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Paco Chierici – Lions of the Sky

 Wow! I love pilots and beautiful aircraft. So it was a thrill to read Paco Chierici’s debut book, Lions of the Sky. Paco Chierici has written a compelling story about young competitive Navy pilots training to fly one of the hottest planes in the fleet, the F-18 Super Hornet. With a great cast of characters, we follow them as they …

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Hello, Hollywood! PatZi’s Pix for Flix…

Hey, all my old friends — hopefully, some of you remember me, but it’s been years since three of my spec scripts were optioned and appeared in a full-page ad in the Hollywood Reporter. Sadly, they went into turnaround — along with a script-for-hire based on a famous person’s book. A few weeks before the start of production the said VIP …

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William Grubman – The Storm Over Paris

It was such a pleasure to talk to William Grubman (pronounced: Grooob-man) about his debut novel, The Storm Over Paris. It is the first in a trilogy about a fascinating family, the Rothsteins, who were trapped in Nazi-Occupied Paris.  A Jewish family with deep ties in the world of art and the life of Paris, they missed their opportunity to flee the …

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Hannah Mary McKinnon – Her Secret Son

It was a real joy to meet Hannah Mary McKinnon at Bouchercon2018. After that event I talked to her about her suspense/thriller, The Neighbors, which I enjoyed. So it was fun to invite her back to Joy on Paper to talk about her latest book, Her Secret Son.  In this suspenseful family drama, set in upstate New York, Hannah captivates …

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Richard Kirshenbaum – Rouge

Sometimes you just get a kick out of a book! One page into Richard Kirshenbaum’s debut novel, Rouge, I knew I was reading a winner.  I always love to talk to an author on the release of their first novel — it makes me, in a tiny way, a part of history. When they look back years later on their …

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Eugenia Lovett West – Sarah’s War

It was so much fun to talk to Eugenie Lovett West about her newest book, Sarah’s War.  I enjoy historical fiction, particularly the period during the Revolutionary War. It’s amazing to think of what we accomplished. It was not a given that Americans would overcome the British, who had an enormous army and incredible resources to throw at the rebels …

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Lisa Brennan-Jobs – Small Fry

I enjoyed talking to Lisa Brennan-Jobs her amazing book, Small Fry. When I say amazing, I mean really amazing. One might say it blew me away — or at least, it blew me all the way to California. I started humming Leaving on a Jet Plane. Her writing is compelling and her observations of  Silicon Valley during the 1970’s and 80’s …

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At Home in the Dark – An Anthology

It was a thrill for me to meet Lawrence Block, a Mystery Writer of America Grand Master at Bouchercon2018.  Larry has been a great friend to Joy on Paper during the past four years and so I was happy to set up a ‘relay’ style interview with four of the great authors who have contributed stories to his latest anthology, …

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Brook Allen – Antonius: Son of Rome

Recently I had the joy of interviewing Margaret George about her fascinating book Nero: Splendor Before the Dark. The dramatic opening of that book — the great fire of Rome — has had me thinking a great deal about Rome. So I was thrilled when she recommended Brook Allen’s new book about the early years of Marc Antony: Antonius, Son …

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SANYA RICHARDS-ROSS – RUN WITH ME

It’s summertime and kids are out of school — what a wonderful time to give them a gift of a book that will inspire them. It was such a joy for me to talk to four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross about her book, Run with Me.  I remember the excitement of watching her win the Olympic Gold Medal for …

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