Interview with Jill McCroskey Coupe

SLR:  Thank you for the opportunity to interview you. I really enjoyed your novel, Beginning with Cannonballs. Did you draw on any “real life” experiences in this story? What would you say this story is about, in the big picture sense? JMC:  I’m very glad to know you liked my book. I grew up in […]

Karen Corinne Herceg Interviews Gail Godwin

I see a landscape opening out, and I sense I can do anything I need to do if I take my time and let the way lead me forward. – Gail Godwin On an early spring day this past April, I met with acclaimed, bestselling novelist Gail Godwin at her home in the historic town […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Jodie Sinclair, Author of “Love Behind Bars”

AM:  Jodie, so glad to interview you about this important book and subject, and I’m happy that our mutual friend, Joyce Corrington, introduced us. Your new book is Love Behind Bars, bearing the subtitle “The True Story of An American Prisoner’s Wife.” This is a memoir about the criminal justice system and the fight to […]

Donna Meredith Interviews Marina Brown, Author of “The Orphan of Pitigliano”

DM: I have a theory that every great novel begins with one strong emotional scene or character or idea that ignites the author’s passion. What spark initiated your desire to write The Orphan of Pitigliano? MB: Honestly, I think it was a series of experiences I had had in Pitigliano over the years that coalesced […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Kathleen M. Rodgers, Author of “The Flying Cutterbucks”

AM:  I hope you are safe and well during this coronavirus pandemic, Kathleen.  I just want to give our readers some context for this interview in light of the rapidly evolving circumstances. Right now it’s March 2020, and we’re locked down and confined in the home because of COVID-19. But by the time this interview […]

“Ishion Hutchinson, Lord of Reggae Poetry and the Cornell Commons,” by Patrick A. Howell

Lord Ishion Hutchinson, Lord of Reggae Poetry and the Cornell Commons I can bring a halo into the night cave, quiet with music (do not ask the music), to her shaded there in the moon; her fine spectacles steam their pond rings    From “Black Space” (Poetry, January 2017) by Ishion Hutchinson The scepter of […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Joanne Kukanza Easley, Author of “Sweet Jane”

AM:  I’m glad our mutual friend, Johnnie Bernhard, connected us, Joanne.  Johnnie has written for Southern Literary Review, and we’ve reviewed her books.  How did y’all meet? JKE: Thanks for your time, Allen. I attended a book signing for Johnnie’s second novel How We Came to Be at a local library in the Texas Hill […]

“John Michael Cummings: a Writer on a Mission,” Profile by John Riddle

Profile by John Riddle  Many people dream of becoming a writer, but very few take the leap of faith and make it happen. Make no mistake about it: writing is hard, and for many people, staring at a blank piece of paper or a blank computer screen is enough to scare you to death. But […]