Monday, August 14, 2017

{Character Interview} Kyle Broder of The Mentor

We’re thrilled to be talking to Kyle Broder from Lee Matthew Goldberg’s, The Mentor. It is a pleasure to have him with us today at Pimp That Character!

Thank you for your interview, Kyle.  How old are you and what do you do for a living?

I just turned 30 and I’m a book editor and the prestigious Burke & Burke Publishing house.

Can you tell us about one of your most distinguishable features?

I have golden hair that others have described as Roman. But it makes me sound like a jackass to say that.

What would I love the most about you?

I have a pretty solid self-deprecating sense of humor that gets me into just as much trouble as it gets me out of too.

What would I hate the most about you?

I just signed the author Sierra Raven for a half a million-dollar book deal (my first) so some in the business are jealous of landing such a big deal early on in my career.

Where do you go when you are angry?

To the bottom of a bourbon bottle.

What makes you laugh out loud?

My girlfriend Jamie. We have the same sense of humor. No holds barred.

What is in your refrigerator right now?

Fried cheese curds that Jamie made for me. We’re both from Wisconsin.

What is your most treasured possession?

Probably my J.M. Hulme leather briefcase that was my first purchase after signing the big deal.

What is your greatest fear?

That I’ll be a one-hit wonder and won’t edit any other great books.

What is your idea of a perfect day?

Spooning with Jamie in the morning, killing it at a work-out, reading an amazing manuscript for a new author I want to sign, and then a great dinner at ABC Kitchen, followed by some Four Roses bourbon.

If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

Considering what the thriller The Mentor is about, don’t put that thought out there!

About the Author

Lee Matthew Goldberg’s novel THE MENTOR is forthcoming from Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press in June 2017 and has been acquired by Macmillan Entertainment. The French edition will be published by Editions Hugo. His debut novel SLOW DOWN is out now. His pilot JOIN US was a finalist in Script Pipeline’s TV Writing Competition. After graduating with an MFA from the New School, his fiction has also appeared in The Montreal Review, The Adirondack Review, Essays & Fictions, The New Plains Review, Verdad Magazine, BlazeVOX, and others. He is the co-curator of The Guerrilla Lit Reading Series. He lives in New York City.



About the Book:

Kyle Broder has achieved his lifelong dream and is an editor at a major publishing house.

When Kyle is contacted by his favorite college professor, William Lansing, Kyle couldn’t be happier. Kyle has his mentor over for dinner to catch up and introduce him to his girlfriend, Jamie, and the three have a great time. When William mentions that he’s been writing a novel, Kyle is overjoyed. He would love to read the opus his mentor has toiled over.

Until the novel turns out to be not only horribly written, but the most depraved story Kyle has read.
After Kyle politely rejects the novel, William becomes obsessed, causing trouble between Kyle and Jamie, threatening Kyle’s career, and even his life. As Kyle delves into more of this psychopath’s work, it begins to resemble a cold case from his college town, when a girl went missing. William’s work is looking increasingly like a true crime confession.

Lee Matthew Goldberg's The Mentor is a twisty, nail-biting thriller that explores how the love of words can lead to a deadly obsession with the fate of all those connected and hanging in the balance.

From Booklist - A junior editor at a Manhattan publisher reunites with his college mentor with disastrous results in Goldberg's second thriller (after Slow Down, 2015). Kyle Broder has just acquired a probable best-seller for Burke & Burke publishing when he hears from his former literature professor, William Lansing, who pitches the still-unfinished opus he’s been working on for 10 years. Lansing’s book is not only badly written, it’s also disturbing, featuring a narrator literally eating the heart of the woman he loves. Lansing turns vengeful when his "masterpiece" is rejected, but Broder’s concerns about his mentor are dismissed both at home and at work: Broder’s girlfriend considers Lansing charming, and a rival editor feigns interest in Lansing’s book. Broder revisits his college and delves more deeply into the cold case of a missing ex-girlfriend, and as the plot darkens and spirals downward, it’s unclear who will be left standing. The compelling plot is likely to carry readers with a high enough tolerance for gore to the final twist at the end.