Authors Let Their Hair Down: Interviews, Q&As and Everything In Between

Here you’ll find pop-ins from the authors, writers and bloggers you know and crave more from! Meet the folks behind the words on the page here–where writers you love let down their hair…

Image result for malcolm hansen  For those of us who have grown up in the South, and for those of us who’ve only heard lore about it, comes a unique novel from a brilliant new voice in the literary scene, Malcolm Hansen. From the difficulties of finding your way toward adulthood to the navigating of complicated racial lines in America, Hansen explores the Faustian bargains we make to survive and to thrive – through the eyes of a mixed-race adolescent boy growing up in the 1960s American South. Join me as we “chat” with Malcolm about his journey toward and through this novel, They Come in All Colors. Read More…

 

 Recently, I had the ABSOLUTE PLEASURE of sitting down with author Chibundu Onuzo, whose sophomore novel, Welcome to Lagos, recently hit the shelves! It is her first novel to be published in the U.S. and she’s currently on her U.S. book tour. If you’ve never had the pleasure of going to one of Chibundu’s signings or talks, I HIGHLY recommend that you do! She’s witty and charismatic and one of the most intelligent speakers I’ve heard in a while in any genre. She’s also a wonder woman – she sings and plays the piano, is finishing her PhD. and has just had her 2nd novel published…at the age of 27. Join me as I sit down with this phenomenal woman and learn more about her motivation for writing the searingly heartfelt Welcome to Lagos. Continue reading…

 

Image result for elaine neil orr  In place of our usual Wednesdays in Publishing post, this week we have a phenomenal name in Southern writing stopping in to chat with us! Elaine Neil Orr, author of the lovely book pictured here, Swimming Between Worlds, “chats” with me about what it was like growing up in both Nigeria and the American South as a young white girl in the 1960s and how her near-death experience later in life changed her life–and her writing. Come sit with us as we learn more about this shining voice is Southern literature; I present to you, Elaine Neil Orr…  Continue Reading…

 

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If you haven’t heard Sam Graham-Felsen’s name around everywhere yet, you definitely will soon. With the release of his debut fiction novel, Green, Graham-Felsen has hit the literary scene as a new and thought-provoking voice for 2018 — a forceful voice that commands attention. But, he’s used to commanding attention, isn’t he? In this interview, the former Chief Blogger for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign candidly speaks out about the effects of racism and discrimination on our society, humanizing black characters, and the inspiration he found in working for President Barack Obama. Continue reading…

 

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Joe McGinniss, Jr. isn’t just his father’s son. Here, the author of The Delivery Man and Carousel Court sheds some light on growing up the son of a celebrated author, his own writing process and, well, the thing he would change about American society if given the shot. After reading and reviewing Carousel Court, I was intrigued at the thought of getting to know more about this author in particular, and now we can. Here you have it folks — Joe lets loose his wry outlook on life and writing in this hilarious but thoughtful interview. Continue reading…

 

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Chloe Benjamin’s magically poignant new novel, The Immortalists, hits the shelves everywhere January 2018! The rising new literary star stopped in at The Navi Review to discuss all things bookish and — dare I say it? — existentialist. Read here as the author we’d all love to know, of the novel we can’t wait to snag, leaves a little piece of herself here for her readers. Continue reading…
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To kick off the New Year of 2018, if you’re looking for a dynamic writer you may not have encountered yet, look no further, for Joy Lanzendorfer is here! From short stories to blogging, photography to non-fiction articles, she shares her writing experiences with us here at The Navi Review. Oh, and don’t worry – she’s no Mr. Hyde, but you’ll love reading about her interest and experience with it! Continue reading…
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Seven Days of Us hits the bookstores TODAY, and Francesca Hornak has stopped by to tell us more about her journey to writing and completing her debut novel, Seven Days of Us! This witty author has crossed over from article writing to offering us her first full-length novel, and this exclusive interview celebrates her journey from intern to fashion writer, contributor for The Sunday Times to debut fiction author! From parenting to wardrobe mishaps abroad, Francesca Hornak bares it all with us! Continue reading…
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Hey Navi Review Followers! See What I Have Done hit the shelves a couple months back to rave reviews and more than a little press on Twitter! Everywhere I looked, I saw this book–and its very talented, very candid author, Sarah Schmidt. After reading and reviewing the novel, I just HAD to know more about this author! Her zany tweets never fail to amuse and neither does she herself. In this interview, we get up close and personal with the author of this celebrated novel about an infamous day in 1892, Sarah Schmidt. Continue Reading…

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