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 […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews William Bernhardt

AM:  Thanks for doing this interview, Bill.  You’re a prolific author, having written dozens of books. Do you have a favorite among the books you’ve authored?  WB: I think Primary Justice will always have a special spot in my heart, because it was the first novel I wrote and the first that I sold, and […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Colleen D. Scott, Author of “Everybody Needs a Bridge”

AM:  Thanks for doing this interview, Colleen.  Your first novel is Everybody Needs a Bridge, which you describe as a “work of fiction inspired by actual events.” It follows the story of Erin, a young girl in Alabama who’s growing up roughly a generation after the Civil Rights Movement. You might call it a bildungsroman […]

Claire Hamner Matturro Interviews Michael David Blanchard

CHM:  Mike, do you perceive a difference between being a poet and being a person who writes poetry? If so, into which camp would you put yourself—poet or person who writes poetry? MDB:  A person who writes poetry. That phrase better connotes someone for whom the creation of literary art is but one of many […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Shuly Cawood, Author of “The Going and Goodbye”

AM:  Shuly, thanks for this interview about your memoir, The Going and Goodbye.  I want to start by asking you about the epigraph by Richard Wilbur, in part because he passed away just about the time your book was released. I find that intriguing because you quote him on the subject of life and death, […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Johnnie Bernhard, Author of “A Good Girl”

AM:  You’ve been a regular contributor to Southern Literary Review, Johnnie, so I’m particularly happy for the occasion to interview you about your new novel, A Good Girl.  Tell us about Gracey Reiter.  JB:  Gracey Reiter is the protagonist for my work of historical fiction, A Good Girl.  A middle-aged woman, Gracey is conflicted by crossroads […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Steve Wiegenstein, Author of “The Language of Trees”

AM:  So glad Southern Literary Review has a chance to feature your work again, Steve.  Thanks for doing this interview.  I bet when you wrote this book, you couldn’t have anticipated how timely a story about a post-Civil War 19th century community would be. If you turn on the news these days, you see ongoing […]