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 […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Deborah Mantella, Author of “My Sweet Vidalia”

AM: You’re a transplant to the South. Yet the rich quality of your language is distinctly, authentically Southern. There’s something Natasha Trethewey about it. You must be a reader of Southern literature. DM: First of all, Allen, I am still trying to wrap my writermind around your Natasha Tretheway reference. I am truly honored. I’ve […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Derek Furr, Author of “Semitones”

AM: Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions about your new book, Semitones. I want to start by asking about the title. You provide an epigraph by John Dowland that works toward defining “semitones.” Could you explain the significance of this title, which I’m guessing has to do with the unique musicality […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Elizabeth Harris, Author of “Mayhem”

AM: I appreciate your taking the time to do this interview. Your writing has been called “literary fiction.” Your prose is beautiful and complex, allusive and fluid. The first pages of Mayhem call attention to “a crime whose mention makes men cross their legs,” locate readers in early 20th century Texas, and reference Herodotus and […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Lindsay Parnell, Author of Dogwood

AM: Thanks for taking the time to talk to Southern Literary Review about your novel, Dogwood. This is a remarkable and poignant book, literary fiction at its finest. You toy with stream-of-consciousness and alternating narration in the book. Why? LP: The articulation of Harper’s journey and the journey itself are irreversibility fused together. Harper’s story […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Hubert Crouch, Author of “The Word”

  AM: Thanks for taking the time to talk to Southern Literary Review about The Word, your second novel. Jace Forman, the protagonist of your first novel, Cried For No One, is back in this novel. How has your experience as a trial lawyer shaped Jace’s character, if at all? Is it even possible to […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews M. Maitland DeLand, Author of “Nashville Mercy”

AM: Dr. DeLand, thanks for the interview. I’m thankful for the opportunity to talk with you about your debut mystery novel, Nashville Mercy. How did you draw on your Southern roots and medical background to develop the plot of this book? MMD: My entire extended family is in the medical field. Since I was a […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Howard G. Franklin, Author of “Gideon’s Children”

APM: It’s a privilege to do this interview on the occasion of the publication of your novel, Gideon’s Children. This book is quite a bit different from your previous book, An Irish Experience. You’ve gone from travelogue to novel. What prompted the change? HGF: Thank you, Allen, for the opportunity to connect with readers of […]