Teri Knight’s guest today is Susan Welch. She is the author of A THREAD SO FINE. Welch packed a suitcase of issues into the novel including unwed mothers, illegitimate children, adoption and shame. Susan spent the first days of her life in 1962 in the St. Paul Catholic Infants Home, nicknamed “Watermelon Hill,” for the children of unwed mothers. Forty-six years later, after the death of her parents, she was told about her family’s long-held secret— that she had been adopted. The story follows the lives of “Irish Twins”, sisters born within a year of each other. While the novel is fictionalized, it carries many themes from Susan’s own experience. She talks about what it was like writing it and the changes from the early ‘60’s to now and the impact of learning about her birth. Find out more about Susan on her website, susanwelchauthor.com
Teri Knight’s guest today is Samantha Downing. She hits a homerun with her debut novel, “My Lovely Wife”. It will grip you from the get-go. It’s a disturbing tale of middle class marriage boredom and one couple’s way to find that spark, will keep you up later than your bedtime! The conversations in the book are dead-on natural — dinner with the kids each evening, working their jobs and moving easily into discussing the ways in which they will find their next victim. The narrator of the book is the husband, whose name we never hear. The family appears as your average 2 children suburban couple. A movie is already being considered!
Lisa Unger is the New York Times and internationally bestselling, award-winning author of sixteen novels. Her new release UNDER MY SKIN is named one of the most anticipated and top thrillers this Fall. And she’s Teri Knight’s guest today on 15 with the Author. It’s been a year since Poppy’s husband was murdered. In the aftermath, Poppy spirals into grief with pills and disappears. Reappearing with no memory of what happened but nightmares haunt her. What if the nightmares are actually memories? Lisa talks about how she developed the character, Poppy; her research into nightmares and her process of writing Under My Skin.
New York Times bestselling author Kristan Higgins is out with her newest novel, “Good Luck with That”. In it, she tackles an issue every woman deals with: body image and self-acceptance. The book is about three friends who meet as teenagers at weight loss camp. They make a list of the things that they’ll do when they’re skinny. Some of them silly, some of them profound. Two of the friends remain close into adulthood, while the other moves away. At 35 years old, she calls them to say she’s very sick, she’s dying from complications of obesity. Kristan shares a number of personal observations on how large people think of themselves and how all of us treat those who are obese. kristanhiggins.com
Teri Knight talks with Michelle Gable, the bestselling author of “A Paris Apartment” and “I’ll See You in Paris”. In her latest, THE BOOK OF SUMMER, Michelle uses the faded pages of a guest book to transport readers back in time and introduce them to the inhabitants of Cliff House, a century-old summer home that’s, quite literally, falling into the ocean. It follows the stories of four women of Cliff House from the eve of WWII to present day. The Book of Summer was also inspired by real life events. The erosion of ocean-side bluffs and the inevitable loss of grand homes. michellegable.com