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Author News & Interviews

Interview: Gregg Hurwitz, author of Tell No Lies

Aug 28, 2013

Gregg Hurwitz is the critically acclaimed, New York Times and internationally bestselling author of 13 thrillers. His most recent, TELL NO LIES, is a stand-alone title featuring Daniel Brasher, who, after receiving a series of anonymous threats meant for others, finds himself and his loved ones unexpectedly on the radar of a relentless serial killer. In this interview with’s Joe Hartlaub, Hurwitz talks about why he’s drawn to complicated characters like Brasher, and the one morally resonant question that served as the jumping-off point for the entire plot. He also discusses what it really means when people talk about “place as character” and how that played out in his choice to set TELL NO LIES in San Francisco --- as well as a few theories as to why the city historically has been the site of so many serial murders.

Author Talk: Stephen White, author of Compound Fractures

Aug 23, 2013

New York Times bestselling author Stephen White draws upon over 15 years of clinical practice as a psychologist to create intriguing plots and complex, believable characters. In COMPOUND FRACTURES, the riveting conclusion to his Dr. Alan Gregory series, the Boulder psychologist is forced to acknowledge that the perils that may bring him to his knees are not the dangers he recognizes, nor are they orchestrated by the nemesis he has long feared. In this interview, White discusses what he will miss most about the series now that it’s drawing to a close with its 20th installment, as well as why leaving home --- metaphorically, of course --- can be a good thing, even for an old man. He also opens up about the similarities between himself and his protagonist, how closely based on his own life some of the early stories were, and what he plans to work on next.

Author Talk: Jojo Moyes, author of The Girl You Left Behind

Aug 23, 2013

Jojo Moyes is a journalist and the author of several books, including the New York Times bestseller ME BEFORE YOU. Her latest novel, THE GIRL YOU LEFT BEHIND is about two unsinkable women, and the controversial painting that unites them, even though they live almost a century apart. In this interview, Moyes reveals the news story that inspired the book and why she is interested in writing stories about ambiguous morality, with complex characters in complicated situations. She also talks about researching one of her main characters, the artist Edouard Lefèvre, in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, what she has learned about writing an effective sex scene --- one that’s neither too prudish nor too trashy --- and why keeping her characters apart is as important to their romance as getting them together.

Interview: James Patterson, author of Treasure Hunters

Aug 23, 2013

James Patterson is an author who needs no introduction. Frequently on best-seller lists for both adult and children's books, he's known for writing great stories. But did you know about his efforts to get children reading? For the past decade, James has been devoting more and more of his time to championing books and reading --- from the James Patterson Pageturner Awards, to his website, to  his regular donations of hundreds of thousands of books to schools here in the states and troops overseas and more.

In this interview, Patterson talks about why he began writing books for kids, how reluctant readings can get hooked on reading and what books he's working on!

Interview: Wilton Barnhardt, author of Lookaway, Lookaway

Aug 21, 2013

In LOOKAWAY, LOOKAWAY, his first novel in 15 years, Wilton Barnhardt introduces readers to Jerene Jarvis Johnston and her husband, Duke, exemplars of Charlotte, North Carolina’s high society. Jerene works tirelessly to preserve her family's legacy, even if her loved ones aren't cooperating.'s Bronwyn Miller gets Barnhardt to open up about his inspiration for this proud-to-a-fault Southern matriarch, and the delicacy with which he had to write her in order to avoid any camp or irony. Barnhardt also discusses his own liberal brand of Southern pride, the interesting --- sometimes jarring --- way the South's past and present seem to intersect, and why he and his book-loving family started the Barnhardt Family Fund at Warren Wilson College.