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Tue, May 22nd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Todd Strasser
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

We knew Todd Strasser was going to be a tough nut to crack. I mean, the guy has written over 120 books for teens and middle graders, including such gritty, hard-hitting award-winners as The Wave, Give a Boy a Gun, and If I Grow Up. But this nut came even tougher than expected, proving that […]


Mon, May 14th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Steve Ulfelder
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Steve Ulfelder builds, rents, sells, and services race cars. Even we here at Hostile Questions can respect that. But then he has the audacity to write books, too? And then has the cheekiness for his first novel, Purgatory Chasm, to be nominated for an Edgar Award? Oh, it’s on. I’ve got my tire iron, Steve’s […]


Mon, May 7th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Chelsea Cain
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Booklist wrote of Chelsea Cain, author of Heartsick, Sweetheart, and more: “Popular entertainment just doesn’t get much better than this.” Aw, wuddn’t that nice of us? We’re not always in such a giving mood. Take, hmm, let’s see, today for example: I’m dying to lock horns with Cain–her oeuvre of bestselling, critically acclaimed serial killer […]


Mon, April 30th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Ransom Riggs
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Hey! You! Ransom Riggs! What, you think you can just explode upon the scene with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and dangle the film rights before Tim Burton and then cruise around the country all successful and whatnot? Sure, you’ve been on the bestseller charts for 45 weeks. But guess how long it’ll take […]


Mon, April 23rd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Melissa de la Cruz
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

If you find yourself going mano a mano with Melissa de la Cruz, act sharp or you’ll find yourself bedazzled by her otherworldly credentials. She’s conjured up more bestsellers than boxers have teeth, including books in the Blue Bloods and Au Pair series, not to mention her adult novel Witches of East End. Can de […]


Mon, April 16th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Chuck Hogan
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Where do we even start with Chuck Hogan? So he typed up a pile of paper called The Prince of Thieves, which won the 2005 Hammett Award and was turned into a big fancy movie called The Town directed by Sir Ben Affleck. He’s also got some vampire books called The Strain Trilogy written with […]


Mon, April 9th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Victoria Dahl
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Everyone’s convinced that Victoria Dahl is the bee’s knees. (Provided that we’re talking about an abnormally titillating bee with unusually come-hither knees.) She’s the award-winning, USA Today-bestselling author of both historical and contemporary romances. Impressive? Sure. But does she have the stamina to withstand my super-sexy cross-examination? Let’s get started — right after I slip […]


Mon, April 2nd, 2012
Hostile Questions: Frank Portman
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Frank Portman? Yeah, I’ve heard of him. Big tough guy. Wrote a zeitgeist novel called King Dork, then followed it up with one brilliant enough to make the brilliant doubt their brilliance. Oh, and he’s in a band. Is that supposed to make me swoon? Let’s start this concert already and see which of us […]


Fri, March 30th, 2012
Not Asked: Does Anne Tyler Wear Ann Taylor?
Posted by: Keir Graff

A week before the publication of Anne Tyler’s twentieth novel, The Beginner’s Goodbye, NPR’s Morning Edition has aired an interview with the famously publicity-shy author (“The Art of the Everyday: The Alchemy of Anne Tyler,” by Lynn Neary). “Famously publicity-shy” sounds like an oxymoron, I know, but I think it works. “When I finish a book, I send the […]


Mon, March 26th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Libba Bray
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Libba Bray dashed off some NYT bestselling books called the Gemma Doyle trilogy–well, don’t that beat all?  She also won the Michael L. Printz Award for a book called Going Bovine–sooooo impressive, right? Mostly she goes around writing fancy things and expecting people to read them. But let’s see how fancily she writes after I’m […]





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