All posts tagged: debut author

Write On, Wednesday: Interview with Suzanne Redfearn, Author of HUSH LITTLE BABY

By Leslie Lindsay In a grippingly honest and electrifying debut, author Suzanne Redfearn has taken us on a horrific journey through the madness and terror of being a victim of domestic violence. The story is masterfully told, the pacing relentless, and the observations terribly realistic. In fact, you may find it a challenging read given the content at times. Still, it’s such an important book to open our eyes to the truth that lies behind some closed doors. L.L.: Suzanne, thank you so much for being with us today. I was so taken with HUSH LITTLE BABY (Grand Central, Oct 2013), that I found it hard to read, while simultaneously hard to put down. Can you explain how you were able to craft a story that was both heart-wrenching and insightful? Suzanne Redfearn: Thank you for hosting me and for your kind words. I kept a box of tissues beside my computer. Just as reading a story that is heart-wrenching can be difficult, so is writing it. The characters become real, and you feel for …

Write On, Wednesday: Debut Literary Thriller Author Laura McHugh!

By Leslie Lindsay I am absolutely, 100% thrilled to welcome Laura McHugh, debut author from my home state of Missouri! “Show Me Girls” (and boys; see Matt Wertz’s interview on song writing) have gotta stick together…kind of like family, as they do in Laura’s new release THE WEIGHT OF BLOOD. This literary thriller will knock your  socks off with the carefully crafted sentences, attention to detail, and the family saga McHugh deftly weaves throughout the pages. [Be sure to check out the end of the interview for a chance to WIN a complimentary copy of the book!] A busy mom of two young daughters, a background in library science, and stellar reviews from prominent authors, Laura seems to have it made. But I am guessing it wasn’t an overnight success. Laura, can you tell us how you went from idea to published book? Time involved? Critique Groups? Agents? However your journey unfolded… Laura McHugh: I decided to write The Weight of Blood after I lost my job, and my goal was to finish the first …