SUSPENSE/THRILLER INTERVIEWS

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June 6, 2022

SUSAN WINGATE

Author 

WINNER OF EIGHT BOOKS AWARDS for "How the Deer Moon Hungers"

WINNER OF THE THRILLER CATEGORY in the 2019 Book Excellence Award for "Storm Season"

Susan Wingate writes about big trouble in small towns and lives with her husband on teeny-weeny island off the coast of Washington State where, against State laws, she feeds the wildlife because she wants them to follow her around their property.

Her ukulele playing, as her Sitto used to say, "Is coming along."

Susan Wingate is a #1 Amazon bestselling and award-winning author. Wingate’s books can be found in libraries across the country, at brick-and-mortar bookstores like Griffin Bay Bookstore, and major online bookstores like Amazon.

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About the Interview:

Interview with Susan Wingate about her latest book When You Leave Me

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May 10, 2022

BRIAN LEBEAU

Author 

One month after The Beatles arrived, with much fanfare, in America, Brian Lebeau was born, unceremoniously, in Fall River, Massachusetts, home of the infamous Lizzie Borden. After being awarded an “A” in high school English once and denied a career in music for “lack of talent” repeatedly, he taught economics at several colleges and universities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island before moving to Fauquier County, Virginia, to work as a defense contractor for two decades. In the psychological thriller “A Disturbing Nature,” Mr. Lebeau merges three key interests: a keen fascination with everything World War II, a morbid curiosity surrounding the motivations and mayhem of notorious serial killers, and a lifelong obsession with the Red Sox. “A Disturbing Nature” is Mr. Lebeau’s first book.

About the Interview:

Interview with Brian Lebeau about his latest book A Disturbing Nature 

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April 21 , 2022

KELLYE GARRETT 

Author 

Kellye Garrett is the author of the upcoming suspense novel Like A Sister (Mulholland Books) and the acclaimed Detective by Day lightweight mysteries. The first, Hollywood Homicide, won the Anthony, Agatha, Lefty, and IPPY for best first novel. It’s also one of BookBub’s “Top 100 Crime Novels of All Time.” The second, Hollywood Ending, was featured on the TODAY show’s Best Summer Reads of 2019 and was nominated for both Anthony and Lefty awards. She serves on Sisters in Crime’s national board and is a co-founder of Crime Writers of Color. Learn more at KellyeGarrett.com.

About the Interview:

Interview with Kellye Garrett about her book Like A Sister 

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April 11, 2022

ROBERT CRAWFORD 

Author 

I began writing with wooden blocks. I haven't stopped since. There are two types of writers- Those who like to write and those who need to. I'm in the latter category. I started out as a published poet, then got bitten with the novel-writing bug in 1994. My first novel got me a literary agent in 1996. Since then, I've independently published seven novels, a short story, a short story collection and a work of satire. In the future, I also plan on publishing sequels to GODS OF OUR FATHERS, AMERICAN ZEN, THE TOY COP as well as launching a new series featuring ex-Soviet/NYPD cop Joe Roman. I live in central Massachusetts and can be reached on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Crawford1959/ and I run a writing group that can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1976477142420097.

About the Interview:

Interview with Robert Crawford  about his latest book The River Never Speaks 

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March 10 , 2022

DAVID DARLING 

Author 

David grew up in a small-town east of Toronto, Canada. He has had many interests throughout the years including the military, martial arts, playing guitar, reading, and in his own mind, he is quite the excellent fisherman. David is married and has one daughter and misses his chocolate lab daily.

Author of the Noah Hunter Series, Serve in the Shadows: Recruitment and Grim Measures. Visit his webpage for updates and information. daviddarlingbooks.com

About the Interview:

Interview with David Darling about his latest book Grim Measures 

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Feb 9 , 2022

JOANNE HARRIS

Author 

Joanne Harris is the internationally renowned and award-winning author of eighteen novels, plus novellas, scripts, short stories, libretti, lyrics, articles, and most recently, a self-help book for writers, TEN THINGS ABOUT WRITING. In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and is Chair of the Society of Authors.

About the Interview:

Interview with Joanne Harris   about her book A Narrow Door 

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Feb 1, 2022

PAUL VIDICH 

Author 

Paul Vidich was a senior executive in the entertainment industry for over twenty years. After leaving his business career he turned to writing full time. His first novel, An Honorable Man, a Publisher’s Weekly top 10 Mystery and Thriller in 2016, was followed by The Good Assassin. The Coldest Warrior is his third novel. His essays and nonfiction have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Lithub, The Nation, CrimeReads, and elsewhere.

