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Interview: Kelly Mustian, author of The Girls in the Stilt House

Apr 15, 2021

THE GIRLS IN THE STILT HOUSE weaves a beautiful and harrowing story of two teenage girls cast in an unlikely partnership through murder. In this interview conducted by Bookreporter.com reviewer Bronwyn Miller, Kelly Mustian talks about the inspiration for her debut novel, why she decided to set it in 1920s Mississippi on the Natchez Trace, her virtual book tour and how much it means to her to be able to talk to readers from all over the world about the book, her amazing experience volunteering at the Mooresville Public Library in North Carolina before the pandemic hit, and her next novel in the works, which is set mostly in Depression-era Mississippi.

Interview: Jeffrey Siger, author of A Deadly Twist: A Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis Mystery

Apr 15, 2021

A DEADLY TWIST is a twisting tale of greed, corruption and murder that puts Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis, his family and members of his team in the path of a ruthless killer who will stop at nothing to keep dark secrets buried --- forever. In this interview conducted by Michael Barson, Senior Publicity Executive at Melville House, Jeffrey Siger describes the most distinctive elements of the island of Naxos, which is the setting for his 11th book featuring Kaldis. He also talks about his uncanny ability to predict crises that are addressed in his novels a year or two before they become harsh realities, and the one character in the series whose growth has even taken him by surprise.

Interview: Richard O'Rawe, author of Northern Heist

Apr 8, 2021

NORTHERN HEIST is a first novel by Richard O’Rawe, who as an IRA recruit robbed a Northern Bank branch in Mallusk outside of Belfast in 1977. Captured immediately afterward, he was sentenced to eight years at Long Kesh/Maze prison. While there, O’Rawe became the Public Relations officer for the prisoners who were participating in what would become their world-famous hunger strike, in which 10 of the striking prisoners ultimately died. 

In this interview, O’Rawe talks to Michael Barson, Senior Publicity Executive at Melville House, about his decision to become an author and write a novel about a Belfast bank robbery. According to the Wall Street Journal, the book’s “deeds and details seem as real as a smashed kneecap, while its stopwatch tension, heightened by present-tense voice, is reminiscent of such classic caper films as Rififi and The Asphalt Jungle."

Interview: Donis Casey, author of Valentino Will Die: The Adventures of Bianca Dangereuse

Feb 4, 2021

Donis Casey is the author of 10 Alafair Tucker mysteries. This award-winning series, featuring the sleuthing mother of 10 children, is set in Oklahoma during the booming 1910s. Casey has now penned VALENTINO WILL DIE, the second installment in her Hollywood-based series set in the 1920s and starring Alafair’s eighth child, Blanche, who has transformed into the celebrated Bianca LaBelle, the reclusive star of a series of adventure films. In this interview conducted by Michael Barson, who has worked in book publicity since 1984, Casey talks about her inspiration for turning Blanche into a silent movie actress, what intrigued her so much about Rudolph Valentino that she decided to make him the focal point for her latest novel, and which actors working today she believes would have been a huge success in the silent film era.

Interview: Reavis Z. Wortham, author of Laying Bones: A Texas Red River Mystery

Jan 15, 2021

Reavis Z. Wortham is the critically acclaimed author of the Red River Mysteries, which takes place in rural Northeast Texas in the 1960s, and a contemporary thriller series featuring Texas Ranger Sonny Hawke. In this interview conducted by Michael Barson, who has worked in book publicity since 1984, Wortham talks about the fascinating research he conducted for LAYING BONES, the eighth and latest Red River mystery; his decision to have these books progress one year at a time throughout the ’60s; which of his characters are inspired by people from his own life; the top five authors in his personal Texas Novelists Hall of Fame; and what readers can look forward to in future installments of the Red River series.