Interview with Robert Rosenwald and Barbara Peters...

Who were the very first authors you signed for Poisoned Pen Press? Do any of them still remain with you, nineteen years later? The first original mystery we published was ONE FOR SORROW by Mary Reed and Eric Mayer. We have since published ten more John, the Lord Chamberlin mysteries set in 6th century Byzantium. In January we will be publishing THE GUARDIAN STONES, a new work set in 1941. The first title you published was a collection of essays about mystery writers in Arizona, which was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical. What percentage of nonfiction has comprised the PP Press list over the years? And has that...

Q&A with Alex Grecian

Alex Grecian’s latest book, The Devil’s Workshop, has a thrilling plot with notorious characters including Jack The Ripper. This is the third book in the series out of six. The plot takes place in London during the 1890s with a theme comparing law and justice. It is more of a “who done it” than an actual mystery since the readers know the villains and their deeds.   Elise Cooper: Why did you include as a character Jack The Ripper?   Alex Grecian:Anybody writing about Jack The Ripper is essentially working with a made-up character since no one knows who he actually was. I went to great lengths to put my own interpretation to him including...

A conversation between Peter Dickinson and Sara Pa...

When Gavin Grant asked if I would do a conversation with Peter Dickinson for The Poison Oracle, I jumped at the chance. Dickinson is one of the premier writers of the Twentieth Century. His language is meticulous, his narratives carefully thought out, his characters vivid and credible. I should have looked before I leapt: it’s one thing to be an admiring reader, another to conduct a conversation. Besides, the act or art of writing feels like a delicate watch, something like the handmade one with all the little moving parts that tennis great Rafael Nadal wore and lost. If you start tinkering with the mechanism, you destroy the watch. Sara...

Antonio Hill Interview

Antonio Hill took the time to answer a few questions for us. His first book is just coming out here in the US and it’s wonderful. Also one of my all time favorite book titles! THE SUMMER OF DEAD TOYS Jon: Antonio, I would like to start off by saying that the title, THE SUMMER OF DEAD TOYS is a real attention grabber and one of my all time favorites. Where did it come from? Antonio: Thank you. I am glad you like it. In fact, the title came to my mind when I had written half of the novel; I wanted it to express the idea of broken childhoods, without being too obvious about it. That’s why I used two “positive” ideas...

Dana Cameron Interview

Dana Cameron Interviewed by Kate Malmon Kate Malmon: Congratulations on the publication of your first full-length “Fangborn” novel! Tell us about your latest novel, SEVEN KINDS OF HELL. Dana Cameron: Thank you, Kate! Zoe Miller’s an archaeologist who’s been on the run from her father’s family. They’re reputed to be killers, and her own tendency to violence—and the occasional glimpse of fangs in the mirror—has her worried about her sanity. But when her cousin is kidnapped, Zoe is forced to come to grips with her powers: She’s a werewolf and Fangborn, part of a family of supernatural creatures dedicated to...