LaShaunda Hoffman interviewed me for SORMAG, an award-winning online magazine for readers and writers of multicultural fiction. Check it out. There’s even a picture of me.
I’ve noticed Borders has started carrying copies of Whiskey Road. In NYC, it seems they only have one copy in each store. I’m tempted to be disappointed about that, but last month they weren’t carrying my book at all, so one copy is better than none at all.
If you haven’t picked up your copy of Whiskey Road yet, consider stopping by your local Borders to buy the one they have on the shelf. Maybe your city has more!
…author Karen Siplin gently draws you in to a cocktail of mystery, romance, and thriller with her spare, powerful style of writing. I liked the way Siplin keeps certain secrets from readers as we get to know Jimi and Caleb, and I liked the way even the most peripheral characters mean something. This is one of those books you share with friends; it’s a quick read and I think you’ll love it. This weekend, pour yourself into a comfortable chair, and give this novel a shot. Once you start “Whiskey Road”, it’s going to be hard not to finish it in one big gulp.
I haven’t listened to the audio clip yet. Like most people, listening to my own voice makes me cringe! Check it out and let us know what you think.
Writer Christina Alex has a piece about me and Whiskey Road in the June 3rd issue of New York Resident entitled “Race and Reading” (on page 12). It’s a pretty cool link, but may take a while to load if you have a slow computer.
Today is the official pub date for my third novel, Whiskey Road: A Love Story. The book has actually been on the shelves at Barnes & Noble since Saturday. I signed some copies at the store on 68th Street and Broadway in New York City with help from a very nice store clerk named Michael.
I don’t have any appearances scheduled before the publishing panel at Bryant Park in June, but I’ll keep this space updated if anything changes.
As always, you can purchase Whiskey Road at Amazon.com, or any other online store like Barnes & Noble or Books-a-Million, if you can’t find a copy at your local bookstore. But it’s also cool if you ask a clerk for the book, because it puts it on their radar and maybe they’ll order a few!
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My background in film production comes into play when I write novels. I visualize a lot of scenes to music and my books tend to unfold like movies in my brain.
If Whiskey Road: A Love Story was a movie, this would be its soundtrack:
Hurt – Johnny Cash
American Girl – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
How Soon is Now – The Smiths
Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
The Living – Natalie Merchant
Into Dust – Mazzy Star
A Change is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke
Effigy – Natalie Merchant
Blood Red River – Beth Orton
Devil Song – Beth Orton
The First Time Ever I saw Your Face – Roberta Flack
Consummation – Nina Simone
I Hung My Head – Johnny Cash
I See A Darkness – Johnny Cash
Fire & Roses – Mimi
Run Baby Run – Sheryl Crow
Hold Back the Night – Sinead O’ Connor
Don’t Give Up On Me – Solomon Burke
I Shall Believe – Sheryl Crow
*Bold As Love – Jimi Hendrix
*Bold As Love was the original title of the novel.
The songs are in a kind of order that makes sense to me. For instance, when Caleb stops for Jimi at the side of the road in Darby (chapter 2), it happens to Mazzy Star’s Fade into You. And there’s totally a sex scene that plays out to Nina Simone’s Consummation. (Because what’s a love story without a bit of melodrama?)
There are other songs I associate with Whiskey Road that don’t really fit into the order of the book:
Breathe – Anna Nalick
Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
The Stranger Song – Leonard Cohen
Pass in Time – Beth Orton
No Need to Argue – The Cranberries
The Judgment – Solomon Burke
If It Be Your Will – Jann Arden
Foolish Games – Jewel
So Whiskey Road: A Love Story is officially in stores Tuesday! Part of me can’t believe the official pub date is already here. Another part of me can’t believe it’s been 3 years since we sold this baby. A lot has changed, and at the same time not so much.
It’s already available at Amazon.com.
There’s an interview with me in the June issue of Today’s Black Woman. I haven’t seen it yet. Hope to find a copy over the weekend.
Still working on it, but my site has been updated. We’ve added a Whiskey Road excerpt and the cover is up. The cover is growing on me. My web designer said it looks pulp fiction-y to him, which we both think is pretty cool. (I devoured Jim Thompson novels in college.) I really like the way the woman’s jacket sleeves cover her hands and I dig that camera strap across her back. She’s hot, actually. My heroine is hot, too, so it works.
A librarian from Illinois reviewed Whiskey Road for Library Journal.
When paparazza Jimi Anne Hamilton shows up in rural Darby, NY, with a bruised face and a duffel bag full of cash, she is only looking for a quiet place to lick her wounds. She never imagines that accepting a ride from a handsome white contractor with a knack for angering jealous husbands will leave her as breathless as the celebrity chases that made her famous in L.A. Big-city, African American Jimi and blue-collar Caleb are both trying to rebuild their lives. They soon learn it’s one thing to rebuild, another to reinvent. Jimi’s wealthy brother doesn’t like her slumming with the locals, and Caleb’s recently paroled brother is intent on proving that a bad man can’t change. One of the strengths of Siplin’s (Such a Girl) contemporary interracial romance is a hero who is as well developed and interesting as the leading lady. – Review by Karen Kleckner Copyright 2008