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Archives - May 2012

Ceri Radford grew up in Britain and lives in France. She has since written about books, TV, society, male strippers and many other things besides for publications including The Daily Telegraph and Red Magazine. A SURREY STATE OF AFFAIRS is her first novel.
Paul Levine worked as a newspaper reporter, a law professor and a trial lawyer before becoming a full-time novelist. Obviously, he cannot hold a job. Paul claims that writing fiction comes naturally: he told whoppers for many years in his legal briefs. His books have been translated into 23 languages, none of which he can read. In Germany, for reasons he does not understand, he is published under the name "Polly Levine." For more about Paul Levine, author of the Jake Lassiter and Solomon vs. Lord series, visit his website at Here, he talks about the stories his mother read to him as a child. 
Sandra Dallas has published nine novels, including her latest New York Times bestseller, TRUE SISTERS. Sandra is the recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award for New Mercies, and two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award, for The Chili Queen and Tallgrass. The mother of two daughters --- Dana is an attorney in New Orleans and Povy is a photographer in Golden, Colorado --- Sandra lives in Denver with her husband, Bob. Here, she talks about a tragic event from her childhood, and the incredible way her mother coped. 
Claire Cook wrote her first novel in her minivan when she was 45. At 50, she walked the red carpet at the Hollywood premiere of the adaptation of her second novel, MUST LOVE DOGS, starring Diane Lane and John Cusack. She is now the bestselling author of eight novels, with a ninth, WALLFLOWER IN BLOOM, coming from Touchstone in June. Find out more at and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.
C.W. Gortner is the internationally acclaimed author of the historical novels THE LAST QUEEN, THE CONFESSIONS OF CATHERINE DE MEDICI, THE TUDOR SECRET, and his most recent release, THE QUEEN’S VOW. His books have been translated into fifteen languages to date. Today, he shares the story of how his Spanish mother inspired his passion for history and social service. To learn more about C.W. Gortner and his books, please visit him at:
Kris D’Agostino lives in Brooklyn, New York, and works in a preschool. THE SLEEPY HOLLOW FAMILY ALMANAC, which follows 24-year-old Calvin Moretti as he struggles to find a respectable job and deals with frivolous family drama, is his first novel. 
Wendy Sherman and Kim Perel, two New York literary agents have co-edited a collection of stories by 23 women writers about the first year of marriage called WEDDING CAKE FOR BREAKFAST: Essays on the Unforgettable First Year of Marriage. Here, Wendy talks about her own wedding memories, what she’s learned about marriage and what she and Kim learned from their experience editing this honest --- and thought-provoking -- book that would make a great shower or wedding gift.
Melanie Gideon is the author of the memoir THE SLIPPERY YEAR: A Meditation on Happily Ever After, an NPR and San Francisco Chronicle Best Book of 2009, and a New York Times bestseller, as well as three young adult novels.  Her novel, WIFE 22 (to be published in 30 countries and translated into 26 languages and currently in development with Working Title Films) is forthcoming from Ballantine in May 2012. She was born and raised in Rhode Island and now lives in the Bay Area with her husband and son. Here, she talks about how her mother has encouraged her to read and write throughout her life.