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Maxine Kumin: Poet

Here are some excerpts from an interview I did with Maxine Kumin. It was first published in The Country and Abroad in the September, 1999 issue.

Kelly: Someone who wrote about you--and I'm putting this in quotes--said that you "insist upon order," that this is important to you.

Kumin: It's personally important to me as a poet.  Read More 
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Robert B. Parker Interview

This interview with Robert B. Parker was first published in 1998 in The Country and Abroad. Here's an excerpt:

Kelly: What was the genesis of Spencer?

Parker: I read Raymond Chandler and copied him.

Kelly: There must have been more to it than that.

Parker: I always wanted to do this [write crime novels] and  Read More 
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Mary McGarry Morris: Novelist

Here's an excerpt from an interview I did with Mary McGarry Morris. It was first published in 1999 in The Country and Abroad.

Kelly: Did you want to be a writer when you were very young?

Morris: I did. I did. It was one of those things I always knew I wanted to do, wanted  Read More 
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Simon Ortiz: Poet

This is an excerpt of a long interview I did with poet Simon Ortiz, first published in The Country and Abroad, September, 2000.

Kelly: Your first book of poetry was "Naked in the Wind," wasn't it?

Ortiz: Oh my gosh, that's going back a few years. How did you know about that? It was a  Read More 
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Benita Kane Jaro Interview, Part Two

Susan Kelly: A moment ago you spoke of Enid Blyton. Are those children's mystery stories the reason you include a mystery element in so many of your novels [THE LOCK, THE KEY, and THE DOOR IN THE WALL]?

Benita Kane Jaro: I hadn't thought of that! They must be. I still love mysteries, and  Read More 
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Benita Kane Jaro Interview, Part One

Here's an interview with Benita Kane Jaro, whose most recent novel, BETRAY THE NIGHT, deals with one of history's (and literature's) enduring mysteries: why, in 8 A.D., the emperor Augustus exiled the poet Ovid. Ovid knew the reason, but would never reveal it. In Jaro's novel, Ovid's wife Pinaria becomes of necessity the detective.  Read More 
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Robert Pinsky

Here is part of an interview I did with Robert Pinsky when he was Poet Laureate of the United States. It was published in the November 1999 issue of The Writer.

Susan Kelly: When did you begin writing?

Robert Pinsky: That's a hard question for me to answer because I write so much poetry in  Read More 
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Elinor Lipman

This is an excerpt from an interview I did with author Elinor Lipman. It first appeared in the September, 1999 issue of The Writer.

Susan Kelly: You started as a short story writer and abandoned that form for the novel. Was there any special reason for that?

Elinor Lipman: For me, short stories were developmental.  Read More 
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The Dominick Dunne/Imelda Marcos Show

In 1998, I did an interview with Dominick Dunne, which was published that same year in The Country and Abroad. Following is an excerpt:

Kelly: What was your strangest experience as a reporter? I know you've had a lot of them.

Dunne: A lot. I really had a lot of them.

Kelly: What stands out  Read More 
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