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Debut Novels

I'm Thinking Crazy Win For This Spooky Debut Novel

Kim Michele Richardson | Posted 06.21.2016 | Books
Kim Michele Richardson

I'm thinking I don't know what to think other than this novel, I'm Thinking of Ending Things is a brilliant, well-constructed Hitchcockian tale with a huge creep factor that will leave you scheduling a manicure for wrecked nails.

If Writing Books Were Easy, Everyone Would Do It

Eva Lesko Natiello | Posted 06.01.2016 | Books
Eva Lesko Natiello

A debut novelist wrote to me the other day about his manuscript. I had first "met" this author a year ago through email. A friend of a friend. The email he sent me back then, I've received many times over, albeit from other writers.

Ashley Mansour's Groundbreaking Debut

Kaavya Raman | Posted 01.11.2016 | Books
Kaavya Raman

Writers tend to feel inspired by writers that are both from their own time and before them. When a reader picks up Ashley Mansour's debut novel, Blood, Ink & Fire, it's easy to spot similarities to Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451.

Why Guinevere Matters Now

Nicole Evelina | Posted 01.04.2016 | Books
Nicole Evelina

On January 1, my debut novel, Daughter of Destiny was published. It's the first book in an Arthurian legend historical fantasy trilogy which tells Guinevere's life story from her point of view, beginning at age 11 and continuing into her 50s.

The Words After War Interview With Michael Pitre By Bryan Doerries

Words After War | Posted 11.02.2015 | Books
Words After War

"I didn't have a political motive for writing the book. I just wanted to tell a story that my friends from the war would recognize. The struggle to find your place in a civilian world so totally disconnected from the war was just one facet of our experience."

9 Books You Shouldn't Overlook

Kirkus | Posted 09.16.2016 | Books

Wonderfully weird and profoundly witty, Australian writer Dovey (Blood Kin, 2008) recounts a history of 20th-century human catastrophe in 10 short stories, each told by an animal who was there.

18 Things Only Writers Struggling To Get A Novel Published Can Possibly Understand

Lauren Cahn | Posted 09.15.2016 | Comedy
Lauren Cahn

You've always wanted to write that novel, and now you're finally deep in the weeds. You tweet "#amwriting" and suddenly you've got a slew of new followers, all of whom are doing the exact same thing. Here's a snapshot of what that pain looks like.

9 Gripping Debuts

Kirkus | Posted 08.25.2016 | Books

This sharp, sensitive debut story collection introduces us to a parade of people (and one dog) grasping their ways through complex relationships with family, friends, lovers, strangers, and, of course, themselves.

Haruki Murakami's Wind/Pinball Foreshadows His Trajectory as a Novelist

Steven Petite | Posted 08.04.2016 | Books
Steven Petite

Before Haruki Murakami became the most famous living Japanese novelist who achieved the rare feat of capturing the hearts and minds of American readers as well, he was a young married man working numerous jobs in order to make ends meet.

The Words After War Interview with Sara Nović by Jesse Goolsby

Words After War | Posted 08.03.2016 | Books
Words After War

Sara Nović is the author of Girl at War, a novel of incredible richness that investigates the devastation of the Yugoslavian civil war and the deep yearning for identity and place by one its survivors.

The Last Pilot: British Writer's Startlingly Authentic America

Steven Petite | Posted 07.25.2016 | Books
Steven Petite

Benjamin Johncock has written one of the most American novels of the year. The Last Pilot is a historical work of fiction spanning across the defining two decades of the space race from 1947 to 1968.

The Words After War Interview With Sara Nović, Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite

Words After War | Posted 07.14.2016 | Impact
Words After War

Christopher Robinson and Gavin Kovite are the authors of War of the Encyclopaedists, which Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times calls "a captivating coming of age novel that is by turns, funny and sad and elegiac."

Debut Epic Fantasies to Look Out for in 2015

Ilana Teitelbaum | Posted 06.22.2016 | Books
Ilana Teitelbaum

The appeal of continuing with a favorite epic fantasy series is obvious, but how about those new worlds opening up by debut authors? Here are some suggestions to add to your TBR pile in 2015.

The Words After War Interview With Elliot Ackerman and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Words After War | Posted 05.04.2016 | Impact
Words After War

As part of Words After War's April book club selection, Elliot answers a few questions from Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, the author of the recently released Ashley's War.

Interview With YA Author Melissa Grey on 'The Girl at Midnight'

Lisa Parkin | Posted 06.27.2015 | Books
Lisa Parkin

After reading The Girl at Midnight (out April 28), I knew I couldn't keep my love of this novel to myself. This story is infused with humor, originality and mystery, and I can't recommend it enough.

6 Stunning Debut Novels To Add To Your To-Read Pile

The Huffington Post | Maddie Crum | Posted 11.07.2014 | Books

A writer's debut is her crucial first chance to introduce her style and themes to a potential readership -- a task that undoubtedly results in absurd ...

11 More Debut Novels You'll Love

| Posted 10.08.2014 | Books

Originally published on Kirkus In a season when publishers issue novels by their big-name writers (Jane Smiley, David Mitchell, Anne Rice, for exam...

Q&A With Beth Vrabel About Her Novel "Pack of Dorks"

Mary Pauline Lowry | Posted 12.07.2014 | Books
Mary Pauline Lowry

In a starred review, Kirkus Review writes: "Lucy's perfectly feisty narration, the emotionally resonant situations and the importance of the topic all elevate this effort well above the pack." I spoke with Beth Vrabel about "Pack of Dorks."

No End: Richard Fulco Talks Music, New York and Writing His First Novel

Elford Alley | Posted 11.30.2014 | Books
Elford Alley

Music blogger and playwright Richard Fulco has recently released his debut novel, There Is No End to This Slope. The book is equal parts love letter and bitter reproach to New York, as seen through the eyes of his struggling protagonist, John Lenza. Richard talks about the unexpected challenges of completing his first novel while balancing work and family.

Get a Job (, or How My Wife Let Me Quit and Write a Novel)

Scott Cheshire | Posted 11.30.2014 | Arts
Scott Cheshire

We raised our glasses, and introduced ourselves to the other couples around us until someone kindly congratulated me on my book. Because hadn't I just published a book, too? That's not exactly true, but it certainly feels like it is.

Seinfeld Writer Peter Mehlman Pens Debut Novel

Elan Barnehama | Posted 10.29.2014 | Books
Elan Barnehama

Set in the crushing complacency of suburbia, It Won't Always Be This Great is narrated by an unnamed Long Island podiatrist who commits an accidental act of vandalism that shakes him, albeit temporarily, out of his sleepwalking existence.

Claire Fallon

The Book We're Talking About | Claire Fallon | Posted 08.22.2014 | Books

A stunning historical fiction debut.

Ethnic Minority and Underdog Writers Must Not Give Up

PP Wong | Posted 09.23.2014 | Books
PP Wong

Twenty seven publishers in the U.S. and U.K. turned down my novel. The vast majority of rejections my literary agent received were surprisingly positive, but were knock-backs all the same.

9 Debut Novels You'll Love

| Posted 07.08.2014 | Books

Originally published on Kirkus Voodoo, faith, racism, integrity (or lack thereof) in the news business, language as virus, fluctuating female frien...

The Most Dangerous Game: Christopher Yates' Black Chalk

Jaime Lubin | Posted 07.09.2014 | Books
Jaime Lubin

"Never trust the artist, trust the tale." Christopher Yates invokes the famous D.H. Lawrence quote that functions as an epigraph to Black Chalk, Yates' darkly psychological debut thriller.