28 December 2011 0 Comments

Mozart’s brains and Caravaggio’s balls

I’ve a guest post on the Fresh Fiction blog and also there’s an interview with me on the CBS columnist Jeff Glor’s blog about my new novel Mozart’s Last Aria. Read the Fresh Fiction post to find out why I don’t think Mozart was an idiot. Read the CBS post to see why I think […]

5 December 2011 0 Comments

Reading Olen Steinhauer, Barry Unsworth; interview with a Dark Mind

My pal detective novelist B.R. Stateham features an interview with me on his blog In the Dark Mind of B.R. Stateham. He asked some very interesting questions about how a writer does what he does. I hope my answers are interesting too. The fabulous Campaign for the American Reader of Marshal Zeringue features me on […]

13 November 2011 0 Comments

Mozart’s Last Aria on Fairness Doctrine

Last week I was on The Fairness Doctrine, a terrific US radio show. To hear me talking about my new novel MOZART’S LAST ARIA with the delightful host Dr. Patrick O’Heffernan, click ahead 15:45 minutes into the show to get to the start of my chat.

1 November 2011 0 Comments

Matt on Rusty Mike Radio

I did an interview on an internet radio station here in Jerusalem with the delightful Adam Mallerman. We chatted about my Omar Yussef novels, as well as how I came to live in Jerusalem and write MOZART’S LAST ARIA.

25 July 2011 0 Comments

Shots sold on MOZART’S LAST ARIA

Shots Ezine has an interview with me. The excellent Laura Harman has me talking about the centrality of music to the plot and the writing of MOZART’S LAST ARIA, my new historical thriller about the death of the great composer. We also chatted about the relevance of Mozart’s music to our lives today and how […]

17 May 2011 0 Comments

Inspiration–and laughter–for the ladies: Ghada Abdel Aal’s Writing Life

When she was in her early twenties, Egyptian writer Ghada Abdel Aal began the complicated process of seeking a spouse. It involved meetings in parental living rooms over awkward glasses of tea. On one such occasion her potential groom spent his time screaming at a soccer game on tv. Another turned out to have a […]

13 May 2011 0 Comments

Some of my writing tricks

I’m interviewed on an excellent new writers blog called Author’s Muse. You’ll find me there chatting about some of the techniques I use to “get into character” when I’m writing, as well as some other tricks I’ve formulated over the years. Also some of my current reading preferences.

8 May 2011 2 Comments

The Reverse Orientalist: Kamal Abdel-Malek’s Writing Life Interview

When Kamal Abdel-Malek was a young student, he chose to study outside the Arab world, eventually becoming a professor at Brown and Princeton Universities in the US. It was the first step in the physical and intellectual journeys of this intriguing Egyptian writer. Born in Alexandria and now a teacher of Arabic literature at the […]

4 May 2011 0 Comments

Italy’s Uncomfortable Past: Francesca Melandri’s Writing Life interview

I’ve hosted award-winning writers on this blog before – but never on the day that they received an award. Yet just today the fabulous Italian writer Francesca Melandri received the Book of the Year award from Elle magazine. And justly so. Her novel, “Eva dorme,” tackles the kinds of social issues that only the greatest […]

22 April 2011 8 Comments

Doctor knows life and death: Abraham Verghese’s Writing Life interview

If you were a book editor who wanted to create the perfect writer for a best-selling epic novel of an African-born doctor forced to take refuge in the U.S., you might pick someone from Ethiopia. Make him of Christian Indian parentage. Educate him in medicine and send him to the Iowa Writing Program. Make him […]