Beatriz Williams talks about A CERTAIN AGE

A CERTAIN AGE Beatriz Williams June 28th, 2016 William Morrow A CERTAIN AGE by Beatriz Williams is part mystery, part historical, and part romance. It’s based upon Richard Strauss’ opera, Der Rosenkavalier. It has a gripping plot involving family secrets, an unsolved murder, intrigue, and scandal during the l920s. The title is a metaphor for the time period and the age of each character that is very relevant to the story line. The narrative alternates between the perspective of Sophie Fortescue and Theresa Marshall with each chapter beginning with a quote from the actual journalist and humorist Helen Rowland. As the story unfolds...

Interview With Frank De Blasé

I first met Frank at Bouchercon in Albany NY a couple years ago. I’m a big fan of the books but I’m also a big fan of Frank.  He is one of the most genuine people I know. He also has great taste in music!  ~Jon Jon: Frank, you have a pretty damn cool background and while there are similarities between you and Frankie Valentine how much of you is really in the character? Frank: Well, if you were to ask my wife, a lot. If you ask me, we have the same sense of humor and propensity for photographing nudie cuties. But the similarities end there. Frankie Valentine gets more girlie action than I ever did, and seems to get beat up more,...

Brad Meltzer talks about THE HOUSE OF SECRETS

The House of Secrets delves into espionage, government corruption, family secrets, blackmail, betrayal, murder, and historical deceptions. Meltzer has become the king of the mystery conspiracy. This book questions whether Benedict Arnold was a traitor and the implications it has regarding the death of the host of an investigative conspiracy TV show. His daughter, Hazel Nash, attempts to find answers while working with FBI agent Trevor Rabkin. Elise Cooper: How did you get the idea for the story? Brad Meltzer: Eight years ago at the National Archives I was shown the Oath of Allegiance. Those who signed it agreed not to betray the US. One of...

Hazel Gaynor talks about THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY

The Girl From The Savoy by Hazel Gaynor is a fascinating historical novel that touches on intense and compelling themes where dreams really do come true. Readers will take the adventurous journey with the main characters as they struggle with love, hope, loss, and healing, within the backdrop of World War I. Elise Cooper: Why did you decide to write about this era? Hazel Gaynor: I worked with author Heather Webb on an anthology, Fall Of Poppies, which was set around Armistice Day of World War I. This overlapped with the manuscript for this book. It is set in the 1920’s, just after the Great War ended. I am fascinated and love the Roaring...

Interview With April Henry

  Erica Ruth Neubauer: You write for both adults and children. Do you find it is easier to do one or the other? April Henry: My books for adults and my books for teens are not that different from each other. The main characters are the ages of the primary audience for that particular book (although I have a lot of crossover readers). And my YA books are shorter. But other than that, there’s not much difference. I don’t change the language I use or my approach to writing.   ERN: For the new book The Girl I Used to Be, where did you get the idea for the plot? AH: It was inspired by a real 30-year-old case I read about. A family of three...

INTERVIEW WITH NADINE NETTMANN, Author of DECANTIN...

Nadine Nettmann is a certified sommelier living in California—plenty close to where great wine comes from. Her debut novel DECANTING A MURDER, has just been released from Midnight Ink and Nadine takes some time to talk with Crimespree Magazine about wine, books and mysteries.   Erica Ruth Neubauer: How did you become so interested in wine? Nadine Nettmann: Although I had enjoyed wine for years, my fascination began while attending a wine and food festival in 2010. I stood up to switch seats so a couple could sit together and Master Sommelier Fred Dame took my hand, in what I thought was helping me move to the next seat. Instead he led...