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Archives - March 2012

Interview: Susan Mallery, author of Barefoot Season: A Blackberry Island Novel

Mar 29, 2012

In Susan Mallery’s new novel, BAREFOOT SEASON, a young army vet returns to her home on Blackberry Island to recover from the perils of war, but is unexpectedly forced to confront her former best friend, whom she betrayed years ago. In this interview, conducted by’s Bronwyn Miller, Mallery explains the process of creating Blackberry Island and why she decided to make the book the start of a series rather than a stand-alone title. She also talks about the importance of female friendships in her life, discusses her involvement with book clubs, and gives a glimpse into the next installment of the series.

Interview: Kevin O'Brien, author of Terrified

Mar 29, 2012

In Kevin O’Brien’s latest thriller, TERRIFIED, a woman believed to have been murdered by her husband is actually hiding under a false identity with her young son. Everyone thought that the body found near their former home was hers --- until now. In this interview, conducted by’s Joe Hartlaub, O’Brien discusses the source of his inspiration for creating dark, evil and twisted characters. He also shares his ideal casting for a hypothetical movie version of the novel, describes his typical process for writing books, and recommends some of his recent favorite reads.

Author Talk: Grace McCleen, author of The Land of Decoration

Mar 29, 2012

Grace McCleen’s debut novel, THE LAND OF DECORATION, is the story of 10-year-old Judith McPherson, who is ostracized for her religious beliefs in school, but finds solace in a miniature model of the Promised Land that she calls “The Land of Decoration.” In this interview, McCleen points to parallels between her main character and herself, including the creation of miniature worlds. She also discusses the unique course of her writing career and gives her opinion about modern-day religion.

Interview: Helene Tursten, author of Night Rounds: A Detective Inspector Irene Huss Investigation

Mar 22, 2012

In Helene Tursten’s newest Inspector Irene Huss novel, NIGHT ROUNDS, Irene investigates when a hospital is hit by a blackout, one nurse is found dead, and another vanishes. In this interview, conducted by’s Joe Hartlaub, Tursten discusses her inspiration to tell the story, partially drawn from her own experience as a nurse and dentist. She also shares some of her favorite Swedish crime writers, describes her writing routine, and gives a glimpse into what she’s working on now.

: Alice LaPlante, author of Turn of Mind

Mar 22, 2012

Check out the following reviews of TURN OF MIND, as well as some interviews with author Alice LaPlante, from around the web.

Author Talk: Lisa Norato, author of Prize of My Heart

Mar 16, 2012

Lisa Norato’s PRIZE OF MY HEART is set in a small Massachusetts town in the early 1800s. Ex-privateersman Captain Brogan Talvis has been in search of his lost son for years --- but when he finally finds him, the situation is far more complex than he expected. In this interview, Norato shares her inspiration for writing the book. She also describes her research process and discusses key moments and themes in the novel.

Interview: William Landay, author of Defending Jacob

Mar 9, 2012

William Landay’s new novel, DEFENDING JACOB, tells the story of a well-respected district attorney who finds out that his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of another student. In this interview, conducted by’s Joe Hartlaub, Landay talks about his inspiration for his latest thriller. He also reflects on his writing career thus far, shares some of his favorite books and authors, and gives a glimpse into what he’s working on now.

Interview: Lisa Lutz, author of Trail of the Spellmans: Document #5

Mar 2, 2012

In TRAIL OF THE SPELLMANS, the newest installment in Lisa Lutz’s Spellman series, the Spellman family is in chaos and Izzy is trying to avoid her questioning boyfriend while tackling the case of a mysterious mathematician. In this interview, conducted by’s Donna Volkenannt, Lutz talks about her inspiration for writing these novels. She also shares her thoughts on the redesign of the covers, describes her process of developing characters, and gives a glimpse into her next book. 

Interview: Derf Backderf, author of My Friend Dahmer

Mar 1, 2012

Long before he became a cartoonist and writer, Derf Backderf was unwittingly part of a horrifying story: He was a classmate of Jeffrey Dahmer. Once the serial killer’s awful crimes began to come to light, Backderf went back into his own memories, and those of his other friends, to see what happened. The result is the shocking and honest memoir My Friend Dahmer.