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Archives - June 2007

Interview: Brett Battles, author of The Cleaner

Jun 29, 2007

June 29, 2007

Brett Battles’s debut novel, THE CLEANER, features an ex-cop who now works for a government intelligence agency, "cleaning" up the traces of violence they leave behind. In this interview with Bookreporter.com's Joe Hartlaub, Battles discusses some of the offbeat professions and characters he has encountered in the entertainment business that served as the inspiration for his main character and elaborates on his decision to approach this novel from an angle unique to the thriller genre. He also describes his writing process, explains the travel and research involved in bringing the book's exotic settings to life and cryptically reveals details about a possible sequel.

Interview: Anita Amirrezvani, author of The Blood of Flowers

Jun 29, 2007

June 29, 2007

Anita Amirrezvani’s debut work of fiction, THE BLOOD OF FLOWERS, chronicles the hardships a young girl faces in 17th-century Persia as she attempts to make a better life for herself after the untimely death of her father.

Interview: Adriana Bourgoin, author of Nine Months in August

Jun 29, 2007

June 29, 2007

Adriana Bourgoin's debut novel, NINE MONTHS IN AUGUST, captures the physical and emotional challenges one woman must experience after learning she is pregnant. In this interview with Bookreporter.com's Barbara Bamberger Scott, Bourgoin shares some of her own habits, practices and fears while carrying her two children, and makes comparisons between herself and her protagonist, Gretchen.

Interview: Pete Hamill, author of North River

Jun 22, 2007

June 22, 2007

In this interview with Bookreporter.com's Tom Callahan, author, essayist and journalist Pete Hamill discusses the lost New York of the 1930s that he captures in his latest novel, NORTH RIVER, and describes the extensive research he performed --- as well as his reliance on memories and family stories --- to bring that period to life.

Interview: Carol Goodman, author of The Sonnet Lover

Jun 22, 2007

June 22, 2007

Carol Goodman is the author of five works of fiction: THE LAKE OF DEAD LANGUAGES, THE SEDUCTION OF WATER, THE DROWNING TREE, THE GHOST ORCHID and the newly released THE SONNET LOVER. In this interview with Bookreporter.com's Barbara Lipkien Gershenbaum, Goodman reveals how she was inspired to explore the identity of Shakespeare's mysterious "Dark Lady" and describes what intrigues her most about the Bard’s famous sonnets. She also discusses the symbolism of her characters' names, explains how much research and travel was involved in writing this novel, and sheds light on how she chooses to use imagery in her work.

Interview: Andrea Portes, author of Hick

Jun 8, 2007

June 8, 2007

Nightlife columnist Andrea Portes recently published her debut work of fiction, HICK --- a gritty coming-of-age tale about a 13-year-old runaway's misadventures while escaping her rural home and neglectful parents in search of a "better life" in Las Vegas.