special memories you have! Thanks, Mandi, for this awesome interview. It was fun meeting you at the book festival, and now… getting to know you here at my blog.

34 comments:

Kat said...

I also love reading suspense! And I love rural Utah! I would really enjoy reading this book.

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clenna said...

One thing I look for when I read a book is suspense, action, drama and the 'can't put it down' excitement.
This book sounds like it has all that. I want to read this page turner.

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LouisePledge said...

Sounds like my kind of book! Suspense with a good plot but no objectionable language.

HAPPY EASTER to all!

Natasha said...

Sounds like a very good book! Thanks for the chance to win!
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bn100 said...

I enjoyed the interview and reading about the inspiration for the book. It sounds very interesting.

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Myanmar said...

It was really good interview :) And thanks a lot for this awesome giveaway! :)

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Nata ArtistaDonna said...

loved the interview
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Marianne said...

i have read a few novels dealing with abusive spouse. Although i have never been in a relationship like that, i am interested in learning. Plus i am a readaholic. i would love to win. Thank you for the opportunity, as well as the great interview. 3 year olds are at such a precious age, and so fun...

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Anonymous said...

This does sound like an interesting book!

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Crystal Langley said...

Wow, that would be very cool to move to Germany and befriend a little girl in a castle! Talk about a great setting for a story :)
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Georgette said...

You had me at befriending the little girl in the castle. LOL. I think this book sounds very intriguing. I hope I win. Even if I do not, I will follow this blog and I will add the books to my TBR pile.

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Ricki said...

That's cute that your son carried your book around for days.
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Ricki said...

That's cute that your son carried your book around for days.
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Andrea said...

Your book sounds awesome and I love that you have such a supportive family!

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Jane Maritz said...

I love the visual of a K (my daughter's age) carrying the book around with pride! Would love to read this...

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desitheblonde said...

i love the hop and then
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Lilian said...

I love a good suspense novel as well, especially ones that get's my blood running!

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Lisa And Randy said...

This sounds like just what I look for in a book. I really enjoyed your interview with Mandi. leeben AT bdawg DOT net

Helen said...

I love a good suspense. Thanks for the chance to read this.
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Tracy said...

Great interview. Thanks so much for sharing. This book sounds fantastic! I love a good suspense novel. The chance to win a copy is very much appreciated.

Tracy Juliano
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Tracy said...

Interview posted on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TracyJuliano/posts/283693731711018?__adt=5&__att=iframe

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Thanks so much for the chance to win :)

Kimberly R. said...

Great review - I would love to read this book!
Thanks :)
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Tamar said...

Thanks for the interview :)
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hhkaufman78 said...

I love suspense novels & this seems like a good one. Thanks for the chance to win!
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Katrina said...

Hooray for unputdownable books! Thanks so much. :) oneagainst at hotmail dot com

Mia J. said...

Sounds like a fun time in Germany. What an experience for a young child. Thanks for the chance to win this book. It sounds good.

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Rita Light said...

I love when a review says they couldn't put the book down. It makes me want to read this.

ruthhill74 said...

This sounds like my kind of book!
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Lolawid said...

Woo-Hoo! I have been wanting to read this book for a while! What a great interview! My dad was in the army and I was born in Germany! I, also, love good suspenseful books. Thanks!

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Krystle Smith said...

sounds good

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Tressa said...

Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

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Krysykat said...

Awesome interview!

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Linda Weaver Clarke said...

Congratulations, Louise Pledge! You are the winner of this suspenseful novel. I know you'll enjoy it very much.