Interview with Will Willingham, Author of Adjustments

What can you tell us about your new release, Adjustments?

It’s a humorous and thoughtful story of a claim adjuster named Will Phillips, who works in a small town on the South Dakota plains. The story unfolds through his encounters with colorful characters and the deepening relationships with his landlady, a customer, and a neighbor. Overall, it explores how friendship changes us, and we change it, in unexpected ways.
But each time someone reads the story and talks to me about it, I find that they unearth more of the undercurrents that run below the surface: themes like identity, manhood secrets, the past.
Depending on one’s own frame of reference, there are themes that will jump off the page while those same themes will go unnoticed by another reader. For instance, one reviewer asked why the book was not being marketed as LGBTQ lit, while another didn’t see that at all and noted it was simply a story about a life. (Spoiler: there is no overt queer component in this story, but some will find a resonance all the same.)
You could also understand it as a story of poetry and literature, music, or the unique job of adjusting. In the end, it’s an exploration of the things that hold us back, and the unexpected ways we can move forward with a little help from our truest friends.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I don’t recall a time that I did not want to be a writer, from the time I stapled the pages of my pilgrim story together in first grade. It may have been solidified listening to my 6th grade teacher read Poe’s “The Pit and the Pendulum” and being fascinated at how words arranged a certain way could make a guy feel.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

This list refreshes about every 5-10 years, but currently:
A General Theory of Love – Richard Lannon, Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini
Man Alive – Thomas Page McBee
Rumors of Water – L.L. Barkat
The Faraway Nearby – Rebecca Solnit
Donkey Gospel – Tony Hoagland

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

John Keats figures prominently in Adjustments. If I had the chance, I’d sit him down at that talk show desk and ask him to say more about negative capability.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

The writing process, for me, is about integration. I can have all the ideas in the world floating around in my head. But the process of writing brings those ideas together, in some ways knits fractured pieces into something cohesive. Seeing that cohesive whole is restorative.

What is a typical day like for you?

Well, unlike my character Will Phillips, I’m not running claims anymore. I train adjusters now. So a typical day for me is getting up early, going to the office and having a little breakfast and some tea or coffee, depending on the day, and trying to get some things done before I go into the classroom for 8 hours. After that, I come home, fix a little dinner, and sit down to read a bit, maybe catch up with friends and family, and some nights I might try to catch a glimpse of Schitt’s Creek on Netflix.

What scene in Adjustments was your favorite to write?

As the relationships in the story unfold, some very unexpectedly even for me as the author, one scene that was terrific fun to write and see personalities develop was when Pearl Jenkins, the protagonist’s landlady, has invited him and the new girl across the street for dinner in an obvious matchmaking scheme.
Will consequently invites Joe, his new friend, to join them in a counter-move to try to matchmake Joe with Pearl. Much of the dialogue in this story is written in a bantering style, which was always fun to write as I virtually acted the scenes out at my desk or at a table in a coffee shop. That banter hits its peak in this scene as Pearl is thrown totally off guard by the introduction of the fourth guest. There are chases around the kitchen with wet towel snaps, knives flourishing, and kicks under the table, along with clever conversation and a little poignancy to boot. Writing that scene was when I first realized that Pearl would be a force to reckon with in the story, a character who could (and must) truly stand on her own, and not just be a secondary figure to help move the story along. (In fact, she’s such a strong, endearing, and humorous character that she now has her own Ask Pearl advice column.)

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

I suspect there probably is, but I tend to think that it might be more clear to let others reveal to us the philosophy we live by—based on how they experience the way we live and move in the world. (That, probably, will tell you something about the philosophy I live by.)

Will Willingham is the author of the new book Adjustments.

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Interview with Dea Poirier, Author of Beneath the Ashes

What can you tell us about your new release, Beneath the Ashes?

