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Author Interviews

Atmosphere Press is proud to bring readers the Atmosphere Press Presents author interview series. We’re happy to have this archive of excellent author interviews and success stories for you to enjoy. Learn about authors and their books, from book title origin stories to music playlists that relate to their writing to what it was like seeing the cover for the first time.
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An Interview with Aubrey Olsen

I am Aubrey, but you may call me Aubs, and I am a poet who delves into the intricacies of existence, exploring the paradoxes that define the human experience. With a keen eye for the elegance and eloquence that lies within life's contradictions, I weave words that resonate with both depth and grace.
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An Interview with Jodi Lawaich

Jodi Lawaich is a freelance copywriter living in Burlington. Jodi's greatest production ever is her daughter, a freshly-minted, twenty-one-year-old college student majoring in Economics and Global Studies.
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An Interview with Eric Taveren

Eric Taveren writes and lives in Minneapolis. He is in the tail end of his MFA program at Hamline University and his work appears in Great Weather for Media, F(r)iction’s Dually Noted, and Avalon Literary Review, among others. One of the small percentage of people with aphantasia, he writes to create the worlds he cannot see.
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An Interview with Teresa Dovalpage, author of Last Seen in Havana

Writer, translator, and college professor, Teresa Dovalpage is a Cuban transplant firmly rooted in New Mexico. She is the author of four short story collections, four plays, and thirteen novels—including the Havana Mystery series. Her most recent novel, the fifth one in the series, is Last Seen in Havana, a multigenerational story that moves back and forth between 1980 and 2020 in Havana. Teresa lives with her husband, one dog and too many barn cats
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An Interview with Clifford Garstang, author of The Last Bird of Paradise

Clifford Garstang's most recent novel, The Last Bird of Paradise, was published in February 2024 by Black Rose Writing. He is also the author of two other novels, Oliver's Travels and The Shaman of Turtle Valley, and three story collections, House of the Ancients and Other Stories, In an Uncharged Country, and What the Zhang Boys Know, which won the Library of Virginia Literary Award for Fiction. In addition to a JD, Garstang holds an MA in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. A former international lawyer with a large US law firm and the World Bank, he currently…
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An Interview with Brenardo Taylor

Born in Washington DC in 1955, Brenardo (the Sing-Song Poet) is currently a resident of Baltimore County, MD. He has been writing poetry of all facets for over two thirds of his life. This journey has taken him to platforms all over the world, where his work has been seen in countless journals, newspapers, magazines, poetry anthologies in print and online. He has performed his poems and songs at festivals, schools, libraries, coffee houses, cruise ships and assorted other public and private events, where he has astounded those in attendance.
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An Interview with Diane Piron-Gelman

Diane Piron-Gelman writes as D. M. Pirrone and works as a freelance editor when she isn’t spinning her own novel-length yarns. Her debut suspense novel, No Less in Blood, came out in 2011, followed by the award-winning Hanley & Rivka Mysteries (Allium Press of Chicago), set just after the Great Fire of 1871. Shall We Not Revenge (2014) was a Kirkus Prize nominee, and along with For You Were Strangers (2015), was named a Notable Page-Turner in the Shelf Unbound Indie Novel Competition.
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An Interview with Elle Fisher

As a Reiki Master Healer and Intuitive guide, Elle brings a unique perspective to overcoming grief and depression. Her personal experiences, including the loss of her mother and surviving three suicides including her fiancé, lend authenticity and empathy to her writing.
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An Interview with Heleni Daly

Heleni, based in Brookline, MA, is a fantasy writer and professional manuscript editor. Writing has been her passion since childhood, and for the past three years, she has been professionally editing fantasy manuscripts. Alongside her writing endeavors, Heleni works part-time as an elementary teacher, where she shares her love for literature and story-telling with young minds. Additionally, she co-manages a vibrant book club in her local community. Follow her writing and publishing journey on TikTok @heleniwrites.
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An Interview with Caleb Sarvis, author of Dead Aquarium

Caleb Michael Sarvis is the author of Dead Aquarium or (i don’t have the stamina for that kind of faith) and currently owns and operates Bridge Eight Press, where he edited the anthology Fifteen Views of Jacksonville. His work can be found in BULL, Hobart, Joyland, storySouth, and others. His story An Unfaded Black was named one of the “Other Distinguished Stories of 2017” in Best American Short Stories 2018.
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An Interview with Christina Milliner, author of Meet Clay Brown

Christina Milliner was born in Queens, NY, and raised in Brooklyn, where she still resides. She holds an MFA in Writing from Lindenwood University. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and running. Meet Clay Brown is Christina's first novel, it was selected as a finalist in the 2023 IAN Book of the Year Awards and is available in Indie New York on the BiblioBoard Library platform.