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Author News & Interviews

Interview: Kim Michele Richardson, author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

May 8, 2019

A young outcast braves the hardships of Kentucky’s Great Depression and brings truly magical objects to her people --- books --- in THE BOOK WOMAN OF TROUBLESOME CREEK, Kim Michele Richardson's new novel inspired by the brave women of the Pack Horse Library Project. In this interview, conducted by reviewer Megan Elliott, Richardson talks about her inspiration for writing a book that features a pack horse librarian as the protagonist, the incredible amount of research she did for the novel (which began nearly five years ago), her remarkable ability to write in dialect without coming off as inauthentic or clichéd, and what she hopes readers will take away from her latest work of historical fiction.

Author Talk: Jeffrey Siger, author of The Mykonos Mob: A Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery

Apr 11, 2019

When corruption lies deep beneath the surface, how can the truth come to light? This question lies at the heart of THE MYKONOS MOB, Jeffrey Siger’s 10th police procedural featuring Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis and his Special Crimes unit. In this interview, Siger explains why he chose Greece as the setting for his mysteries, gives a shout-out to the authors who have most influenced his style of writing and approach to dialogue (while also naming the two literary legends to whom his work is most often compared), and reveals the hot-button issue that may become the foundation of the next installment in the series.

Interview: Martha Hall Kelly, author of Lost Roses

Apr 9, 2019

Martha Hall Kelly’s runaway bestseller, LILAC GIRLS, introduced real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. LOST ROSES, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline's mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I. In this interview, conducted by reviewer Rebecca Munro, Kelly talks about her decision to write a prequel; the most interesting fact she learned about pre-WWII Russia; her references to the fashion and etiquette of 1914, which she sprinkles throughout the story; and her current project --- the final book in the trilogy, which will be based on Caroline's great-grandmother, Jane Eliza, and will take place during the Civil War.

Author Talk: Jane Stanton Hitchcock, author of Bluff

Apr 3, 2019

Jane Stanton Hitchcock is a New York Times bestselling author, playwright and screenwriter. She is also an avid poker player who competes in the World Poker Tour and the World Series of Poker. The publication of her sixth novel, BLUFF, marks her return to the world of crime fiction following a nine-year hiatus. In this interview, Hitchcock talks about the inspiration for her latest work of fiction, which pays tribute to her passion for poker; why she refers to her protagonist, Maud Warner, as a “#MeToo murderer”; her satirization of so-called “high society”; and the writers who most influenced her at the start of her career as a novelist.

Interview: Dave Barry, author of Lessons From Lucy: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog

Apr 3, 2019

In Dave Barry’s latest book, LESSONS FROM LUCY: The Simple Joys of an Old, Happy Dog, the Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and bestselling author shows readers how to age gracefully, taking cues from his beloved and highly intelligent dog, Lucy. Michael Barson, the Director of Publicity at Poisoned Pen Press, recently chatted with Dave about how Lucy came to be a part of the Barry family, why he has her to thank for getting to know many of his neighbors, the most important life lesson he has learned from observing and living with her, and his honest feelings about those who believe that cats make better pets than dogs.