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Archives - September 2013

Interview: Andrea Kane, author of The Stranger You Know: A Forensic Instincts Novel

Sep 27, 2013

In THE STRANGER YOU KNOW, New York Times bestselling author Andrea Kane continues her acclaimed Forensic Instincts series. A recent string of murders appear to follow the MO of a killer well known to the Forensic team --- one they have already imprisoned. Using a blend of supernatural talents and technological wonders, the mismatched team must tackle a case both eerily familiar and horrifyingly new. In this interview, conducted by's Joe Hartlaub, Kane shares the joy of writing about a team frequently at conflict with itself, the differences between crafting series and stand-alone novels, and how her writing habits have changed to reflect her daily schedule over the years.

Interview: Mindy McGinnis, author of Not a Drop to Drink

Sep 24, 2013

What would happen if our entire water supply was contaminated? Author Mindy McGinnis tackles this question in her debut, NOT A DROP TO DRINK. Teenage Lynn has been taught to defend her pond against every threat: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes and most important, people looking for a drink. Lynn has no use for the world beyond the nearby fields and forest. But when strangers appear, the mysterious footprints by the pond, the nighttime threats, and the gunshots make it all too clear Lynn has exactly what they want, and they won't stop until they get it...

In this interview, Mindy McGinnis explains the inspiration for her environmental dystopian debut, confirms how fun it is to write a character completely inexperienced with social interactions and reveals how she'd fare in a survival situation.

Interview: Diane Chamberlain, author of Necessary Lies

Sep 13, 2013

Diane Chamberlain is the bestselling author of 22 novels published in more than 11 languages. Her most recent book, NECESSARY LIES, is set in rural Grace County, North Carolina, in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension. In this interview with’s Alexis Burling, Chamberlain talks about why she felt so strongly about taking on the topic of eugenics, despite (or maybe because of) the controversy surrounding it. She also addresses the difficulties inherent in writing a first-person character in dialect, how her own experiences as a social worker and psychotherapist helped her create the character of Jane, and why the plots of so many of her novels hinge on moments in which her characters are forced to “face the truth.”

Interview: Dianne Dixon, author of The Book of Someday

Sep 13, 2013

Screenwriter Dianne Dixon is the author of the highly acclaimed THE LANGUAGE OF SECRETS and, most recently, THE BOOK OF SOMEDAY, which introduces readers to Livvi Gray, who has always been haunted by a terrifying nightmare of an eerily beautiful stranger in a shimmering silver dress. In this interview, Dixon answers questions from’s Sarah Rachel Egelman, including the very personal inspiration behind Livvi’s nightmare and the challenges of writing a novel from three different perspectives. She also opens up about why it seemed only natural to include faith and spirituality as central themes in her story, how penning a novel is different from writing a screenplay, and her very own “someday.”

Interview: Marata Eros, author of A Terrible Love

Sep 12, 2013

Marata Eros is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of dark, romantic new adult novels, including A TERRIBLE LOVE and its companion novel A BRUTAL TENDERNESS. The steamy series is about Jess Mackey, the stepdaughter of a high-profile politician, who is on the run from her psychotic, vengeful stepbrother, and Cas Steele, the undercover FBI agent who has been secretly tracking her for years. When the two finally meet, their chemistry is undeniably explosive --- and dangerous. In this interview with, Marata talks about why women love Cas (and bad boys in general!), what makes the Jess and Cas attraction so compelling and the fascinating relationship between sex and violence. She doesn't tease (wink!), but shares with us what she’s working on next and the erotic fiction that’s keeping her up at night.

Interview: Megan McCafferty, author of Jessica Darling's It List #1: The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness, & Perfection

Sep 6, 2013

After a generation of readers fell in love with Jessica Darling as they watched her grow from a 16-year-old into a 20Something, Megan McCafferty has finally brought her back...and to middle school! In JESSICA DARLING'S IT LIST #1:  The (Totally Not) Guaranteed Guide to Popularity, Prettiness and Perfection, Jessica is nervous about starting middle school, but at least she has her best friend and her sister's survival guide.