By Ed Goldberg
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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.
||CleanLydia Kiesling||Lydia Kiesling’s debut novel, The Golden State, wherein Daphne, a young woman in a stressed life, flees the Bay Area with her toddler for rural California and a mobile home left to her by her grandparents. But, the bucolic life is not to be. She finds small comfort with two women she meets but is swept up in events beyond her control. Dark humor and recent events are notable in this book.||2/21/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCharlaine Harris||This is the first book of a projected trilogy by Charlaine Harris, whose Southern vampire stories have become very popular, especially in TV adaptations. The newest book is An Easy Death, an alternative-history tale of a young woman in a re-imagined America whose job is to safeguard travelers on dangerous journeys. Lizbeth is a “gunnie,” adept at the use of weapons. She is hired by two people from the Holy Russian Empire, situated in San Diego, to guard them on a quest.||2/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRhonda Rizzo||Rhonda Rizzo is a classical pianist and a writer. A specialist in the music of living composers, she has released four CDs and appears regularly as a soloist and a collaborative artist. Her numerous articles have been published in national and international music magazines. She has published a novel entitled The Waco Variations, about a young woman who managed to leave the Branch Davidian compound before "Armageddon." Her life is saved by her grandmothers, and the piano, especially the music of Bach.||11/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSigne Pike||Signe Pike was born in born in Ithaca, NY, and graduated from Cornell University with her Bachelor of Science in Communication. She worked as an acquisitions editor at Random House and then Penguin, before leaving to write her first book, Faery Tale: One Woman's Search for Enchantment in a Modern World. Pike has spent the past ten years researching and writing about Celtic history, myth, folklore and tradition. Her love of history, the great outdoors, early medieval and ancient archaeology, and her dedication to historical accuracy has made her social media feeds an informative delight to her readers. Signe teaches seminars and workshops internationally on writing and publishing, as well as on folklore and tradition. Her writing has been published by Salon, Charleston City Paper, Book Riot and NPR.org. She currently lives in Charleston, South Carolina, where she writes full-time.||10/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPaula Friedman||Paula Friedman's honors include Pushcart Prize nominations and New Millenium Writings, OSPA, and other awards and honors, as well as Centrum and Soapstone residencies and fellowships. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous print and online literary magazines and anthologies. Ursula K. Le Guin called Friedman's debut novel, The Rescuer’s Path (2012, 2018) "exciting, physically vivid, and romantic." I spoke with Paula at our studios for her latest novel. Publisher info: Lillicat Publishers 2018||10/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDonald MacDonald||International award-winning architect Donald MacDonald is the designer of the Tilikum Crossing Bridge. He also designed the east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and was the first architect to work on the Golden Gate Bridge since its original construction. With Ira Nadel, he is the co-author of Golden Gate Bridge: History and Design of an Icon, Bay Bridge: History and Design of a New Icon, and Alcatraz: History and Design of a Landmark. He lives in San Francisco. I spoke with Donald at our studios at the foot of the Tilikum Crossing Bridge.||9/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKenneth Friedenreich||Kenneth Friedenreich has been drinking, and writing about, wine for a very long time. He is especially keen on Oregon wine and the Oregon wine industry. He is impatient with wine rating systems and the snobbishness that often accompanies wine writing and tasting. I spoke with him at our studios at All Classical Portland.||8/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHeather Sharfeddin||I have known Heather Sharfeddin for several years, and have spoken with her about two of her previous novels. She holds an MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts and PhD in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University in Bath, England. Her novels explore western themes based on her early life in Idaho and Montana. She currently lives in Oregon where she teaches Creative Writing at Linfield College. Sharfeddin's fifth novel "What Keeps You" has been published by Martin Brown Publishing. I spoke with her at our studios.||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCarolyn O’Doherty||Carolyn O'Doherty has published the first volume of a projected trilogy about Spinners, a group of mutated kids. Sixteen-year-old Alex is a Spinner. She has the ability to rewind time to review past events. Hated and feared because of their ability to find the truth, the small population of Spinners is restricted to Centers; compounds created to house and protect them. Alex's society uses the Spinners' skills to solve major crimes but messing with time comes with consequences: no Spinner lives past the age of twenty. At sixteen, Alex is in her prime, until time sickness strikes early. I spoke with Carolyn about Rewind at our studios.||8/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRachel Kushner||Rachel Kushner was born in Eugene, Oregon, the daughter of two scientists whom she has described as "deeply unconventional people from the beatnik generation." Her mother arranged after-school work for her straightening and alphabetizing books at a feminist bookstore when she was 5 years old, and Kusher says "it was instilled in me that I was going to be a writer of some kind from a young age." Kushner moved with her family to San Francisco in 1979. When she was 16, she began her Bachelor's in Political Economy at UC Berkeley with an emphasis on US foreign policy in Latin America. Kushner lived as an exchange student in Italy when she was eighteen; upon completing her Bachelor of Arts, she lived in San Francisco, worked at nightclubs, and rode a Moto Guzzi. At 26, she enrolled in the fiction program at Columbia University and she earned her MFA in creative writing in 2000. I spoke with her about her latest novel, The Mars Room. She challenged many of my perceptions about her book, which has not often happened in 25 years of interviewing authors. It was very cool.||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|