Author interviews—a baker’s dozen!

I have interviewed 13 authors with Must Read Fiction. What a six months it has been!

Some of the conversations have been in person. We’ve met in libraries—the Mercer Island Public Library’s meeting rooms are particular favorites—and in bookstores and coworking spaces. We’ve met virtually, spanning hundreds of miles through the power of a video conference. I’ve met authors one-on-one or together with their spouse (a married couple with their debut books releasing the same month!).

Each interview has sparkled with possibility and curiosity and a deep love of words. Elise Hooper talked about the research for her novel, The Other Alcott, and how she initially thought she’d write about Louisa, but May was the sister that drew her in. Husband and wife writers Michael Shou-Yung Shum and Jaclyn Watterson talked about their mutual love for the vintage word “pinchbelly” and how the word found its way into their writing. Jessica Strawser, novelist and editor-at-large for Writer’s Digest, provided highlights from some of her interviews with great contemporary writers (she’s interviewed David Sedaris, Stephen King, and Alice Walker, among many others). I’m so grateful for each conversation and so delighted to be able to share them.

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To the next 13 interviews!

Interview with Devin Murphy, author of The Boat Runner

I love writers! And I love talking writing!

Devin Murphy sat down with me earlier this month to talk about his novel, The Boat Runner, a story of a young Dutch man coming of age during World War II. We also talked about his years of research for the story, his time spent working at sea, and how he uses storytelling as a father to three young children.

Watch the interview on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZfJI1WyUH94&t=45s

Enjoy!