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Author News & Interviews

Interview: J.T. Ellison, author of Lie to Me

Sep 8, 2017

J.T. Ellison writes dark psychological thrillers starring Nashville Homicide Lt. Taylor Jackson and medical examiner Dr. Samantha Owens, and pens the Nicholas Drummond series with  fellow bestselling author Catherine Coulter. Her latest stand-alone novel, LIE TO ME, is about the disintegration of a marriage as grief, jealousy, betrayal and murder destroy the facade of the perfect literary couple. In this interview, conducted by’s Joe Hartlaub, Ellison discusses her inspiration for the book, which is more of a domestic thriller than the police procedural to which her fans have become accustomed; talks about how the structure of the novel changed as she was attempting to find the right rhythm for this “rhythm book”; explains what her book journal is and includes a few examples from the journal she used for LIE TO ME; and offers a sneak peek at her numerous upcoming projects.

Interview: Eva Woods, author of Something Like Happy

Sep 8, 2017

Eva Woods has written two women’s fiction novels, as well as crime fiction under her own name, Claire McGowan, all in the UK. She makes her North American debut with SOMETHING LIKE HAPPY, which finds the two main characters --- one of whom starts out the book cynical and depressed, and the other of whom is initially positive and upbeat --- embarking on a remarkable mission: One hundred days. One hundred new ways to be happy. In this interview, conducted by's Megan Elliott, Woods talks about how her own experiences at a young age influenced the writing of her book, her struggle to balance the more uplifting parts of her story with the harsh reality of her protagonist’s illness, and the message she would like readers to take away after turning the last page.

Interview: Michelle Richmond, author of The Marriage Pact

Jul 28, 2017

New York Times bestselling author Michelle Richmond’s latest novel, THE MARRIAGE PACT, is an intense and shocking tale that asks: How far would you go to protect your marriage? In this interview, conducted by’s Joe Hartlaub, Richmond explains why she wrote the book, which was partly inspired by her longstanding fascination with cult-like organizations that lure people in with the promise of helping them to live fuller, happier lives and be better versions of themselves, and how she came up with the four rules that form the bedrock of The Pact. She also talks about the important role that Leonard Cohen and his music played in the novel, how her books (including this one) cross genres, her decision to explore the world of writing at such a young age, and the single best action she took on her road to success.

Author Talk: Ruth Ware, author of The Lying Game

Jul 28, 2017

Ruth Ware follows up her New York Times bestsellers IN A DARK, DARK WOOD and THE WOMAN IN CABIN 10 with her third psychological thriller, THE LYING GAME. Three women receive a text from the fourth member of their former clique that reads, simply, “I need you” --- and they fear their lives will never be the same. In this interview, Ware explains what compelled her to write this chilling, twisty novel; her inspiration for Salten, the boarding school that the four main characters attended and where the infamous Lying Game originated; and the difficulties of switching between time periods during the writing process. She also reveals her favorite scenes from THE LYING GAME, offers advice for aspiring writers, and talks about the most rewarding part of publishing a book.

Author Talk: Michael Connelly, author of The Late Show

Jul 21, 2017

In a departure from his Harry Bosch and Mickey Haller thrillers, Michael Connelly introduces readers to a brand new protagonist for his 30th novel, THE LATE SHOW. Renée Ballard is a fierce young detective who is fighting to prove herself on the LAPD’s toughest beat. In this interview, Connelly explains why he is starting a new series and what made him decide to create a female lead character again --- his first since Cassie Black in 2000’s VOID MOON. He also discusses why it was so much fun to write about the LAPD Hollywood Station late shift and the possibility of seeing a crossover of characters from his Bosch series.