INTERVIEW WITH RHYS BOWEN

THE VICTORY GARDEN by Rhys Bowen brings to life women’s roles during World War I.  As with her other historical novels she beautifully blends in historical facts, likeable characters, and a mystery. Emily Bryce meets Australian pilot Robbie Kerr while she volunteers to pass out cookies to those wounded in battle.  She is not allowed to sit and talk to the young men or write letters for them, and can only serve buns from silver trays with crystal tongs. It is against the rules to talk to the men other than pleasantries.  But Kerr has other ideas and as an Australian he is willing break the rules. As he gets to know Emily he...

INTERVIEW WITH LEE GOLDBERG

KILLER THRILLER by Lee Goldberg blends suspense and action, with a lot of humor.  With this series fiction becomes reality. This plot has a deadly global conspiracy by Chinese intelligence trying to topple the United States. Ian Ludlow, a bestselling author, is known for his thrillers whose main character is larger-than-life operative Clint Straker. Because his stories have a tendency to come true the CIA and other national security agencies have taken notice. But the Chinese intelligence services also believe he and his companion, Margo French, are foreign assets who are using the cover of researching his next novel. This...

Interview with Greg Iles

I don’t remember what exactly made me pick up the first book by Greg Iles that I read (MORTAL FEAR), but I’ve been a fan ever since. He’s one of my go-to storytellers, someone whose books are excellent consistently and without exception. CEMETERY ROAD, which is out on March 5, is no exception. Getting to speak with an author superhero is always a thrill. I have to start with a couple minutes of fangirling, which is my awkward way of saying thank you. Thank you for telling the stories that sustain readers. Thank you for bringing aspects of human nature to light that might otherwise remain shrouded in shadow. Iles does this as well as any...

INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTOPHER RICE

BLOOD ECHO BLOOD ECHO is the second in a series about a sometimes-super human who pursues serial killers. These books are not the typical straightforward thrillers, but do have some traces of sci-fi aspects. As a victim herself, Charlotte “Charley” Rowe wants justice and vengeance against those who perpetuate violence by working closely with the CEO of a pharmaceutical company, Cole Graydon. The book opens with intense action.  Charley is pursuing a serial killer and after capturing her prey she returns to Altamira California to rest and meet up with her friends and lover. But her peaceful R & R is interrupted when it becomes...

INTERVIEW WITH E.A. Aymar

Kate & Dan: Congratulations on the upcoming release of your latest thriller, THE UNREPENTANT. You write about a very serious issue, sex trafficking. What was the spark for you to write this book? E.A. Aymar: Thank you so much, and I’m honored you two are interviewing me for Crimespree. This is a bucket list thing for me. I mean, you interviewed me and Sarah M. Chen about The Night of the Flood, but Sarah did all the heavy lifting for that book. All I did was occasionally shout out “That’s what she said!” when Sarah would, in the course of our co-edits, say something to me like, “At this point in the night, everything in the town should...

INTERVIEW WITH W.K. STRATTON

MIKE BARSON: As you recount in the book, your research in several cases caught up with some of the original participants just in the nick of time. Of course many of them had passed away long before you even got started, not least Peckinpah himself. Who would you name as your best “get” in terms of what information he or she was able to supply for this book? W.K. STRATTON: I learned a lot from a number of people who are still around. Talking to Alfonso Arau was really enlightening. “The Wild Bunch” was his first American film, although he was already a significant TV personality in Mexico. This led me to appreciate the...