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25 10, 2016

Author Interview: J. R. R. R. (Jim) Hardison

By | October 25th, 2016|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: |1 Comment

fish wielder book coverPlease welcome J. R. R. R. (Jim) Hardison as he answers a few questions about his new book, Fish Wielder!

Q. How did you come up with the idea for Fish Wielder? Did it develop over time, or come all at once?
A. I wrote the first rough draft of Fish Wielder when I was 15 years old and reading a lot of Conan the Barbarian stories. It seemed like he was always feeling the heat of battle surge uncontrollably through his barbarian veins and accidentally rescuing scantily clad princesses who were then magnetically drawn into his powerful, battle-scarred embrace. While I ate that stuff up with a spoon, it also seemed ripe for a bit of parody because it was just so…big. I had also just finished reading Bored of the Rings by the Harvard Lampoon, which I thought was absolutely hilarious.

12 03, 2015

Interview & Giveaway: Irene Even, author of A Life of the Twentieth Century

By | March 12th, 2015|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Interviews|Tags: , |3 Comments


irene even headshotPlease welcome Irene Even, author of A Life of the Twentieth Century, as she tours the blogosphere with iRead Book Tours!

Enter to win an eCopy below – open internationally

Interview with Irene

Why did you decide to write A Life of the Twentieth Century as a fictionalized autobiography i​n​stead of a memoir?

Irene: The reason I have chosen​ to write A Life of the ​Twentieth Century as a fictionalized autobiography instead of as a memoir is because the minute I started to write my book, I realized that I could not possibly write this book in the first person, since I have never been able to talk about my life experiences. And so it happened that when I ​wrote​ it in the third person​,​ the story of my life became just a story​.​

What or who inspired you to put down your experiences during World War II

20 11, 2014

Interview: Marilyn Horowitz

By | November 20th, 2014|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: |1 Comment


the book of zev book coverPlease welcome Marilyn Horowitz, author of The Book of Zev, as she answers a few of our questions!

Book Synopsis

The Book of Zev is a political thriller that tells the story of two gentle people who change the course of history. Zev Bronfman, a strapping 32-year old-virgin, angry atheist, refugee from a religious Jewish life, and former engineer for the U.S. Patent Office in Alexandria, Virginia, drives a cab and sleeps around in New York City. After a bitter divorce, Sarah Hirshbaum, a beautiful, redheaded, depressed, God-hating kosher chef, seesaws between yoga and too much red wine. Independently, the two consult the same psychic who inadvertently sends Sarah Zev’s session tape. When Sarah contacts Zev to pick up the recording, a series of events forces them to connect with a powerful terrorist in order to thwart

13 06, 2014

Interview: Jessica Bacal, editor of Mistakes I Made at Work

By | June 13th, 2014|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: |0 Comments


d46887b93542b42427b001603b5ea680Please welcome Jessica Bacal, editor of Mistakes I Made at Work, who took the time to answer our interview questions!


What inspired you to write Mistakes I Made at Work? What are you hoping the readers get out of it?

I direct a leadership center at Smith College, and as I was getting it off the ground four years ago, I was anxious to do everything right. Still, I made mistakes – sometimes taking the wrong tone in meetings, stepping on colleagues’ toes. When I attended leadership conferences as part of my professional development, I would hear women asked to talk about mistakes on panels, and they always spoke in very general terms, saying how they’d learned from their mistakes – but never actually saying what the mistakes were. I thought: I’d like to know what those mistakes were,

14 04, 2014

Interview & Giveaway: Anne-Marie Casey, author of No One Could Have Guessed the Weather

By | April 14th, 2014|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Interviews|Tags: , |9 Comments


16158568Please welcome Anne-Marie Casey, author of No One Could Have Guessed the Weather!

Enter to win a copy below – open to US residents only

We asked Anne-Marie Casey: 

What was your favorite part of being a transplant in New York City? What did you like about it? What did you hate about it? 

