Interview with Dr. Mark Rubinstein, author of Love Gone Mad

Publisher: Thunder Lake Press

Publication Date: September 1, 2013

Order Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: When heart surgeon Adrian Douglas and Megan Haggarty, RN, meet at the hospital where they work, neither has any idea of the scorpion's nest into which they've stumbled. Strange and frightening events begin happening to each of them; someone is after them both--and the stalker is not only brilliant and crafty, but vows to exact revenge for the ultimate betrayal. As things spin out of control, Megan and Adrian fight for their lives.

Author Bio: Dr. Mark Rubinstein spent three decades as a forensic psychiatrist, expert witness and clinical psychiatrist. He earned a degree in business administration at New York University and served in the army as a field medic tending to paratroopers of the Eighty-Second Airborne Division. He has testified in numerous trials and has held the position of attending psychiatrist at New York Presbyterian Hospital and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at Cornell. His first thriller, MAD DOG HOUSE, was released in 2012. He has also co-written five books on psychological and medical topics. He is a contributing blogger to Huffington Post and Psychology Today. To learn more, please visit his website.

Interview: Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.

My inspiration for LOVE GONE MAD occurred one day when a 6 year old girl said to me in the presence of her mother, “You remind me of my Dad.” I replied, “Well, you’re a great kid and I almost wish you were my kid.” “You would have to marry my Mom,” she said. While her mother blushed and we all laughed, I began thinking the What If question. I wondered, What if a married man and the father of a little girl began to believe his daughter was really not his own, that she was fathered by another man. And What If he began thinking this was completely the case, and began suspecting his wife of having had an affair. And What If… led to a series of other questions, and twists and turns…and it all became Love Gone Mad, a love story and an intensely suspenseful thriller.

Q. How did writing this book affect you?

Writing this book affected me deeply by confirming in my own mind the belief that if you give yourself and your imagination free rein, you will always have new ideas. I think every writer is afraid he or she will run out of ideas, and the way this novel began forming in my mind and changed as I went along writing it, confirmed for me that the creative process is always at the ready and it’s mysterious.

Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?

The hardest part of writing for me is getting over the initial blockade of thinking an idea won’t go anywhere once I start conceptualizing it. But then, by bouncing it back and forth (even after I’ve begun outlining or writing) the idea grows and matures into something. but until that really happens with a novel, it’s hard to keep going with it.

Q. What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I don’t know if I have any interesting writing quirks. I write every single day…even if it’s only for 15 minutes (because other obligations may arise) and I find the most productive time for me is early in the morning, usually beginning at about 5:00 AM.

Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?

I plan many subsequent books. In fact, I’m just finishing up Mad Dog Justice, the sequel to Mad Dog House. After that comes Assassin’s Lullaby, another romantic thriller with what I know will be a mind-boggling twist of an ending.

Q. What are you currently reading?

I’m now re-reading Barry Eisler’s first John Rain Novel called ‘A Clean Kill in Tokyo’.

Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).

Lately, I’ve been very busy with radio shows, TV appearances, and with my Huffington Post blogging activities. It’s a real joyride.

Q. Please tell us a fun-fact about yourself!

A fun fact: I love sitting on my living room couch, reading a good contemporary novel (crime or otherwise) and having my dog Jenny Belle on the couch with me, while her huge brother, Hank Williams, is on the other side. They would never let me turn pages, so I have a Kindle and use my thumb to get to the next page.

Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I say to my readers that the greatest feeling I can think of—one I think every writer truly craves—is to provide readers with a solid novel that absorbs, entertains, and may provide some deeper insight into the workings of the human mind.


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