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Archives - November 2011

Author Talk: Sue Grafton, author of V is for Vengeance

Nov 17, 2011

Sue Grafton’s latest Kinsey Millhone mystery, V IS FOR VENGEANCE, finds Kinsey on the case of a shoplifting ring that may be associated with a murder. In this interview, Grafton shares her personal thoughts on the ideas of vengeance, crime and addiction. She also gives insight into her writing and research processes, sheds light on Kinsey’s character, and discusses her plans for future novels.

Interview: Matt Mikalatos, author of Night of the Living Dead Christian: One Man's Ferociously Funny Quest to Discover What It Means to Be Truly Transformed

Nov 14, 2011

Matt Mikalatos, author of IMAGINARY JESUS, has recently come out with a new novel called NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD CHRISTIAN. With similar themes of playful Christian satire combined with serious ideas about faith and Jesus, the book follows Luther, a werewolf whose inner beast has driven him dangerously close to disaster. He teams up with Matt to find someone who can help, and along the way, the duo encounters zombies, vampires, and many variations of Jesus. In this interview, conducted by’s Marcia Ford, Mikalatos describes the creative process behind his outrageously unique and provocative ideas. He also sheds light on the allegorical components of the book, discusses his biggest writing influences, and offers a glimpse into his latest project --- a chapter book for young readers.

Author Talk: Mary Curran Hackett, author of Proof of Heaven

Nov 14, 2011

Mary Curran Hackett’s debut novel, PROOF OF HEAVEN, tells the story of a boy who is terminally ill and has one last wish --- to meet his father. In this interview, Hackett talks about an incident with her own young son that inspired the book. She also describes her writing process and shares her unique ideas about faith and peace.

Author Talk: Shelley Shepard Gray, author of Christmas in Sugarcreek: A Christmas Seasons of Sugarcreek Novel

Nov 14, 2011

Beloved author of the Sisters of the Heart and Families of Honor series, Shelley Shepard Gray has a new Seasons of Sugarcreek novel, CHRISTMAS IN SUGARCREEK, which was inspired by a Christmas sermon. Judith Graber’s dull, overworked life is completely changed when her father hires “bad boy” Ben Knox. In this interview, Gray describes her writing process, including the visits she takes to the places she writes about. She also shares her own Christmas traditions and gives us a glimpse into her next book, coming out in March.

Interview: Michael Walsh, author of Shock Warning

Nov 3, 2011

In Michael Walsh’s SHOCK WARNING, the follow-up to EARLY WARNING and the third installment in what he calls the “Skorzeny Trilogy,” a major biological attack and the appearances of the Virgin Mary and Mohammad in the sky set off a chaotic chain of events. In this interview, conducted by’s Joe Hartlaub, Walsh describes the process of shaping the series and his research for this latest book, which included a visit to the site of an ongoing apparition. He also shares his experiences writing in Hollywood and offers some glimpses into his upcoming books.