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Author News & Interviews

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 Bookreporter.com’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: M. Leighton, author of There's Wild, Then There's You: A Wild Ones Novel, Book 3

Jul 15, 2014

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author M. Leighton has always had an overactive imagination, and she finds that writing fiction is the best outlet for her fantastical visions. She’s written over a dozen novels, and these days Michelle enjoys letting her mind wander to more romantic settings with sexy Southern guys, much like the one she married and the ones you'll find in her latest books. Here, Michelle talks to 20SomethingReads.com about THERE’S WILD, THEN THERE’S YOU, the third and final installment in her steamy The Wild Ones series. She opens up about all our favorite things…including bad boys, keeping secrets and knowing when to move on.

Interview: R.J. Ellory, author of Saints of New York

Jun 26, 2014

R.J. Ellory is the author of 12 novels, including the bestselling A QUIET BELIEF IN ANGELS. His most recent book to be released in the US, SAINTS OF NEW YORK, is the story of troubled, uncompromising NYPD Detective Frank Parish, who lives unhappily in the shadow of his father. As his homicide case escalates, Frank must confront his own demons and discover the truth before there are further innocent victims. In this interview with Bookreporter.com’s L. Dean Murphy, Ellory discusses his interest in portraying police work as honestly as possible, which means sparing his readers “coincidences” and detectives who are always right. Frank Parrish is by no means an easy protagonist to root for, and Ellory is quite adamant that Frank’s flaws are what make him compelling. He also talks about his innovative approach to flashbacks, and why some things remain unresolved --- as in life --- by the end of the novel.

Interview: Heather Gudenkauf, author of Little Mercies

Jun 26, 2014

Heather Gudenkauf is the author of the bestselling novels THE WEIGHT OF SILENCETHESE THINGS HIDDEN and ONE BREATH AWAYHer latest book, LITTLE MERCIES, revolves around social worker Ellen Moore and the mistake she makes that carries with it tragic consequences. In this interview with Bookreporter.com’s Alexis Burling, Gudenkauf talks about the what-if scenario that inspired her to write this story, as well as finding harmony between her “mother mind” and her “educator mind.” She also discusses reversing the roles of certain characters in her novels to challenge readers’ preconceived expectations, and shares a lesson she learned from her mother: that “little mercies” are what truly carry us through difficult times.

Interview: Mary Kay Andrews, author of Save the Date

Jun 5, 2014

Mary Kay Andrews’s latest novel, SAVE THE DATE, is about Cara Kryzik, a cynical Savannah florist who is about to score the wedding of a lifetime. But when the bride goes missing, Cara must find the wife-to-be and figure out whether or not she believes in love after all. In this interview with Bookreporter.com’s Jamie Layton, Andrews shares how she nailed all the details of wedding planning (hint: Pinterest is a great place to start!), as well as why she thinks modern brides are throwing over-the-top weddings. She also talks about her love of rehabbing old homes, her favorite flowers, and who the real gardener in her family is.