Ten of the Best Author Interviews of 2016

The most interesting author interviews delve deeper than just asking the authors about their writing schedules or what advice they'd give to budding scribes. These interviews look at issues and events from around the globe and provide readers with plenty of food for thought.

Kit de Waal talks about her debut novel, My Name Is Leon, a sparkling, big-hearted, page-turning debut set in the 1970s about a young black boy's quest to reunite with his beloved white half-brother after they are separated in foster care.

Read the Interview | My Name Is Leon
In this wide ranging and not to be missed interview Olga Grushin discusses her novel Forty Rooms, a mysterious and ultimately emotionally devastating novel.

Read the Interview | Forty Rooms

Sally Hepworth
Sally Hepworth discusses The Secrets of Midwives, which tells the story of three generations of women devoted to delivering new life into the world - and the secrets they keep that threaten to change their own lives forever.

Read the Interview | The Things We Keep

Ann Hood
Ann Hood discusses the story behind The Book That Matters The Most, and how books help us through difficult times.

Read the Interview | The Book That Matters Most

Karan Mahajan
Karan Mahajan discusses how a terrorist bomb near his home inspired him to write The Association of Small Bombs.

Read the Interview | The Association of Small Bombs

 Laurie Notaro
A Conversation with Laurie Notaro about her first historical novel, Crossing the Horizon, about three real-life women who attempted to fly across the Atlantic in the 1920s.

Read the Interview| Crossing the Horizon

Stewart O'Nan
A Conversation with Stewart O'Nan about City of Secrets, a timely moral thriller of the Jewish underground resistance in Jerusalem after the Second World War.

Read the Interview| City of Secrets

Louisa Thomas
Louisa Thomas explains the process behind the research for her biography of the only foreign-born first lady, Louisa Adams.

Read the Interview | Louisa

Brad Watson
Brad Watson discusses his novel Miss Jane and the woman who inspired it, his great-aunt who suffered from the same birth defect as his character.

Read the Interview | Miss Jane

Ben H. Winters
Ben H. Winters discusses his novel Underground Airlines set in a contemporary version of the USA in which the Civil War never happened and slavery is still legal in some parts of the country.

Read the Interview | Underground Airlines

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