My interview with Joan Schweighardt about ‘River Aria’ on LitPub.com

My interview with Joan Schweighardt about ‘River Aria’ on LitPub.com

I’m so pleased to do this in-depth interview with the lovely and talented Joan Schweighardt, author of the Rivers Trilogy, for litpub.com. Her latest book, River Aria, is the third in the trilogy. It began with a freelance assignment about a little-known historical event, which became a decade-long fascination that led to three novels. Schweighardt came across the annotated diary of a man who tapped rubber trees in the Amazon rainforest during the rubber boom of the early 1900s. She found herself riveted, and soon there was Book One, Before We Died. The characters kept speaking to her, and soon there was Book Two, Gifts for the Dead. My path has had similarities—my second novel, As They Are, is forthcoming from Black Rose Writing in June 2022, and it is a...

Authors (Girls) Just Want to Have Fun

Authors (Girls) Just Want to Have Fun

In November, Dr. Lynn Miller and I were at the New Mexico/Arizona Book Awards with our spouses and our matching gold pants, fitting to celebrate this first book awards banquet for me (but not for Lynn). Her novel, The Day After Death, had been a finalist in the LAMBDA awards. My novel, What Survives, had been short-listed for the Santa Fe Writers Project. Both of us learned we were finalists in the NM/AZ awards, but on that night, we didn’t win. I was not unhappy with this, because What Survives, published in 2016, was my first novel. Being shortlisted and then a finalist is no small feat for me. And so, I am hardly a sore loser, especially since the legendary John Nichols, best-known as author of The Milagro Beanfield War, was the winner in my category for The...

Reading at Bookworks on Oct. 15: A Gift

Reading at Bookworks on Oct. 15: A Gift

October 15 was a great reading experience for me upon the Albuquerque debut of Myopia a memoir, where I read chapters from the book, including “An Awfully Hard Man to Kill” and “Lemon Meringue Pie in the Land of Keretaria.” (See photos from the event here.) The audience engaged in some invigorating questions, which is one reason I say Bookworks is a fabulous venue for writers and readers alike. The staff is intelligent, welcoming and supportive, and there is a warm and interested audience. Sadly, so many independent bookstores have vanished. If we wish to keep Bookworks alive and well, we will have to get off our computers and into our cars and actually purchase some books there! They need us as much as we need them. Of course, I want to...

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