Category Archives: Author interviews

It’s got to be relatable and real: Lucy Holliday

By Roz Kay Lucy Holliday has three books coming out in the space of a year, and they all rest on Hollywood icons. But far from being biographies of her chosen three (Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Grace Kelly) they … Continue reading

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We’ve all got a book in us: Elizabeth Jackson

By Roz Kay Elizabeth Jackson’s second novel, Kicking Over The Traces, takes the reader through a dramatic year in the life of her gypsy heroine, Florence. When her mother dies, leaving Florence nothing but a red coat, she gives up … Continue reading

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Seeing the heart of the story: Melissa DeCarlo

By Roz Kay Call it a seven-year itch of sorts. Because seven years after Melissa DeCarlo stopped writing (“I got frustrated … it was almost like I was resentful toward it”) she started again, and the result is her first published novel, … Continue reading

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Developing dramatic tensions through fiction: Kim van Alkemade

By Roz Kay If she hadn’t stumbled on a handwritten note in the minutes of a long-forgotten committee meeting, Kim van Alkemade might not have given us her powerful debut novel. Orphan #8, inspired by life in an orphanage for Jewish … Continue reading

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Exploding the Emily Dickinson myth: Nuala O’Connor

By Roz Kay Nuala O’Connor’s third novel, Miss Emily, alternates perspectives between the American 19th century poet Emily Dickinson and a fictional Irish maid, Ada Concannon. “I wanted to explode the myth about Emily being the complete recluse,” Nuala O’Connor … Continue reading

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The kind of stories that bring us together: Dorothea Benton Frank

By Roz Kay “I think we’re all kind of in the same boat,” says Dorothea Benton Frank. She’s talking with me about her readers and her new novel, All the Single Ladies, published in June by William Morrow. “We’re dealing … Continue reading

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Writing from a deeper place: Ellen Sussman

By Roz Kay As Ellen Sussman’s second “French” novel, A Wedding in Provence, comes out in paperback, we talked about the attraction of France as the setting for two of her four published novels. “I knew that I wanted to … Continue reading

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Looking for the emotional truth: Maureen Gibbon

By Roz Kay In thinking about Maureen Gibbon’s writing, I see similarities between her art and Édouard Manet’s painting Olympia, a detail of which illustrates the cover of her third novel, Paris Red. Victorine Meurent, the model for the painting, is the … Continue reading

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Enriching history with a story-teller’s voice: Hazel Gaynor

By Roz Kay Hazel Gaynor’s second historical novel,  A Memory of Violets, tells the tale of two orphaned Victorian flower sellers, seen through the troubled eyes of Tilly. Tilly stumbles on the story of Florrie and her sister Rosie in 1912 … Continue reading

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One hundred words of freedom: Jane McDermott

By Roz Kay On New Year’s Eve, the tenth anniversary of her mother’s death, Jane McDermott wrote one hundred words for her. “It was hugely comforting to do that,” she says. “It’s this little thing I can do, and I … Continue reading

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