Allen Mendenhall Interviews Joe Taylor, Author of “Ghostly Demarcations”

AM:  Joe, I’m so happy about this interview.  We’re just down the road from each other, so I’m glad for the opportunity to connect.  Your new book is Ghostly Demarcations.  I’d like to start by asking about the title, specifically the word “demarcations.” JT:  Allen, well I half stole the title from a poem by […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Layton Green, Author of “A Shattered Lens”

AM:  I’m glad we get to do this interview, Layton.  I was intrigued when A Shattered Lens arrived in the mail and I opened the package and read this praise on the front cover: “Dostoevsky and Poe would be proud.” You don’t often hear Dostoevsky and Poe lumped together, but I knew instantly that whatever […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Judge William Alsup, Author of “Won Over”

AM:  Judge Alsup, I’m grateful that you’ve shared your time to do this interview for Southern Literary Review.  The occasion for the interview is, of course, the publication of your memoir, Won Over, which has this subtitle: “Reflections of a Federal Judge on His Journey from Jim Crow Mississippi.”  What made you decide to write […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Heather Webber, Author of “Midnight at the Blackbird Café”

AM:  Heather, thanks for doing this interview about Midnight at the Blackbird Café, a novel about Anna Kate, who finds herself back in Alabama upon her grandmother’s death.  I’m curious how someone from Massachusetts who lives in Ohio decided on Alabama as the setting for this book. And for the readers’ sake, I’ll point out […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Marjorie Herrera Lewis, Author of “When the Men Were Gone”

APM:  Marjorie, so happy we get to chat about When the Men Were Gone, your novel that features protagonist Tylene Wilson, a teacher during World War II who winds up coaching a high school football team.  There’s a sort of A League of Their Own vibe to the book.  When did you think up this […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Andrew Lawler, Author of “The Secret Token”

AM:  Andrew, thank you very much for doing this interview on the occasion of the paperback release of The Secret Token, which is about the so-called Lost Colony of Roanoke.  I remember learning about Roanoke in the third grade and the amazement I felt when I realized there was this mystery that had never been […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews John Shelton Reed, Author of “Mixing It Up”

AM:  John, I really appreciate this interview.  Your latest book is Mixing It Up: A South-Watcher’s Miscellany.  I noticed that you dedicated the book to Beverly Jarrett Mills.  She was helpful to me over recent years, and I wish I had known her much earlier and far longer. I sense that she and others, like you, […]

Claire Hamner Matturro Interviews Lisa Patton, Author of “Rush”

Rush is a gentle literary novel of the New South involving a diverse group of freshmen co-eds adjusting to college life, facing new challenges, and rushing sororities, each hoping to become members of Alpha Delta Beta. When the sorority sisters and pledges learn that their beloved African-American housekeeper has been denied a promotion due to […]