Beneath the Ashes is the continuation of the Calderwood Cases series. The series follows a deeply damaged female detective as she struggles with her past and works to solve crimes in her home-state of Maine. In my first book, NEXT GIRL TO DIE my main character struggles to solve a murder that’s nearly identical to her sister’s unsolved case. She must face her past as she works to hunt down a serial killer. In Beneath the Ashes, Claire is back hunting a new serial killer that leaves a strange calling card, he covers his victims in ashes. Claire and her investigative journalist boyfriend Noah must work together to uncover the truth before everything goes up in flames.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

My favorite author Chuck Palahniuk and he constantly inspires me. His book, Diary, is by far my favorite and drives me to be a better author.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

Oh wow, this is really difficult. But if I have to choose: Diary by Chuck Palahniuk, The Queen’s Fool by Philipa Gregory, YOU by Caroline Kepnes, Unwind by Neal Shusterman, and A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

I’d want to have Marisha Pessl on so I could ask her literally everything about Night Film. This book fascinates me and I just cannot get it out of my head.

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

My favorite part is planning. During planning it feels like there are so many possibilities. I put a lot of effort into my drafts and outlines so I know exactly where a story is going. I love all the planning before the story really starts to take place.

What is a typical day like for you?

I don’t really have a typical writing day. My writing is fit into pockets of time in my life. I work full time as a marketing executive, I’m a single mom, so my life is pretty full. But while I’m drafting I try to carve out an hour or two each day.

What scene in Beneath the Ashes was your favorite to write?

Honestly, the first scene. The first murder really sets the tone for the entire novel. I love writing those first opening scenes, bringing the characters to life again, and throwing them into a completely new scenario.

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

One word at a time — I actually have this tattooed on my left wrist as a constant reminder.

Dea Poirier is the author of the new book Beneath the Ashes.

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New Mystery and Thriller Books to Read | November 19

Hold on to the edge of your seat as we hunt for clues and solve the case with these exciting new mystery and thriller books for the week! There are so many bestselling authors with new novels for you to dive into this week including Dea Poirier, Michael Lister, Vincent Panettiere, Tom Clancy, and many more. Enjoy your new mystery, thriller, and suspense novels. Happy reading!



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New Romance Books to Read | November 19

Looking to fall in love with some new romance reads? You’ll adore these exciting new novels! This week you can get your hands on books by bestselling authors L.P. Dover, Kelly Jamieson, Addison Cain, Jay S. Wilder, and more. Enjoy your new romance books and happy reading!



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New Books to Read in Literary Fiction | November 19

Literary fiction readers are in for a treat. This week’s latest releases list is full of intriguing reads you won’t want to miss! The new releases list includes so many bestselling authors like Wayne Grant, Will Willingham, Elizabeth Berg, and many more. Enjoy your new literary fiction books. Happy reading!



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New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books | November 19

Set off on an adventure to new worlds this week! This selection of new science fiction and fantasy books will surely please! Science Fiction fans should be excited about the latest from bestselling authors Conor H. Carton, Travis M. Riddle, Katherine Bogle, and more. If Fantasy is what your library needs, you’ll be able to pick up the latest from Isobella Crowley, Michael Anderle, Shannon Mayer, and more. Enjoy your new science fiction and fantasy books. Happy reading!


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New Young Adult Books to Read | November 19

Are you an avid reader of Young Adult books? This week you are in luck! With all of these new novels, you’re bound to find a new favorite book to add to your reading list. This week includes new novels from bestselling authors Brooke Skipstone, Holly Black, Amelie Wen Zhao, and many more. Enjoy your new young adult books. Happy reading!



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New Biography and Memoir Books to Read | November 19

Looking for some new biography and memoir books for your library? There are so many new releases this week that you’re bound to find a new favorite. You can pick up new books from Alan Gallay, Robert Lacey, Tina Lifford, Lorenz Wagner, and more. Enjoy your new biography and memoir books. Happy reading!



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Interview with Wayne Grant, Author of A Question of Honour

What can you tell us about your new release, A Question of Honour?

