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"Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul." Ann Lamott


Jo Harvey Allen
Terry Allen
Jean M. Auel
Cara Black
Michael Blake
Lois McMaster Bujold
Philip Caputo
Laura Chester
Karen Cushman
Ivan Doig
Robert Dugoni
Carola Dunn
Larry Engelmann
Jonathan Evison
Jim Fergus
Diana Gabaldon
Herbert Gold
Daniel Handler
Jim Harrison
Juanita Havill
Ernest Hemingway
Tony & Anne Hillerman
Pam Houston
Lawson Inada
Laurie R. King
Sinclair Lewis
Jack London
Haki Madhubuti
George R.R. Martin
R.C. Matheson
Tom McGuane
Alejandro Murgía
Audrey Niffenegger
Verlena Orr
Nancy Pearl
Paulann Petersen
David Quammen
Mary Roach
Tom Robbins
Mort Rosenblum
Lemony Snicket
John Steinbeck
Dennis Stovall
Gail Tsukiyama
Frederick Turner
Mark Twain
Cynthia Whitcomb
Daniel H. Wilson
Patricia C. Wrede

New at Authors Road

Interview with Herbert Gold

On the Road with Authors Road
(a three minute movie)

For four years we’ve driven around America meeting and video interviewing many of our best storytellers.

We've spoken with novelists, poets, screen and playwrights, a songwriter, science and sci-fi authors, journalists, publishers, a librarian, experts on five dead masters, and more. And in these chats you will find inspiration, insight, brilliance, and a few good laughs.

It’s a remarkable journey of discovery, and one we’re very proud to share.

We travel with our trusty sidekick, Ella, in a truck we named “Rocinante Tres” (like Don Quixote’s horse and John Steinbeck’s camper-truck in Travels with Charley), hauling a 5th wheel trailer we call “Hardscribble Hacienda” (after the home of an old friend, writer Hugh Mulligan).

On our travels some folks have asked us why we are doing this. Here are our answers:

  • We are doing this project because we’re avid readers and writers who love to travel and are curious about the dynamic changes in today’s writing and publishing scene.
  • We are doing this because storytelling is humankind’s most ancient, sacred and vital art.
  • We are doing this to create a body of work about the art of writing and the current world of publishing . . . and share it.
  • We are doing this because it gives our lives purpose, and we are giving back to the community.
  • We are doing this to honor one of America’s greatest natural resources — its writers.

Keep Authors Road on the road!

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You can navigate to interviews by genre (above) or by name (left). Many of our authors write in more than one category. All are worth exploring, no matter what you normally read . . . or write. We hope you enjoy meeting them.

Salli Slaughter, George Mason, Ella: Authors Road
Salli, George & Ella in the doorway of Hardscribble Hacienda
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It’s with heavy heart but always bright memories that I write to pass along the sad news that America has lost another great novelist, poet, essayist, screenwriter, and Master of Living to the Edge and Beyond: Jim Harrison died yesterday, fittingly, if that can be said, in his study in Patagonia, Arizona working on a poem.

He was our 21st interview, filmed in his backyard near the Mexican border in 2012 on a cold day as blustery as him. Jim was one of those rare writers whose life was as legendary and full as his many written words. Most people know him by the movies he’s responsible for: Legends of the Fall, Wolf, Revenge. True lovers of the written word know him from his rich poetry and ribald essays. And some know him from his legacy of novellas, articles and essays that enriched our lives.

With great sadness Salli, Ella (our dog who Jim had a particular fondness for) and I mourn the loss of a True Man of Letters . . . and Life.

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