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 […]

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 […]