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Welcome to the Thoughts from a Page Podcast where I interview authors and other individuals in the publishing industry about the latest and greatest books and trends in the industry. Listen to find some great new reads!
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Julie discusses her instant New York Times bestseller The Last Flight, writing her first thriller, her advice for aspiring authors, the importance of the right book cover and how the cover sets up expectations for readers, and more.The Last Flight can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Julie’s 2 recommended reads are:And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell HallGoodnight Beautiful by Aimee Malloy
Halley discusses her debut novel The Lady Upstairs, her love of murder bus tours, writing feminist noir, participating as a mentee and mentor in Pitch Wars, the importance of building a community in the book world, and more.The Lady Upstairs can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Halley’s 2 recommended reads are:Little Threats by Emily SchultzThe Anthill by Julianne Pachico
Katharine discusses her latest novel Majesty, the amount of world building she did for this series, writing a uchronic book, the difficulties in writing a sequel, her efforts to upend reader expectations, and much more.Majesty can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Katharine’s 3 recommended reads are:The Quest for Queen Mary by James Pope-HennessyPretty Things by Janelle BrownTokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean
Ehsaneh discusses her debut novel A Door Between Us, her desire to portray all sides of a conflict, writing about an event that is not frequently covered in literature, growing up in a Muslim/Mormon home, what she hopes readers take away from her book, and much more.A Door Between Us can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Ehsaneh’s 2 recommended reads are:Spring by Leila RafeiBladebone by Ausma Zehanat Khan
Ann discusses her debut novel A Good Family, her very personal inspiration for the book, joining the amazing debut author community on Facebook, trying to settle on the perfect title for the book, publishing during the pandemic, and much more.A Good Family can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Ann’s 2 recommended reads are:A Door Between Us by Ehsaneh SadrRemembrance by Rita Woods
Alice discusses her new mystery A Solitude of Wolverines, combining her passion for wildlife and writing, how she settled on wolverines for the first book in this new series, the research she conducted for the book, her current wildlife research studies, and much more.A Solitude of Wolverines can be purchased at Murder by the Book.Alice’s recommended reads are:White Fire by Douglas Preston and Lincoln ChildDemon Crown by James RollinsThe River is Dark by Joe HartEverything’s Trash, But It’s Okay by Phoebe RobinsonThe Molly Murphy series by Rhys Bowen
Fiona and M.J. discuss Stories from Suffragette City, the inspiration for this compilation, the speed with which the project came together, honoring the 100th anniversary of women getting the right to vote, how each author is reflected in their individual story, the bright and engaging cover, and much more.Stories from Suffragette City can be purchased at Murder by the Book. M.J.’s 2 recommended reads are:A Splendid Ruin by Megan ChanceThe Wicked City by Beatriz WilliamsFiona’s 2 recommended reads are:The Exiles by Christina Baker KlineGilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote by Johanna Neuman
Rhys discusses her latest novel The Last Mrs. Summers, creating an homage to Rebecca, writing two books a year, reading historical fiction during these stressful times, advice for aspiring authors, and much more.The Last Mrs. Summers can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Rhys’s 2 recommended reads are:Paris Is Always a Good Idea by Jenn McKinlayThe Lost Girls of Devon by Barbara O’Neal
Lauren discusses her debut novel Last Tang Standing, the importance of humor in books, the way reading promotes empathy and understanding, choosing to write the book in diary format, coming up with the idea for the novel while she was an amateur stand-up comic, and much more.Last Tang Standing can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Lauren’s 6 recommended reads are:The Vanishing Half by Brit BennettThe Other Americans by Laila LalamiThe Glass Hotel by Emily St. John MandelForever 51 by Pamela SkjolsvikWhite Coat Diaries by Madi SinhaThe Exit Strategy by Lainey Cameron
Lynne discusses her latest thriller The Silent Conspiracy, the various ways information is used to influence people today, the importance of vetting the news, writing thrillers with her sister, and much more.The Silent Conspiracy can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Lynne’s 3 recommended reads are:Don’t Look for Me by Wendy WalkerGoodnight Beautiful by Aimee MolloyBecoming Bulletproof by Evy Poumpouras
Nancy discusses her latest novel Girls of Summer, writing about the intricacies and mysteries of family, her love of crafting beach reads with happy endings, the way technology has impacted her job, the importance of independent book stores, and much more.Girls of Summer can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Nancy’s 3 recommended reads are:One by One by Ruth WareAnxious People by Fredrik BackmanThe Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
Chris discusses his latest mystery Never Turn Back, the personal family story that served as his inspiration, the challenges of writing a thriller, the incredible author community, the importance of independent book stores, and much more.Never Turn Back can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Chris’s 3 recommended reads are:Hard Cash Valley by Brian PanowichBlacktop Wasteland by S. A. CosbyWhen These Mountains Burn by David Joy
Natalie discusses her debut novel The Jane Austen Society, the long-lasting impact and continued relevance of Jane Austen’s books, the importance of independent book stores, launching a debut novel during the pandemic, and more.The Jane Austen Society can be purchased at Murder by the Book.  Natalie’s 3 recommended reads are:Sigh, Gone: A Misfit’s Memoir of Great Books, Punk Rock, and the Fight to Fit In by Phuc TranThe All-Night Sun by Diane ZinnaCuyahoga by Pete Beatty
Hazel discusses When We Were Young & Brave, her inspiration for the story, writing about World War 2 in the Pacific, her extensive research for the book, exploring the human condition, her reading recommendations, and much more. When We Were Young & Brave can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Hazel’s 2 recommended reads are:Hamnet by Maggie O’FarrellThe Exiles by Christina Baker Kline
Joe discusses his new book American Cheese: An Indulgent Odyssey Through the Artisan Cheese World, how he became interested in artisanal cheese, the role of Whole Foods in the American cheese renaissance, the role of cheese influencers, and much more.American Cheese: An Indulgent Odyssey Through the Artisan Cheese World can be purchased at Murder by the Book.Joe’s 2 recommended reads are:Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NgWow, No Thank You: Essays by Samantha Irby
Tori discusses her debut novel Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish, her inspiration for the story, creating a love letter to Cincinnati, the generational theme in the book, her advice for aspiring authors, and much more.Millicent Glenn’s Last Wish can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Tori’s 3 recommended reads are:The Guest Book by Sarah BlakeYou Were There Too by Colleen OakleyWench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
Jane discusses her debut novel Ties That Tether, writing about Nigerian culture and being an immigrant, exploring the themes of culture and identity, her vision for the cover of this book, participating in Pitch Wars, advice for aspiring authors, and more.Ties That Tether can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Jane’s 2 recommended reads are:The Right Swipe by Alisha RaiWell-Behaved Indian Women by Saumya Dave
Pamela Redmond - OLDER

