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Q&A with Michael Schofield, Author of January First

“Mentally ill kids, especially those who are bipolar and schizophrenic, experience discrimination because they can react with impulsive and unpredictable violence at times,” says Michael Schofield, author of January First. “People need to know that this illness is very real. It is like witnessing a child going into a seizure where he or she is not in control of his/her physical movements. So the biggest problem is that mental illness and those who have it are not treated the same as those with a chronic physical illnesses. As a society, we must understand that those with mental illness are no different than those with cancer. Any violence is a symptom of their disease. Treat the disease and you treat the violence.”

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Celebrate the Release of Lisa Unger’s Heartbroken

We invite you to enjoy Lisa Unger’s latest thriller, Heartbroken, now available wherever books are sold. Read the excerpt and leave a comment with your thoughts! And don’t miss the chance to chat with Lisa Unger on Goodreads. She’ll be dropping by to read your comments and answer your questions. Heartbroken has been named by the New York Daily News as one of this “Summer’s Top New Thriller Novels” and as a Publishers Weekly Editors Pick: “The Best New Books for Week of June 25.″ Dive in and enjoy the read!

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Pauls Toutonghi on Being Married to Another Novelist

“Being married to another writer, another novelist, is a fascinating thing,” admits Pauls Toutonghi, author of Evel Knievel Days. “The most fundamental truth about it is this: my wife Peyton Marshall understands what I go through – what it feels like to be a practitioner of our art. When my characters aren’t coming alive – when the scenes are flat on the page – I don’t have to explain anything, don’t have to describe the way that failure coils in my chest, a physical misery, a tight band of frustration that I cannot dislodge.”

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Patricia Ellis Herr on Books to Read with Your Kids This Summer

“Alex began devouring books at an early age,” shares Patricia Ellis Herr, author of Up: A Mother and Daughter’s Peakbagging Adventure. “She was six months old when she reached out her tiny hand, grabbed a page from the book I was reading, ripped off a corner, and shoved it her mouth. In a moment of sentimentality common only to first-time mothers, I grabbed a pen from the nearby end table and wrote ‘Alex ate this’ by the newly serrated edge. Alex’s appreciation of books continued as she grew though, thankfully, her consumption turned figurative.”

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David Klein on What Makes a Good Book Group Novel

“You’ve got your glass of wine, your comfy seat. Everyone is settled in. Chat time is over and someone says let’s talk about the book. The heated debate begins – hopefully,” writes novelist David Klein, author of Clean Break. “After my novel Stash came out in 2010, I was fortunate enough to be invited to a number of book groups. I discovered what made a good group book novel. It’s a novel that gets conversation going and rolling. It’s a novel with characters that spark disagreement, liked by one reader, loathed by another.”

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Gillian Flynn Recommends Books on Marriages Gone Toxic

“Gone Girl is, at its nasty little heart, about a marriage gone toxic, so I’ll keep to that theme,” writes RIF Guest Editor Gillian Flynn. “Here are four brilliantly written books about husbands and wives who drive each other to dark extremes.” Bestselling novelist Gillian Flynn shares some of her favorite reads, including The War of the Roses, Until the Twelfth of Never, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf, and Serena.

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Bestselling Novelist Gillian Flynn Reveals Her Writing Lair

“People often ask me if I have a writing routine,” says Gillian Flynn, bestselling author of Gone Girl. “The answer is: kind of. Let me start with this caveat. I am not the world’s fastest writer. When I started Gone Girl, I was not pregnant. Then I was. Then I had a son. Then the son became a toddler. As it turns out, 16-month-olds do not understand the phrase: ‘Mother is not to be disturbed while she channels her muse, my sweet.’ I couldn’t write anywhere around the house anymore. I needed a lair.”

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RIFer Cathy R. Reviews Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl

“This book lulled me into its dark depths,” writes RIFer Cathy R. in her review of Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. “Flynn is masterful at twisting and turning the plot without relying on standard ploys. You will be surprised again and again, and then once more. Gone Girl starts with a bang and the momentum never lets up. You just can’t stop turning the pages because you have to satisfy the hunger to know the ending.”