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Author Interviews

Why Everyone Needs a Do Over: Q&A with Jon Acuff

Cat Knarr | Posted 04.09.2015 | Business
Cat Knarr

This past year, I experienced my first Do Over moment. I was suddenly laid off from a startup and left scrambling to rebuild my career. It worked out for the better when I found an exciting new job, but for a few months there, the future got scary.

What's Your Point? Five Questions Authors Should Ask

Stacey J. Miller | Posted 04.08.2015 | Books
Stacey J. Miller

There's a lot of competition in the marketplace for readers, and you want buyers to choose your work over their other options when they're in the market for a book on your topic.

Keely Brooke Keith on Inspiration, Writing a Series, and Fan Mail

Kate Fisher | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Kate Fisher

"I never imagined I'd get fan mail. Well, it's not mail these days -- it's emails and Facebook messages and links to reviews they want me to see. Every little encouragement is huge to an author because we spend most of our days writing alone."

Bonus Book Publicity Opportunities

Stacey J. Miller | Posted 04.06.2015 | Books
Stacey J. Miller

You don't have to be particularly outgoing to get on the media's list of dependable guests and resources. Just let producers, hosts, editors, bloggers and other media decision-makers know that your schedule is fairly flexible.

A One Way Ticket to Understanding: A Conversation With Author Maggie Messitt

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.29.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

"I think every story, if told well, has larger implications -- political or otherwise. This is the reason I'm most interested in tackling complex issues through the lens of every day life. I'm more focused on bringing you inside a story and the lives living it."

John R. Gordon, a Master Novelist

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

John R. Gordon is one of the finest novelists working today. His latest novel, Souljah, about a gay former child soldier navigating the harsh realities of life as a newly-arrived immigrant in London, is a spellbinding masterpiece that has just been shortlisted for a Lambda Literary Award.

Interview With Hannah Brencher, Author of 'If You Find This Letter'

Jocelyn Kelley | Posted 03.10.2015 | Books
Jocelyn Kelley

Feeling lost, alone and disillusioned, Brencher started writing out her thoughts in journals. Then one day she decided that instead of writing to herself, she would write to help others.

Interview With Author Jane Green on SAVING GRACE

Jocelyn Kelley | Posted 03.10.2015 | Books
Jocelyn Kelley

Powerful and riveting, Jane Green's Saving Grace will have you on the edge of your seat as you follow Grace on her harrowing journey to rock bottom and back. In our interview, Jane Green explores the inspiration behind Grace, her own love of cooking, and the most important advice she would give to an aspiring writer.

Cathy Galvin's Gorgeous Sonnets

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.05.2015 | Books
Diriye Osman

Amongst these achievements, Galvin has branched out into poetry, and her new pamphlet of sonnets, Black and Blue, is a perfectly formed masterclass in poetic risk-taking. These poems are filled with vivid imagery and ideas that run the gamut.

Author Rachael Herron Tells Us About Love, the Coolest Writing Desk in the World and Her New Novel

Holly Robinson | Posted 03.03.2015 | Books
Holly Robinson

In the hands of another writer, this topic could be dreary and depressing, but Rachael spins a story of resilience and love that leaves you believing in the healing power of family and forgiveness.

Jonathan Lethem On His New Book, Sea World And Sci-Fi

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 02.26.2015 | Books

The protagonist of a story from Jonathan Lethem’s new collection, “Pending Vegan,” describes himself to readers as a pending vegan. In fact, he...

Crude Justice: Stuart Smith, How to Win the Legal War with Big Oil (Interview)

Jerry Cope | Posted 04.12.2015 | Green
Jerry Cope

Crude Justice is the detailed story of Smith's clients and breakthrough legal victories on their behalf. It is a cautionary tale of what has happened in the United States as the system of government has frequently failed to protect the interests of its citizens.

Creating Voices For Women In History: Meet Author Heather Webb

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.28.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

"There's nothing quite like feeling the heartbeat of a location and immersing oneself in the visceral sensations that are unique to each place."

Dean Atta, Poetry and Poise

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

Dean Atta is a poet who's gifted, politically engaged and rigorous in his approach to his work. This is a potent mix and an appealing one at that. I ask him what advice he would give to his thirteen-year-old self and his response is wise and winningly direct.

One Author, 100 Book Clubs: Meet Nomi Eve

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.16.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Nomi Eve launched a 100 Book Club Challenge. Through a mix of Skype and in-person meet-ups, Eve wants to discuss her book with 100 different book clubs across the globe.

The Delicate Lyricism Of Diana Evans

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.15.2015 | Books
Diriye Osman

In many ways, it is apropos that this book which focused on the secret bond that exists between twins was followed in 2009 by the equally masterful The Wonder, a novel rooted in the world of dance.

YA Author Holly Black on Her New Book, Fairies & Working With Cassandra Clare

Lisa Parkin | Posted 03.15.2015 | Books
Lisa Parkin

The Darkest Part of the Forest shows Black's skill as a master storyteller and her ability to reinvent the Fae in a new, creative and compelling way.

The Electric Poetry of Kwame Dawes

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.08.2015 | Books
Diriye Osman

Kwame Dawes is one of the most consistently thrilling poets at work today. Not only is he prolific but the level of excellence he has maintained over the course of his long career as a poet, editor, educator and tastemaker is impressive.

Yoerg Barks Up Right Tree With Debut Novel

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 03.08.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

House Broken tells the story of Geneva, a veterinarian, who reluctantly allows her alcoholic mother to recuperate in her home and uses the opportunity to delve into family secrets. It's told from three points-of-view: Geneva's, her mother's and Geneva's 16-year-old daughter.

The Storytelling Power of Sofia Samatar

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.01.2015 | Books
Diriye Osman

Every work of fiction is an attempt at inventing something better, something more textured and accommodating of the multiple possibilities of human experience than our present conditions allow. Sofia Samatar has upped the stakes of what is possible.

Interview With Robin Cherry, Author of Garlic: An Edible Biography

Garrett McCord | Posted 02.18.2015 | Taste
Garrett McCord

Written by the enigmatic Robin Cherry, it is the garlic lover's new bedside bible.

Wear Perfume During a Skype Interview

Alicia Garey | Posted 02.02.2015 | Comedy
Alicia Garey

Forget the stupid technology causing everyone to be awkward adjusting their sound, looking upward in the wrong direction from the screen. I mean, it's just silly.

A Second Act: Interview With Author Lesley Kagen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.29.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

A lot of women are familiar with that empty nest feeling. Author Lesley Kagen used that feeling to start a whole new career as a writer. Her first book, New York Times bestseller, Whistling in the Dark (NAL/Penguin) was published when she was 57.

Giving Back, Supporting Girls and Women: An Interview With Author, Ann Garvin

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.14.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing, Ann Garvin, author of The Dog Year and On Maggie's Watch both published by Berkley Penguin.

Binyavanga Wainaina and Me

Diriye Osman | Posted 01.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Diriye Osman

The award-winning Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina is many things to many people. For some, including me, he is simply one of the most imaginative and gifted writers at work today. For others, and again I include myself in this list, he is a pan-African cultural hero.