It’s Meet the Author Monday! Each week we meet a new author and get to know a little about them, their writing process, publishing experience, and tips for other writers. Today we’re talking to Paul Montag, author of Making a Living.
About Paul Montag:
Paul Montag was born and raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has had a diverse career, from making a living as an advertising salesman to courier, the experiences of which compelled him to write this novel. In his spare time, he loves to read, watch movies, go for long walks, and listen to music, especially classic country music. This is his first book.
Rick Armon, a former salesman, answers a call from a potential employer only to brush him off in a panic over a lost piece of Billie Jo Spears memorabilia on his resume-scattered desk. The search for this pin spurs his reflection of how quickly his life has changed.
His sales career more than paid the bills, but it eroded who he was. Longer hours, catered lunches, weekend sales events meant little time for the duties of Rick’s life, much less his leisure. He fights back by sneaking his reading into his workday. That is until his biggest account is on the line.
Next thing he knows, he’s on a plane to St. Louis to save his job. The trip is a string of misfortunes that almost mystically lead him to a world he did not realize existed—the world of country music. He meets a cast of colorful characters that show him a new side of life and music that speaks to him, revives him.
Making a Living takes the reader on an adventure from a Minneapolis corporate cubicle to the pull-tab-covered dance floor of a concert venue in St. Louis, as Rick tries to figure out a work-life balance in a topsy-turvy world, where finding just the right spot in between can be most precarious.