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Author News & Interviews

Interview: Susan Crawford, author of The Pocket Wife

Mar 20, 2015

Susan Crawford is a debut author who, in addition to teaching and writing, is involved in many impressive literary extracurricular activities --- including participating in two critique groups. THE POCKET WIFE is her first full-length novel, and it’s about Dana Catrell, a bipolar woman in the throes of mania, who must piece together the shards of her broken memory in order to figure out who killed her neighbor. In this interview with The Book Report Network's Norah Piehl, Crawford talks about why she decided to write a psychological thriller, the challenges of matching her writing to Dana’s state(s) of mind, and why there’s no such thing, really, as a reliable narrator. She also recommends some great books for anyone interested in further exploring bipolar disorder.

Interview: Marisa de los Santos, author of The Precious One

Mar 20, 2015

Marisa de los Santos is the New York Times bestselling author of three adult novels, including LOVE WALKED IN and BELONG TO ME, as well as the co-author of SAVING LUCAS BIGGS, a middle grade book she wrote with her husband, David Teague. Her latest novel, THE PRECIOUS ONE, is the heartfelt story of Taisy and Willow Cleary --- two daughters of the same man, one abandoned and one “precious” --- as each navigates new and old loves in her life. In this interview with The Book Report Network's Bronwyn Miller, Marisa discusses her fascination with second chances and the beauty and danger of holding another person too dear. She also talks about getting to know her own characters, the pros of collaborative writing, and the one surefire sign that you are --- as she so artfully put it --- a “homesick sap.”

Author Talk: Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale

Feb 6, 2015

Kristin Hannah is the bestselling author of more than 20 novels. Her latest is a bit of a departure for her: THE NIGHTINGALE is a sweeping work of historical fiction that tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, as each embarks on her own dangerous path toward survival, love and freedom in German-occupied France. In this interview, Hannah discusses the brave Belgian who inspired her to tell the story of the women’s war, as well as the pros and cons of writing fiction that adheres so resolutely to history. She also shares her favorite scene in the novel, how she overcame her nerves in order to actually write it, and what she hopes readers will take away from the story.

Interview: Charles Todd, author of A Fine Summer's Day: An Inspector Ian Rutledge Mystery

Jan 12, 2015

In A FINE SUMMER’S DAY, the latest entry in their Ian Rutledge series, the New York Times bestselling mother-son writing team known as Charles Todd takes readers into the Scotland Yard detective’s past --- to his perplexing final case before the outbreak of World War I. It’s a can’t-miss for fans of the series, set in a more carefree time when Rutledge’s first love was still alive. In this interview with’s Ray Palen, the Todds discuss why A FINE SUMMER’S DAY isn’t quite a prequel --- although it's still a crucial chapter in Rutledge’s personal history. The pair also opens up about the challenges of writing as a team and how they’ve managed to make the most of their collaboration.

Author Talk: Daniel James Brown, author of The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

Oct 10, 2014

Daniel James Brown’s emotionally resonant and thought-provoking novel, THE BOYS IN THE BOAT, chronicles the “epic quest” of an American crew team that rose from the Great Depression to Olympic glory, touching the lives of millions of people in the process.