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Author Talk: Dianne Dixon, author of The Book of Someday

Oct 4, 2013

Question: What do you love most about writing?

Dianne Dixon: I love the thrill of telling stories about ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. I love exploring the mysteries of the human condition. And I love the poetry of words.

Q: What inspires you the most as a writer?

Author Talk: Lynn Cullen, author of Mrs. Poe

Oct 3, 2013

Lynn Cullen is an award-winning author of both adult and children’s fiction. Her latest novel, MRS. POE, provided her with the opportunity to reflect on the “writing life,” and to create a character who experiences the same “joys and terrors” of the experience as Cullen herself does. MRS. POE is the story of poet and single mother Frances Osgood and her illicit love affair with Edgar Allan Poe at the height of his career. In this interview, Cullen discusses the strange coincidence that led her to write about Frances and Poe --- one that was both welcome and appropriate, given the tentative climate of her professional life (at the time). She also opens up about her inspiration for the dark and charismatic Poe, and just how much of herself she saw --- and imbued --- in Frances.

Interview: Sherry Lee Hoppe, author of A Matter of Conscience: Redemption of a Hometown Hero, Bobby Hoppe

Dec 17, 2012

Q: Sherry, why did you decide to write the book?

A: I wrote A Matter of Conscience because I wanted people to see who Bobby Hoppe really was…the man behind the mask. It is important to understand the kind of person he was --- a sensitive, caring, and generous man who carried a heavy burden in his heart. A man who lived with a split-second decision that burdened him without end.

Q: What is the book about?

Author Talk: Jennie Fields, author of The Age of Desire

Aug 3, 2012

In her latest novel, THE AGE OF DESIRE, Jennie Fields tells the complex story of Edith Wharton and her beloved governess, Anna Bahlmann. She charts their relationship through Edith's passionate affair with a young journalist and describes how even a lifelong bond can be threatened by the very nature of love. In this interview, Fields talks about Edith and Anna's troubled friendship, Edith's love of Paris and what the city meant to her, and how Edith herself influenced Fields' own writing.

Author Talk: Sarita Mandanna, author of Tiger Hills

Jun 27, 2012

Author Sarita Mandanna shares the background to her novel, Tiger Hills, identifying the ever-present human need to come full-circle.