Allen Mendenhall Interviews Andrew Lawler, Author of “The Secret Token”

AM:  Andrew, thank you very much for doing this interview on the occasion of the paperback release of The Secret Token, which is about the so-called Lost Colony of Roanoke.  I remember learning about Roanoke in the third grade and the amazement I felt when I realized there was this mystery that had never been […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews John Shelton Reed, Author of “Mixing It Up”

AM:  John, I really appreciate this interview.  Your latest book is Mixing It Up: A South-Watcher’s Miscellany.  I noticed that you dedicated the book to Beverly Jarrett Mills.  She was helpful to me over recent years, and I wish I had known her much earlier and far longer. I sense that she and others, like you, […]

Claire Hamner Matturro Interviews Lisa Patton, Author of “Rush”

Rush is a gentle literary novel of the New South involving a diverse group of freshmen co-eds adjusting to college life, facing new challenges, and rushing sororities, each hoping to become members of Alpha Delta Beta. When the sorority sisters and pledges learn that their beloved African-American housekeeper has been denied a promotion due to […]

Niles Reddick Interviews River Jordan, Author of “Confessions of a Christian Mystic”

NR:  River, congratulations on another wonderful release. My review was positive and it looks like from your growing list of endorsements, including Rick Bragg, Joshilyn Jackson, Southern Living, and more, that this will be successful like your previous books. To what do you attribute your success (other than your excellent writing ability)?  RJ:  The writing ability […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Kimmery Martin, Author of “The Queen of Hearts”

AM:  Thanks for the interview, Kimmery.  You’re a medical doctor by training, correct?  What kind of practice?  And how did you manage to find the time to pen this novel, which, given its plot that involves medical school and residency, as well as its hospital settings, could only have been written, I think, by someone […]

David Salvage Interviews Poet Celia Bland

Celia Bland is the author of YA biographies of Indigenous leaders Osceola, Pontiac, and Peter MacDonald (Chelsea House), and has published three collections of poetry: Soft Box (Cavankerry, 2004); Madonna Comix, a collaboration with artist Dianne Kornberg (William James, 2014); and Cherokee Road Kill, with pen and ink drawings by Kyoko Miyabe (Dr. Cicero, 2018).  She is co-editor, with Martha Collins, […]

Donna Meredith Interviews Allen Mendenhall, Editor of “Writers on Writing”

DM:  Thanks for taking time from your very busy life to be interviewed. You are an associate dean at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, executive director of the Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty, and editor of Southern Literary Review. You blog at The Literary Lawyer. Your books include Literature and Liberty (2014), Oliver […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Charles Dodd White, Author of “In the House of Wilderness”

AM:  Happy to have the opportunity, Charles, to interview you about your novel In the House of Wilderness, which was recently released by Swallow Press, an imprint of Ohio University Press. There’s a moment in the novel when the character Rain writes “WHO I AM” in her composition book. She then lists some nouns she […]