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Author News & Interviews

Interview: Greg Iles, author of Southern Man

Jun 13, 2024

After a five-year hiatus, Greg Iles is back with SOUTHERN MAN, the hugely anticipated new Penn Cage thriller that captures the political unrest of a nation dangling between a chaotic past and an unpredictable future. In this interview conducted by Bookreporter reviewer Ray Palen, Iles explains his inspiration for writing the Natchez Burning trilogy and this latest novel, which takes place 15 years ahead of the trilogy. He also talks about his decision to include the character of third-party candidate and conservative radio talk show host Robert E. Lee White in the story, the role that he feels fiction should play going forward, the possibility of adapting these books as a film or series, and the health crisis he went through while writing SOUTHERN MAN that nearly cost him his life.

Author Talk: Stuart Turton, author of The Last Murder at the End of the World

May 31, 2024

Stuart Turton, the bestselling author of THE 7½ DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE and THE DEVIL AND THE DARK WATER, is back with an inventive, high-concept murder mystery: an ingenious puzzle, an extraordinary backdrop and an audacious solution. In this interview, Turton talks about his inspiration for THE LAST MURDER AT THE END OF THE WORLD, why isolated settings appeal to him so much, his favorite character in the book, and what he has in mind for his fourth thriller.

Interview: Daniel Weizmann, author of Cinnamon Girl: A Pacific Coast Highway Mystery

May 30, 2024

Lyft driver-turned-sleuth Adam Zantz returns in CINNAMON GIRL, a neo-noir dive into the dark side of LA’s rock scene. In this interview conducted by Michael Barson, Senior Publicity Executive at Melville House, Daniel Weizmann explains how his approach to writing this book differed from that of his debut mystery, THE LAST SONGBIRD, which kicked off the Pacific Coast Highway series. He also talks about a couple of adjustments he made to his protagonist for this second installment, the musicians who have helped influence his writing, and what readers can expect for Adam’s third adventure.

Interview: Jack Du Brul, author of Clive Cussler The Heist: An Isaac Bell Adventure

May 9, 2024

Detective Isaac Bell faces an attack on the Federal Reserve in THE HEIST, Jack Du Brul’s all-new adventure in the #1 New York Times bestselling series created by Clive Cussler. In this interview conducted by Michael Barson, Senior Publicity Executive at Melville House and Cussler’s primary publicist at G.P. Putnam’s Sons from 1999 to 2015, Du Brul explains how he first began collaborating with Cussler, what surprised him the most about Cussler as a writing partner, the importance of incorporating details into historical fiction, and what the future looks like for his protagonist.

Interview: Steven Hale, author of Death Row Welcomes You: Visiting Hours in the Shadow of the Execution Chamber

Apr 18, 2024

In the vein of WAITING FOR AN ECHO and DEAD MAN WALKING, DEATH ROW WELCOMES YOU is a deeply immersive look at justice in America, told through the interwoven lives of condemned prisoners and the men and women who come to visit them. In this interview conducted by Michael Barson, Senior Publicity Executive at Melville House, award-winning journalist Steven Hale talks about his inspiration for the book and the challenges he faced during the writing process, the lessons he has learned from befriending death row inmates, and his thoughts on the fate of capital punishment.