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Author News & Interviews

Interview: Owen Laukkanen, author of Lone Jack Trail

Aug 13, 2020

Owen Laukkanen is a former professional poker journalist and the author of the Stevens and Windermere novels, which have been nominated for the Anthony, Barry, Edgar and Thriller Awards. His latest book, LONE JACK TRAIL, is the sequel to DECEPTION COVE, which kicked off a brand new series featuring Jess Winslow, a U.S. Marine turned trainee sheriff’s deputy, and Mason Burke, an ex-convict and Jess’ boyfriend. In this interview, Laukkanen talks to Michael Barson, who has worked in book publicity since 1984, about LONE JACK TRAIL’s feminist spin on the “drifter” trope in thrillers; hitting “the wall” in his writing career and pushing through it; HBO Max’s acquisition of his young adult novel, THE WILD; and his beloved pit bull mix, Lucy, who is featured in his Winslow and Burke series.

Interview: Michael Brandman, author of Stealth: A Buddy Steel Short Story

Jul 17, 2020

Michael Brandman is a New York Times bestselling author, screenwriter and producer. He has written, adapted and produced nine films based on his Jesse Stone novels, and has produced over 40 motion pictures. His e-book short story, STEALTH, is his latest Buddy Steel mystery and follows the acting sheriff as he races against the clock to solve a series of mysterious disappearances --- before a triple kidnapping becomes a triple homicide. Brandman talks to Michael Barson, who has worked in book publicity since 1984, about his approach to writing a short story versus penning a novel; the possibility of a Buddy Steel movie or television adaptation and his dream cast; and the effect of the global pandemic on his plans for future novels and films.

Interview: Greg Mitchell , author of The Beginning or the End: How Hollywood — and America — Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Jul 9, 2020

Greg Mitchell is a journalist, blogger and author of more than a dozen books. His latest title, THE BEGINNING OR THE END: How Hollywood — and America — Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, is about the MGM film that started as a cautionary tale of the dangers of a nuclear arms race, but was twisted by the Truman White House and military into pro-nuclear propaganda. In this interview, Mitchell talks to Michael Barson, who has worked in book publicity since 1984, about the “Hiroshima narrative” that promotes the idea that the two atomic bombs were the only way to end World War II; the falsehoods in the movie and the head of the Manhattan Project’s role in portraying these outright lies; and the ultimate failure of this 1947 epic.

Author Talk: Steven F. Havill, author of Less Than a Moment: A Posadas County Mystery

Mar 19, 2020

Steven F. Havill is the author of a series of mysteries set in fictional Posadas County, New Mexico, the 24th installment of which, LESS THAN A MOMENT, is now in stores. In this interview, Havill explains why he decided --- over the course of the series --- to replace his almost-70-year-old protagonist, Sheriff Bill Gastner, with a younger generation of law enforcement officers, Bob Torrez and Estelle Reyes-Guzman; how New Mexico is drastically different now than it was when he moved there in 1965; his opinions on the evolution of the publishing industry from the early ’90s (when he began writing the Posadas County mysteries) to today; and why he got such a kick out of one reader who commented on enjoying his books.

Author Talk: Betty Webb, author of The Panda of Death: A Gunn Zoo Mystery

Mar 5, 2020

After wrapping up her 10-volume series featuring Scottsdale private eye Lena Jones last year, Betty Webb has resumed her Gunn Zoo Mystery series with the sixth entry, THE PANDA OF DEATH, which is now in stores. In this interview, Webb talks about how she decides which animal will be the key element in each of these novels, the premise of her new series and why she enjoyed doing the research for the opening installment, the authors whose works can be found on her nightstand, and the one aspect of the publishing industry that she considers to be an improvement over the state it was in when her first book came out in 1976.