‘The Lords of the Wind’: Six Questions for C.J. Adrien [INTERVIEW]

C.J. Adrien

Author C.J. Adrien never seemed to fit, until he started to do a little digging into his family’s history. (Photo by Zach Bascom, Dry Sky Photography)

My family has always been fascinated by history, particularly on the maternal side of my family. My great uncle and his children, in particular, dug deep into genealogical records, tracing ancestors back to European roots before following their travels to Australia and the Americas. Still, I didn’t know any of this until I was a senior in high school and had to start researching that information on my own, so I remember what it is like to wonder how you fit into the fabric of time and what made me the way I am. In The Lords of the Wind, the first in a new series about Viking history, we discover how Hasting the Avenger faced similar questions and why author C.J. Adrien is the perfect man to tackle telling his story. We hope you enjoy reading this exclusive interview! —J&H Read more of this post

‘Child of Love and Water’: Six Questions for D.K. Marley [INTERVIEW]

D.K. Marley

Discover what inspired D.K. Marley to travel nearly 300 years into the past to tell her new story, Child of Love and Water. (Photo courtesy D.K. Marley, Facebook)

The origins of stories are as varied as the writers who record them. For historical novelist D.K. Marley, when it came to her latest book, Child of Love and Water, she had only to look toward a very special place that had been whispering its secrets to her for years. How she retells its tale is something very unique. We hope you enjoy this introduction to Marley and her work.—J&H Read more of this post

‘Royal Beauty Bright’: Seven Questions with Ryan Byrnes [INTERVIEW]

Ryan Byrnes

Ryan Byrnes wrote his debut novel, Royal Beauty Bright, while he was in high school! (Photo courtesy Ryan Byrnes)

When I finished reading Ryan Byrnes’ new historical novel, Royal Beauty Bright, I was speechless. For such a young writer (he wrote this book in high school), he has penned a story that is by turns heartbreaking, humorous, inspiring, and compelling. As you know, we read a lot of fiction set around World War I, but we seldom encounter characters we enjoy meeting as well as those found here. They make for a brilliant, heartfelt tale that is truly a joy to read. Thus we’re thrilled that he stops by to chat with us about his book, and what comes next. We hope you enjoy this exclusive interview! —J&H
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Six Questions for Vanessa Kelly [INTERVIEW]

Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa Kelly visits with Jathan and Heather about her new Regency romance. (Photo courtesy Vanessa Kelly, Facebook)

Vanessa Kelly may have studied British literature in graduate school, but today she spends her time writing bestselling, award-winning historical romances of her own, including the popular Clan Kendrick series which takes place in the heart of the Scottish highlands. What does it take to write stories that Booklist praises as “completely charming?” Find out in our exclusive interview with the author herself. Enjoy!—J&H Read more of this post

‘The Batter’s Box’: Five Questions for Andy Kutler [INTERVIEW]

Andy Kutler

Andy Kutler (Photo courtesy Andy Kutler, Facebook)

Author Andy Kutler swings for the fences and hits a home run with The Batter’s Box, his heartfelt tale about a baseball hero turned soldier who must navigate his reentry into life stateside in the years following the war. The result is a tale that is impassioned, sobering, and smart. We hope you enjoy our insightful chat with this award-winning writer!— J&H Read more of this post