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Archives - April 2005

Interview: Francine Mathews, author of Blown

Apr 29, 2005

April 29, 2005

Bookreporter.com's Suspense/Thriller Author Spotlight Team (Carol Fitzgerald, Joe Hartlaub and Wiley Saichek) interviewed Francine Mathews, author of BLOWN. Mathews explains how her job as a CIA analyst influenced the writing of this sequel to THE CUTOUT and her inspiration for the character of Raphael. She also talks about the differences between mystery novels and thrillers, and provides readers with the storyline for her next book, which is set during the Second World War.

Interview: Joseph Finder, author of Company Man

Apr 22, 2005

April 22, 2005

Bookreporter.com's Suspense/Thriller Author Spotlight Team (Carol Fitzgerald, Joe Hartlaub and Wiley Saichek) interviewed Joseph Finder, author of COMPANY MAN. Finder talks about his inspiration for his latest thriller, why he especially enjoyed writing the character of Detective Audrey Rhimes --- his female protagonist --- and the similarities and differences between this novel and his previous bestseller, PARANOIA.

Interview: Jess Walter, author of Citizen Vince

Apr 15, 2005

April 15, 2005

Bookreporter.com's Suspense/Thriller Author Spotlight Team (Carol Fitzgerald, Joe Hartlaub and Wiley Saichek) interviewed Jess Walter, author of CITIZEN VINCE. Walter, who has written both fiction and nonfiction, explains why he chose to set his latest novel in the fall of 1980 and the significance of that year's presidential election. He also talks about the kind of research that was needed for this particular story, his flexible writing schedule, and the process of developing characters (Walter always remembers what Kurt Vonnegut once wrote about characterization).

Interview: Victor Gischler, author of Suicide Squeeze

Apr 15, 2005

April 15, 2005

Bookreporter.com's Carol Fitzgerald, Joe Hartlaub and Wiley Saichek interviewed Victor Gischler, author of SUICIDE SQUEEZE. Gischler explains his decision to use a one-of-a-kind baseball card signed by Joe DiMaggio, Marilyn Monroe and Billy Wilder as a way of launching the book's plot. He also talks about his inspiration for the character of Conner Samson, names the one author who has most influenced his work, and gives readers a sneak preview of his next novel due out in February 2006.

Interview: Alicia Erian, author of Towelhead: A Novel

Apr 1, 2005

April 1, 2005

Bookreporter.com Co-Founder Carol Fitzgerald and contributing writer Shannon McKenna interviewed Alicia Erian, author of TOWELHEAD. Erian explains how the premise of her debut novel originated and why she chose to write this story from a child's point-of-view. She also talks about the process of titling the book, her transition from short story-writing to novel-writing, and the authors who have influenced her work.

Author Talk: Iris Johansen, author of Blind Alley

Apr 1, 2005

April 1, 2005

Fiction meets fact as bestselling author Iris Johansen and real-life forensic artist and veteran northern New Jersey police sergeant Daniel Sollitti get together to discuss their work. Mr. Sollitti completed his formal forensic art training at the United States Secret Service Training Facility in Maryland and studied 3-Dimensional clay reconstruction of a skull under forensic sculptor Seth Wolfson. Ms. Johansen's newest hardcover, COUNTDOWN --- her sixth thriller featuring forensic sculptor Eve Duncan --- will be released on May 10th, while last year's bestseller, BLIND ALLEY, is now available in paperback.