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Author News & Interviews

Author Talk: Ruth Ware, author of The Death of Mrs. Westaway

May 30, 2018

Ruth Ware follows up her New York Times bestsellers IN A DARK, DARK WOOD, THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 and THE LYING GAME with her highly anticipated fourth novel, THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY. This Agatha Christie-style story revolves around the duplicitous actions taken by its main character, Hal, after receiving a mysterious inheritance letter that was clearly meant for someone else. In this interview, Ware explains how this book differs from her previous psychological thrillers; discusses the research she conducted into tarot readers, fake mediums and psychics, along with their techniques, all of which she found fascinating; and reveals the two writers who were the biggest influence on THE DEATH OF MRS. WESTAWAY.

Interview: Paula McLain, author of Love and Ruin

May 3, 2018

Paula McLain’s 2011 novel, THE PARIS WIFE, captured the love affair between Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley Richardson. Seven years later, McLain revisits the literary giant in LOVE AND RUIN, this time focusing on his passionate, stormy marriage to his third wife, Martha Gellhorn, who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the 20th century. In this interview, conducted by Bookreporter.com’s Amy Haddock, McLain discusses what drew her to Gellhorn’s story and why she felt compelled to write about Hemingway again. She also describes her research process, explains how she was able to maintain a strong sense of place throughout the novel, and even shares the recipe for a Hemingway-esque daiquiri that can be enjoyed while reading the book or discussing it with your book group.

Interview: Luke Allnutt, author of We Own the Sky

Apr 3, 2018

Luke Allnutt’s debut novel, WE OWN THE SKY, is about a husband and father who must navigate the treacherous waters of childhood illness after his young son is diagnosed with a brain tumor. In this interview, conducted by Bookreporter.com’s Bronwyn Miller, Allnutt explains how his own battle with colon cancer inspired him to write this heartrending yet ultimately life-affirming book. He also talks very lovingly about his father, who passed away from a glioblastoma just three months after being diagnosed, and shares a few details about his second novel, which is about a comedian who goes blind.

Author Talk: Lisa Genova, author of Every Note Played

Mar 22, 2018

Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist whose bestselling novels --- STILL ALICE, LEFT NEGLECTED, LOVE ANTHONY and INSIDE THE O'BRIENS --- revolve around people living with neurological diseases and disorders. Her latest book, EVERY NOTE PLAYED, is no exception, as an accomplished concert pianist battles ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) while trying to make amends with his ex-wife before time runs out. In this interview, Genova talks about how Richard Glatzer, who wrote and directed the film version of STILL ALICE and died of complications from ALS, served as the inspiration for this novel. She also describes her meticulous writing process, speaks fondly of the many individuals who informed her intensive research, and explains what she would like readers to take away from EVERY NOTE PLAYED.

Interview: Sarah Vaughan, author of Anatomy of a Scandal

Jan 26, 2018

Once a political correspondent herself, author Sarah Vaughan is no slouch when it comes to knowing what goes on behind the scenes in the world of politics. Her third and latest novel, ANATOMY OF A SCANDAL, reflects that understanding, shedding light on how power corrupts, how secrets and grudges take root, and how we navigate the dangerous landscape of sexual politics. In this interview conducted by Carol Fitzgerald, the president and co-founder of The Book Report Network, Vaughan discusses where and when her ideas emerged, the challenges she faced in embracing the first-person point of view for the first time, and, of course, politics.