Allen Mendenhall Interviews Danny Johnson, Author of “The Last Road Home”

APM:  Congratulations on your debut novel, The Last Road Home.  What’s this book about? DJ: The book is about discovery. Two kids, Junebug who is a white orphaned farm boy, and Fancy who is the daughter of black sharecroppers, meet and form a bond at the age of eight. They spend their growing-up years discovering […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Julia Nunnally Duncan, Author of “A Place That Was Home”

AM:  Julia, it’s great to have the opportunity to promote a regular contributor to Southern Literary Review.  Tell us a little about your new collection of essays, A Place That Was Home. JND:  Thank you, Allen. I appreciate your introducing my new book to your readers. A Place That Was Home is my first nonfiction […]

Claire Hamner Matturro Interviews Carolyn Haines, Author of “Book of the Beloved”

CHM: Carolyn, you’ve written 16 Sarah Booth Delany books, and an abundance of other stand-alone books, and here you are, starting a new series with the Pluto’s Snitch Mysteries. I read where you’ve written over 50 books, but then again, I’ve read where you wrote over 70. Just how many books have you written? CH:  […]

Sean Ennis Interviews Lindsay Starck, Author of “Noah’s Wife”

SE:  Early on in the novel, it’s clear you want readers to have the biblical story of Noah in mind. Out of all of the strange and powerful stories from Genesis, what specifically about that one was compelling to you?  Why did a sort of retelling of it seem necessary now? LS:  First and foremost, […]

“Bill Corrington, From Poetry to ‘Killer Bees’: A Personal Interview,” by Louis Gallo

A personal interview transcribed from long out-of-print and defunct The Courier—the Weekly Newspaper of New Orleans (Nov 27-Dec3, 1975) in hopes of greater dissemination circa 2016. —Louis Gallo This piece is reproduced directly from the crumbling newsprint pages of the original Courier edition.  It describes a very much alive Bill Corrington in 1975.  Some current […]

Claire Hamner Matturro Interviews Robert Bailey, Author of “Between Black and White”

CHM: Robert, my goodness, you’ve done it again with Between Black and White. Great story, great characters, authentic sense of place, edge-of-the-chair pacing and a completely surprising ending. So I have to ask to start by asking—the old writers’ adage of “write what you know” is no doubt in play here with the Deep South […]

A conversation: “Walk Till The Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden in Appalachia”

Silence can be “an unfortunate and even dangerous act of submission,” editors Adrian Blevins and Karen Salyer McElmurray write in the preface to this collection of thirty-two essays, Walk Till The Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden in Appalachia (Ohio University Press, 2015). They speak of the enormous expectation from their “workplaces, families, and […]

Jordan Murphy interviews Alex Taylor, Author of “The Marble Orchard”

JM: Thank you for taking some time to answer a few questions. It’s almost been a year since The Marble Orchard was published (congratulations, by the way). What sort of reactions have you been receiving from your debut novel? AT: I have had a few good reviews for the novel, two starred ones from Publishers […]