Wright for America by Robin Lamont – Interview & Giveaway

Welcome to Author Robin Lamont

Born in Boston and raised in Brooklyn, Robin aspired from an early age to be an actress.  As a sophomore in Carnegie-Mellon’s specialized drama program she was cast in a school production of a musical based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew called Godspell.  Robin stayed with the production as it began its long and successful run, moving with the show from off-Broadway to Broadway and finally to the movie screen.  Her original cast recording of “Day by Day” and her film version of the song have drawn fans from around the world.  She went on to star as Sandy in the Broadway musical Grease and later appeared again on Broadway in Working, in which she sang James Taylor’s heart wrenching song Millwork.

As her “day” job, she signed on with a private investigations firm in Manhattan that hired actors to work undercover to ferret out major producers of counterfeit products.  After several years, she became the company’s Director of Operations, running nationwide anti-counterfeiting programs for a number of intellectual property law firms.  During that time, she attended Pace Law School and graduated cum laude while also winning the New York Trial Attorneys Award.  She practiced as an Assistant District Attorney in Westchester County for eight years, spending much of her legal career in the county’s criminal courts and with the Special Litigations Unit.  She lives in Westchester County, New York with her family. 

Website: http://robin-lamont.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Robin-Lamont-Author/153701921339501
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Smartsuspense

1) If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?
       Not necessarily in this order:  Andy Roddick, Gail Collins, Clyde Frazier, Jimmy Fallon, Martina Navratilova.  I think we would talk current events, sports (especially tennis), and laugh a lot.  What could be better?

2) If you were stranded on a desert island what 3 things would you want with you?
      A Guide to Local Edibles, a subscription to the New York Times (that would reach me), writing materials.

3) If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
      The power to understand what animals are saying.

4) If you could meet one person who has died who would you choose?
       Mahatma Ghandi.  There is so much he could tell us about where humanity is going right and where it is going wrong.

5) Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
      Because it’s an entertaining, fun read, elevated with a very current dose of social consciousness.

6) Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects? 
     I’m currently creating a suspense series that features an animal welfare investigator.  I want to bring the issue of humane treatment of animals to a popular genre like suspense.  There are so many worlds in which animals take a back seat to greed, neglect and dishonesty, and for me, a protagonist who battles those forces in order to ease their suffering would be a powerful character.

7) What is your dream cast for your book?
     Believe it or not, my dream cast would include no famous actors.  I would want the actors in a movie version to be fresh faces to movie goers, so as to avoid comparisons with other performances and characters they’ve played.  That said, I think John Goodman would make a fabulous Pryor Wright.

8) What was your  favorite book when you were a child/teen? 
      I was pretty addicted to the Nancy Drew series.  Nancy was really cool; she had a boyfriend, her own car (a coupe), a terrific dad who adored her but never got in the way of her adventures.  Plus she was an only child, which coming from a family of eight siblings, looked particularly appealing.  Nancy always prevailed.

9) Is there a song you could list as the theme song for your book or any of your characters?
      It’s funny you should ask that because songs play a very important role in my creative psyche when I’m crafting characters.  Most of my main characters have a song that I feel defines them – it may be the lyrics or the music, often both.  Sometimes, it’s just the “feel” of a song that provides inspiration for me.  In Wright for America, one of the main characters (Harry Thorne) is an FBI newbie, who is earnest, but not all that confident.   Jackson Browne’s classic, She Must Be Somebody’s Baby – that’s Harry.

10) If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
     Somewhere with the diversity and culture of New York City, the beauty of the Scottish countryside, the weather in Sicily, and unfathomably low taxes.  If you find such a place, please let me know.

11) What is your favorite Quote?
          “A good writer is an expert on nothing except himself.  And on that subject, if he is wise, he holds his tongue.”  -John Le Carre
12) Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
     I think there’s a bit of me in all my characters, even those that are not all that likeable.
Writing characters is like taking on a role as an actor.  You find that piece of the character that you relate to and try to connect with that.  Of course, there are some characters more like me than not.  Maren Garrity in Wright for America follows in my career footsteps, although she is far less of a pragmatist than I am.

13) If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
         A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens.  It’s one of my favorite books, and having a signed copy would be like having the famous Willie Mays’ “The Catch” ball from the 1954 World Series – only a lot older.  Ideally, I’d like Dickens’ inscription to read, “To my dear friend Robin Lamont – you are truly an inspiration for me.”

14) In your wildest dreams, which author would you love to co-author a book with?
      Right now?  JK Rowling – since it would be an instant bestseller.

15) What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
        See comment #11

Wright for America

Millions already know Robin Lamont as the voice behind the hit song ‘Day by Day’ from the Broadway show and motion picture Godspell.  Lamont was not only an original cast member, she was one of the creators of the show. Her voice was a beacon for a new generation of theatergoers, and fans continue to follow her.

Lamont is that rare person who has always set her own agenda for personal achievement. After a successful career in theater, she cleverly put her fine-tuned acting skills to work as a private investigator. Lamont’s work in facilitating anti-counterfeiting programs inspired her to attend law school. She graduated cum laude, and practiced as an Assistant District Attorney for eight years.
Life has come full circle and Lamont is back to her first love – writing. Her unusual career path and experiences now inspire her fiction. Lamont’s first novel, If Thy Right Hand, was named “Best of 2011” by Suspense Magazine and won the Gold Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Wright for America, being published now, October 2012, is a biting political satire and a fiercely funny detective story.  It is about the power and abuses of talk radio. The plot features an actress who moonlights as an undercover privateinvestigator. When the rantings of a right-wing talk show host inspire a hate crime that critically injures her brother, she decides to fight back using her troupe of actor friends. What follows is akin to a Shakespearean farce, complete with false identities and hidden agendas. The book is a rollickingentertaining read and offers a dose of social consciousness.
To research and make the writing realistic, Lamont listened to hours of right wing radio, intently following and researching the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Mark Levin and Glenn Beck. In the end, she created the ultimate voice of right wing radio, a primetime huckster whose slurs and wild accusations fired at the liberal left convince fans that he is thepicture of patriotism.  The novel inspires questions such as: When does spin become outright lying? And, how does hate-filled name calling in public damage our country and our democracy? Wright for America is sure to stimulate conversation about the media and its role in American politics.

Giveaway Details
2 copies of Wright for America
Open to US only
Ends 11/9/12

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