Barbara’s story, “Crazy for You,” that was published in 2010 in Orange County Noir is included in USA Noir: Best of Akashic’s Noir Series, to be released in November. The new anthology includes short stories by some of the greats in the suspense field: T. Jefferson Parker, Michael Connelly, Lee Child, Joyce Carol Oates, and more. Details and purchase information ».
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In the first half of the show, guest host Nicole Nelson interviews Ruth Ozeki, author of A Tale for the Time Being.
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In the second half, guest host Marrie Stone talks with Gina Frangello about her new novel, A Life in Men.
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(Broadcast date: January 29, 2014)
Here’s a recent Q&A I did with true crime writer Caitin Rother for The ASJA Monthly (asjamonthly.org), which I edit. Here it is. Her current book will be of special interest to the denizens of Orange County, CA, because it’s about a local murder that was much publicized in the news. In this Q&A, Rother talks about how she picks her subjects, how she does research, and how she writes.
So happy to post this link to my story, just out in The Big Click. If you read “Crazy for You” in USA noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series, this story takes place at the same converted motel as “Crazy for You.” New characters, same place, for a interconnected short story collection. Thanks to editor Seth Cadin for taking no time at all to decide he wanted it, and thanks to you for taking a look.
Guest host Marrie Stone talks with Susan Steinberg about experimental short fiction, creative punctuation, and her latest short story collection Spectacle. Dennis Palumbo joins in the second half to talk about his Daniel Rinaldi mystery, Night Terrors.
(Broadcast date: February 5, 2014)
Guest host Nicole Nelson interviews novelists Lara Vapnyar, The Scent of Pine, and Kirstin Chen, Soy Sauce for Beginners.
(Note: The beginning of the Vapnyar interview has some minor bumps due to a technical issue, but the rest is fine.)
(Broadcast date: January 15, 2014)
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