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Author News & Interviews

Author Talk: Frederick Ramsay, author of Copper Kettle

Feb 9, 2017

Frederick Ramsay has authored mysteries set in Virginia (the Ike Schwartz Mysteries) and Botswana (PREDATORS, REAPERS), as well as a number of stand-alones. His latest, COPPER KETTLE, is set right after World War I and has war hero Jesse Sutherlin returning to his home a changed man. When a murder ignites an old family feud, Jesse must investigate before tensions come to a head. In this interview, Ramsay discusses his decision to go back in history with the Sutherlin family, who are featured prominently in his Ike Schwartz books. He also opens up about his research methods, how readers’ comments have affected his writing, and whether or not COPPER KETTLE will be expanded into its own series.

Interview: JP Delaney, author of The Girl Before

Jan 26, 2017

THE GIRL BEFORE is the first psychological thriller from JP Delaney, a pseudonym for a writer who has previously written bestselling fiction under other names. This enthralling novel spins one woman’s seemingly good fortune, and another woman’s mysterious fate, through a kaleidoscope of duplicity, death and deception. In this interview, Delaney talks to Carol Fitzgerald, the president and co-founder of The Book Report Network, about the mysterious house at the center of the story --- a minimalist architectural masterpiece with secrets of its own --- as well as how the book evolved over the 15 years he spent writing it.

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’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.