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Author News & Interviews

Author Talk: Tina Whittle, author of Necessary Ends: A Tai Randolph Mystery

Apr 11, 2018

Tina Whittle is the author of a series of Atlanta-based mysteries featuring intrepid gun shop owner Tai Randolph and her corporate security agent partner, Trey Seaver. In this interview, Whittle discusses the challenges of writing a series and how she researched the details about filmmaking that are central to the sixth and latest installment, NECESSARY ENDS. She also explains why she chooses not to outline her novels and feels more comfortable as a “dyed-in-the-wool pantser,” making up the plot by the seat of her pants, and reveals some of her primary writing influences.

Interview: Luke Allnutt, author of We Own the Sky

Apr 3, 2018

Luke Allnutt’s debut novel, WE OWN THE SKY, is about a husband and father who must navigate the treacherous waters of childhood illness after his young son is diagnosed with a brain tumor. In this interview, conducted by Bookreporter.com’s Bronwyn Miller, Allnutt explains how his own battle with colon cancer inspired him to write this heartrending yet ultimately life-affirming book. He also talks very lovingly about his father, who passed away from a glioblastoma just three months after being diagnosed, and shares a few details about his second novel, which is about a comedian who goes blind.

Author Talk: Lisa Genova, author of Every Note Played

Mar 22, 2018

Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist whose bestselling novels --- STILL ALICE, LEFT NEGLECTED, LOVE ANTHONY and INSIDE THE O'BRIENS --- revolve around people living with neurological diseases and disorders. Her latest book, EVERY NOTE PLAYED, is no exception, as an accomplished concert pianist battles ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) while trying to make amends with his ex-wife before time runs out. In this interview, Genova talks about how Richard Glatzer, who wrote and directed the film version of STILL ALICE and died of complications from ALS, served as the inspiration for this novel. She also describes her meticulous writing process, speaks fondly of the many individuals who informed her intensive research, and explains what she would like readers to take away from EVERY NOTE PLAYED.

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!