Author Author is an occasional feature of interviews with authors in Portland, either on tour or local writers. Ed Goldberg has been conducting these interviews for almost 20 years. Each interview discusses the author’s current work, thoughts and process for writing.
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January 15, 2015
Charles and Caroline Todd are a mother-and-son writing team who live on the east coast of the United States. Charles and Caroline have a rich storytelling heritage. Both spent many evenings on the porch listening to their fathers and grandfathers reminisce. And a maternal grandmother told marvelous ghost stories. This tradition allows them to write with passion about events before... More
December 31, 2014
Bill Kroger is a traveler, having visited 22 countries in Western and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Far East and the Americas. He is an environmentalist and passionate about the health of our world. He earned degrees in journalism and economics and has been a news reporter-editor, military officer, entrepreneur and a casino pit boss. In his off... More
December 30, 2014
Brian Benson met Rachel in a scenario out of a Bacall/Bogart film. He has written a memoir about a bicycle trip he took with her from his native Wisconsin to her home town here in Portland. It may not have begun as a journey of self-discovery, but you know how these things can work out. Brian spoke with me in... More
December 23, 2014
Craig Johnson is the author of the best-selling Longmire series of novels, the basis for a terrific show on the A&E Network. I have spoken to him a couple of times over the years, and he is a warm and amiable subject.
His latest work is a book of short stories featuring the Longmire regulars.
Valerie Plame was in the news in 2003 when she was outed as a CIA officer by a Washington Post columnist. A major flap ensued. This ended her career in the Company, but opened a door for her to begin writing spy novels (in collaboration with Sarah Lovett). The first, Blowback, was published in 2013. I spoke with her while... More
November 19, 2014
Youthful, ambitious Peter Schoeffer is on the verge of professional success as a scribe in Paris when his foster father, wealthy merchant and bookseller Johann Fust, summons him home to corrupt, feud-plagued Mainz to meet “a most amazing man.” Johann Gutenberg, a driven and caustic inventor, has devised a revolutionary—and to some, blasphemous—method of bookmaking: a machine he calls a... More
August 21, 2014
I have interviewed Harley for several of his books over the years. He has written many, published a few, and keeps on going. I admire him.
This from his website:
I am an old freelance writer and author of many books, short stories, articles, and newspaper columns. Just to make this web page a bit more accessible, if it works here's a... More
August 6, 2014
I first spoke with Tom for his novel The Imperfectionists. If you have not read it, I recommend that you hunt down a copy. He was in Portland for his new book, The Rise and Fall of Great Powers. He is a terrific interview. This from Wikipedia:
Tom Rachman is an English/Canadian novelist. His debut novel is The Imperfectionists, published in... More
July 30, 2014
I met Lisa many years ago, and I have interviewed her every time she came through Portland, and read her books even if she didn't. Her novels illustrate the lives and tribulations of the Chinese in China, and after they migrated here.
This is from her website, describing her latest work, China Dolls:
It’s 1938 in San Francisco: a world’s fair is... More
July 16, 2014
Here in the U.S. from her home on the Goulburn River in Victoria, Australia is Courtney Collins with The Untold (Amy Einhorn/Putnam), a debut novel that has won accolades in Australia (where it was nominated for virtually every award of consequence) and beyond. It’s the story of an intrepid young woman living and persevering through harrowing circumstances in outback country... More