Welcome to the Bookbanter interview page. Since it’s inception in 2008, Bookbanter has conducted a variety of interviews with a number of different authors and people in publishing. On this page they have been divided into three categories: audio interviews, written interviews, and Faces of Publishing interviews with people in the publishing industry. There are a number of interviews in each category, so this page presents only the first five of each. Click on the MORE link to see all interviews for one of these three categories.
Audio Interviews & Episodes
Audio interviews are where Bookbanter really first started, in showcasing reviews and exclusive interviews with authors. To hear the interview, click on the episode title link, or the LISTEN link. If you wish to download the interview, you can also right-click and use save-as. To see all the audio interviews available, click the MORE option below.
Episode 1: Premiere Episode (October 13, 2008) — This first episode of the BookBanter podcast features fourteen book reviews, including Cathedral of the Sea by Ildefonso Falcones, Clapton: The Autobiography by Eric Clapton, The Living Dead edited by John Joseph Adams, and Victory of Eagles by Naomi Novik. [32:26] . . . LISTEN
Episode 2: Brandon Sanderson (November 8, 2008) — The first interviewee on BookBanter is none other than bestselling author Brandon Sanderson, of the Mistborn trilogy and The Gathering Storm with Robert Jordan. In this interview find out all about what Sanderson is doing with The Gathering Storm, how he got started writing, and what he’s working on next. [29:32] . . . LISTEN
Episode 3: Book Reviews (January 15, 2009) — This episode features twelve book reviews, including: The Terror by Dan Simmons, The 7th Victim by Alan Jacobson, The Tales of Beedle the Bard by J. K. Rowling, and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. [38:27] . . . LISTEN
Episode 4: Dan Simmons (March 1, 2009) — In this episode I had the chance to meet and interview Dan Simmons at a signing. He talks about what got him into writing, where the idea for Drood came from, and how much work and research it took, as well as some info on his next novel, Black Hills. [30:49] . . . LISTEN
Episode 5: Bernard Cornwell (April 1, 2009) — In this episode I had the opportunity to interview one of my favorite authors, who I grew up reading. Bernard Cornwell talks about how he got into writing, why he wanted to write Agincourt, and hints at what he’s working on next. Included in the episode are a number of reviews, including the new translation of The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer, Contagious by Scott Sigler, The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes, and The Thing About Life is That One Day You’ll Be Dead by David Shields. [29:42] . . . LISTEN
After conducting recorded, audio interviews for a few years, Bookbanter changed to written interviews, which began in 2010. To read the interview click on the title link or the READ link. To see all the written interviews available, click the MORE option below.
Brandon Sanderson (November, 2008): In this interview, Brandon Sanderson talks about how he got into writing, some of the books he’s written, how he got chosen to complete the Wheel of Time Series, and what he’s working on next . . . READ
Peter Straub (March, 2010): In this interview, Peter Straub talks about how he got started writing, who he likes to read, how he met and co-authored books with Stephen King, what his writing process is like, and what he may do in the future . . . READ
Mira Grant (April 2010, June 2011): In this interview Mira Grant talks about zombies, where she got the idea for Feed, what she thinks of George Romero, and most importantly what Seanan McGuire thinks of Mira Grant . . . READ #1, READ #2
Dash Shaw (May, 2010): Dash Shaw is a graphic novel artist and graphic novel writer; a perfect combination to make great works of art; he’s also not scared to use color . . . lots of it. He’s created and published Love Eats Brains, GardenHead, The Mother’s Mouth, and Bottomless Belly Button. His most recent publication is the unusual and interesting BodyWorld involving some very unusual characters, telepathy and lots of the color orange . . . READ
Brian Wood (June, 2010) : Brian Wood is a graphic novel writer and illustrator of such popular series as DMZ and Northlanders. In this interview he talks about how he got started with writing and illustrating graphic novels, where he got the idea for Northlanders, as well as how much research it requires, and what he’s currently working on . . . READ
Faces of Publishing
In 2012, Bookbanter embarked on a new series of interviews, looking at the people behind the author, who are involved in creating that finished book product. Entitled Faces of Publishing, this series of interviews was conducted with a variety of different employees involved in publishing, from publicists to agents to editors. To read the interview, click on the title link, or READ link. To see all the Faces of Publishing interviews available, clock the MORE option below.
Justin Golenbock, Publicist, Tor & Forge (February, 2012): Justin Golenbock is a Senior Publicist for Tor and Forge Books and has worked with them for over three years. Previously he was a publicist at Henry Holt & Company. In this interview, Justin talks about how he got into publishing and became a publicist, what an ordinary day entails for him, and what he likes to do for fun. . . READ
Michael Homler, Editor, St. Martin’s Press (March, 2012): Michael Homler is an Editor at St. Martin’s Press. He has worked on a number of terrific books from the forthcoming JOE GOLEM AND THE DROWNING CITY by Mike Mignola and Chris Golden to Jonathan Maberry’s DEAD OF NIGHT and his Joe Ledger series. He has also published Shannon Delany’s 13 to Life series, and the literary biographies HIDING MAN, JUST ONE CATCH, and JAMES TIPTREE JR. . . READ
Danielle Bartlett, Associate Director, William Morrow (April, 2012): Danielle Bartlett is an Associate Director at William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, where she has worked for 7 years. Prior to that she worked at a private public relations agency for travel and tourism clients.
She has created publicity campaigns for many major bestsellers including James Rollins, Noah Boyd, T.J. English, Andrew Gross, J.A. Jance and Charles Todd.
She graduated from New York University with a degree in Communications. She lives in Astoria with her husband and son. . . READ
Michelle Brower, Agent, Folio Literary Agency (May, 2012): From Michelle’s Profile page: “I began my career in publishing in 2004 while studying for my Master’s degree in English Literature at New York University, and have been hooked ever since. During that time, I assisted the agents Wendy Sherman and Joelle Delbourgo, and found myself in love with the process of discovering new writers and helping existing writers further their careers. After graduating, I became an agent with Wendy Sherman Associates, and there began representing books in many different areas of fiction and non-fiction. My list includes the authors Rebecca Rasmussen, Tara Conklin, Cassie Alexander, S.G. Browne, Michele Young-Stone, and Julia Wertz just to name a few, and it is equally split between fiction and non-fiction”. . . READ
Brady McReynolds, Publicist, Ace/Roc (June, 2012): Brady McReynolds grew up near Atlanta, GA and Asheville, NC, and he is the son of two high school teachers. Brady grew up reading and before long enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In 2010, he joined Penguin’s Ace/Roc publicity department and has been working there ever since! . . . READ