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Author Talk: Charlotte Hinger, author of Fractured Families: A Lottie Albright Mystery

Mar 16, 2017

Charlotte Hinger is an award-winning novelist and Kansas historian. In FRACTURED FAMILIES, the fourth installment in her mystery series starring Lottie Albright, the undersheriff of Carlton County, Kansas, investigates a series of murders in which the victims are found in the arms of statues in a sculpture park. In this interview, Hinger talks about her decision to set these novels in Western Kansas (although later she reveals a change of scenery for book five), the emotional challenges of writing FRACTURED FAMILIES, and the mystery writers who were the most influential in her creation of Lottie.

Interview: Malin Persson Giolito, author of Quicksand

Mar 9, 2017

Malin Persson Giolito has worked as a lawyer for the biggest law firm in the Nordic region and as an official for the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium. She is now a full-time writer and has written four novels. In QUICKSAND, her English debut, she tackles themes of class, money and violence. When a mass shooting takes place at a Stockholm prep school, 18-year-old Maja Norberg is put on trial for her role in the massacre. In this interview conducted by Carol Fitzgerald, the president and co-founder of The Book Report Network, Persson Giolito discusses the challenges of writing QUICKSAND --- including developing the character of Maja and piecing the story together --- her decision to set the novel in an affluent place, and why she personally doesn't classify her work as "thrillers" per se.

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.