‘The Spirit of Fire’: Six Questions for Susanne Dunlap [INTERVIEW]

Susanne Dunlap

Susanne Dunlap is the prolific author of the Orphans of Tolosa trilogy.
(Photo by Sigrid Estrada)

Looking back at all those history classes I took during college, I recall being fascinated by the time period surrounding the Crusades. It was a bleak era filled with much bloodshed, and yet the stories of the Templar knights always seemed mysterious and adventurous despite it all. Now Susanne Dunlap brings those same qualities to her own work with her engrossing Orphans of Tolosa trilogy, and its latest installment, The Spirit of Fire. We were delighted she stopped by to chat about the new volume. We hope you enjoy this exclusive interview. —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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‘An Equal Justice’: Six Questions for Chad Zunker [INTERVIEW]

Chad Zunker

Author Chad Zunker is passionate about thwarting homelessness. (Photo courtesy the author)

When we first read Chad Zunker’s An Equal Justice, we were blown away by his knack for delving deep into his characters lives even as he built pulse-pounding suspense. Most of all, however, we were impressed by the phenomenal job he does of laying his heart on the line and exposing the very things that matter most to him, including the growing plight of the homeless in Texas. That’s why we were delighted to get the chance to sit down with him and find out more about his work, on the page and behind the scenes. We hope you enjoy this insightful interview! —J&H Read more of this post

‘The Undertaker’s Assistant’: Five Questions for Amanda Skenandore [INTERVIEW]

Amanda Skenandore

Amanda Skenandore (Photo courtesy the author, Facebook)

If you’ve been reading along with us for a while, you have probably realized a few things. First, we really enjoy historical fiction that is well written. Second, we love characters that have a unique voice, particularly if they teach us important lessons or help us see life from a different perspective. And finally, New Orleans is one of our favorite places on the planet. In Amanda Skenandore’s latest novel, The Undertaker’s Assistant, she blends all these elements into an unforgettable story about a woman who returns home to build her future, but first she must confront her past. Enjoy!   —J&H Read more of this post

‘The Earl in Black Armor’: Five Questions for Nancy Blanton [INTERVIEW]

Nancy Blanton (Photo courtesy Nancy Blanton, Facebook)

Although author Nancy Blanton may not be a household name yet, after reading her intriguing novel The Earl in Black Armor we think that may very well change in the near future. As we said in our review, reading the novel “is like sitting in the best history class in college.” So of course, like any apt pupil, we had a few questions to ask. We hope you enjoy this insightful Q&A into her work. —J&H Read more of this post