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Author News & Interviews

Interview: Sophie Littlefield, author of Garden of Stones

Mar 22, 2013’s Melanie Smith talks to Sophie Littlefield, whose latest novel, GARDEN OF STONES, revolves around a mother who makes the ultimate sacrifice for her daughter in the dark days of World War II. In this interview, Littlefield discusses her motivation for writing the book, the fascinating mother-daughter relationship that is central to the plot, and the novel’s vividly described settings. She also shares much about her firsthand experiences and perceptions in visiting Manzanar, how she went about understanding the psychological aspect of captivity for the Japanese Americans, and why she incorporated taxidermy into the storyline.

Author Talk: Kristopher Jansma, author of The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards

Mar 22, 2013

He is both everyman and no man. Kristopher Jansma’s highly-anticipated debut novel, THE UNCHANGEABLE SPOTS OF LEOPARDS, chronicles the life of an unnamed writer, who tells the truth on a “slant.” In this interview, Jansma reveals his inspiration for the book and the influences that went into developing the story, including why he left his narrator nameless. He also discusses his experiences with teaching at colleges and his rather prickly view of the state of higher education.

Author Talk: Hugh Howey, author of Wool

Mar 22, 2013

Hugh Howey’s first novel, WOOL, is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi adventure that originated as a self-published short story on the Web. Fans quickly spread the word, which led to four additional installments of the tale and eBook sales of over 400,000. The highly-anticipated print edition, which is available in both hardcover and paperback, is now in stores. In this interview, Howey explains where the idea for the story came from and the advantages of breaking the narrative down into several shorter pieces. He also talks about the two drastically disparate views of human nature that the book presents, along with his upcoming projects, which include two more books in this current series.

Interview: Becky Masterman, author of Rage Against the Dying

Mar 15, 2013

Becky Masterman’s debut thriller, RAGE AGAINST THE DYING, introduces readers to Brigid Quinn, a former FBI agent who made a legendary career out of hunting sexual predators but who resigned under cloudy circumstances. In this interview, conducted by’s Joe Hartlaub, Masterman talks about her inspiration for her tough-as-nails female protagonist, the long and arduous process of getting her first book published, the authors who have influenced her the most, and what we can look forward to in the next installment of what is shaping up to be a heart-stopping series.

Author Talk: Mary Connealy, author of Swept Away: Trouble in Texas, Book 1

Mar 12, 2013

In this interview, bestselling author Mary Connealy reveals her inspiration for her new historical romance series, Trouble in Texas, the first installment of which is SWEPT AWAY. She also explains how a novel with such serious and intense themes can have comedic elements woven so seamlessly throughout the story, why she writes about cowboys, and what she believes is the book’s deepest theme.