We’re so excited to announce our new RHRC Author Chat Program! You now have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the books your book club reads through lively exchanges with your favorite authors. Learn about each author’s personal experiences and what inspires them to write; how it feels to see one’s name on a book cover; what their writing routines are; and much more. It’s the ultimate book club conversation!
From January through June, we’re taking requests for chats with six intriguing authors: Debbie Macomber, Lisa Wingate, Martha Hall Kelly, Melanie Benjamin, Julia Heaberlin, and JP Delaney. Let us know which author and book you’ll be discussing, what month you’d like to chat, and how many people are in your book club, and we’ll contact you if and when we are able to arrange a chat.
Please remember that our authors are extremely busy doing what they do best—writing books!—so we may not be able to accommodate every request, but will try to schedule as many author chats as possible. Please do not reach out to authors directly.
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Debbie Macomber, the author of Any Dream Will Do, If Not for You, Sweet Tomorrows, A Girl’s Guide to Moving On, Last One Home, Silver Linings, Love Letters, Mr. Miracle, Blossom Street Brides, and Rose Harbor in Bloom, is a leading voice in women’s fiction. Twelve of her novels have reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller lists, and five of her beloved Christmas novels have been hit movies on the Hallmark Channel, including Mrs. Miracle and Mr. Miracle. Hallmark Channel also produced the original series Debbie Macomber’s Cedar Cove, based on Macomber’s Cedar Cove books. She has more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide.
Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, an inspirational speaker, and the bestselling author of more than twenty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award. Wingate lives in the Ouachita Mountains of southwest Arkansas.
Martha Hall Kelly
Martha Hall Kelly is a native New Englander now living in Atlanta, Georgia, where she’s writing the prequel to Lilac Girls.
Melanie Benjamin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Girls in the Picture, The Swans of Fifth Avenue, The Aviator’s Wife, The Autobiography of Mrs. Tom Thumb, and Alice I Have Been. Benjamin lives in Chicago, where she is at work on her next historical novel.
Julia Heaberlin is the author of the critically acclaimed Black-Eyed Susans, a USA Today and Times (U.K.) bestseller. Her psychological thrillers, including Playing Dead and Lie Still, have sold to more than fifteen countries. Heaberlin is also an award-winning journalist who has worked at the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, The Detroit News, and The Dallas Morning News. She grew up in Texas and lives with her family near Dallas/Fort Worth, where she is at work on her next novel.
The Girl Before is the first psychological thriller from JP DELANEY, a pseudonym for a writer who has previously written bestselling fiction under other names. It is being published in thirty-five countries. A film version is being brought to the screen by Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard.