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Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Another 5 Minutes… With Tasha Alexander

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

Tasha Alexander becomes our first guest to return for a fourth time, and that is great news. Her work ethic, flyaway research, and flowing ink has produced the next Lady Emily novel, BEHIND THE SHATTERED GLASS, which has opened to glowing reviews. Our chat stands alone, but if you’d like to catch up on all that we’ve talked about over the years, you can zip through Tasha’s first appearance in October of 2010 and her triumphant return in September of 2011, and her third interview a year ago. I’m sensing a pattern, I hope.

We’d like to thank her for coming back once again to be part of our “5 Minutes Alone” interview series.

AuthorScoop: BEHIND THE SHATTERED GLASS: A LADY EMILY MYSTERY brings Lady Emily to us in her 8th tangle. Will you tell us a little about what she’s gotten into this time?

Tasha: Emily is back home, trying to live a quiet life with her family. The presence of her mother, whose views on childrearing clash BehindShatteredGlasswith Emily’s, renders quiet impossible, but things take a grimmer turn when a neighbor stumbles through the French doors of the Hargreaves’ library and collapses, dead, on the floor.

AuthorScoop: Deep in a series, as you are, do you find that Lady Emily intrudes more on your thoughts than ever or does she come only when bidden?

Tasha: I am almost always thinking about writing in one way or another. Sometimes specifically about Emily, sometimes in more general terms. Everything I read, watch, or observe is potential fodder for a novel, and often the best ideas come when you’re not actively seeking them.

AuthorScoop: Are you inclined to any stand alone stories just now or is this where your writer’s heart lives until it doesn’t?

Tasha: Right now I am having a blast writing the series. Emily has evolved from an impetuous, naive society girl to an enlightened, intellectual woman capable of working as her husband’s equal. It took quite a while for her to make the transformation, and I wouldn’t want to abandon her now.

AuthorScoop: Do you find that the mechanics of writing a novel has become any easier with practice?

Tasha: Over the years I have figured out what works best for me. I start with months of research, primarily reading, while I let ideas coalesce in my mind. Once I am ready to tell the story, I write the first draft taking as few breaks as possible so that I keep my head in the book at all times. I wouldn’t say this gets easier with time – each novel presents its own challenges – but I have learned where to expect trouble and how to best deal with it.

AuthorScoop: What’s next for Tasha Alexander?

TashaI have just turned in next year’s book (working title is A Mangled Shadow). Set in London and Paris, it is deliciously creepy. I’m not sure I’ve ever had more fun writing anything.


For more information on Tasha and her books, have a look at all the goodies on her website BEHIND THE SHATTERED GLASS is available now wherever books are sold.


Monday Morning LitLinks

Monday, August 5th, 2013



Saturday Night Live writer, Simon Rich, has a chat with (The Independent)

A book, 150 years overdue, is returned to a library in Kentucky. (The Huffington Post)

If you have kids and an impending long car ride, here are some reading recommendations from (NPR)

Dave Astor looks at artists in literature. (The Huffington Post)

John Green sits down with (Entertainment Weekly)

The Pakistan Academy of Letters’ literary mag explores how a country’s literature serves a window into the collection mind of the culture. (The International Herald Tribune)

The film adaptation of THE BOOK THIEF shows a little teaser look at what’s to come. (USA Today)

What books are on the shelf at home? Yeah, there’s an app for that. (BookRiot)

Lending libraries in hotels: what a splendid idea. (The New York Times)

“On this day in 1884 the cornerstone was laid for the pedestal of New York City’s Statue of Liberty. Much of the rest of the money needed would be raised by Joseph Pulitzer through his campaign in The New York World for the penny-donations of the poor, but one of the most historic fund-raisers was an upper crust affair with a more literary slant. This was the Pedestal Art Loan Exhibition, to which Walt Whitman, Mark Twain and others had donated manuscripts for auction…” (Today In Literature)

Friday Morning LitLinks

Friday, July 12th, 2013



Ben Affleck will be the iffy protagonist, Nick, in the adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL. (The Guardian)

Many goings on in the publishing world this week. Here’s a recap. (digitalbookworld)

Have a crop of books that are based on other books. (Publishers Weekly)

You’re probably influenced by EB White’s ELEMENTS OF STYLE every reading day. (The Pilot)

Here’s a sci-fi anthology written by readers and commentors on (io9)

Robert Nuewirth talks typewriters with (Bloomberg)

Here’s a literary guide to Australia from (The Telegraph)

Here’s what it means that Apple lost its ebook pricing case. (The New York Times)

How Harry Potter helped a princess overcome dyslexia. (The Huffington Post)

“On this day in 1904, Pablo Neruda was born in Parral, Chile, as Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. When he began to publish poetry in his teens, Neruda chose a new name in order to hide his authorship from his father; he liked “Pablo,” and saw the name of Jan Neruda, the 19th century Czech writer, while glancing through a literary journal. Neruda’s Memoirs (1977) tell us of a father who warned of his return from the railway yard each evening by blowing his whistle…” (Today In Literature)

Thursday Morning LitLinks

Thursday, June 20th, 2013

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Alice Munro may be set to retire. (NPR)

…more on this from (The Los Angeles Times)

A new look at the end of literature, the end of authors, the end of, well, what else is there? (The New York Daily News)

Vice Magazine removes its “fashion” spread on author suicides after an avalanche of negative reactions. (The Los Angeles Times)

Enjoy weighing the pros and cons of author photos with (Gray Wolf Press)

Sri Lankan author, Michelle de Kretser, takes top honors in Austalia’s highest literary awards. (Reuters)

Publishers Weekly attempts to chronicle the Apple ebook war in their ebook, THE BATTLE OF $9.99. (Publishers Weekly)

Author, Vince Flynn, has died. He was 47 years old. Rest in peace. (USA Today)

Journalist and author of THE RUNAWAY GENERAL, Michael Hastings, has died. He was 33 years old. Rest in peace. (The Huffington Post)

Author, Chet Flippo, has died. He was 69 years old. Rest in peace. (

“On this day in 1914, the first issue of the radical arts magazine, Blast, was published. This was ‘A Review of the Great English Vortex,’ and though neither the magazine nor ‘Vorticism’ would last very long, the art-literary Establishment was jolted into taking notice. The cover was a violent pink, the typography and lay-out were an assault on Victorian order and ornateness, and though the specific lists of Blasted (English humor, do-gooders, sportsmen, aesthetics. . .) and Blessed (trade unionists, music halls, hairdressers, aviators. . .) might have been a bit of a puzzle…” (Today In Literature)