I’m thrilled to have Andy Siegel on the blog today! Andy is the author of the brand new legal thriller, Suzy’s Case (my review), and was kind enough to answer a few of my questions, so please welcome him to the blog!
Andy, you’re a successful medical malpractice lawyer! What made you decide to take the plunge and write a novel?
Someone said I should write a book — so I did. It just happened. Tug Wyler simply popped into my head. Or maybe he quietly had been there all along.
Suzy’s Case is about a little girl horribly affected by a medical mistake, something that could have been easily avoided. You managed to balance something very dark with Tug’s ability to not take himself too seriously. Other than the obvious similarities (career, kids), are you and Tug alike in personality?
In certain ways, the answer is yes. Tug Wyler and I are alike. But I live in the real world, so I’m unable to follow Tug’s antic ways as he goes about satisfying his sense of justice. What keeps him tunneling deeper and deeper into the circumstances is his compulsion, like mine, to make the system work for the injured victim.
Was it tough balancing the demands of your practice (and family, etc) while writing Suzy’s Case, and how did you do it?
I am a lawyer. The name of my law firm in New York City is Siegel & Coonerty. I represent people who have sustained serious personal injuries. Many are victims of traumatic brain injury (TBI). So, the demands of my practice and the interests of my client’s, come first. Regarding my home life, I don’t require much sleep, so the balance was quite easy.
What are some of your favorite authors or novels? Is there anyone in particular that’s influenced you the most?
I can’t honestly say that any particular author influenced me. I’m just kind of raw — a barbarian with a pen.
I like books from the 1970s such at Fletch by Gregory McDonald or The Hot Rock by Donald Westlake. They’re incredibly clever. I find it entertaining to see how the stories unfold in the absence of technology. The characters have to do things the old-fashioned way, using their intuition, logic and intelligence.
If you could read one book again for the first time, which one would it be?
What’s one of your favorite lines from a book or movie?
“Zed’s dead, baby. Zed’s dead.”
When you manage to find some free time, how do you like to spend it?
With my dog, Otis.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about upcoming projects or events (or anything at all!)?
If people read and embrace Suzy’s Case the way you did, I imagine Tug Wyler will have other cases to solve. Spread the word, Kristin. Spread the word.
Keep up with Andy: Website
Click here for some of Andy’s links as well as some causes that are close to his heart.