New England Authors with Kameel Nasr
Lisa Shea is one of the most prolific writers. She travels around New England picking up stories, writing about them, then donating the money to battered women's shelters. Of her 300 published works, she has a series about diners, hikers, medieval romance, and yoga, and that's just for starters.
New England author Connie Hambley takes us on a journey to Ireland and back to New England in her thrilling novels. The books are about what is called the "troubles", which is also the title of one of her books. There was a link between the IRA and New England during those times. There were bombings and killings, although both sides tried to avoid killing civilians (how different from today). Also, this is a world or horses and horse racing, of the Catholic Church and its connection to the trouble. It is a story of strong women determined to uncover the truth. Very quick and exciting discussion.
The talented Hallie Ephron, writing teacher, NYT best-selling author, and literacy activists talks about her novels and the process of writing. Ephron grew up in the writing world: her parents and siblings are famous script writers in Hollywood. Ephron grew up in that world, then made her home in New England. As well as novels, she has a book about writing and conducts workshops. Anyone interested in the process of writing must watch this episode.
Emily Ross's debut novel is based on a real murder she investigated decades ago in the Arizona desert. Although technically a young adult novel because its protagonist is a teenager who is trying to solve the mystery of her older sister's disappearance, "Half in Love With Death" tackles adult themes of infidelity, con artists, and murder. In the interview, Ross talks about what young people are reading today, their interest in witches and ghosts, their sexual knowledge, which is much more extensive than previous generations. A lively discussion.