Those of us obsessed with books and reading also love to get a peek behind the curtain. We’re fascinated by the humans who write the books we love—we want to know how they come up with their ideas, what their writing routine is like, and how they move through their process. Do they outline? Do they just sit down at their writing desk and see what happens? Do they drink coffee, tea, or something else entirely? Author interviews are where we find out the answer to these questions—and more.
Maybe you’re curious about an author you’ve never read before. One great place to start is by reading an interview with them to get a sense of their style, interests, and philosophy. Or perhaps you’ve got a favorite author and reading their books isn’t enough—you want to learn as much as you can about them. Over the years we’ve had many opportunities to sit down with both established and emerging mystery, thriller, and crime authors.
These interview are a great place to start:
And if you’re still hungry for more, peruse the interviews below!
The author of the Joe DeMarco thriller series discusses Washington politics, creating villains, and how working for the Navy impacted his writing.
"You're working to save someone’s life. It’s intense, and it’s not always all good."
The author of What You Don't See discusses crime fiction set in Chicago, recommends a few of her favorite mystery authors, and shares what makes her PI protagonist Cass Raines tick.
"Nicholas, like me, is an outsider."
The novelist interviews Lt. Colonel Moon Milham, who helped ensure the stakes in his latest military thriller felt all-too-real.
Lawrence Kelter's new book based on the movie adds to the film we know and love.
The author of the Karen Vail series discusses how he crafts compelling narratives while remaining faithful to high-risk reality faced by the Special Weapons And Tactics force.
An Interview with Japanese Shizuko Natsuki, who defied Japanese tradition to become an award-winning mystery writer.
Get to know the famed mystery author and creator of the Kinsey Millhone series, who delights readers as she writes her way through the alphabet.
By Bruce Taylor
The celebrated scribe behind the Chief Inspector Wexford mysteries sits down for a revealing interview.