About the Interview:

Interview with Paul Vidich about his latest book Matchmaker: A Spy in Berlin

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Jan 31 , 2022

DEAN KOONTZ

Author 

Dean Koontz, the author of many #1 New York Times bestsellers, lives in Southern California with his wife, Gerda, their golden retriever, Elsa, and the enduring spirits of their goldens, Trixie and Anna.

About the Interview:

Interview with Dean Koontz about his latest book Quicksilver 

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Jan 24 , 2022

R. BARRI FLOWERS 

Author 

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R. Barri Flowers is an award-winning criminologist and bestselling author of more than eighty books, including mystery and thriller fiction, relationship novels, young adult mysteries, and children's books.

Fiction titles include Before He Kills Again, Dark Streets of Whitechapel, Dead in Pukalani, Dead in Kihei, Forever Sweethearts, Fractured Trust, Graduate Circles, Killer in The Woods, Murder in Maui, Murder in Honolulu, Murdered in the Man Cave, Murder of the Hula Dancers, Murder on Kaanapali Beach, Persuasive Evidence, Seduced to Kill in Kauai, State's Evidence, and Justice Served.

Young adult fiction includes Count Dracula's Teenage Daughter, Danger in Time, Ghost Girl in Shadow Bay, Teen Ghost at Dead Lake, Out for Blood, and Summer at Paradise Ranch. 

R. Barri has also written a number of top selling true crime titles, including Serial Killers & Prostitutes, Murder of the Banker's Daughter, The "Gold Special" Train Robbery, The Sex Slave Murders 1, 2, and 3, The Pickaxe Killers, Murder at the Pencil Factory, Killers of the Lonely Hearts, and Dead at the Saddleworth Moor

About the Interview:

Interview with R.Barri Flowers  about his book Exposed Evidence

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Jan 18 , 2022

GLEN ERIK HAMILTON

Author 

Glen Erik Hamilton's debut PAST CRIMES won the Anthony, Macavity, and Strand Magazine Critics awards for Best First Novel, and was also nominated for the Edgar, Barry, and Nero awards. Publishers Weekly and Library Journal gave Past Crimes starred reviews, and Kirkus called the book "an exciting heir to the classic detective novel". The follow-up in the Van Shaw series, HARD COLD WINTER, was published to rave reviews in 2016 by William Morrow (US) and Faber & Faber (UK), and the third novel EVERY DAY ABOVE GROUND has received a starred review from Publishers Weekly.

About the Interview:

Interview with Glen Erik Hamilton  about his latest book Island of Thieves

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Dec 14 , 2021

J.T. PATTEN

Author 

Former government intelligence and special mission advisor, JT Patten is a published author of five thriller novels that relate to his prior world of lies and deception where he witnessed both the best and worst in humanity. He is an active member of the Horror Writers Association and International Thriller Writers. His initial best-selling works have gained acclaim for their "blacker than black" brooding narrative that illuminate the blurred lines in life and twist traditional tropes on their head.

JT's current forays include the completion of a sci-fi / conspiracy television treatment, Going Dark, which is a multi-season one-hour serialized drama concerned with a tech savvy war veteran, Creede Macaskin, and his reject emotional support dog traveling the country in their old RV to gradually uncover details of historic conspiracies guided by his late father’s collection of hidden DARPA journals. JT is also bringing back hair raising suspense with Whispers of a Stranger where a uniquely gifted boy falls into a dangerous cat and mouse game with the arrival of a monstrous protector, Mister Mortimer.

About the Interview:

Interview with J.T. Patten about his latest book Shadow Masters Reloaded: A Sean Havens Black Ops Thriller

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Dec 13 , 2021

JOSEPH FINDER

Author 

Joseph Finder is the New York Times bestselling author of fifteen previous suspense novels, including JUDGMENT, THE SWITCH, THE FIXER and SUSPICION. He introduced “private spy” Nick Heller in VANISHED, an instant bestseller, and the continuing series includes BURIED SECRETS, GUILTY MINDS and HOUSE ON FIRE. A founding member of the International Thriller Writers, Joe is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Association of Former Intelligence Officers. He is a graduate of Yale College and the Harvard Russian Research Center, and lives in Boston.

About the Interview:

Interview with Joseph Finder  about his book House on Fire

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Dec 6  , 2021

A.J. PARK

Author 

After studying literature, linguistics and Spanish at university, AJ Park trained as an English teacher and actor. He has edited magazines and taught English, Media Studies and Drama in secondary schools in England and abroad. He was also a competitive fencer for seven years. The First Lie was his debut novel as A.J. Park, but under his real name he is a UK top ten bestselling author and Australian number one bestselling author.

When a teenage girl is found brutally murdered, DS Amelie Davis struggles to keep her own trauma from clouding the investigation. After suffering years of abuse at the hands of her father, Amelie has only ever trusted one man – her husband Edward.
In the middle of the night, she receives a phone call from an unknown number.  

