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Interview: With 'Ripper,' Isabel Allende aims to thrill

Isabel Allende is one of Latin America's most beloved writers -- and she happens to call the Bay Area her home. Born in Peru and raised in Chile, the author has lived in Marin County for 26 years now. During that time, Allende has produced an incredible amount of work -- since her bestselling novel The House of Spirits was published in 1982, she's written 19 more books, which have sold more than 60 million copies worldwide.

Allende has just released her latest novel, Ripper, a crime thriller set in San Francisco. In the book, an interactive video game turns into a real life murder mystery. KALW's Holly Kernan spoke with Isabel Allende to ask her about her foray into a new genre. 

To listen to the interview, please click the audio player above.

Holly Kernan is the architect of the award-winning Public Interest Reporting Project. She is currently news director at KALW 91.7FM in San Francisco. In 2009 she was named Journalist of the Year by the Northern California Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Kernan teaches journalism at Mills College and the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and has taught at Santa Rosa Junior College, Youth Radio and San Francisco State University's Lifelong Learning Institute. She lives in Oakland with her husband, Mike, daughter, Julia, and retired greyhound Benjamin Franklin.