Author: MelindaTaliancich Falgoust
Publication Date: July 5, 2013
Recommended Age: 10+
Summary (Amazon): X marks the spot. At least in fiction. That’s what ten-year old Colin “Smout” McManus always thought, but when a mysterious package arrives at Edinburgh Academy from his archaeologist uncle, Smout finds himself embarking on a dangerous adventure throughout the streets of historical Edinburgh to find a lost pirate treasure. Smout and his ragtag group of friends must solve a series of strange clues and riddles to puzzle out the mysterious trail. But they’re not the only ones in search of the gold. Someone as ruthless as the pirates of old is hot on their heels. Will they find the treasure before he finds them?
Excerpt From My Review
The Gubbins Club: The Legend of Charlie’s Gold is a fantastic middle grade romp filled with intrigue and adventure, featuring a great collection of characters and an engaging plot that will have you scratching your head as you solve the riddles and will keep you guessing who the good guys are. I thoroughly enjoyed and became fully engaged with this exciting story. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it. I think anyone who loves a good mystery, loves solving riddles, and loves the concept of a modern-day treasure-hunt will enjoy this wonderful book.
Interview With Author Melinda Taliancich Falgoust
With five kids, four jobs, three dogs, a two-car driveway and one VERY patient husband, Melinda Taliancich Falgoust is an author whose works have appeared in Reader’s Digest, Writers’ Journal, in the Harlequin Mini-Round Robin ebooks THE RANCHER AND THE ROSE and THIN ICE. Other works have also won awards in competitions around the world, including the following:
NY Book Festival Annual Competition
The Oshima International Hand-Made Picture Book Competition
Writers Unlimited Annual Literary Competition
Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine Mysterious Photograph Contest
Doubleday Book Club’s “Quoth the Raven” Contest
1. Where did you get the idea for The Gubbins Club: The Legend of Charlie’s Gold?
The idea first came to me after I’d read an article in the paper in 2007. An old letter had shown up in an antique shop. It supposedly identified the location of the lost gold of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Buried treasure always makes me think of Treasure Island and the idea just sort of took off from there.
2. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer?
Since I was nine. Mrs. Gussman, my fourth grade English teacher, made me write a story from the point of view of a pencil. It just sort of morphed from there. I’ve been a lot of things in between, but I have scribbled character notes on coffee-stained napkins, snatches of dialogue scrawled on old bill envelopes and plot lines scratched out on paycheck stubs that all indicate I must be a writer.
3. When did you get published for the first time?
Ok. Now, you’re making me think – and before my second cup of coffee! Let’s see – the first time I saw my name in print was in Reader’s Digest. I sent in a piece for their “Humor in Uniform” column. That was around 1993, I believe.
4. If your first writing was published in Reader’s Digest, how did you become interested in children’s books?
Oh, that’s an easy one. I have a distinct Peter Pan complex. No, I do not go around wearing green tights and do not belong to a motorcycle gang called The Lost Boys. I just tend to find the fun in everything. That makes it easy to remain a kid at heart and I’ve always loved children’s books. More adults should read them.
5. Do you have any plans for adult fiction?
In my head, at any one time, there are at least five stories going. My characters tend to be very vocal when they are ready to get their stories out on the page. Right now, I have two competing characters clamoring loudly for attention, so I expect their tales will be joining us soon – Hunter Despré in The Devil She Knows and Jake Riesen in A Fetish for Murder. Both are mystery/suspense novels.
6. The Gubbins Club has a definite mystery element as well. Are mysteries your favorite?
Mysteries, puzzles, conspiracy theories…they all intrigue me. My DVR is chock full of stuff like that. I suppose I’ll get around to watching them eventually – if I can ever get my writer’s brain to stop asking the eternal question…what if?