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December 12, 2011

Ken Denmead on THE HOBBIT

Posted by Katherine
  Ken is a husband and father from the San Francisco Bay Area,where he works as a civil engineer. He’s the publisher and editor of GeekDad,the parenting blog for Wired magazine’s online presence,and publisher of the companion blog,GeekMom,where along with a group of other dedicated,geeky parents he posts projects,book and movie reviews,weekly podcasts,and more about being a parent and being a geek. Here he talks about his first forays into geekdom with THE HOBBIT.
December 12, 2011

Eva Stachniak on Learning English

Posted by Katherine
  Eva Stachniak was born and raised in Poland, but earned her degree at McGill University in Canada. She has taught at both University of Wroclaw in Poland, and Sheridan College in Montreal, Canada. Her latest book, THE WINTER PALACE, is her second novel. Here she talks about how she learned English by reading.  
Katherine Anne Kindred is author of the recently published book AN ACCIDENTAL MOTHER. Here she talks about one of the first books she ever received as a gift --- one she still has!
December 8, 2011

Shelley Shepard Gray on Reading Aloud

Posted by Katherine
  SHELLEY SHEPARD GRAY is the author of the Seasons of Sugarcreek Sisters of the Heart series. She lives with her family in southern Ohio, where she writes full time. Here she lends us some memories she has of reading out loud.  
December 7, 2011

Robyn Carr on Books for Troops

Posted by Katherine
Robyn and her husband, Jim, make their home in Las Vegas. She makes the occasional foray into Humboldt County in nearby California, where the Virgin River series is set. She enjoys interacting with her readers via Facebook and her free Robyn Carr mobile phone app. Here she talks about giving the gift of books to US troops.  
December 6, 2011

Denise Hamilton on THE RUSSIANS

Posted by Katherine
Denise Hamilton is a writer-journalist whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Cosmopolitan, and The New York Times and is the author of five acclaimed Eve Diamond crime novels, PRISONERS OF MEMORY, SAVAGE GARDEN, LAST LULLABY, SUGAR SKULL, and THE JASMINE TRADE, all of which have been Los Angeles Times bestsellers. She is also the editor of and a contributor to the short story anthology Los Angeles Noir, winner of the Southern California Independent Booksellers Association Award for Best Mystery of 2007. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two young children. Here she talks about the Russian heritage that her mother tried to keep hidden, and the book that helped her family confront it.
December 5, 2011

BJ Daniels on Unforgettable Gifts

Posted by Katherine
  USA TODAY Bestselling author B.J. Daniels began writing novels after a career as a newspaper journalist. The author of more than fifty titles for Harlequin Books, she has won numerous awards, including a career achievement award for romantic suspense. B.J. has been a long-time contributor to the Harlequin Intrigue line.  Readers can find more of her Intrigue novels throughout 2012, including a sequel to CRIME SCENE AT CARDWELL RANCH.  Fans can also look forward to her first big romantic suspense novel for HQN Books, coming out in August 2012. B.J. lives in Montana with her husband and their two springer spaniels. When she isn’t plotting her next book, she snowboards, camps, boats and plays tennis. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Thriller Writers, Kiss of Death and Romance Writers of America. Here she talks about some of the unforgettable gifts she has received throughout her lifetime.
December 4, 2011

Caroline Leavitt on the Blue Bookshelf

Posted by Katherine
Caroline Leavitt is the award-winning author of eight novels. Her essays and stories have appeared in "New York Magazine," "Psychology Today," "More," "Parenting," "Redbook," and several anthologies. She lives in Hoboken, New Jersey, with her husband and son. Here she talks about the first book she ever owned, and the bookshelf that went with it.
Alan Bradley was born in Toronto and grew up in Cobourg, Ontario. With an education in electronic engineering, Alan worked at numerous radio and television stations in Ontario, and at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (now Ryerson University) in Toronto, before becoming Director of Television Engineering in the media centre at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK, where he remained for 25 years before taking early retirement to write in 1994. Alan Bradley’s latest novel, I AM HALF-SICK OF SHADOWS, the 4th in the Flavia de Luce series, was recently published by Delacorte Books. Here he talks about the up-side of childhood illness: enough leisure time for reading.