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Interview: Wil Haygood, author of Colorization: One Hundred Years of Black Films in a White World

Feb 3, 2022

Wil Haygood’s COLORIZATION examines 100 years of Black movies --- from Gone with the Wind to Blaxploitation films to Black Panther --- using the struggles and triumphs of the artists, and the films themselves, as a prism to explore Black culture, civil rights and racism in America. In this interview conducted by Michael Barson, Senior Publicity Executive at Melville House, Haygood explains how the idea for this deeply researched book came about, offers his thoughts on the late, great Sidney Poitier, names the one Black actor who he believes deserved an Oscar nomination but was sadly overlooked, and reveals which classic movie from Hollywood’s golden age he would like to see remade with a primarily Black cast.

Author Talk: Jessamine Chan, author of The School for Good Mothers

Jan 6, 2022

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS is Jessamine Chan’s debut novel and this month’s “Read with Jenna” Today Show Book Club pick. It revolves around one lapse in judgment that lands a young mother in a government reform program where custody of her child hangs in the balance. In this interview, Chan talks about how she came to tell this particular story, her writing process and the research she conducted for the book, what surprised her the most when she became a mother, the concerns she had about motherhood and the impact it would have on her ability to write, the authors who have inspired her, and what she’s working on now.

Interview: Lyndsay Faye, author of Observations by Gaslight: Stories from the World of Sherlock Holmes

Jan 6, 2022

Lyndsay Faye’s OBSERVATIONS BY GASLIGHT is a thrilling volume of both new and previously published short stories and novellas narrated by those who knew Sherlock Holmes. In this interview conducted by reviewer Ray Palen, Faye discusses why she chose to utilize narrators other than Dr. Watson in her latest collection about the Great Detective, the lasting appeal of Holmes to authors and readers, the tremendous support she received from Otto Penzler as she was writing this book under less-than-ideal circumstances, her favorite Holmes story written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and what’s next for her.

Interview: Matt Coyle, author of Last Redemption: A Rick Cahill Novel

Dec 1, 2021

Matt Coyle, whose books are set in contemporary San Diego, has revived the Raymond Chandler hard-boiled PI model. His protagonist, Rick Cahill, finally has reached a pinnacle. He’s engaged to Leah Landingham, and they’re expecting their first child. And he has developed skills as a computer investigator for wealthy clients who need corporate background verification. Yet LAST REDEMPTION is an ambitious undertaking that stretches the limits of his traditional investigative skills. In this interview, Coyle chats with’s Dean Murphy about the challenges he faces while writing, what he hopes readers learn from the series, and Rick’s complicated friendship with Moira MacFarlane.

Interview: Erin Kelly, author of Watch Her Fall

Dec 1, 2021

Sunday Times bestselling author Erin Kelly, whose books have been translated into 25 languages, ascends the throne as the Queen of Psych Suspense with her eighth novel, WATCH HER FALL. Her million-copy pole-vault crossbar is sure to rise given the US release, which has had additional printings to accommodate market demand. In this interview, Kelly chats with’s Dean Murphy about her astounding thrillers, what she has in store for us next, and a typical day in her writing life.