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


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
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 Daniel Handler (allegedly Lemony Snicket)

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!

Fiction Nonfiction Poetry/Song Mystery Film/TV/Plays Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror Children Other

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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Anthony Doerr just won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for All the Light We Cannot See. We have been trying to schedule an interview with Mr. Doerr for the last two years, and while he has been gracious and helpful, our schedules have not yet meshed. We look forward to adding his wisdom to the Authors Road.

The world has lost another great storyteller, Michael Blake. Michael died of heart failure on May 2, 2015 after long struggles with cancer. His book and movie, Dances with Wolves, won awards and hearts around the world. Since our 2012 interview with him we've heard from dozens of people, scholars and fans writing to thank him for his work and dedication to writing, horses, Native peoples and more. His life was rich with passion and we were lucky to have him enrich ours with his tales.

Ivan Doig

It is with great sorrow that we share the news of the death of a great writer, one of best we had the honor to interview: Ivan Doig on April 9th, 2015. Mr. Doig was a finalist for the National Book Award, a Wallace Stegner Fellow, last year's winner of the Willamette Writer's Lifetime Achievement Award, and a remarkable writer and story-teller, as great as any America has honed. He will be missed by all who've read his work or known his smile and wisdom. His final book, Last Bus to Wisdom, will be out in August.

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