Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Interview & Giveaway - The Vineyard by Michael Hurley


The Vineyard

by Michael Hurley 



Ten years after college, three very different women reunite for a summer on Martha’s Vineyard. As they come to grips with various challenges in their lives, an encounter with a reclusive fisherman threatens to change everything they believe about their world—and each other.


Chapter 20 

It was a question that would never have occurred to her mother or to any of her mother’s friends. Of course she would marry Tripp Wallace, they would say—or wouldn’t say, rather, because the subject would never come up. But if they were asked, they would be pained to explain what was self-evident. He met all the necessary criteria. He was from a well-respected family. He had gone to the right schools, as had his father and grandfather and great-grandfather before him. He had the right friends who had gone to the same schools and traveled in the same small circles. He was accomplished at the right sports—sailing in summer and skiing in winter—and he knew how to say and do the right things at the right moment in a way that bore testament, along with his good looks, to an obvious breeding. He was tall and well-formed and not overly bright or bookish or moody or sensitive. He would love Dory with fraternal affection and a benign indifference that would immunize him from the terrible angst that afflicts the lovelorn. There would be affairs, perhaps, but he could be relied upon to keep them discreet and meaningless, and there would be no brooding or melancholy or naval gazing in the wake of their discovery. New love would falter and stumble as it invariably does, but the business of marriage would march on. There would be no mid-life forays into the wild unknown, because he was not a curious man. His life had followed a well-worn path thus far, and he would stick to that path without the danger of navigational error that comes from needless reflection. He would lead a good life, not a well-examined life, and thereby make it possible for Dory to do the same. He and Dory would produce tall, lithe, gorgeous, tow-headed children and grandchildren who, on their way to fulfilling their central role as heirs to the family’s fortune and curators of its legacy, would by their laughter and playfulness banish the awful silence that would otherwise creep into their marriage, like a pestilence. 

© 2014 by M. C. Hurley. All rights reserved.
Let's learn a little about author Michael Hurley!

 What is the sweetest thing someone has done for you? 

My grandmother would say the Lord’s Prayer with me every night at bedtime, and then we would name absolutely everyone in the entire family—aunts, uncles, distant cousins—asking for God’s blessing on each of them.  When my sister Sherry put me to bed, she would give me Eskimo kisses and we’d say, “Let’s rub noses like the Es-ki-moses.”

What kind of music you like? 

I love classical guitar the most, followed by Motown and sixties R&B classics.  There has never been a genius like Beethoven, in my opinion.  I always sing along when “Hello Darlin,” by Conway Twitty comes on my IPod, and when I hear George Jones sing, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” I can almost feel a part of the America that once was, fading away. 

Do you like to dance? 

Yes.  It was the best way to meet girls in college, and it’s still the best way. 

Can you describe your dream home? 

I think a house is a soul-sucking waste of time and money.  My dream home is a small sailboat, not more than 35 feet, that is completely paid for and on a beam reach for the Virgin Islands.

If you could be any character, from any literary work, who would you choose to be? Why? 

That’s easy.  I would be Gandolph. You get to live for thousands of years without growing older than the cool old guy you already are.  You get to wear a bitchin’ hat, you can blow sailing ships for smoke rings, and you get to save the world for Hobbit folk. 
AUTHOR Bio and Links: 
Michael Hurley and his wife Susan live near Charleston, South Carolina. Born and raised in Baltimore, Michael holds a degree in English from the University of Maryland and law from St. Louis University. 
The Prodigal, Michael’s debut novel from Ragbagger Press, received the Somerset Prize for mainstream fiction and numerous accolades in the trade press, including Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, ForeWord Reviews, BookTrib, Chanticleer Reviews, and IndieReader. It is currently in development for a feature film by producer Diane Sillan Isaacs. Michael’s second novel, The Vineyard, is due to be released by Ragbagger Press in December 2014. 
Michael’s first book, Letters from the Woods, is a collection of wilderness-themed essays published by Ragbagger Press in 2005.  It was shortlisted for Book of the Year by ForeWord magazine.  In 2009, Michael embarked on a two-year, 2,200 mile solo sailing voyage that ended with the loss of his 32-foot sloop, the Gypsy Moon, in the Windward Passage between Cuba and Haiti in 2012. That voyage and the experiences that inspired him to set sail became the subject of his memoir, Once Upon A Gypsy Moon, published in 2013 by Hachette Book Group. 
When he is not writing, Michael enjoys reading and relaxing with Susan on the porch of their rambling, one-hundred-year-old house.  His fondest pastimes are ocean sailing, playing piano and classical guitar, cooking, and keeping up with an energetic Irish terrier, Frodo Baggins. 
Website: www.mchurley.com 
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  1. Great excerpt!! I really enjoyed the interview.. those are always the best :)
    Thanks for sharing!!

  2. An interesting interview thank you.

  3. The interview was really good. I love learning about what authors do when they're not writing. Thanks so much and good luck to all.