About the Interview:

Interview with A.J. Park about his latest book Don't Speak 

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Dec 1 , 2021

DAVID DARLING 

Author 

David grew up in a small-town east of Toronto, Canada. He has had many interests throughout the years including the military, martial arts, playing guitar, reading, and in his own mind, he is quite the excellent fisherman. David is married and has one daughter and misses his chocolate lab daily.

The Tipping Point is the first novel in the Noah Hunter Series, and many more are coming. Visit his webpage for updates and information. daviddarlingbooks

About the Interview:

Interview with David Darling  about his book Tipping Point 

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Nov 23, 2021

JACKIEM JOYNER

Author 

Jackiem Joyner has loved Science Fiction ever since he was a child, fascinated by all the stories and imaginations of futuristic worlds. But it wasn’t until later in his life, after experiencing huge success in the recording business, that he decided to put pen to paper - the result of which is his debut novel, Zarya.

Jon’s carefree life in the suburbs of Las Vegas is turned upside down by a horrific crime, but he’s only eight years old -- how can a kid fight back and hope to win? Taken in by mysterious strangers, Jon starts a new life in a secluded village, but can he trust them to help him do what needs to be done? When Jon learns what really happened back home, a terrible resolve hardens inside him. Will he ever be able to deliver his retribution? Transformation -- when it comes -- is irrevocable. Will he find his enemy? And can he survive long enough to reunite with what is left of his family? Features Spy tech, intense martial arts, and weaponry

About the Interview:

Interview with Jackiem Joyner  about his latest books Minor Assassin

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Nov 9  , 2021

EMILYA NAYMARK

Author 

Emilya Naymark was born in a country that no longer exists, escaped with her parents, lived in Italy for a bit, and ended up in New York, which promptly became a love and a muse.

She is the author of the novels Hide in Place and the upcoming Behind the Lie, out February 8, 2022.

Her short stories appear in A Stranger Comes to Town, edited by Michael Koryta, Secrets in the Water, After Midnight: Tales from the Graveyard Shift, River River Journal, Snowbound: Best New England Crime Stories 2017, and 1+30: THE BEST OF MYSTORY.

When not writing, Emilya works as a visual artist and reads massive quantities of psychological thrillers, suspense, and crime fiction. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her family.

About the Interview:

Interview with Emilya Naymark about her latest books Hide in Place

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Oct 18 , 2021

JP MCLEAN

Author 

Abandoned at birth, life has always been a battle for Jane Walker. She and her best friend, Sadie, spent years fighting to survive Vancouver’s cutthroat underbelly. That would have been tough enough without Jane’s mysterious afflictions: an intricate pattern of blood-red birthmarks that snake around her body and vivid, heart-wrenching nightmares that feel so real she wakes up screaming.

After she meets the first man who isn’t repulsed by her birthmarks, Jane thinks she might finally have a chance at happiness. Her belief seems confirmed as the birthmarks she’s spent her life so ashamed of magically begin to disappear. Yet, the quicker her scarlet marks vanish, the more lucid and disturbing Jane’s nightmares become—until it’s impossible to discern her dreams from reality, and Jane comes to a horrifying realization:

The nightmares that have plagued her since childhood are actually visions of real people being stalked by a deadly killer. And all this time, her birthmarks have been the only things protecting her from becoming his next victim.

About the Interview:

Interview with JP Mclean about her latest books Blood Mark

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Oct 11 , 2021

TARA LASKOWSKI

Author 

TARA LASKOWSKI is the author of the suspense novel, One Night Gone, which won the Agatha Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the Lefty Award and the Simon and Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also the author of two short story collections, Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons and Bystanders, which was named a best book of 2017 by Jennifer Egan in The Guardian. She has had stories published in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Mid-American Review, and the Norton anthology New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction, among others. Her Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine story, "The Case of the Vanishing Professor," won the 2019 Agatha Award and her Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine story, “The Long-Term Tenant,” is a finalist for the 2020 Thriller Award. Tara was the winner of the 2010 Santa Fe Writers Project’s Literary Awards Prize and was the longtime editor of the popular online flash fiction journal SmokeLong Quarterly. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. She grew up in Pennsylvania and lives in Virginia. Follow her on Twitter, @TaraLWrite

About the Interview:

Interview with Tara Laskowski  about her latest books The Mother Next Door

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Sept 16 , 2021

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN

Author 

Hank Phillippi Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of thirteen award-winning novels of suspense. National reviews have called her a "master at crafting suspenseful mysteries" and "a superb and gifted storyteller." Her 2020 book is the USA Today bestselling THE FIRST TO LIE. The Publishers Weekly Starred Review calls it "Stellar." It is a nominee for the Anthony Award for Best Novel of the Year, and for the Mary Higgins Clark award.

