About “Story of The Ghost”:
Nicknamed “The Ghost” by an overly ambitious newspaper reporter, a sixteen year old boy learns what it means to sacrifice when he plays the game of eight-man football alone, solo. (read more)
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write “Story of The Ghost”?
Charles L. Mahoney: I was a football player at the University of Arizona, and one day I had a person come up to me and call me “The Ghost”. I had never heard that name before nor did I know what the person was talking about. Years later, I wondered what it would be like if the hero of my story was called that name by a reporter, achieving a lot of local fame in the process. (read more)
JP: What sets “Story of The Ghost” apart from other books in the same genre?
CM: Story of The Ghost has multiple subplots that come together in the end, so patience is a virtue when you take it on. But all things being equal, there is a reward waiting. In the Epilogue – which happens to be hidden in the digital version TOC (readers must flip to it from the last chapter page) – there is a direct reference to a real life hero who died. That said, it’s highly symbolic in nature and rather profound, so it’s up to the reader to figure out why Gavin chooses the number he does for his playing jersey (in the book he only has a white shirt and duct tape to make his number). (read more)
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to “Story of The Ghost” getting out to the public?
CM: I rely on hard work and the process of re-writing. Once I can get to the end of a novel like Story of The Ghost, I start over. And it is with that effort and new knowledge about the characters and storyline that I can write better passages. The more passes at prose, the better! (read more)
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish “Story of The Ghost”?
CM: It took me 2.5 years to write my first novel, Story of The Ghost; and during that time, I learned a lot of things to apply to future works. For instance, I now use a mind mapping software to link my characters together and underline their motivations – what they want. Even if it’s a glass of water, I need to understand what a character is after. (read more)
JP: What’s next for Charles L Mahoney?
CM: The Gray Hound is a thriller that will be out on 12/15/14. Pre-orders are at 99 cents and will be active around early November from my website. With this novel, there is that originality I feel must be put into my work. In true thriller fashion, however, it is a page-to-page mover and shaker. If not page-to-page, every other one. You have the FBI, the Mob, an investigative reporter and a love story that I wasn’t so sure at first I could pull off. I think readers might really take to The Gray Hound, and maybe then they’ll discover Story of The Ghost. (read more)
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