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Author News & Interviews

Author Talk: Karen White, author of The Shop on Royal Street

Mar 31, 2022

THE SHOP ON ROYAL STREET is the opening installment in a spin-off series of Karen White’s New York Times bestselling Tradd Street novels. It stars Nola Trenholm, who is hopeful for a fresh start in New Orleans. But she must deal with ghosts from her past, as well as new ones. In this interview, White talks about why she decided to tell this story from Nola’s point of view, her “research” trip to the Big Easy (it was a tough job, but someone had to do it!), and some aspects of the new series that she thinks Tradd Street fans will love --- including several cameo appearances and the surprising reappearance of a character brought back into Nola’s life due to reader demand.

Author Talk: Lisa Berne, author of The Redemption of Philip Thane: The Penhallow Dynasty

Jan 10, 2022

Lisa Berne’s celebrated Penhallow Dynasty series continues with the recently released sixth installment, THE REDEMPTION OF PHILIP THANE. In this interview, Berne discusses the novel’s setting, how she became a writer of historical romance, and the book that resonated with her the most as a child.

Author Talk: Jessamine Chan, author of The School for Good Mothers

Jan 6, 2022

THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD MOTHERS is Jessamine Chan’s debut novel and this month’s “Read with Jenna” Today Show Book Club pick. It revolves around one lapse in judgment that lands a young mother in a government reform program where custody of her child hangs in the balance. In this interview, Chan talks about how she came to tell this particular story, her writing process and the research she conducted for the book, what surprised her the most when she became a mother, the concerns she had about motherhood and the impact it would have on her ability to write, the authors who have inspired her, and what she’s working on now.

Author Talk: Alice Hoffman, author of The Book of Magic

Oct 14, 2021

Alice Hoffman brings us the conclusion of her Practical Magic series in a spellbinding and enchanting final Owens novel, THE BOOK OF MAGIC, which celebrates mothers and daughters, sisters and brothers, and anyone who has ever been in love. In this interview, Hoffman talks about her research process, why she incorporated a true historical figure into the book, how libraries have played a major role in her life, and what she has learned from these characters since first imagining them more than 25 years ago.

Interview: Clay G. Small, author of The Forger’s Forgery

May 26, 2021

THE FORGER’S FORGERY is an international mystery set in Amsterdam that threads the history of notorious Dutch art forger Han van Meegeren with a modern plot to settle old scores. In this interview, author Clay G. Small talks about his favorite character and scenes in this follow-up to his debut novel, HEELS OVER HEAD; why he was drawn to van Meegeren’s story; and the stunning information he learned about forgery while he was conducting his research for the book.