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Author News & Interviews

Interview: Averil Dean, author of Alice Close Your Eyes

Jan 9, 2014

In 2012, after spending 20 years working in an office, Averil Dean decided to pursue her dream of writing full-time. Her efforts, it seems, have paid off with her buzzworthy debut novel, ALICE CLOSE YOUR EYES. It’s an erotic psychological thriller about Alice Croft, whose lust for revenge becomes complicated the night she breaks into Jack Calabrese’s house --- and starts lusting for darker and more dangerous things. In this interview with Bookreporter.com’s Norah Piehl, Dean talks about her obsession with all things noir, as well as how her fascination with “the interplay between deviant minds” led her to write the book. She also explains how she was able to successfully give life to an unlikable protagonist, why her personal blog is like a “lifeline,” and the reason that more women --- especially after the success of FIFTY SHADES OF GREY --- are jumping on the erotic fiction bandwagon.

Interview: Jeff Smith, author of The Best American Comics 2013

Dec 17, 2013

Jeff Smith has had a busy year. The indie-comics pioneer has seen his mind-bending sci-fi epic RASL collected in a comprehensive hardcover edition, edited the anthology BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2013, and begun writing and drawing a new webcomic (which will be collected in print, beginning with a first trade sometime next summer), TUKI SAVES THE HUMANS. We caught up with Smith to ask him a few questions about comics.

Interview: Kristina Riggle, author of The Whole Golden World

Nov 7, 2013

Kristina Riggle, the acclaimed author of REAL LIFE & LIARS, returns with a thought-provoking novel inspired by real-life events. THE WHOLE GOLDEN WORLD is about 17-year-old Morgan Monetti, who shocks her parents and her community when she chooses to stand by the man everyone else believes has exploited her --- popular high school teacher TJ Hill. In this interview with Bookreporter.com's Terry Miller Shannon, Riggle talks about how she kept this story --- which deals with some heavy issues --- upbeat, as well as why she feels most comfortable writing her novels from multiple perspectives. She also opens up about channeling her inner teenager, why poetry should always be written longhand in a notebook, and why sometimes it’s easier to ask strangers strange questions.  

Interview: John Lutz, author of Twist: A Frank Quinn Novel

Nov 1, 2013

John Lutz is a multiple Edgar and Shamus Award winner, including the recipient of the Shamus Lifetime Achievement Award, and the author of over 40 books. His latest novel, TWIST, is the eighth installment in his series featuring decorated ex-cop and former homicide detective Frank Quinn. In this interview with Bookreporter.com’s Joe Hartlaub, Lutz talks about getting into his serial killer’s head --- including what drives the murderer to that level of madness --- as well as how he knows so much about police investigative procedures. He also discusses how he crafted the shocking ending of TWIST, where readers can find SWITCH (a Quinn novella released in 2012 as an eBook exclusive) and what he’s working on next.

Author Talk: Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project

Oct 11, 2013

In THE ROSIE PROJECT, Graeme Simsion introduces us to Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept genetics professor. When Don decides it’s time he found a wife, he develops the “Wife Project,” a scientific study to find the idle partner. In this interview, Simsion shares how his own experience allowed him to write a character who only sees the world as “data.” He also describes the process of transforming his original screenplay into a book, and how a formulaic approach to screenwriting both helped and hindered his work.