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Author News & Interviews

Author Talk: Martin Edwards , author of Gallows Court

Sep 19, 2019

Martin Edwards has published 16 crime novels and more than 50 short stories. His crime fiction has been shortlisted for several awards, and in 2008 he won the CWA Short Story Dagger. In this interview, Edwards explains his decision to set his latest mystery, GALLOWS COURT, in 1930, which he calls “a pivotal year”; why he finds his protagonist, Rachel Savernake, so appealing; and the biggest challenge he faced writing this book, which he pulled off without the benefit of an outline.

Interview: Christy Lefteri, author of The Beekeeper of Aleppo

Sep 12, 2019

Back in June, when Carol Fitzgerald was at Book Expo, she had the opportunity to chat with Christy Lefteri, the author of THE BEEKEEPER OF ALEPPO, which is a Bets On pick. They tried to do an on-the-fly video interview, but there was too much ambient noise in the room. As a result, their discussion is transcribed here.

Author Talk: Kerry Greenwood, author of The Spotted Dog: A Corinna Chapman Mystery

Sep 12, 2019

THE SPOTTED DOG is the seventh installment in Kerry Greenwood’s mystery series featuring professional baker and amateur sleuth Corinna Chapman. In this interview, Greenwood talks about the differences between writing these books and her Phryne Fisher series, which is set in the 1920s; the feedback she has received from readers concerning Corinna’s adventures in cooking, as food plays a major role in the series; the mystery writers who have had the most influence on her work; and the actress who she would like to see portray Corinna in a potential television adaptation.

Interview: William Kent Krueger, author of This Tender Land

Sep 3, 2019

William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller ORDINARY GRACE and the long-running Cork O’Connor mystery series. His latest stand-alone novel, THIS TENDER LAND, is about four orphans on a life-changing odyssey during the early years of the Great Depression. In this interview, conducted by reviewer Joe Hartlaub, Krueger discusses his inspiration for the book, which he describes as an updated version of THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN; what he learned about the Depression during the course of his extensive research that surprised him the most; why the vast majority of the story’s action takes place in southern Minnesota; and exciting details about his current work-in-progress --- a prequel to the Cork O’Connor series.

Interview: Gina LaManna, author of Pretty Guilty Women

Sep 3, 2019

USA Today bestselling author Gina LaManna’s latest novel, PRETTY GUILTY WOMEN, revolves around four women, each of whom confesses to having committed the same crime --- alone. In this interview conducted by Carol Fitzgerald, the president and co-founder of The Book Report Network, LaManna talks about what inspired this intriguing plotline; her decision to incorporate such complicated subjects as infertility and violence against women into the story; why she especially loved writing the detective interviews that appear throughout the book; and her upcoming projects, which include a second thriller that is scheduled to be released next year.