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Archives - June 2010

Interview: Dana Haynes, author of Crashers

Jun 25, 2010’s Joe Hartlaub recently spoke with author Dana Haynes, whose debut thriller, CRASHERS, features a team of experts from the National Transportation Safety Board who investigates aerial disasters. In this interview, they discuss Haynes’s original source of inspiration for the novel and what prompted him to try his hand at a new genre after penning several mysteries.

Interview: Linda Castillo, author of Pray for Silence

Jun 25, 2010

Linda Castillo’s latest novel, PRAY FOR SILENCE, is the second installment in a series featuring Kate Burkholder --- a former member of an Amish community who returns to her hometown as head of their local police force. In this interview with’s Joe Hartlaub, Castillo explains how she first became interested in the Amish lifestyle and what she finds most appealing about her protagonist’s flawed personality.

Author Talk: Cecily von Ziegesar, author of Cum Laude

Jun 18, 2010

Though she has made a name for herself penning the hugely popular and bestselling Gossip Girl series for teens, Cecily von Ziegesar’s new novel, CUM LAUDE, is aimed at an older audience and centers on a group of college freshmen testing the boundaries of their first taste of freedom. In this interview, von Ziegesar explains why she chose to shift away from YA literature in this latest project and recalls some of the real-life experiences that served as inspiration.

Interview: Charles Martin, author of The Mountain Between Us

Jun 4, 2010

Charles Martin --- author of such novels as WHEN CRICKETS CRY, WRAPPED IN RAIN and THE DEAD DON’T DANCE --- recently spoke with’s Terry Miller Shannon about his latest work of fiction, THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US. In this interview, Martin discusses the inspiration behind this “story of love and survival” and explains how the plot grew from a visual of one of the book’s minor characters.

Author Talk: Jeffery Deaver, author of The Burning Wire: A Lincoln Rhyme Novel

Jun 4, 2010

Jeffery Deaver’s latest thriller, THE BURNING WIRE, finds quadriplegic forensics expert Lincoln Rhyme on the heels of a killer who commits his murders using the city’s electrical grid. In this interview, Deaver explains his criteria for “assigning” the cases in his novels to new or existing protagonists, and discusses the influence of the New York setting over his main character’s story arc.

Interview: Richard Russo, author of That Old Cape Magic

Jun 1, 2010

Question: Apparently there is a wedding phenomenon you have termed "Table 17". What exactly is that and how does it relate to this novel?