This is what I love about New York City: in no particular order (although I find myself starting with food): breakfast at Balthazar, lunch at Momofuku, dinner at Bar Pitti or a splurge at Babbo; Chris Botti at the Blue Note over Christmas; the High Line; the Temple of Dendur at the Met; the Morgan Library; the Imagine Memorial in Central Park; the portraits by Whistler at the Frick; coffee at Abraço in the East Village; the Third Street Music School Settlement; the

11 02, 2013

Interview: Patsy Harman

By | February 11th, 2013|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: |5 Comments


Harman Patricia ap1Please welcome Patsy Harman, author of The Midwife of Hope River, who took the time to answer our interview questions!

And don’t forget to check out our review here.


Would you say some of Patience’s life and experiences reflect some of your own life’s experiences?

Patsy: Oh, yes, for sure. In the 1970s and 1980s I lived rurally in a log house, without electricity or running water, much like Patience. I did home births. I wasn’t very experienced when I started and learned as I went along. I was very involved in the anti-Vietnam war movement so knew what it was like to be a radical, an outsider devoted to a cause.

What drew you to midwifery to begin with?

Patsy: Well, now…for the complete answer you will have to read my second book, Arms Wide

10 01, 2013

Interview: Joyce Blaylock

By | January 10th, 2013|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: |3 Comments


img_1732e_po_sm_adj-copyPlease welcome Joyce Blaylock, author of the upcoming book Adelicia, who took the time to answer our interview questions!


How did you first become interested in Adelicia Hayes Franklin Acklen Cheatham?

Joyce: The head master of my high school was a marvelous story teller. When I was sixteen and in one of his classes, he began with, “There is a lady with whom I have been in love all my life…she married once for money, once for love and once for fame…this year she will turn 148…” I was fascinated.

What set her apart from other women of that time period?

Joyce: Her business acumen, the prenuptial agreements designed for her second and third husbands. What she considered rightfully hers, was hers. She would turn her wealth into greater wealth. She was “no man’s fool!” She was independent. After a brief period of

11 10, 2012

Interview: Kelly O’Connor McNees, author of In Need of a Good Wife

By | October 11th, 2012|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: |6 Comments


Please welcome Kelly O’Connor McNees, author of In Need of a Good Wife, who took the time to answer our interview questions!


Where is your favorite place to write? Is it difficult to find time away from family obligations?

Kelly: I write in a little alcove off my bedroom, where I have a desk. But I am trying to get better about writing when I can, wherever I am. This has become especially true since I had my daughter. The days fly by and it can be easy to put work last.

Where do you find the inspiration for your books?

Kelly: I love to read about history. I especially love to read primary source documents: Journals and letters written by the people of the time. There’s something about these firsthand accounts that really fires

7 09, 2012

Interview & Giveaway: Jane Heller

By | September 7th, 2012|Categories: Authors, Giveaways, Interviews|Tags: , |20 Comments


Please welcome bestselling chick lit author Jane Heller who took the time to answer our interview questions! And enter to win an eBook of The Secret Ingredient below!


Why chick lit? What about the genre inspires you?

Jane: When I wrote my first few novels, there was no such category. The publishers were using the term “women’s fiction.” All I knew was that I wanted to write about women – ordinary women who found themselves in extraordinary circumstances and had to take often humorous journeys to discover their own inner strength…and, of course, find true love. I love reading real-life stories about inspiring or entertaining women, so I guess it was only natural that I’d gravitate toward their fictional counterparts when I became a novelist. And I’ve always been drawn to funny women – from Lucille Ball to writers

3 05, 2012

Interview: Lauren Clark, author of Stay Tuned

By | May 3rd, 2012|Categories: Authors, Interviews|Tags: , |5 Comments


Please welcome Lauren Clark, author of Stay Tuned, who took the time to answer our interview questions!


Without giving too much away, what’s your favorite part from Stay Tuned and why?

Lauren: My favorite part of Stay Tuned is the anchor fistfight scene, which came from a real-life experience! Before I began work at WWNY-TV, the two main anchors there were involved in a very volatile, emotionally-charged romantic relationship. One of their infamous arguments came to blows in the back parking lot of the television station. Both of them were fired and continued a very public battle in the newspaper through editorials (threats of lawsuits, arrests, etc). I always remembered that crazy incident and thought it would make an excellent starting point or turning point in a novel–something that would cause everything in the main character’s life