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Archives - July 2014

Interview: Lorenzo Carcaterra, author of The Wolf

Jul 31, 2014

Lorenzo Carcaterra is a former journalist and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of such books as PARADISE CITY, CHASERS and MIDNIGHT ANGELS. In his latest novel, THE WOLF, organized crime goes to war with international terrorism in the name of one man’s quest for revenge. In this interview with’s Joe Hartlaub, the king of gritty crime fiction talks about writing a sympathetic mob boss, the extensive research that goes into each of his books --- including travel and plenty of neighborhood connections --- and why he so often sets his stories (at least in part) in Italy. He also shares how much of his characters are based on real people, why he’s so interested in the relativity of moral standards, and why organized crime is here to stay.

Interview: Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl

Jul 30, 2014

Mary Kubica’s first novel, THE GOOD GIRL, is a taut, character-driven psychological thriller --- so it’s no surprise it’s being compared to Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL. The book revolves around the abduction of Mia Dennett, and is told from three very interesting points of view: Mia's mother, the detective assigned to her case, and her abductor. In this interview with’s Norah Piehl, Kubica talks about why she chose to tell the story from multiple perspectives, the thrills and challenges that choice brought to her writing, and how she went about craftily embedding a surprise ending readers won’t see coming. She also opens up about how supportive the writing community has been of her debut effort, and why you should never give up on your dreams.

Interview: Wayne Harrison, author of The Spark and the Drive

Jul 24, 2014

Wayne Harrison is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop whose stories have appeared in The AtlanticMcSweeney’s, Ploughshares and Narrative Magazine. His debut novel, THE SPARK AND THE DRIVE, is about lonely 17-year-old Justin Bailey, who is captivated by legendary muscle car mechanic Nick Campbell and his wife, Mary Ann. But when Nick and Mary Ann’s lives are struck by tragedy, Justin’s world is upended. In this fascinating interview conducted by’s Bronwyn Miller, Harrison talks about how nostalgia for his years working as a mechanic --- “some of the most sincere of my life” --- inspired him to write this story and the surprisingly inelegant art of choosing the perfect book title. He also discusses his experience as a literary late bloomer, how teaching writing informs his own work, and the age-old question of whether or not fiction can be taught.

Interview: Rosie Thomas, author of The Illusionists

Jul 3, 2014

Rosie Thomas is the author of numerous critically acclaimed, bestselling novels, including THE KASHMIR SHAWL, IRIS & RUBY and SUNRISE. She is known for her globe-trotting fiction, but in her latest book, THE ILLUSIONISTS, she stays in her home country of England and travels laterally: back in time to the 19th century. In this interview with’s Norah Piehl, Thomas talks about the aha! moment when she knew she would have to write a book about magicians (not coincidentally, it was around the same time she knew she’d have to leave the library so she wouldn’t disturb anyone with her uncontainable excitement), as well as why she decided to set her book in Victorian London, the “golden age for stage magic.” She also opens up about her favorite character in a book full of memorable ones and the fascinating territory she’ll be exploring next.