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Interview: Alan Maimon, author of Twilight in Hazard: An Appalachian Reckoning

Jun 11, 2021

TWILIGHT IN HAZARD is investigative reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Alan Maimon’s troubling account of how a perfect storm of events made a devastating impact on the residents in small Appalachian towns --- a case of severe and accelerating rural distress that, over the past 20 years, has expanded to send tremors through the rest of America. In this interview conducted by Michael Barson, Senior Publicity Executive at Melville House, Maimon talks about the challenges he faced when he was assigned to report on life in rural Eastern Kentucky following a two-year stint at the New York Times’s Berlin bureau, the urgent need to demystify the region so it can be understood by the rest of the country, and the possibility of income-generating hope on the horizon.

Interview: Rob Leininger, author of Gumshoe in the Dark

Jun 3, 2021

Rob Leininger revived the hardboiled PI venue somewhat modeled after Travis McGee and Sam Spade, but in the humorous vein of Carl Hiaasen, Tim Dorsey and Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum. GUMSHOE IN THE DARK is the fifth book in this laugh-riot-with-a-message series set in Nevada. Mort is now married to Lucy, and on the road tracking down a ne’er-do-well grandnephew unwittingly hell-bent on avoiding a $680,000 inheritance. He comes across the estranged daughter of Nevada’s attorney general, who has gone missing --- as have two local teens. In this interview, Leininger chats with’s Dean Murphy about the current Mortimer Angel adventure, Mort’s world and a typical day in Leininger’s life.

Interview: Jeff Guinn, author of War on the Border: Villa, Pershing, the Texas Rangers, and an American Invasion

May 27, 2021

In WAR ON THE BORDER, Jeff Guinn --- a chronicler of the Southwestern United States and of American undesirables (Bonnie and Clyde, Charles Manson, Jim Jones) --- tells the riveting story of Pancho Villa’s bloody raid on a small U.S. border town that sparked a violent conflict with the U.S. In this interview conducted by Michael Barson, Senior Publicity Executive at Melville House, Guinn talks about his decision to write a book about this period in Texas history, the boots-on-the-ground research he did that involved traveling as much of the border as he could during the pandemic, and the one historical figure he is so tempted to write a biography about.

Interview: Rónán Hession, author of Leonard and Hungry Paul

May 13, 2021

Rónán Hession is an Irish writer and musician based in Dublin. His debut novel, LEONARD AND HUNGRY PAUL, asks a simple question: Can gentle people change the world? Newly released in paperback, it was shortlisted for an Irish Book of the Year award and selected by Dublin City Council as this year's One Dublin One Book. In this interview conducted by Michael Barson, Senior Publicity Executive at Melville House, Hession talks about the universal appeal of his novel, the important role that Hungry Paul’s sister plays in the story, the writers he admires, and his participation in close to 100(!) Zoom events since the book’s publication.

Interview: Adam Mitzner, author of The Perfect Marriage

Apr 15, 2021

The price of true love is betrayal, suspicion and murder in THE PERFECT MARRIAGE, a twisty thriller by the Amazon Charts bestselling author of such novels as DEAD CERTAIN, NEVER GOODBYE and THE BEST FRIEND. In this interview conducted by reviewer Ray Palen, Adam Mitzner talks about the book’s message and its central themes, why he chose a life-threatening illness to be the driving force behind the actions of his protagonists, who’s to blame for most failed marriages, how the pandemic has impacted his writing routine, and two upcoming projects --- one of which is a fun departure for him.