Lee Matthew Goldberg is the author of SLOW DOWN and THE MENTOR (St. Martin’s Press), which was acquired by Macmillan Entertainment with the film in development. He has been published in multiple languages and nominated for the 2018 Prix du Polar. The first two books in a thriller series, THE DESIRE CARD and PREY NO MORE, are forthcoming from Fahrenheit Press in winter 2019. His pilots and screenplays have been finalists in Script Pipeline, Stage 32, We Screenplay, the New York Screenplay, Screencraft, and the Hollywood Screenplay contests. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his writing has also appeared in the anthology DIRTY BOULEVARD, The Millions, The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series (guerrillalit.wordpress.com). He lives in New York City. Follow him at leematthewgoldberg.com and @LeeMatthewG.
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As a book bloggin’ and book luvin’ Princess, I’m always curious to find out how authors got the ideas for their books. Can you tell us how you got the idea to write your book?
My novel is about a man who needs a new liver and I heard how difficult it is to move up on the waiting list, despite however much money you may have, so the book came out of that.
Can you tell us a little about the main characters of your book?
Harrison Stockton is a middle aged man who works on Wall Street. His life has been about the sole pursuit of money at the expense of his money. Naelle is a hooker who he calls who winds up saving his life in the beginning.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would that be?
That you will eventually get published and not to give up even when it seems impossible.
What would you say is one of your interesting writing quirks?
I write everyday under a tree in Central Park when the weather is nice.
Do you hear from your readers? What do they say?
Sure, most of the time it’s a nice message about how much they liked the book. My last novel came out in France and I get the most letters from them.
What is the toughest criticism given to you as an author?
My dad was a critic and helped me always strive to be the best.
What has been your best accomplishment?
Probably my novel The Mentor since it came out in all bookstores and in France and Slovakia.
Do you Google yourself?
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
Fun question – if you were princess or prince, what’s one thing you would do to make your kingdom a better place?
Do you have anything specific that you would like to say to your readers?
If you like great suspense thrillers, check me out!
Any wish fulfilled for the right price. That's the promise the Desire Card gives to its elite clients. But if the Card doesn’t feel like they’ve been justly compensated, the “price” will be more menacing than the clients could ever imagine.
Harrison Stockton learns this lesson all too well. Harrison has lived an adult life of privilege and excess: a high-powered job on Wall Street along with a fondness for alcohol and pills, and a family he adores, yet has no time for. All of this comes crashing to a halt when he loses his executive job and discovers he has liver cirrhosis with mere months left to live.
After finding himself far down on the donor list, Harrison takes matters into his own hands. This decision sparks a gritty and gripping quest that takes him to the slums of Mumbai in search of a black market organ and forces him under the Desire Card’s thumb. When his moral descent threatens his wife and children, Harrison must decide whether to save himself at any cost, or do what’s right and put a stop to the Card.
THE DESIRE CARD is a taut international thriller that explores what a man will do to survive when money isn’t always enough to get everything he desires. It’s the first book in a series followed by PREY NO MORE that focuses on other people indebted to this sinister organization, where the actual price is the cost of one’s soul.
"Careful what you wish for, especially from a nefarious shadow organization, in this gripping start to Lee Matthew Goldberg's fast-paced, highly compelling, buzz worthy new series. If you love characters morally compromised, richly drawn, and constantly surprising, you'll love THE DESIRE CARD. I burned through the first book and can't wait to get my hands on PREY NO MORE to see where this endlessly exciting story takes me next! Loved it!” - Daniel Palmer, critically acclaimed suspense author