Her newest thriller (Forge Books, September 14, 2021) is HER PERFECT LIFE. It received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, which called it "A superlative thriller." Mystery Scene Magazine calls it "A powerhouse of a novel."

About the Interview:

Interview with Hank Phillippi Ryan about her latest books Her Perfect Life

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Sept 15 , 2021

DAVID BELL

Author 

David Bell is the USA Today bestselling and award-winning author of eight novels from Berkley/Penguin: SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER, BRING HER HOME, SINCE SHE WENT AWAY, SOMEBODY I USED TO KNOW, THE FORGOTTEN GIRL, NEVER COME BACK, THE HIDING PLACE, and CEMETERY GIRL. He is an Associate Professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky and can be reached through his website www.davidbellnovels.com.

After years of struggling to write following the deaths of his wife and son, English professor Connor Nye publishes his first novel, a thriller about the murder of a young woman.    
There’s just one problem: Connor didn’t write the book. His missing student did. And then she appears on his doorstep, alive and well, threatening to expose him.    
Connor’s problems escalate when the police insist details in the novel implicate him in an unsolved murder from two years ago. Soon Connor discovers the crime is part of a disturbing scandal on campus and faces an impossible dilemma—admit he didn’t write the book and lose his job or keep up the lie and risk everything. When another murder occurs, Connor must clear his name by unraveling the horrifying secrets buried in his student’s manuscript

About the Interview:

Interview with David Bell about his latest books Kill All Your Darlings

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Sept 10 , 2021

RORY CLEMENTS

Author 

A Cambridge spy must unravel a dangerous mystery that goes all the way to the heart of the Third Reich—and the British Monarchy—in this vivid new spy thriller from a London Times bestselling author.
Two old friends meeting in a remote castle in Sweden. They are cousins.
One is Prince George, brother of the king of England, and the other Prince Philipp von Hesse, a close friend of Adolf Hitler and a committed Nazi. Days later Prince George is killed in a plane crash and the country weeps, but not everyone believes that it was an accident.
When FDR, who happens to be a good friend of the prince, hears the tragic news, he wants to find out exactly what happened. The American OSS doesn’t believe the story that MI5 are pedalling. The situation is delicate. Professor Tom Wilde, Cambridge don, is called in to uncover the truth—but what he discovers is far more than he bargained for. 

About the Interview:

Interview with Rory Clements about his latest books A Prince and A Spy

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Sept 9 , 2021

MATTHEW HART

Author 

In this explosive sequel to The Russian Pink, Alex and Lily are thrust into a murderous cat-and-mouse across the Arctic diamond fields, dodging Chinese assassins while at the same time struggling with the personal betrayals that torment their passionate affair.  
Alex Turner and his treacherous lover, the Russian diamond thief Slav Lily, are back on the hunt. An American prospector is murdered in the great diamond field of northern Canada—a magical landscape of pristine lakes and granite ridges and scarlet vegetation.
The U.S. government fears that the Chinese billionaire twins who suddenly control the dead prospector’s company are seeking a toehold for their government in this vital northern region.

About the Interview:

Interview with Matthew Hart about his latest books Ice Heart

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Sept 7 , 2021

CHRISTOPHER SWANN

Author 

Nick Anthony has retreated to the North Carolina mountains to mourn the untimely death of his wife. Once a popular professor, Nick just wants to be left alone with his grief. But when his estranged brother and sister-in-law die in a house fire, a stunned Nick learns he has a niece, Annalise, who is missing.
At the scene of the crime, the men who set the fire have realized Annalise, and the information they are looking for, got away. Feverish and exhausted, she stumbles onto her uncle's porch, throwing Nick into the middle of the mystery of her parents’ death and the dangerous criminals hunting her down.
Hired to retrieve the stolen information at any price, private military contractor Cole and his team track Annalise to Nick’s cabin. But Nick has a hidden past of his own—and more than a few deadly tricks up his sleeve

About the Interview:

Interview with Christopher Swann about his latest books A Fire in the Night

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Sept 1 , 2021

LAURI SCHOENFELD

Author 

Lauri Schoenfeld currently resides in Utah with her hubby, three kids, and dog Jack Wyatt Wolverine. She's a child abuse advocate, a Nancy Drew enthusiast, and is part cyborg. Teaching creative writing classes to her community is one of her favorite things to do. When she's not having long conversations with her characters and creating stories, she's hosting the Enlightenment Podcast, reading, or solving a mystery. LITTLE OWL is her debut novel coming out on August 31st, 2021. Visit her at www.laurischoenfeld.com

About the Interview:

Interview with Lauri Scoenfeld about her latest books Little Owl