JN Welsh is a native New Yorker. She writes entertaining, often humorous, and provocative tales about strong, career-driven, multicultural heroines of color who are looking for love. Her punchy, flowing dialogue, and mostly big city stories are heartwarming and stick to your ribs.
When she’s not writing she can be found dancing, wine-ing, rooting for her favorite baseball team, and/or indulging in countless guilty pleasures.
Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I’m interviewing author J.N. Welsh. She introduces to her new novel, In Tune. You'll want to hear all about this Contemporary Romance set in an EDM world. Don't forget to check out her lightning round Q&A at the end of the interview!
Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I’m interviewing author L.L. McKinney. She introduces us to her debut novel, A Blade So Black! Get excited to hear about this young adult urban contemporary retelling of Alice in Wonderland with a twist of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Don't forget to check out her lightning round Q&A at the end of the interview!
Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I’m interviewing author, Brent Jones. He introduces to us to his serial, The Afton Morrison Series. He shares some exclusive info during his interview, so you don't want to miss it! Also check out Brent's lightning round Q&A at the end of the interview!
Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I’m interviewing author, Kellye Garrett. She introduces to us to her series, Detective by Day, and shares how she came to write mysteries. Don't miss the lightning round at the end of the interview!
Kellye previously spent 8 years working in Hollywood, including a stint writing for the CBS drama Cold Case. People were always surprised to learn what she did for a living—probably because she seemed way too happy to be brainstorming ways to murder people. A former magazine editor, Kellye holds a B.S. in magazine writing from Florida A&M and an MFA in screenwriting from USC’s famed film school. Having moved back to her native New Jersey, she spends her mornings commuting to Manhattan for her job at a leading media company—while still happily brainstorming ways to commit murder.
Additional bio lengths available on her website.
Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I’m interviewing author, August Cruz. He introduces to his book Stalker as well as shares how he decided to write it from the stalker's point of view.
I’ve read and enjoyed books (Somebody I Used to Know and Since She Went Away) written by David Bell. I’m excited to have this exclusive Q&A to share with you. I asked David 10 questions about himself and his most recent release. Read on and learn more about the author and some of his inspiration behind Somebody’s Daughter.
David Bell writes in his own “suburban noir” style that is fresh and gripping. Bell's writing is in the arena with books written by Tana French and Mary Kubica. If you enjoy either French or Kubica, you’ll surely enjoy David Bell. Pick up your copy of Somebody's Daughter today.
Share with us what book(s)/audiobook(s) are you reading right now?
I recently finished the Civil War classic ANDERSONVILLE by MacKinlay Kantor. I've also recently read THREE DAYS MISSING by Kimberly S Belle and am looking forward to THE STRANGER INSIDE by Laura Benedict.
What does your writing space look like?
Frequently messy, littered with books and papers and notes and unpaid bills.
What books/authors would you say have influenced your writing style?
Too many to list, I guess. But Elmore Leonard, Robert B. Parker, Octavia Butler, Richard Matheson, Stephen King, Flannery O'Connor.
Share your top 3 favorite authors to read.
Again, a tough call. This would change every day. For now...Herman Wouk, Ursula LeGuin, James Michener
What was inspired to start writing?
I loved to read. It was a short leap to decide that maybe I could write a book someday. I just wasn't aware of how long it would take to get to be any good at it. If I'd known that, I might have become an accountant. (That's a joke. I'd make a lousy accountant.)
What lead you to write SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER?
I love writing about families and secrets from the past that bubble to the surface in the present. I started thinking about a guy like my main character, Michael Frazier. What if his nearly perfect life were upended by the reappearance of his ex-wife? And what is he might have fathered a child he never knew about?
What real-life inspirations (if any) did you draw from for the world building within SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER?
The older I get the more people I meet who have had a "starter marriage," a brief somewhat disastrous marriage in their twenties. I went through that and a number of my friends have. What if that starter marriage that someone thought they left behind suddenly came back in the present?
Who is your favorite character from SOMEBODY'S DAUGHTER and why?
That's a tough call, but I like Detective Griffin, one of the three point of view characters. Erin Griffin gets more emotionally involved in the case of the missing child than she should, and that makes her a complicated character.
What are future projects in store for your readers in 2018/2019?
I'm revising a new novel for 2019...about a man who meets a woman in an airport during a layover...and finds out she has a deep, dark secret he couldn't have imagined.
Are there any nuggets of wisdom you can give to aspiring writers?
Write what you want to write instead of chasing trends. Then you'll have a chance at doing something original.
Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I’m interviewing author Alice J. Black. She shares all about feminism in her series, Soul Seekers. Alice has lots to share about the strong heroine featured in her series.
Alice lives and works in the North East of England with her partner and slightly ferocious cats! Alice has always enjoyed writing from being a child when she used to carry notebooks and write stories no matter where she went. Nothing much has changed and she writes all manner of fiction with a tendency to lean towards the dark side. Most of her work is rooted in darkness, her inspiration coming from a macabre selection of reads as well as the dreams that frequent her sleep.
Her debut novel, The Doors, was released in 2014 and her next novel release, A Shadowed Beginning, the first part in a series of seven, was released in Autumn 2017. She is currently working on the Soul Seekers series. The prequel, The Leak of Madness, was released in Feb 2018 and they will continue to appear every two months. Several of her short stories have been included in anthologies with various presses and she is always working on more. When she's not writing, she always has a book in her hand and will read from whatever genre suits her that day.
Don't miss the latest Shelf Addiction interview! On today's podcast episode I’m interviewing audiobook narrator/author/actress Alison Larkin. Join us as she shares with us of her experiences narrating her book 'The English American', as well as her narration of The Complete Novels: Jane Austen.
When Alison found her birth mother in Tennessee in her mid 20’s, she moved to New York and became a stand-up comic because what else do you do? As a comic she appeared regularly at The Comic Strip in NY and The Comedy Store in LA. As an actress she was in the Broadway transfer of the Royal National Theatre’s production of Stanley at Circle in the Square and Off-Broadway with the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Her first one-woman show, from which her novel sprang was a critically acclaimed hit at the Manchester Royal Exchange, the Edinburgh Festival’s Assembly rooms and the Soho Theater in London’s West End. In Los Angeles she spent three years under studio development contract to star in her own sitcom with CBS Studios, ABC TV and Jim Henson productions while performing, speaking and voicing dozens of cartoons and movies from NPR’s The Wonderful World of Oz opposite Annette Bening and Phyllis Diller to Disney’s Pocahontas to The Wonderpets.
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