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Author Interviews

The Electric Poetry of Kwame Dawes

Diriye Osman | Posted 03.08.2015 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 | Home
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 02.02.2016 | Queer 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.

'Us' Author David Nicholls: 'I Love Uneasy Laughter'

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 11.04.2014 | Home

David Nicholls catapulted to literary fame with his 2009 novel One Day, which became an international bestseller and was adapted into a major film sta...

Go for It: An Interview With Author Angelic Rodgers

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 12.28.2014 | Home
Brandi Megan Granett

'Ultimately, my advice would be the same for any writers -- write about real characters and interesting plot lines. LGBT readers want representation, not lectures or sob stories (at least not all of the time).'

The Maverick Genius of John R. Gordon

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diriye Osman

The last few years have been fruitful ones for Gordon, who, with powerhouse filmmaker and playwright Rikki Beadle-Blair, has set up the critically acclaimed Team Angelica Press, a publishing firm in London dedicated to outsider artists and writers, especially LGBT voices of color.

Finding the Fear Factor: An interview With Indie Horror Author, Tammy Vreeland

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.19.2014 | Home
Brandi Megan Granett

Finding inspiration, Vreeland took what happened and weaved a fictional story around it. Since then, Vreeland has authored six horror books. Her most recent, The Sea of Souls, is a sequel to The Folks.

The Older I Get, the Less I Like Rules: An Interview With Author Cathy Lamb

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.18.2014 | Home
Brandi Megan Granett

Cathy Lamb, 47, is a women's fiction author. Her first novel, Julia's Chocolates, was published when she was forty, in 2007.

Claire Fallon

David Mitchell On The Challenges Of Writing An 'Episodic, Polyphonic Head-Mangler' | Claire Fallon | Posted 09.18.2014 | Home

David Mitchell is the acclaimed author of six novels, including The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet and Black Swan Green. His books Cloud Atlas and ...

Courage to Speak Personal Truth: An Interview with Kathryn Craft

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 11.16.2014 | Home
Brandi Megan Granett

Kathryn Craft is the author of The Art of Falling (Sourcebooks, 2014) and The Far End of Happy, due May 2015. Her work as a developmental editor at follows a nineteen-year career as a dance critic.

Why My Anger Turned To Sadness When I Took A Closer Look At My Parents' Lives

Posted 09.10.2014 | OWN

There is no better season for losing yourself in someone else's past. Author Gary Shteyngart on the perils and pleasures of plundering the secrets of ...

Interview With Author Susane Colasanti on Now & Forever

Jocelyn Kelley | Posted 11.03.2014 | Home
Jocelyn Kelley

Susane Colasanti's bestselling books strike a chord with teenage girls, often finding a fan base with adults as well, because they shine a light on the angst, worries, dreams, and passion of youth while always giving an optimistic spin to every story.

How Far Your Favorite Authors Went For Their Love Of Books

Posted 08.11.2014 | OWN

...because when you really love something, you'll do anything for it. Books Made Me: Mouth Off When I was in second grade, my teacher would pause ...

Interview With Author Liane Moriarty on Big Litte Lies

Jocelyn Kelley | Posted 10.05.2014 | Home
Jocelyn Kelley

In our interview, Liane shares the inspiration behind her latest release, her advice for aspiring writers, and how she ignores the best advice she's ever been given.

Bernardine Evaristo, Literary Rebel With a Cause

Diriye Osman | Posted 09.21.2014 | Home
Diriye Osman

British-Nigerian novelist and poet, Bernardine Evaristo is not only a master of literary gender-bending but she's also adroit at subverting well-worn tropes from slavery to stifled sexuality in a way that feels new, visceral, vital.

Interview With Author Lindsey Palmer on 'Pretty In Ink'

Jocelyn Kelley | Posted 09.15.2014 | Home
Jocelyn Kelley

Lindsey Palmer's debut novel, Pretty in Ink, will appeal to anyone who has ever wondered what really goes on behind the doors of their favorite glossy magazines. Having spent nearly a decade working in the magazine industry, Palmer writes about a world she knows well.

Four Ways to Deal With Confrontational Interviewers

Stacey J. Miller | Posted 09.08.2014 | Home
Stacey J. Miller

A few authors seek publicity in any way they can grab it. Recently, a highly successful comedian stormed off the set during a nationally-televised interview during her book promotion campaign.

Mary E. Pearson on The Kiss of Deception & Writing YA Books

Lisa Parkin | Posted 09.08.2014 | Home
Lisa Parkin

I recently chatted with Mary E. Pearson about her book's unique changes in point of view and writing and reading young adult literature.

Interview With Author Karin Salvalaggio on Bone Dust White

Jocelyn Kelley | Posted 09.07.2014 | Home
Jocelyn Kelley

Karin Salvalaggio is an exciting new voice in crime fiction. Bone Dust White has been called a "first rate debut" and she continues to receive critical praise for her heroine, Detective Macy Greeley.

Interview With Author Julie Sarkissian on Dear Lucy

Jocelyn Kelley | Posted 09.07.2014 | Home
Jocelyn Kelley

Julie Sarkissian burst on the literary scene with her debut novel, Dear Lucy. Joyce Carol Oates calls Dear Lucy "a boldly lyrical, suspenseful, and mysterious fictional world."