An Interview with Markus Zusak, author of “The Book Thief”

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“Markus Frank Zusak (born 23 June 1975) is an Australian author. He is best known for his books  The Book Thief and The Messenger (published in USA as I Am the Messenger), which have been international bestsellers. 

Zusak is the author of five books. His first three books, The UnderdogFighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry, released between 1999 and 2001, were all published internationally and garnered a number of awards. The Underdog, his 1st book, took seven years to publish. The Messenger, published in 2002, won the 2003 CBC Book of the Year Award (Older Readers) and the 2003 NSW Premier’s Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize), as well as receiving a Printz Honour in America.

In 2005, The Book Thief was released and is now translated into over 30 languages. As well as receiving awards in Australia and overseas, The Book Thief has held the number one position at Amazon.com, the New York Times bestseller list, as well as in Brazil, Ireland and Taiwan. It has been in the top five in the UK, Spain, Israel and South Korea, and is still set to be released in many other territories.” – Wikipedia   For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/KcU9TP

To view the  4:12-minute video interview of Markus Zusak, visit:  http://bit.ly/1izBuOA

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An Interview with Erin Morgenstern on “The Night Circus”

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“Erin Morgenstern (born July 8, 1978) is an American writer and visual artist best known for writing The Night Circus.  Erin Morgenstern was raised in Marshfield, Massachusetts and studied theater and studio art at Smith College in Northhampton Massachusetts, graduating in 2000. 

In addition to writing, she paints, mostly in acrylics, including the Phantomwise tarot deck. She signed with Inkwell Management  in May 2010 after being rejected by thirty literary agents, and sold her debut novel to Doubleday in September 2010; The Night Circus was published in September 2011.”   – Wikipedia  For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/Kcik4G

To view the 5:44-minute video of Erin Morgenstern on “The Night Circus,” visit: http://bit.ly/KNSu7G

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An Interview with J. K. Rowling

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“Joanne “Jo” Rowling (born 31 July 1965), best known by her pen name J. K. Rowling, is a British novelist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. The Potter books have gained worldwide attention, won multiple awards, and sold more than 400 million copies.They have become the best-selling book series in history,  and been the basis for a series of films which has become the highest-grossing film series in history. Rowling had overall approval on the scripts and maintained creative control by serving as a producer on the final installment.

Born in Yate, Gloucestershire, Rowling was working as a researcher and bilingual secretary for Amnesty International when she conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series on a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990.

The seven-year period that followed entailed the death of her mother, divorce from her first husband and poverty until Rowling finished the first novel  . . . ” – Wikipedia   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1eKWkrC

To view the 5:07-minute video, visit:  http://bit.ly/1eKWu2d

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An Interview with E. L. James, author of “Fifty Shades of Grey”

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E. L. James“Erika Leonard (born Erika Mitchell; 7 March 1963) , better known by the pen name E L James, is the British author of the bestselling erotic romance novels trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey,  Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed. The combined novels have sold over 35 million copies in the United States, and over 70 million copies worldwide, setting the record as the fastest selling paperback of all time. 

In 2012,Time magazine named her one of “The World’s 100 Most Influential People.” – Wikipedia    For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1gkoH0W

To view the interview with Ms. James, visit: http://bit.ly/1lEct7o

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Patricia Highsmith – A Woman of Mystery

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“Patricia Highsmith (January 19, 1921 – February 4, 1995) was an American novelist and short story writer, most widely known for her psychological thrillers, which led to more than two dozen film adaptations. Her first novel, Strangers on a Train, has been adapted for stage and screen numerous times, notably by Alfred Hitchcock in 1951. In addition to her acclaimed series about murderer Tom Ripley, she wrote many short stories, often macabre, satirical or tinged with black humor.

Although she wrote specifically in the genre of crime fiction, her books have been lauded by various writers and critics as being artistic and thoughtful enough to rival mainstream literature.Michael Dirda observed, “Europeans honored her as a psychological novelist, part of an existentialist tradition represented by her own favorite writers, in particular Dostoevsky, Conrad, Kafka, Gide and Camus.” – Wikipedia   For more, visit:  http://bit.ly/1bPDMmG

To view this 1:46-minute video, visit:  http://bit.ly/KCgrzD

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Interview with Award-Winning Author, Lee Smith

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“Lee Smith (born on November 1, 1944) is an American fiction author who typically incorporates much of her home roots in the Southeastern United States in her works of literature. She has received many writing awards, such as the O. Henry Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and, in April 2013, was the first recipient of Mercer University’s Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature. Her novel The Last Girls was listed on the New York Times bestseller’s list and won the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Mrs Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, a collection of new and selected stories was published in 2010.” – Wikipedia   For more, visit: http://bit.ly/1ko6rtm

To view the interview with Ms. Smith, visit: http://bit.ly/1cy9wQI

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