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Aaron Hartzler | What We Saw | Author Interview

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Aaron Hartzler discusses the characters in his new book as they come of age in a world of sexual violence and social media. What We Saw asks whether or not we are complicit in a crime if we remain silent while it occurs?

In this edition, Jeffrey Masters interviews Aaron Hartzler about his new novel, What We Saw.

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BIO: Aaron Hartzler has written books, screenplays, and a great number of tweets. His first book, RAPTURE PRACTICE (2013) is a true story about his own life, a memoir about getting kicked out of his Christian high school [...]

Nicola Yoon | Everything, Everything | Author Interview

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Nicola Yoon discusses her novel, Everything, Everything, which debuted at #1 on the NY Times Best Seller list. Everything, Everything is a story about the many risks of love, both romantic and parental. Nicola also talks with Jeffrey Masters about diversity in the publishing industry and working with the We Need Diverse Books Campaign.
“Maybe growing up means disappointing the people we love.”
― Nicola Yoon, Everything, Everything
Bio: Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. [...]

Hilary Liftin | Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper | Author Interview

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Hilary Liftin is Hollywood's go-to ghostwriter. She's collaborated with Miley Cyrus, Tori Spelling, Mackenzie Phillips, and many others. In her first novel, Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper, Hilary explores celebrity life through the fictional movie star, Lizzie Pepper. We talk to her about her new book and what it's like helping celebrities to tell their stories.

In this edition, Jeffrey Masters talks with Hilary Liftin about her novel, Movie Star by Lizzie Pepper.

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Bio: Hilary Liftin is a ghostwriter/collaborator specializing in celebrity memoir. Since 2006 she has worked on fifteen books, ten of which hit the [...]

Susan K. Wehrley | EGO at Work | Author Interview

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In this edition, Susan K. Wehlrey talks with Jeffrey Masters about her newest book, EGO at Work. She says having a healthy ego is not just helpful, but completely essential to success in business and your relationships.

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Bio:
Susan K. Wehrley is known as the "Biz Buddha" by those who have worked with her because she combines her highly honed intuition, her exuberant creativity, and her no-nonsense approach to “call the bird out of the bush” and raise the level of mindfulness in organizations. She facilitates collaborative conversations so owners and their employees can realize and [...]

Mackie Burt | Above | Author Interview

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Mackie Burt talks about creating the world in her novel, Above, and what we can look forward to in future books. Mackie starting writing the book at 16. Since then she's written a follow-up book and has started a new series called, The Grey Area. We also talk about moving to Los Angeles at 16 and her acting work.

In this edition, Jeffrey Masters talks with Mackie Burt about her novel, Above.

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Bio:
Mackie Burt has always believed we make our own luck. From a very young age,Mackie nurtured her two loves: reading and acting. [...]

Joshua Mohr | All This Life | Author Interview

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Joshua Mohr talks about writing his new novel, All This Life. With a wide cast of characters and an exciting pace that mimics the speed of our modern, all-too-connected lives, All This Life examines the dangerous intersection of reality and the imaginary, where coding and technology seek to highlight and augment our already flawed human connections. Using his trademark talent for creating memorable characters, with a deep insight into language and how it can be twisted to alter reality, Joshua Mohr returns with his most contemporary and insightful novel yet.

In this edition, Jeffrey Masters talks with Joshua Mohr about his book, All This [...]

Joe Kelly | Bang!Tango | Author Interview

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Joe Kelly (Man of Action) talks about deconstructing crime story archetypes in his new graphic novel, Bang!Tango. Vinnie, former-gangster is rehearsing for a tango competition and the femme fatal character is a transgender woman who convinces him to help her rob a mob boss. Joe also discusses his Superman comic, What's So Funny About Truth, Justice, and the American Way, which has been called the greatest Superman story of all time, and his animated series, Ben 10.

In this edition, Jeffrey Masters sits down and talks to Joe Kelly about his graphic novel, Bang!Tango.

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Katie Gilmartin | Blackmail, My Love | Author Interview

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In Katie Gilmartin's novel, Blackmail, My Love, we follow Josephine as she searches for the truth behind her brother's disappearance. She buys a suit, cuts her hair short, and renames herself Joe as she navigates through the subtle nuances of queer life in San Francisco in the 1950s.
"I got a broom and dustpan from a closet down the hall, swept up the remaining shards, fishing out the acorns but not the earrings or the hair, and slid it all into the container. I dumped the whiskey, cloudy from my blood, down the drain, and poured myself one last finger." - Katie Gilmartin, Blackmail [...]

Tara Ison | Reeling Through Life | Author Interview

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In Reeling Through Life, Tara Ison explores how movies have, for better or worse, shaped the many aspects of her life. Films are didactic and entertaining, but more than that, they shape our identities. They offer glimpses into other realties and offer up ways-of-being that inform how we operate in the world. Reeling Through Life is equal parts memoir and film study. In 10 insightful and humorous essays, Tara talks about 115 films and their continuing impact on her life.
"And I'm eleven years old again, fearing invisibility, hoping to be heard. Seeking the distinction and complexity of dysfunction and dark secrets. Hoping to [...]

Alexandra Fuller| Leaving Before the Rains Come | Author Interview

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Alexandra Fuller (best known for her memoir, Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood) writes about her marriage and its slow unravel in her new memoir, Leaving Before the Rains Come. She describes her husband as “the perfect rescuer” who would save her from the chaos of her family and their life in Africa, and juxtaposes him with stories of her father who declared “boring” to be the worst possible sin. Leaving Before the Rains Come is written with wit and candor; it’s a raw exploration of one’s self that is both unabashed and elegant.
“Long after the divorce was final [...]

3 Books You Should Have Read This Year (2014)

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This year we sat down and talked to over 20 authors, one of the highlights being Jackie Collins who, it turns out, has had an even wilder life than her characters. She told us that about 10 years ago, a masked man shoved an Uzi in her face and screamed, "Don't move, b**** or I'll blow your f***ing head off." I imagine her running away, the adrenaline kicking in as she gives a silent cheer, thankful for her survival, but more thankful for the story she'll have for future dinner parties. It's the type of thing that you'd expect to happen to the woman whose [...]

Carine McCandless | The Wild Truth | Author Interview

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Jon Krakauer's international bestseller, Into the Wild, and Sean Penn's inspirational film of the same name skyrocketed Chris McCandless (aka Alexander Supertramp) to global fame after he hitchhiked to Alaska and walked into the wilderness alone in 1992. In The Wild Truth, Chris's sister, Carine, tells her own story, while filling in the blanks of her brother's journey. Together they witnessed firsthand the dysfunctional and violent family dynamic that made Chris willing to embrace the harsh wilderness of Alaska. Carine speaks candidly about the deeper reality of life in the McCandless family, and reveals how she learned that real redemption can only come from [...]