I recently discovered The Last Suppers and fell in love with Mandy Mikulencak’s writing. The story is deeply moving and there’s a mystery as well… In addition, the setting is fantastic: Louisiana in the 50s. Thank you so much to Mandy for answering my questions.

1. Tell me a bit about your most recent novel The Last Suppers. How did you come up with the idea? It’s a very unique concept.

A good friend of mine mentioned she’d seen a website listing real-life requests from death row inmates. One request – for just Frosted Flakes and milk – got me thinking about the psychology behind such requests. Then, I wondered what would happen if a prison cook became obsessed with preparing meaningful last meals. I didn’t have anything else to go on when I first started writing. Everything just flowed from that original premise. I thought it would be interesting…

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