Thursday, October 26, 2006

News: Podcasts Showcase Local Authors

The Fairfax (VA) County Public Library system's web site has introduced a new series of podcast interviews with local authors. Each of the interviews in the series, officially called "Bookcast", is hosted by Sam Clay, Fairfax County's head librarian.

Donna Andrews, a mystery writer and resident of Reston VA, was recently interviewed as part of the BookCast series. "It was a lot of fun," Andrews said. "I don't really have an off button. You just have to pull the plug. So I hope they were pleased to have a guest who doesn't have a problem talking a lot."No Nest for the Wicket by Donna Andrews

Andrews' most recent book, No Nest for the Wicket, is the 7th mystery in the Meg Langslow series. When asked to explain the title during the interview, Andrews says that all her books feature birds and in her current mystery, the sport of eXtreme croquet. Her publisher likes themes (birds) and wanted a "really bad pun in the title", hence No Nest for the Wicket. A review of No Nest for the Wicket is available on the Mysterious Reviews website.

Andrews told Clay in her interview about how she trained as a private investigator and how she incorporates the training into her fiction. She praised the library system for their willingness to try out new technology, saying it can help local authors spread the word about their book.

To listen to the entire interview, visit the Fairfax County Public Library Bookcast website here, and click on the Donna Andrews interview link.

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