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The Spider Thief by Laurence MacNaughton Interview & Giveaway











SERIES NOTE: The Spider Thief is told in four thrilling novellas. You can read each one alone, or enjoy the complete story in The Spider Thief: Omnibus, which collects all four episodes into one gripping novel!

Description:When an outlaw unearths an ancient gold spider statue and falls prey to its memory-stealing curse,his only shot at survival lies with the woman he left behind years ago — a highly-trained agent harboring a deadly secret. A gripping serial thriller from “a new talent well worth exploring deep into the night.” (NYT bestselling author James Rollins). Get the first novella FREE at

“The gold spider.” Andres held the long pistol steady. “Her power will belong to me.” The crisp mountain air washed over Ash like a torrent of cold water. It whispered across waves of tan grass, carrying the scent of old pines, making him feel alive again. The porch boards creaked as the gunmen crowded in on either side of Ash. Behind, Andres’sleather shoes stepped onto the wooden threshold. Then everything went quiet.“Show me,” Andres said, his voice husky. “Where is she?”Ash’s mouth went dry. He had no idea.But this was it. No room left to stall. Now he had to improvise.He tapped his boot-heel on the hollow floorboard and looked down, drawing their attention to his feet. Then he tensed and launched himself at the corner of the porch. He hit the rotted corner post with his full weight.The post broke against his shoulder, black decayed wood exploding from its center. Ash let his momentum carry him off the porch. The roof collapsed behind him, deafening.Down into the knee-high mountain grass. He stumbled and fought for his balance. The driveway’s loose sand slipped beneath his smooth soles as he sprinted for the shed. He risked a glance back over his shoulder. The porch roof was an avalanche of shingles and rotted wood. It folded in on itself, tearing off siding from the second story. A wall of dust rushed outward, blotting out the front of the house.Ash pumped his arms as he ran, breath burning in his chest, and skidded into the shed. The sudden transition from sunlight to darkness left him blind for a moment. Moolah barked and plowedinto him, the dog all happy paws and wet nose.“Come on, buddy, let’s go.” Ash blinked, trying to get his eyes to adjust, looking for a weapon to grab. Stripes of sunlight fell where the afternoon sun shone through the wall. Nearby, a cobwebbed pitchfork hung from rusted nails. He reached for it.Bullets cracked through the walls of the shed, punching a line of holes through the wood. He ducked under a rain of splinters. Fingers of sunlight reached through the bullet holes . . .

Part 1: Stolen Memory
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Parts 1-4: Omnibus
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Praise for Laurence MacNaughton:

“A new talent well worth exploring deep into the night.”
—James Rollins, New York Times bestselling author
“Killer dialog, plenty of action, and an uber-cool cast of characters.”
—J.A. Konrath, bestselling author
“Grabs you by the throat—and the heart—and doesn’t let go. Laurence MacNaughton’s characters
are beautifully drawn, tough enough to hook you, and real enough to make you care. His language
is fresh, his pacing fast and precise.”
—Jenny Siler, author of Flashback and Easy Money
“Keeps the reader guessing all the way through, literally from first to last word.”
—Anne Wingate, author of Scene of the Crime
“Consistently delivers what paranormal fans hunger for, from beginning to end.”
—Robert Buettner, bestselling author

LaurenceMAbout the Author:
In kindergarten, Laurence MacNaughton decided that he wanted to be a scientist when he grew up. “What kind of scientist?” the teacher asked. “A mad scientist,” he declared,”the kind that makes monsters!” Unfortunately, mad science presented limited career opportunities, so instead he turned to writing. His books include Conspiracy of Angels, The Spider Thief, and the Jazzy St. Clare urban fantasy mysteries. To learn more, please visit

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Laurence, Keep Calm and Answer These Questions 

Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Like a lot of authors, I have notebooks and file folders stuffed with bizarre but cool real-life facts just itching to get used in a story. For example: While I was writing The Spider Thief, a local man disappeared for two weeks before he turned up with nothing but amnesia and a loaded gun — just like the main character in my book. Weird. Even weirder: we had a tarantula migration here in Colorado. I wish I was making that up. I’m not. The lost city discovered in the Amazon rain forest? That’s a real thing. Also, there are plenty of adrenaline-fueled car chases in this book between a red ’65 Galaxie and a wickedly fast Trans Am. As it happens, my wife has a red ’65 Galaxie and a Trans Am. Coincidence? Perhaps not.

