Interview of Ian Rankin by Paul Johnston – v...

From the Memorial Event, featuring Ian Rankin that took place on March 26th, Ian and the ever lovely Dr Paul Johnston, himself a crime novelist. Mr Johnston has a new Quint book (IMPOLITIC CORPSES) out this August from Severn House. Mr Johnston and Mr Rankin have both been featured as cover-boys for Crimespree Magazine. We heartily recommend them both for both reading and conversation. Although it is best to avoid asking Mr Johnston, “What is noir?” The widely adored Paul...

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 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...

INTERVIEW WITH KATRIN SCHUMANN

THE FORGOTTEN HOURS by Katrin Schumann delves into a timely subject. It is a thought-provoking story about a woman’s search for the haunting truth regarding her best friend and father. The main character Katie wanted to believe that her father was perfect, that he was the same person she knew and loved.  But once he was accused of statutory rape she had to reconcile if her father was being honest with her. As she searched for facts that would give her answers, Katie wondered does she forgive, ignore, or cut off ties.  Ten years ago, when Katie was fifteen her teenage best friend Lulu accused her dad of rape.  Because there was an...