A Question of Honour is the seventh and final book in The Saga of Roland Inness. The Saga tells the story of a boy who kills the wrong deer on the wrong nobleman’s land and becomes a fugitive only to rise to command Richard the Lionheart’s most feared troops, the Invalid Company. The series follows Roland Inness from the Midlands of England to the 3rd Crusade then back home to find King Richard’s realm engulfed in treason and rebellion. It’s a story about a brutal time, but mostly, it’s a story about courage, loyalty and honor—with a good deal of humor thrown in. In the final book, Roland faces agonizing choices as he fights to support the King and keep his honor intact.

What or who inspired you to become an author?

I did not set out to write a novel, much less a 7 book series! Longbow, the first book in the Saga, began as a story told to my two sons when they were younger. They loved the character of Roland with his longbow and, after a time, I found it hard to keep making up new adventures off the top of my head. So I started writing them down. After a story a week for about four months I looked back and realized that I was indeed writing a book! So I owe it to two little boys, who are now grown men.

What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?

The Killer Angels—Michael Shaara; Mr. Midshipman Hornblower—CS Forester; Jubal Sackett—Louis L’Amour; Call it Courage—Armstrong Sperry; A Man Called Ove—Fredrik Backman. This last book I’ve just recently read and it in a wholly different genre than the others, but the writing is just incredible.

Say you’re the host of a literary talk show. Who would be your first guest? What would you want to ask?

Fredrik Backman—How did you make us love a curmudgeon like Ove so much? Magic?

What’s your favorite thing about writing?

When I manage to write a sentence that’s just right. The last sentence in the next to last chapter of A Question of Honour as well as the last sentence of the book were like that for me.

What is a typical day like for you?

Don’t really have a typical day. I’m a streaky writer and usually fritter away whole days early on as I develop a new book. I agonize over plot a lot. Only when I get within 3 months of my (self-imposed) deadline do I get disciplined.

What scene in A Question of Honour was your favorite to write?

I wrote the last chapter of the book months before I actually got to the end. I knew how I wanted this epic story to end and was excited with the idea I came up with to complete it. So that was fun. Working out the plot to get to the end was not so much fun, but eventually, I got there!

Do you have a motto, quote or philosophy you live by?

My “tag line” for the series is: Stand Tall—Shoot Straight!

Wayne Grant is the author of the new book A Question of Honour.

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Interview with Addison Cain, author of Cathedral

What can you tell us about your new release, Cathedral?

I’ve done the unthinkable! Instead of my annual Halloween horror release, I’m giving you a full-length Dark Romance featuring an HEA. Is it still dark? Are there elements of dubcon and angst? You bet your soon to be wet panties there is!

Welcome back to the twisted Vampire kingdom ruled by Darius, only this time, we meet his singular daughter, Jade. This story takes place in a concurrent timeline to Catacombs, and though you do not need to read that super dark horror to fully appreciate Cathedral, you’ll have a greater understanding of the characters if you do. Which is why if you order Cathedral between Nov 18th – Nov 25th, I’m GIVING you Catacombs for FREE! Please remember, Catacombs is no longer in KU so this is your chance to own a copy that’s yours forever.

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What books are currently on your nightstand?

Delirium by Myra Danvers. I am obsessed with this book. It’s equally hilarious, sexy, and thrilling!

What advice would you give your teenage self?

Rebel!

If you had an extra hour each day, how would you spend it?

Writing without distractions.

What makes your world go round? Why does it bring you joy?

My little girl! She’s the most darling little two-year-old terror and I just cannot imagine a world without her.

What scene in Cathedral was your favorite to write?

Oh that’s a hard one! I loved sharing Malcom’s POV because his thinking is so very different than a modern man’s and his dogmatic love despite the heroine’s faults is beautiful. Then, of course, the sex. Those scenes are always a blast to write. *wink wink*

Addison Cain is the author of the new book Cathedral.

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