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Archives - February 2013

Author Talk: Tara Conklin, author of The House Girl

Feb 14, 2013

Tara Conklin’s highly-anticipated debut novel, THE HOUSE GIRL, intertwines the story of an escaped house slave in 1852 Virginia with that of an ambitious young lawyer in contemporary New York, who is given the difficult assignment of finding the perfect plaintiff to lead an historic class-action lawsuit involving reparations for descendants of American slaves. In this interview, Conklin reveals how reading a biography of Virginia Woolf helped provide the inspiration for this book and describes the challenges she faced writing from two very different character perspectives.

Author Talk: Aria Beth Sloss, author of Autobiography of Us

Feb 8, 2013

In this interview, Aria Beth Sloss explains what fascinated her about a group of women “caught between two eras” who became the subjects of her debut novel, AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF US. She also talks about how she used her mother’s life as inspiration for the book, the two types of research she conducted, and how she first became interested in writing.

Author Talk: Priscille Sibley, author of The Promise of Stardust

Feb 8, 2013

Priscille Sibley’s debut novel, THE PROMISE OF STARDUST, is a love story about a family torn apart by a medical crisis and the ethical dilemma of keeping a pregnant woman with no chance of recovery on life support for months in an attempt to give her unborn baby a chance. In this interview, Sibley talks about her inspiration for writing a story that deals with tough and at times unimaginable moral issues, the challenges she faced in capturing the perspective and voice of her male character, and the ways in which the book can be considered somewhat autobiographical.

Author Talk: Lisa Gardner, author of Touch & Go

Feb 8, 2013

Lisa Gardner takes a break from her Detective D. D. Warren series to write TOUCH & GO, a stand-alone novel that marks the return of private investigator Tessa Leoni, who was introduced to readers two years ago in LOVE YOU MORE. In this interview, Gardner explains where the idea for her latest thriller originated and describes the anxiety she felt as she toured a recently built prison, which served as part of her research for the book. She also talks about the development of her characters, sheds light on her writing schedule, and reveals her literary role models.

: Marissa Meyer, author of Scarlet: Book Two in the Lunar Chronicles

Feb 1, 2013

Last year, the first book in Marissa Meyer's Lunar Chronicles series, CINDER, about a cyborg Cinderella was recieved with high acclaim. The second book in the series, SCARLET, is an adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood, which follows Scarlet on the quest for her grandmother who may have been taken because of the secrets she's been keeping.