Interview with Amanda Skenandore, author of THE SECOND LIFE OF MIRIELLE WEST

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

This week’s interview is with dear friend and author Amanda Skenandore, whose award-winning historical fiction explores painful episodes in the American experience with great sensitivity and insight. Her forthcoming book, THE SECOND LIFE OF MIRIELLE WEST will be out in July and was inspired by the true story of a Louisiana leprosy hospital where patients were forcibly quarantined. Below, Amanda talks about the research she did at the national leprosarium,…

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Interview with J.S. Dewes, author of THE LAST WATCH

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

This week’s interview is with J.S. Dewes whose debut novel, THE LAST WATCH (available 4/20!) is a fast-paced sci-fi adventure that has been described as The Expanse meets Game of Thrones. Below, Dewes talks about some of the strangest jobs she’s had, the books she read as a child, and what she’s most looking forward to with the release of her book (hint: get your painting sets ready!). Enjoy!   J.S. DEWES…

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Interview with Leila Rafei, author of SPRING

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

I’m so excited about this week’s interview with Leila Rafei because I simply loved the real, flawed, and beautiful characters and storylines in her debut, SPRING that came out in August 2020. Below, Leila talks about the research she did for the book, how she’s dealing with writer’s block, and her next big project. Enjoy!   LEILA Leila Rafei is an Iranian American author who was born and raised in…

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Interview with Ellen Birkett Morris, author of LOST GIRLS

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

This week’s interview is with Ellen Birkett Morris whose debut, LOST GIRLS, explores the experiences of women and girls as they grieve, find love, face uncertainty, take a stand, find their future and say goodbye to the past. Below, Ellen talks about her favorite time of day, books that inspired her as a child, and a few of the amazing prizes she’s won over the years. Enjoy!   ABOUT ELLEN Ellen…

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Interview with Elizabeth Everett, author of A LADY’S FORMULA FOR LOVE

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

This week’s interview is with Elizabeth Everett whose debut novel, A LADY’S FORMULA FOR LOVE will be released next week. Preorder now! Below, Elizabeth talks about the story behind her book’s title, advice for her younger self, her editing process and her love of early mornings. Enjoy!   ABOUT ELIZABETH Elizabeth Everett lives in Upstate New York with her family. She likes going for long walks or (very) short runs to…

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Interview with Mary Keliikoa, author of DERAILED

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

This week’s interview is with Mary Keliikoa whose debut novel, DERAILED, came out last May and has just been nominated for a Lefty Award for Best Debut. Congratulations Mary! Below, Mary talks about her love of early mornings and dancing, a co-worker that tried to sabotage her work, and what literary success looks like to her. Enjoy!   ABOUT MARY Mary Keliikoa spent the first 18 years of her adult life…

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Interview with Julie Carrick Dalton, author of WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

I’m so excited that this week’s interview is with Julie Carrick Dalton whose debut novel, WAITING FOR THE NIGHT SONG, came out YESTERDAY! Julie has been an incredibly generous writer friend who has always gone out of her way to shine a spotlight on every new debut author so it’s exciting to see her have this moment in the sun. Congratulations Julie! Below, Julie shares about the books she loved…

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Interview with Eliza Nellums, author of ALL THAT’S BRIGHT AND GONE

Friday, January 1, 2021

This week’s interview is with Eliza Nellum, whose debut novel, ALL THAT’S BRIGHT AND GONE, tells the story of Aoife Scott as she tries to solve the mystery of her older brother’s death and bring her mother home. Below, Eliza tells us about the best money she ever spent as a writer, the story behind her book’s title, and books she’s looking forward to reading. Enjoy!   ABOUT ELIZA Raised in…

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[News Flash] November 15, 2020

Sunday, November 15, 2020

Thank you to Vanessa Riley for joining us this week to talk about her new novel, AN EARL, THE GIRL, AND A TODDLER. Her latest book is part of the Rogues and Remarkable Women series from Kensington. The blurbs are coming in for Elizabeth Gonzalez James’ novel, MONA AT SEA, available for preorder now!   Denny S. Bryce’s novel WILD WOMEN AND THE BLUES reached the top 100 on the…

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[News Flash] October 25, 2020

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Thank you to Lois Ruskai Melina for joining us for an interview this week about her essay collection, THE GRAMMAR OF UNTOLD STORIES. Lois will also be participating in a livestream reading and conversation with Oregon Poet Laureate Emerita Paulann Petersen on Friday, Oct. 30 with Annie Bloom’s Books. Click here to register. Lyn Liao Butler also sat down with Mindy McGinnis this week to talk about the anxiety of…

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