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Interview: Elizabeth Bass, author of Miss You Most of All

May 28, 2010

Familial relationships take center stage in Elizabeth Bass’s debut work of fiction, MISS YOU MOST OF ALL, which explores the dynamic between two sisters who --- upon transforming their family farm into an agriculturally-minded bed and breakfast --- are forced to take in their estranged younger stepsister. In this interview with’s Terry Miller Shannon, Bass explains how writing this novel acted as a form of homecoming and reveals which of the main characters she feels she can identify with the most.

Interview: Katie MacAlister, author of Love in the Time of Dragons: A Novel of the Light Dragons

May 28, 2010

Katie MacAlister is the author of numerous historical, contemporary and paranormal romance novels, including the Dark Ones and Aisling Gray, Guardian series, not to mention the newly released LOVE IN THE TIME OF DRAGONS, which revisits the people and places from her previous titles. In this interview with’s Kathy Weissman, MacAlister explains what prompted her to begin this new chapter in the lives of already familiar characters and gives insight into how she creates the humorous tone in her work.

Interview: Robert Dugoni, author of Bodily Harm

May 28, 2010

Robert Dugoni’s fourth novel, the legal thriller BODILY HARM, features recurring protagonist David Sloane as he takes on a toy manufacturer guilty of prioritizing profit over social responsibility. In this interview with’s Joe Hartlaub, Dugoni explains how the final draft of the novel differed from its initial inception and describes how a recent personal tragedy impacted his writing.

Interview: Kevin O'Brien, author of Vicious

May 28, 2010

Kevin O’Brien is the bestselling author of 10 thrillers, including ONE LAST SCREAM, FINAL BREATH, and the newly released VICIOUS. He recently spoke with’s Joe Hartlaub about the unusual inspiration for this latest novel and his painstaking yet tried-and-true method of outlining each of his books.

Interview: John Manning, author of The Killing Room

May 28, 2010

John Manning follows up last year’s acclaimed thriller, ALL THE PRETTY DEAD GIRLS, with THE KILLING ROOM --- a ghost story centering on a vengeful spirit that is slowly killing off members of an elite family. In this interview with’s Joe Hartlaub, Manning discusses the literary and pop influences that inspired the story’s plot, and explains the thought process behind creating his archetypal main characters.

Interview: Mitchell James Kaplan, author of By Fire, by Water

May 21, 2010

Mitchell James Kaplan’s debut novel, BY FIRE, BY WATER, is a work of historical fiction that chronicles some of the world-changing events that took place in 15th-century Spain, as seen from the perspective of Luis de Santángel --- the behind-the-scenes figure responsible for Christopher Columbus’s discovery of the New World.

Interview: Sigmund Brouwer, author of Flight of Shadows

May 21, 2010

Bestselling author Sigmund Brouwer recently spoke with’s Marcia Ford about his latest work of fiction, FLIGHT OF SHADOWS, the follow-up to last year’s dystopian thriller, BROKEN ANGEL. In this interview, Brouwer elaborates on the book’s predominant theme of freedom, and talks about the scientific and ethical dilemmas he addresses in the narrative. He also discusses his work in promoting childhood literacy, describes his ideal working environment, and shares details about his next novel, REALM.

Interview: Lynn Kurland, author of One Enchanted Evening

May 21, 2010

Lynn Kurland’s most recent historical romance, ONE ENCHANTED EVENING, is the latest installment in her bestselling di Piaget series, and follows two star-crossed lovers born centuries apart who must endure numerous obstacles --- including a little time travel --- to reach their “happily ever after.” In this interview with’s Hillary Wagy, Kurland explains how she pieced together the book’s multi-layered plot, and describes what she personally looks for in romantic heroes and heroines.

Interview: Julie Anne Peters, author of By the Time You Read This, I'll Be Dead

May 17, 2010

Julie Anne Peters is the author of over a dozen books that often deal with “controversial” issues faced by children and teens regarding sexual identity, abuse, destructive relationships and problematic family dynamics. Her latest teen novel, BY THE TIME YOU READ THIS, I’LL BE DEAD, follows a suicidal high school student who has been the victim of peer bullying for years.

Author Talk: Jane Smiley, author of Private Life

May 14, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jane Smiley’s numerous books include GOOD FAITH, A THOUSAND ACRES, and the newly released PRIVATE LIFE --- a work of historical fiction based loosely on distant relatives that provides an intimate portrait of the difficult relationship one woman shares with her renowned scientist husband at the turn of the century.