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Author News & Interviews

Interview: Michelle Richmond, author of The Marriage Pact

Jul 28, 2017

New York Times bestselling author Michelle Richmond’s latest novel, THE MARRIAGE PACT, is an intense and shocking tale that asks: How far would you go to protect your marriage? In this interview, conducted by Bookreporter.com’s Joe Hartlaub, Richmond explains why she wrote the book, which was partly inspired by her longstanding fascination with cult-like organizations that lure people in with the promise of helping them to live fuller, happier lives and be better versions of themselves, and how she came up with the four rules that form the bedrock of The Pact. She also talks about the important role that Leonard Cohen and his music played in the novel, how her books (including this one) cross genres, her decision to explore the world of writing at such a young age, and the single best action she took on her road to success.

Author Talk: Ruth Ware, author of The Lying Game

Jul 28, 2017

Ruth Ware follows up her New York Times bestsellers IN A DARK, DARK WOOD and THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 with her third psychological thriller, THE LYING GAME. Three women receive a text from the fourth member of their former clique that reads, simply, “I need you” --- and they fear their lives will never be the same. In this interview, Ware explains what compelled her to write this chilling, twisty novel; her inspiration for Salten, the boarding school that the four main characters attended and where the infamous Lying Game originated; and the difficulties of switching between time periods during the writing process. She also reveals her favorite scenes from THE LYING GAME, offers advice for aspiring writers, and talks about the most rewarding part of publishing a book.

Author Talk: Michael Connelly, author of The Late Show

Jul 21, 2017

In a departure from his Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller thrillers, Michael Connelly introduces readers to a brand new protagonist for his 30th novel, THE LATE SHOW. Renée Ballard is a fierce young detective who is fighting to prove herself on the LAPD’s toughest beat. In this interview, Connelly explains why he is starting a new series and what made him decide to create a female lead character again --- his first since Cassie Black in 2000’s VOID MOON. He also discusses why it was so much fun to write about the LAPD Hollywood Station late shift and the possibility of seeing a crossover of characters from his Bosch series.

Interview: Mary McNear, author of The Light in Summer: A Butternut Lake Novel

Jun 23, 2017

Mary McNear is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Butternut Lake series, the latest installment of which, THE LIGHT IN SUMMER, is now available. In this interview, conducted by Bookreporter.com’s Megan Elliott, McNear explains what inspired her to make a single parent the main character in this fifth installment of the series, and why secrets --- those we keep and those we eventually choose (or are forced) to reveal --- are such rich terrain for writers. She also talks about the challenges of writing several chapters from the perspective of a teenage boy (her protagonist’s son) and gives us a sneak peek at the sixth (and, she believes, final) Butternut Lake novel.

Author Talk: Thomas Kies, author of Random Road: A Geneva Chase Mystery

May 11, 2017

Thomas Kies has worked for newspapers and magazines, primarily in New England and New York, for a number of years. His debut novel, RANDOM ROAD, kicks off his mystery series starring veteran reporter Geneva Chase, who is battling alcoholism and bad choices but has a chance to redeem herself by covering a horrific story: the murders of six people, all of whom were found naked and hacked to pieces. In this interview, Kies talks about the key event that led him to pursue his dream of becoming a published author, an important decision he made in the early stages of preparing the book’s first draft, and the challenges of writing from the point of view of a female protagonist.