Allen Mendenhall Interviews Roger Johns, Author of “River of Secrets”

AM:  Thanks for doing this interview, Roger.  Your new novel, River of Secrets, is a sequel to Dark River Rising.  Both novels feature Wallace Hartman, a detective in Baton Rouge.  What drew you to the detective genre? RJ: Allen, thank you for interviewing me. It’s a real privilege to be able to do this. The […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Lee Zacharias, Author of “Across the Great Lake”

AM:  Lee, I’m happy that we get to do this interview about your new novel, Across the Great Lake.  I want to try to have this conversation without, as they say, any spoilers. This novel is told in the voice of 85-year-old Fern Halverson, who is looking back on her childhood.  What led you to […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Mike Burrell, Author of “The Land of Grace”

AM:  Mike, so glad to do this interview with you.  In the universe of improbable plots, the one you’ve created involving a religious cult devoted to worshiping Elvis has got to be the shining star. How in the hell did you come up with it? MB: Yes, thank you for having me, Allen. This story sprang […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Susan Cushman, Editor of “Southern Writers on Writing”

AM:  I’ve been delighting in the essays in Southern Writers on Writing, Susan, and am so glad to see this book in print. I’m happy, too, that we’re doing an interview about it. Tell me, how did you choose which authors to include in this collection? SC:  I’m so glad you’re enjoying the essays, Allen. […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Michel Stone, Author of “Border Child”

AM:  The paperback release of Border Child appears to be timely, Michel, in light of the separation of families that’s occurring right now at the Mexican border [editor’s note: this interview took place in early July]. I’m sure you’re getting all kinds of interview requests. I appreciate your time. Where did the idea for the […]

Donna Meredith Interviews Chuck Kinder

DM: Do you see yourself as a James Dean type character?  CK: Yes. Sort of a rebel seeking a cause, I suppose. I guess you could say my books are part of this search. All art is a search when you consider it. I am reminded of T. S. Elliott – Something on the order […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Johnnie Bernhard, Author of “How We Came to Be”

AM:  Thanks for the interview, Johnnie.  It hasn’t even been a year since our last interview about A Good Girl, and here we are discussing a new novel, How We Came to Be.  How did How We Came to Be come to be? JB:  I had been exploring the characters of Karen and Leona for […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Wendy Wax, Author of “Best Beach Ever”

AM:  Thanks, Wendy, for the interview. Our readers are no doubt familiar with your Ten Beach Road series.  Best Beach Ever is the sixth and latest novel in that series, which began in 2011.  How do you stay so productive? WW:  Thank you, Allen. As counterintuitive as it sounds, I think motherhood helped me become […]