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Author News & Interviews

Author Talk: David P. Wagner, author of A Funeral in Mantova: A Rick Montoya Italian Mystery

Mar 9, 2018

David P. Wagner is a retired Foreign Service Officer who spent nine years in Italy. With this wealth of experience, it’s no surprise that he decided to write a mystery series that takes place there. A FUNERAL IN MANTOVA is the fifth installment, and marks the return of Rick Montoya, an American from New Mexico self-employed as a translator in Italy. In this interview, Wagner discusses the series' Italian inspirations, shares his thoughts on being both a reader and writer of mysteries, and talks about the feedback he has received from fans that has proven to be most helpful to him.

Author Talk: Donis Casey, author of Forty Dead Men: An Alafair Tucker Mystery

Feb 16, 2018

Having now reached the 10th installment in her series of historical mysteries featuring full-time mother and part-time sleuth Alafair Tucker, Donis Casey is showing no signs of slowing down. Here, this prolific author talks about the potential longevity of the series, as well as familial, historical and authorial inspirations that have (and still do) influence her writing. Read the interview, and then be sure to pick up a copy of FORTY DEAD MEN for yourself!

Interview: Francine Rivers, author of The Masterpiece

Feb 8, 2018

Over the years, Francine Rivers has penned a number of bestselling novels ranging from inspirational to historical romance, most of which focus on Christianity or faith-based themes. In this interview conducted by's Amy Haddock, Rivers discusses how those themes play into her latest book, THE MASTERPIECE, the story of Roman and Grace, two orphans who couldn’t have grown up more differently. Read on to discover Rivers' thoughts on writing these characters, emotional and spiritual healing, and personal inspirations that drove the tale forward.

Interview: Sarah Vaughan, author of Anatomy of a Scandal

Jan 26, 2018

Once a political correspondent herself, author Sarah Vaughan is no slouch when it comes to knowing what goes on behind the scenes in the world of politics. Her third and latest novel, ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL, reflects that understanding, shedding light on how power corrupts, how secrets and grudges take root, and how we navigate the dangerous landscape of sexual politics. In this interview conducted by Carol Fitzgerald, the president and co-founder of The Book Report Network, Vaughan discusses where and when her ideas emerged, the challenges she faced in embracing the first-person point of view for the first time, and, of course, politics.

Interview: Benjamin Ludwig, author of Ginny Moon

Jan 4, 2018

Shortly after Benjamin Ludwig and his wife married, they became foster parents and adopted a teenager with autism.His debut novel, GINNY MOON, which is now available in paperback, was inspired in part by his conversations with other parents at his daughter’s Special Olympics basketball practices. In this interview conducted by Carol Fitzgerald, the president and co-founder of The Book Report Network, Ludwig reflects on his conversations with book groups and the questions they ask him most frequently, the elements of praise for GINNY MOON that made him particularly proud to have written this story, and what he hopes readers will take away from the book.