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Author News & Interviews

Interview: Charles Todd, author of The Shattered Tree: A Bess Crawford Mystery

Sep 6, 2016

Bestselling mother-son writing team Charles Todd is back with an exciting new addition to the Bess Crawford mystery series. In THE SHATTERED TREE, the World War I battlefield nurse goes to dangerous lengths to investigate a wounded soldier’s background…and uncover his true loyalties. Here, the prolific duo talks with The Book Report Network’s Ray Palen about some of the interesting choices they made in order to keep a beloved, long-running series fresh, including adding a French perspective to Bess’ ever-evolving world, and pushing Bess out of her comfort zone and making her --- of all things --- a patient.

Interview: Susan Elizabeth Phillips, author of First Star I See Tonight: A Chicago Stars Novel

Sep 1, 2016

Bestselling author Susan Elizabeth Phillips has found fans all over the world with her warm contemporary love stories that manage to touch both hearts and funny bones, so it’s no wonder she's the only four-time recipient of the Romance Writers of America's prestigious Favorite Book of the Year Award. Now, she returns with FIRST STAR I SEE TONIGHT --- the eighth book in her Chicago Stars series --- about a feisty female detective and a no-nonsense sports hero who go head-to-head in a seductive new story. In this interview with The Book Report Network's Bronwyn Miller, Phillips opens up about her latest heroine and hero --- including how they’re different from typical “SEP” characters, the reason she felt compelled to write their story, and why they’re a perfect match.

Interview: Jonis Agee, author of The Bones of Paradise

Aug 5, 2016

Praised by the New York Times as “a gifted poet of that dark lushness in the heart of the American landscape,” Jonis Agee is the award-winning author of 12 books. Her latest, THE BONES OF PARADISE, is a multigenerational family saga set in the unforgiving Nebraska Sand Hills in the years following the massacre at Wounded Knee, and is at once a mystery, a tragedy, a romance, and an unflagging exploration of the beauty and brutality that defined the settling of the American west. In this interview with The Book Report Network's Alexis Burling, Agee --- in characteristically sumptuous prose --- discusses why she chose to tell this particular story at this particular moment in time, why she believes it’s futile for people to fight the truth of their histories, and how in the world she has come to own over 20 pairs of cowboy boots.

Author Talk: Beatriz Williams, author of A Certain Age

Jun 29, 2016

Beatriz Williams follows up her Schuyler Sisters trilogy (THE SECRET LIFE OF VIOLET GRANT, TINY LITTLE THING and ALONG THE INFINITE SEA) with A CERTAIN AGE, a stand-alone novel that brings the Roaring Twenties brilliantly to life in an enchanting tale of intrigue, romance and scandal in New York Society. In this interview, Williams discusses Der Rosenkavalier, the Strauss opera that serves as the direct inspiration for the book, how she adapted the opera’s characters to make them more dimensional for a modern audience, and how she researches her meticulously detailed historical fiction (hint: Google doesn’t hurt!).

Interview: John Gilstrap, author of Friendly Fire: A Jonathan Grave Thriller

Jun 28, 2016

John Gilstrap has cornered the market on hostage rescue thrillers, told through dynamic characters who operate as a single unit. His previous novel, AGAINST ALL ENEMIES, has been nominated for a Thriller Award by the International Thriller Writers organization*, and his latest, FRIENDLY FIRE, is the most intense installment of his Jonathan Grave series to date. In this interview, Gilstrap chats with’s Dean Murphy about terrorism in America, his nonfiction book adapted for film, daily life in the Gilstrap household, and upcoming new genres.

*On July 9, 2016, at a banquet held in New York City, AGAINST ALL ENEMIES won the Thriller Award for Best Paperback Original Novel.