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Author News & Interviews

Interview: Sheila Roberts, author of The Best Life Book Club

May 13, 2024

Sheila Roberts is the author of more than 50 novels, including her latest, THE BEST LIFE BOOK CLUB. In this interview, Roberts explains what inspired her to write this story about four women who become close friends as members of a book club. She also talks about her connection to the book’s setting, the role that friends play in her life, her upcoming travel schedule, and how her childhood experiences helped mold her into the warm and outgoing person she is today.

Interview: Chris Bohjalian, author of The Princess of Las Vegas

Mar 21, 2024

Chris Bohjalian’s latest novel, THE PRINCESS OF LAS VEGAS, revolves around a Princess Diana impersonator and her estranged sister who find themselves drawn into a dangerous game of money and murder. In this interview conducted by reviewer Roberta O’Hara, Bohjalian talks about his inspiration for the story; why he believes the world is still fascinated by Lady Di, more than 25 years after her untimely passing; how it feels to have his books brought to life on the screen; and what he’s working on now --- and when his lucky readers can expect to see it.

Interview: Jamie Day, author of The Block Party

Jul 27, 2023

In Jamie Day’s THE BLOCK PARTY, an upcoming Bets On pick, the residents of the exclusive cul-de-sac on Alton Road are entangled in a web of secrets and scandal. On the night of the annual summer block party, there has been a murder. But who did it and why takes readers back one year earlier, as rivalries and betrayals unfold. In this interview conducted by Carol Fitzgerald, the president and co-founder of The Book Report Network, Jamie talks about the inspiration for the book, the decision to take readers back to what happened the year prior to the block party, why the story is told from two characters’ points of view, the creation of an online message board that appears in the novel, and what readers can anticipate from Jamie next.

Author Talk: Clay McLeod Chapman, author of Ghost Eaters

Jul 12, 2023

One of Vulture's Best Horror Novels of 2022 and now available in paperback, GHOST EATERS is a terrifying supernatural page-turner that will make you think twice about opening doors to the unknown. In this interview conducted by Quirk Books, Clay McLeod Chapman explains where the idea for Ghost, a drug that allows users to see the dead, originated. He also offers his thoughts on why the menacing nature of horror lends itself well to themes of grief, memory and addiction; talks about why he set GHOST EATERS in Richmond, Virginia; details his writing and research processes; and reveals his horror inspirations for this book.

Author Talk: Patti Callahan Henry, author of The Secret Book of Flora Lea

May 4, 2023

When a woman discovers a rare book that has connections to her past, long-held secrets about her missing sister and their childhood spent in the English countryside during World War II are revealed. That is the premise of Patti Callahan Henry’s latest historical novel, THE SECRET BOOK OF FLORA LEA --- which is an Indie Next pick for May, along with being this month's Barnes & Noble Book Club selection and Simon & Schuster’s Book Club Favorites pick. In this interview, Patti talks about her extensive research for the book, what inspired her to center the novel on a bookstore, why she loves writing historical fiction, and the creation of “Friends and Fiction” --- a popular weekly web show, podcast and Facebook group that she founded with Mary Kay Andrews, Kristin Harmel and Kristy Woodson Harvey.