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Author Talk: Donis Casey, author of The Return of the Raven Mocker: An Alafair Tucker Mystery

Jan 12, 2017

Donis Casey is the author of nine Alafair Tucker mysteries, an award-winning series set in Oklahoma during the booming 1910s that features the sleuthing mother of 10 children. Her latest entry in the series, THE RETURN OF THE RAVEN MOCKER, has Alafair exploring an odd death during the influenza pandemic of 1918. In this interview, Casey reveals how she goes about her meticulous historical research and the challenges of writing a series versus stand-alone novels, as well as some fascinating numbers and backstory on the terrible epidemic the world was facing in the early 20th century.

Interview: Matt Coyle, author of Dark Fissures: A Rick Cahill Novel

Dec 7, 2016

Matt Coyle revived the Raymond Chandler hardboiled PI model, set in today’s tony La Jolla suburb of San Diego. In DARK FISSURES, Rick Cahill tries to right wrongs by proving that singer Brianne Colton’s estranged husband didn’t commit suicide, but Rick violates a cardinal rule: romantic involvement with a client, and it appears that Brianne’s husband had contacted the FBI shortly before his death. Moreover, Police Chief Tony Moretti targets Rick as a murder suspect. All the while Rick faces mortgage foreclosure, in the most complex installment of this thrilling, award-winning series. In this interview, Coyle chats with Bookreporter.com’s Dean Murphy about the development of protagonist Rick, the many awards he has earned, and the specialists who have been instrumental in making the Cahill series an astounding success.

Author Talk: Paulette Jiles, author of News of the World

Oct 13, 2016

Paulette Jiles has written across many genres --- including fiction, memoir and poetry --- but clear across all her work is a deep love of the landscape of the Southwest. In her latest book, NEWS OF THE WORLD, she demonstrates that fondness and more in an exquisitely rendered tale about a Civil War captain who must choose between respectability and compassion --- with the life of a young girl hanging in the balance. In this interview, Jiles discusses the real-life inspiration for her protagonist, Captain Kidd, her manifest love of the outdoors, and how good research can be like an addiction.

Interview: Jade Chang, author of The Wangs vs. the World

Oct 7, 2016

Jade Chang is a former arts and culture journalist, whose debut novel, THE WANGS VS. THE WORLD, is a hilariously subversive immigrant story about a wealthy but fractured Chinese family that had it all, only to lose every last cent --- and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back together. In this interview conducted by Carol Fitzgerald, the president and co-founder of The Book Report Network, Chang talks about her unique approach to a classic story type, how she enjoys finding humor in unexpected places, and the surprising way she was able to research the Wangs’ cross-country adventure.

Interview: Robyn Carr, author of The Life She Wants

Sep 30, 2016

In THE LIFE SHE WANTS, #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr delivers yet another moving story that will leave readers laughing and crying, about two friends who must confront their pasts in order to move toward their futures. In this interview with The Book Report Network’s very own Rebecca Munro, Carr explains why she loves to write about women’s friendship and why women’s issues will always be at the foreground of all her novels. She also opens up about why she has moved on from historical fiction and what readers can expect from her next.