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Archives - July 2011

Author Talk: James Rollins, author of The Devil Colony: A Sigma Force Novel

Jul 22, 2011

The heroes and villains in James Rollins's thrillers frequently embark on adventures across the globe. His Sigma Force novels, especially, reveal global secrets about society, history, science and medicine, while offering readers the ride of their lives. The latest installment in the series, THE DEVIL COLONY, dares to answer a frightening question at the heart of America:Could the founding of the United States be based on a fundamental lie?

Interview: Ray Bradbury, author of Ray Bradbury's Something Wicked This Way Comes: The Authorized Adaptation

Jul 19, 2011

How do you approach a legendary work like Ray Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes and turn it into a graphic novel? Very carefully. That’s exactly what creator Ronald Wimberly (author of the critically acclaimed Sentences) did when he took, with Bradbury’s approval, the classic book and turned it into an exciting new graphic adaptation. We discussed the process with him.

Interview: Jennifer Weiner, author of Then Came You

Jul 15, 2011

July 15, 2011

Jennifer Weiner is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, as well as the writer and co-producer of "State of Georgia," currently airing on ABC Family. Her latest novel, THEN CAME YOU, is another timely tale that interweaves themes of class and entitlement, surrogacy and donorship, the rights of a parent and the measure of motherhood. In this interview, Weiner discusses her passion for writing books geared toward women, and expresses her opinions concerning the amount of press that female writers receive for both literary and commercial efforts in comparison to males. She also reveals the initial inspiration for the driving force behind THEN CAME YOU and shares insights about characters who continually surprise her.

Interview: Chevy Stevens, author of Still Missing

Jul 9, 2011’s Joe Hartlaub recently spoke with Chevy Stevens, author of the newly released debut thriller STILL MISSING. In this interview, Stevens discusses how her “day job” inspired this story centered on the captivity of a realtor abducted during an open house and explains the slow evolution of protagonist Annie O’Sullivan over the course of several early drafts.

Interview: Gregg Hurwitz, author of They're Watching

Jul 9, 2011

Gregg Hurwitz is the author of 10 thrillers, including LAST SHOT, THE CRIME WRITER, TRUST NO ONE, and the newly released THEY’RE WATCHING. In this interview with’s Joe Hartlaub, Hurwitz reveals the source of inspiration for all of his novels, and compares personality traits with his latest protagonist, Patrick Davis.

Interview: Alice LaPlante, author of Turn of Mind

Jul 8, 2011

While TURN OF MIND is Alice LaPlante’s first novel, she has 20 years of experience as a writer and writing teacher, having earned the titles of award-winning journalist, corporate editorial consultant, writing coach, and university-level instructor. But she admits that fiction is her "true love."’s Norah Piehl spoke with LaPlante about her compelling literary thriller and the personal reasons for creating her 64-year-old protagonist, Jennifer White, who has Alzheimer’s. She discusses the challenges of delving into the mind of such a character and the crucial storytelling decisions that make it possible to follow Jennifer's thoughts all the way through her dementia.

Interview: Margaret Leroy, author of The Soldier's Wife

Jul 1, 2011

Author Margaret Leroy's latest work, THE SOLDIER'S WIFE, is a story of love and fear that takes place on the island of Guernsey --- off the coast of Normandy --- as World War II draws near. When the Occupation turns brutal, Vivienne de la Mare, who is wrapped up in a love affair, must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger.

Interview: Emilie Richards, author of Sunset Bridge

Jul 1, 2011

Emilie Richards is the author of over 60 novels, which is quite a staggering feat. Her Happiness Key series began in 2009 and concludes with SUNSET BRIDGE. Now, more than ever, the five female friends of Happiness Key, Florida, will discover just how much they need one another.'s Sarah Rachel Egelman spoke with Richards about her characters, and the joy she felt when creating and developing them.

Author Talk: Richard Harvell, author of The Bells

Jul 1, 2011

THE BELLS is Richard Harvell's debut novel, the story of a boy named Moses who finds refuge in a monastery's choir and becomes its star singer, when he falls under the power of a man who will do anything to preserve his angelic voice forever. In this interview, Harvell talks about his fascination with and careful research of operas, castratos, monks, choirs and the 18th century --- all of which function heavily in THE BELLS.