How did you come up with the title?

The book started out just as Cold Million, and had more to do with a million dollars in counterfeit cash (inspired by a true story, by the way). That ended up being just one part of a much bigger and more exciting story. Other episodes expanded the story: Stolen Memory is all about the main character, Ash, who is a con artist whose memory is stolen by an ancient curse. Haunted Dreams is about Ash trying to help his high school sweetheart, Cleo, find the man who murdered her father. Cold Million is the third part of the story, with the counterfeit cash. Ash is a fugitive from the FBI, wanted for a murder he didn’t commit. Ghost City is the final episode, and it wraps everything up with a twist so shocking it even startled my literary agent. And that’s saying something. Throughout the writing process, my tireless agent, Kristin Nelson, kept giving me a steady stream of good advice about how to tie the story together. She kept telling me that everything had to do with the spider, which was entirely true. In the middle of the night, I came up with the title The Spider Thief, and it stuck.

Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write?

Before I became a full-time writer, I preferred silence, definitely. But now, I write all day long, and it’s just too quiet. So I play music. Techno and dubstep when I’m writing action scenes, 80s pop or hair metal when I’m working on something cheesy but heartfelt, classical when I’m working on something difficult or technically complex. When all else fails, I’ll revert to a white noise machine. You have to do whatever works.

By the way, I’ve had a lot of fun adding music (and sound effects) to my stories on Here’s a link:

What do you typically drink while writing?

What keeps me going at this pace is jet fuel. I drink it by the gallon. Just kidding. It’s plain ol’ water. Maybe I should switch to something stronger . . .

Is being a writer a curse or a gift? It depends on how you look at it. Being a writer generally means that you’re an introverted, observant person with a need to express yourself in words. You probably also have a wicked sense of humor. Or at least, you like to tell people you do. For better or worse, you need to embrace who you are and write something. Just use your gifts for the forces of good, not evil. Create something awesome, share it with the world, and support others who are doing the same.

Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Tons. The most crucial advice I can give is to write constantly. Every day. How you do that is by making it a part of your daily routine. You need a couple of hours every day blocked out just for writing. Set yourself a word quota. Not a time quota, or you’ll just sit there and fill up the time, without getting any real writing done. Tell yourself, “I’m going to write 500 words of new fiction, starting right now.” And when you’ve done that every day for a few weeks, bump it up to 800 or 1,000 words per day. Push your limits. If you do that, you’ll finish a new book in a few months. If you don’t, you won’t write anything. And if you want to be a writer, you have to write.

Other advice: Read everything you can about how to write. Go find books by Jack M. Bickham, Michael Hague, and Blake Snyder. Study them with an open mind. If you’re not where you want to be, there’s something you need to learn. Go find out what it is. Speaking of which, find a way to get feedback on your work. Not from your friends or family, but from other writers. Find a local or online writers group or critique group. Get and give feedback.

Study the book industry. It’s changing faster right now than it ever has before.  For the first time in history, major authors are walking away from publisher deals, because technology has turned the market upside down. If you want to succeed, you need to constantly stay on top of how the book industry works.

And the biggest advice I can give: be brave. Writing can be hard, thankless work, and there are very few shortcuts. But it is so worth it. Because in the end, you have the opportunity to create stories that move people. And that’s what it’s all about.

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  1. Interesting books, will follow on FB, GR and sign up for giveaway. Nice to meet you, Laurence.

    Another wonderful interview, Kristy, thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks for sharing the interview.

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