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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 Bookreporter.com 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.

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."