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Interview: Eva Stachniak, author of The Winter Palace: A Novel of Catherine the Great

Jan 12, 2012

Eva Stachniak’s THE WINTER PALACE is a fictional account of Catherine the Great’s rise to power, told from the perspective of a low-profile servant in the court. In this interview, conducted by Bookreporter.com’s Melanie Smith, Stachniak discusses her inspiration to write about this legendary figure, her extensive research process, and her opinions concerning some of the laws and customs of 18th-century Europe.

Author Talk: William Landay, author of Defending Jacob

Jan 12, 2012

Some thoughts on
“The Unwritten Rules of the Legal Thriller”
by William Landay

I have been asked for a few words from on high about “the unwritten rules of the legal thriller.” I would be delighted to boil down these rules to a few pithy, authoritative commandments and deliver them in a handy numbered list, like Moses or Tyler Durden. It would be helpful to have the damn things spelled out, finally. But honestly I can think of only one rule for the legal thriller, which is that there are no rules for the legal thriller. There are also no rules for the non-legal thriller, the non-thriller, or any other type of novel. It sounds pedantic, but it’s true: “rules” in this context is an optimist’s word for clichés. If a writer hears of such a “rule,” he should break it right away. It’s the only way to produce original, surprising work. Readers, after all, know the “rules” too.

Author Talk: Michael Connelly, author of The Drop

Dec 1, 2011

In Michael Connelly’s new Harry Bosch novel, THE DROP, the LAPD homicide detective simultaneously takes on two cases. Both deal with shocking deaths, and both go back years --- even decades --- into the past. In this interview, Connelly sheds light on the triple meaning of the title. He also discusses the extensive research he conducts through real crime cases, how he balances Harry Bosch with the protagonist of the Lincoln Lawyer series, Mickey Haller, and the evolution of Bosch’s character over the past 20 years.

Author Talk: Sue Grafton, author of V is for Vengeance

Nov 17, 2011

Sue Grafton’s latest Kinsey Millhone mystery, V IS FOR VENGEANCE, finds Kinsey on the case of a shoplifting ring that may be associated with a murder. In this interview, Grafton shares her personal thoughts on the ideas of vengeance, crime and addiction. She also gives insight into her writing and research processes, sheds light on Kinsey’s character, and discusses her plans for future novels.

Interview: Alison Bechdel, author of The Best American Comics 2011

Oct 4, 2011

What do you say about a year like 2011? If you’re talking comics…plenty. Alison Bechdel, who this year joins Jessica Abel and Matt Madden to edit the annual anthology The Best American Comics,discusses her favorites, what she looks for in a best comic, and much more.