The Authors Road is a
project of Willamette Writers
"Writing and reading decrease our sense of isolation. They deepen and widen and expand our sense of life: they feed the soul." Ann Lamott
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:
Keep Authors Road on the road!
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.
It's FREE and you'll be the first on your block to learn of new interviews. Our schedule is erratic, so it's nice to get a notice when we post. We occasionally add photos and travel essays as well.
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The Authors Road just learned that radio pioneer, actress and playright, Jo Harvey Allen, was selected, along with Dixie Chicks’ lead singer Natalie Maines, to be inducted this September into the West Texas Walk of Fame. They join a long and esteemed list of stars, including her husband (and another of our favorite interviews) Terry Allen, Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and many more.
Watch Jo Harvey’s interview with us and read the story about her induction into the Walk of Fame in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal,.
Wonderful, Jo Harvey! Our sincere congratulations and thanks to you.