Pamela Redmond - OLDER

2020-09-2526:54

Pamela discusses her latest novel Older, writing a book that provides some humor during these troubling times, enjoying her novel Younger as a television show and having Sutton Foster cast in the show, writing about aging, and much more. Older can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Pamela’s 2 recommended reads are:The Exiles by Christina Baker KlineSomeone by Alice McDermott
John Cribb - OLD ABE

John Cribb - OLD ABE

2020-09-2225:09

John talks about his latest novel Old Abe, writing a fictional account of Lincoln’s life, conducting research on one of the most famous men in history, how he decided to tackle this subject, and much more.Old Abe can be purchased at Murder by the Book. John’s 2 recommended reads are:Metamorphoses by OvidCollected Stories by Frank O’Connor
Kristin talks about her latest novel the New York Times bestseller The Book of Lost Names, the research she did regarding the forgery of documents during World War 2, writing about ordinary people who rise up to do extraordinary things, the large number of Nazi-looted books that still have not been returned to their original owners, creating the Facebook group Friends and Fiction with four other authors during the pandemic, and more.The Book of Lost Names can be purchased at Murder by the Book. Kristin’s 4 recommended reads are:Surviving Savannah by Patti CallahanThe Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona DavisLost in Paris by Elizabeth ThompsonThe Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett
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