I recently spoke with Samantha Downing about her debut thriller, My Lovely Wife . We couldn't get into a lot, because it's a domestic thriller which I don't want to ruin with spoilers. It's about a husband and wife who go to great lengths to keep their marriage fresh. I'd tell you their names, but I only know hers. I'd tell you more, but this is one book with a plot that you should probably for yourself. I will say that the publisher describes My Lovely Wife as Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith .
In her new book, Rules for Visiting , author Jessica Francis Kane has created a charming character in May Attaway. A fan of The Odyssey , May decides to contemplate Penelope's actions when determining action in her own life. Perhaps it is when we see May name a suitcase after Beowulf 's Grendel, or follow along as she is guided by Emily Post's book on etiquette, explore with her as she consults the OED--somewhere along the way the reader discovers that May is whip smart, but also awkward and not
Author Stewart O'Nan has devoted more than a thousand pages to the Maxwell family. A saga, of sorts, three books-- Wish You Were Here , Emily, Alone , and now, Henry, Himself --have been released in reverse chronological order. And despite this reversal, more insights are gained as time is erased. I recently spoke with O'Nan about the Maxwell family and his time with the books. Here's our conversation: - Henry, Himself by Stewart O'Nan was published by Viking. Marginalia was produced at KMUW
Before she began her career as a full-time writer, Lisa Scottoline earned a law degree and clerked for the Pennsylvania Superior Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Scottoline has penned more than 30 legal thrillers, and her latest, Someone Knows, is also a domestic thriller that was influenced, in part, by Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment . I recently spoke with Scottoline about the book — and when not guilty doesn't mean innocent . - Someone Knows by Lisa
John Burnham Schwartz has six novels under his belt, he's written extensively for the screen and television, and he was nominated for the 2018 Writers Guild of America Award. His subject matter varies, and he's not a stranger to historical fiction. What is new this time around is his family connection to the subject. The Red Daughter by John Burnham Schwartz is the story of the only daughter of Joseph Stalin, Svetlana Alliluyeva, who defected to the United States in 1967. That's where John's
In her new novel, Lydia Fitzpatrick tells the story of two teenage brothers--Ilya and Vladimir--who live together in Russia. While the boys have always dreamed of escape from their life in Russia, it's only Ilya who gets to come to the United States in an exchange student program. Ilya exchanges one refinery town in Russia for another in Louisiana, and although his body has escaped the physical location, family drama will not release his heart, mind or soul. I recently spoke with Lydia
Tiffany Pham is the founder and CEO of Mogul, which provides information access, economic opportunity, and education to girls and women. As a coder, she developed the first version of Mogul, which now reaches millions across 196 countries.
Born in Texas and raised in Chad, Aaron Brown now lives in Kansas where he is an Assistant Professor of Writing & Editing at Sterling College. With National Poetry Month approaching, he stopped by the KMUW studios to visit with me about his new poetry collection, Acacia Road , as well as pass on a few tips for people, like me, who are intimidated by the genre. Here's our conversation: - Acacia Road by Aaron Brown was published by Silverfish Review Press. Marginalia was produced at KMUW
Readers familiar with Greg Iles know that although he writes mysteries and thrillers, they're anything but formulaic. Rich with detail, Iles' books maintain quality while straddling commercial and literary fiction for hundreds and hundreds of pages.