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The Lioness in Mark Twain's Court: A Conversation with Lynn Cullen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Cullen's novel unravels how Lyons shifted from being Twain's beloved secretary who knew him better than anyone else to, as he called her in a 429 page document, "a liar, a forger, a thief."

Pretending to Dance: A Conversation With Diane Chamberlain

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.30.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Molly Arnette, the protagonist in Diane Chamberlain's beautiful woven novel, Pretending to Dance, left Morrison Ridge, North Carolina, and all of her family behind for good.

After The Parade: An Interview with Lori Ostlund

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.21.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

In After The Parade, a new novel from Lori Ostlund, Aaron, an English as a Second Language teacher leaves behind his partner and the home they share...

Suspense and Medicine: A Conversation with Author Sandra Block

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.18.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Sandra Block's latest novel, The Girl Without a Name, follows the medical resident, Zoe Goldman from her suspense debut, Little Black Lies.

Bartering With Your Life: A Conversation With Siobhan Adcock

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.15.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Bridget, the main character in Siobhan Adcock's novel, The Barter, faces one of life's hardest questions: what would you give to save your family? To save your life? Adcock spoke to me about the nature of sacrifice, how women barter, and the power of fairy tale.

Salman Rushdie On Magical Realism, Twitter And His New Novel

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.09.2015 | Arts

Salman Rushdie -- he of the devilish eyebrow quirk, gossip column romances with stunning socialites, and long-established place in the modern literar...

The Opposite of Ally McBeal: A Conversation With Lindsay Cameron

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.07.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

"Becoming a writer was not part of my plan. I'd gone to law school to be a lawyer and didn't think I would deviate from that path. But as the saying goes -- We plan, God laughs."

Lying Is for the Birds: An Interview With Kris Radish

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.03.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Kris Radish's tenth novel, The Year of Necessary Lies, follows an eventful year in the life of budding ornithologist and activist, Julia Britton, who learns through the beauty and power of birds the skills to change her own life.

Lies and the Hills We Climb to Escape Them: A Conversation with Author Sonja Yoerg

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 09.01.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Sonja Yoerg returns to this theme in her amazing new novel, The Middle of Somewhere, which follows a young widow, Liz, as she grapples with both the mountains of the California Sierra and the prospect of a future with her boyfriend, Dante.

The Admissions: An Interview With Meg Mitchell Moore

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.21.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

"I think the most important part of writing compelling characters is empathizing with each one in one way or another, even if it's not the most obvious way."

Q&A with Best-Selling Author K.A. Tucker

Heather Hummel | Posted 08.14.2015 | Books
Heather Hummel

I caught up with K.A. just before Chasing River's release to chase down some answers about her fascination with Ireland, the depth of her characters, and her dream automobile.

All Families Are Funny: A Conversation With Author, Molly D. Campbell

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.12.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Molly D. Campbell is the author of the debut novel, Keep the Ends Loose, about a fifteen year old's journey when a family secret threatens to destroy her family. A wry tale told from Mandy Heath's point of view, it is a coming of age novel for both teens and adults. We spoke about writing from a young adult point of view, what it means to be a family, and how to be funny with writing.

Landfall: A Conversation With Author Ellen Urbani

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.11.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Ellen Urbani is the author of the debut novel, Landfall, and a memoir, When I Was Elena. Landfall follows the journey of two women named Rose as they navigate the troubled waters of their lives in a post-Katrina South. We spoke about belonging, parallels, and Urbani's journey as a writer.

Rome in Love: A Conversation with Author Anita Hughes

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.06.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Stunning location: check. Beautiful people: check. Romance: of course! Rome in Love, the latest book by Anita Hughes delivers on all three fronts as it tells the story of young actress Amelia, who learns about love, Italian food, and Audrey Hepburn while living in Rome to film a remake of Hepburn's classic film, Roman Holiday.

Thriving at the Edge: A Conversation With Donna Stoneham

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 08.03.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

The Thriver's Edge by Donna Stoneham, PhD offers seven key pieces of advice on how to identify your life's vision and how to make it a reality. Through personal experience and research, Stoneham's book offers a road map to moving from a mindset of struggle to one of thriving. I spoke with Stoneham about her inspirations for the book, how to use social media for your benefit, and what it takes to keep thriving.

The Balance Project: A Conversation With Susie Orman Schnall

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.30.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Susie Orman Schnall's novel, The Balance Project, follows the perils of the overworked assistant to America's Darling of Balance, Katherine. Both Lucy and Katherine's stories call into question whether or not women can have it all--both a successful work and family life.

This Writer's Life: A Conversation With Pam Jenoff

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.28.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Every so often you meet someone that is truly living their dream and following their passions. If you get a little closer, you will find that this often means a real commitment and a lot of work.

Friendship and Romance: A Conversation With Author Cathy Lamb

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.27.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

I had the privilege of talking with her about what makes her tick as an author, how she keeps the ideas coming and the power of friendship, romance and love.

For the Love of Food, Romance, and Milwaukee: A Conversation with Amy E. Reichert

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.20.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Amy E. Reichert is the author of the debut novel, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake. Reichert describes herself as a wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, and cider enthusiast with a passion for her local library and its board.

Maybe in Another Life: A Conversation With Author Taylor Jenkins Reid

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.24.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Taylor Jenkins Reid's latest novel, Maybe in Another Life, tackles one of the big riddles of life: what if? What if I went home with this man? What if I went home with my friends instead? Maybe in Another Life leaves together the two big what if threads of Hannah Martin's life as she finds love and her way in the world.

Summer Secrets: A Conversation with Author Jane Green

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 07.07.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

What does it mean to make amends? In Jane Green's latest novel, Summer Secrets, we follow Cat, a London journalist and recovering alcoholic on her journey through the twelve steps, which ultimately leads her to lovely beaches of Nantucket.

How Will You Leave Your Mark?

Peg Fitzpatrick | Posted 06.29.2015 | Books
Peg Fitzpatrick

Reading is one of my greatest passions. Finding a book that changes my thinking and sparks ideas for me is life-changing. Leave Your Mark. Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in your career. Rock Social Media.

Must Love Words: Entanglement Author, Katie Rose Guest Pryal

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 06.05.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Katie Rose Guest Pryal is the author of the Velvet Morning Press release, Entanglement. Katie spoke to me about the many roles she assumes in her life and how they all lead back to her "love of the written word."

Making Pretty: A Conversation With YA Author Corey Ann Haydu

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Corey Ann Haydu is the author of new release, Making Pretty, OCD Love Story. We talked about what it means to be a young adult author and what she would like her readers to know about being pretty and being loved.

At the Water's Edge: A Writer's Conversation With Sara Gruen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 05.06.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Sara Gruen author of the new release, AT THE WATER'S EDGE, shared some insight into her writing process and what lead her to set her latest novel at the edge of Scotland's Loch Ness during World War II.