Donna Meredith interviews Gale Massey, author of “Girl from Blind River”

DM:  What inspired a writer from Florida to set a story in New York state?   GM: The very first images that came to me at the onset of writing this novel were of ice, sleet, and a young woman in a decrepit trailer. I stuck with those images because they spoke to me of poverty […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Mike Nemeth, Author of “The Undiscovered Country”

AM:  So glad to have the chance to chat, Mike.  Before we talk about your new novel, The Undiscovered Country, which is a sequel to your novel Defiled, I’d like to explore our Atlanta connections.  Where in the city do you live?  I grew up in Marietta, close to Roswell Square, and lived in Alpharetta […]

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 […]