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Mon, July 30th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Anne Elizabeth Moore
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Typically I start these things by listing a few accomplishments of the so-called “author.” Y’know, like: Anne Elizabeth Moore was co-editor and publisher of Punk Planet, founding editor of The Best American Comics, and is the author of Cambodian Grrrl. But, really, do you think I have all day for typing and hotlinking and whatnot? […]

Mon, July 23rd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Kurtis Scaletta
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Kurtis Scaletta likes to write about baseball. Wait a sec . . . baseball?! That’s catnip for writers of introductions! Let’s see how many clich√©s I can squeeze-play (thats 1!) into this thing. After really throwing some heat (2) with Mudville, Scaletta proved he had the mechanics (3) to uncork a wild pitch (4) with […]

Mon, July 16th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Lisa Unger
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Always on the lookout for a way to take my interviewees down a peg or two, I began shuffling through the thick resume of Lisa Unger. Eleven novels? International bestseller status?! Beloved by critics and readers alike?!? How do I combat all that? Fear not, gentle reader. For there is always the humiliation of masterfully […]

Mon, July 9th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Lisa Brown
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Lisa Brown may be the most anonymous name since “John Smith,” but damn if she isn’t out to own that particular Google search. No demographic is safe from her bestselling authoring and illustrating and cartooning and general overall excelling (examples: Picture the Dead, How to Be). Sources tell me that she also cohabits with Lemony […]

Mon, July 2nd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Ernest Cline
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

If you’ve haven’t heard of Ernest Cline, then congratulations–it must be cozy under that rock of yours. May I join you? Because my sensitive, beautiful ears can’t take any more of the praise for this guy’s (pretty fantastic, I admit) geek-gasm of a debut novel, Ready Player One. All right, Cline. Remember those unkind jocks […]

Mon, June 25th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Ellen Hopkins
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Looking for a raw, stark, relentless take on a grueling topic? You’re in luck! Ellen Hopkins has you covered. Crank takes on crystal meth addiction; Burned looks at abuse; Impulse examines suicide; Tricks explores prostitution; and–well, how much time do you have? Her verse-novel style and one-word titles are trademark at this point. I wonder […]

Mon, June 18th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Daniel H. Wilson
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

We had no beef with Daniel H. Wilson back when he was earning a PhD in Robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. But then the good Dr. Wilson had to shove his knowledge of “science” and whatnot into our faces with “books,” including the brand-new Amped and the bestselling Robopocalypse, soon to be a “major” motion […]

Mon, June 11th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Mary Roach
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Sure, Mary Roach looks like a formidable foe. She got up close and personal with decomposing flesh in Stiff, got intimate with death in Spook, got just plain intimate in Bonk, and then went cosmic, man, with Packing for Mars. But I have an edge: If there’s one thing I know about the¬†nonfiction publishing industry, […]

Mon, June 4th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Neal Stephenson
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

You’d think I’d be intimidated by Neal Stephenson. Only a madman berserker could turn out such unwieldy tomes as Cryptonomicon, “The Baroque Cycle,” REAMDE, and the new multi-authored, community-driven interactive serial novel The Mongoliad. But you’re looking at one hostile questioner unfazed by Stephenson’s hyperliterate cyberpunk — or, if you prefer, postcyberpunk, or scifihistoricalcyberpostcyberpunk, or… […]

Tue, May 29th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Ally Carter
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Beware Ally Carter. She’s got sticky fingers, if you know what I mean. You might be, say, conducting a perfectly innocent interview in which you are throwing extremely aggressive questions in her general direction and suddenly–hey, didn’t I have a priceless Rembrandt on my office wall? Well, what did I expect from the bestselling author […]

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