Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Q&A with 'The Desire Card' Lee Matthew Goldberg

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.



Tell us about your book! What is it about and what inspired you to write it?

The Desire Card is about an evil organization that promises Any Wish Fulfilled for the right price. The idea came from seeing the inequality between the rich poor in the U.S. and around the globe too.

Tell us about your publishing process. What was it like? Did you go indie or the traditional way?

For this series, an Indie publisher Fahrenheit Press bought the first two books in the series. They got the idea of the book while other publishers wanted major changes I didn’t want to do.

How did you choose the title for your book? Did it come to you right away, before you started writing it, or did it come later?

It came right away since it’s the name of the organization at the center of the story.

Tell us about the cover design process. Did you have a basic idea of what your book cover would be like?

I had no idea. The design team at Fahrenheit Press did a great job. I love the cover so much, it’s lurid and menacing.

Who is your cover designer and how did you find him/her?

It was the design team at Fahrenheit

How was your experience working with the designer?

They knocked it out of the park. This was the only cover I saw.

What has been the readers’ response to your cover?

People have loved it. I like that they notice something new every time.

What tips would you give to authors who are looking for a cover designer?

I’ve only had my publishers design my covers so it’s always been a smooth process.

Anything else you’d like to say about your book?

If you’re looking for a great suspenseful, international thriller check it out!!

About the Book:

Author: Lee Matthew Goldberg
Publisher: Fahrenheit Press
Pages: TBA
Genre: Crime/Suspense

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



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