This month's cover story highlights 11 exciting new debut novels:

—Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman
—Farishta by Patricia McArdle
The Very Thought of You by Rosie Alison
The Echo Chamber by Luke Williams
Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson
In Malice, Quite Close by Brandi Lynn Ryder
This Burns My Heart by Samuel Park
Bright's Passage by Josh Ritter
South of Superior by Ellen Airgood
Bed by David Whitehouse
Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson

We interviewed five of the authors for today's BookPageXTRA, on everything from how they felt when they found out their first novel would be published, to what they like to do besides writing, to what they're working on next.

Here's a smattering of quotes from the interviews:

S.J. Watson on what everyone should read: "Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood. It's a warning." Keep reading.

Brandi Lynn Ryder's one-sentence description of her novel: “That which you long to possess comes to possess you . . ." Keep reading.

Samuel Park on unrequited love: "Because you don’t have the lover, you have to either try to get to the lover, or try to work through your feelings for the lover. This means lots of external and internal conflict." Keep reading.

Patricia McArdle on what she does besides writing: "My work with solar cooking, which began in Afghanistan, will never end. My involvement with this technology is much more than a hobby. It has now become an obsession. I know that simple, inexpensive solar cookers work. I have seen them used around the world." Keep reading.

Stephen Kelman on learning he would be published: "I was surprised, elated, honoured and grateful. I’d wanted to be a published author for as long as I can remember, so it was very much the fulfilment of a dream." Keep reading.

Read our debut roundup, then let us know: Which debut are you most excited about reading?

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