Author Interviews

19 January 2020

In 2020 put values before goals by Mandeep Rai

The beginning of any year is a natural time to take stock – the ideal time to look back on what we have achieved, and forward to ambitions that still ...

19 January 2020

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Lucie Whitehouse

Possibly because I’m very open, I’m fascinated by people who hide things, both ‘private’ people and – at the other end of the scale – those with secret lives or ...

16 January 2020

Seven things your dietitian wants you to know

Kerri Major is a registered dietitian and SENr sports dietitian. She is also a qualified personal trainer and is passionate about combining her professions to help people develop a healthy ...

16 January 2020

Author Jo Spain writes an exclusive short story for Female First

In a small village overlooking Derryclare lake in the west of Ireland, the bells of the local church ring in a frosty February morning. The Twelve Bens mountains range is ...

16 January 2020

Nancy Bilyeau shares the inspiration for her new novel Dreamland

When people hear that my next novel of suspense is set in Coney Island in 1911, it all seems pretty natural and straightforward to them. “You live in New York ...

14 January 2020

My perfect writing day by Jackie Ladbury

I’ll start my perfect writing day by having a cup of tea and a Rich Tea biscuit brought up by my lovely husband, while trying to keep Pixie our Scottish ...

14 January 2020

Seven tips for decluttering your workspace by Sheila Chandra

A clear workspace promotes calm and creative thinking – with fewer mistakes! Here are seven tips to get you working in a blissfully tidy space all day. The number one ...

13 January 2020

10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me by Kittie Lambton

I am hugely inspired by the women I have had the pleasure to know in my life! My cello lessons from my lovely cello teacher held once per week left ...

13 January 2020

Superpolyglotbros’ top tips for learning a language

Dive straight in - Get to grasps with as much of the language as possible from day one. Get a feel for the sound of it by listening to it ...

13 January 2020

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Anja De Jager

I’m Dutch but moved to London more than twenty years ago. It’s very useful for me, as a writer, to have a foot in both London and Amsterdam. Whenever I ...

13 January 2020

Three things that inspired ‘The Haunting of Strawberry Water’ by Tara Gould

A delight in gothic terror. I knew this wouldn’t be easy. I had read dozens of ghost stories and could count on one hand the ones that had triggered the ...

12 January 2020

10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me by A F Stone

I have a Penguin English Classics addiction. If I had a mansion, I’d have a Penguin English Classics library in the east wing. To my shame I’m really quite rubbish ...

12 January 2020

10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me by Anna Nicholas

Twenty years ago my husband, son and I upped sticks from central London where I ran a busy lifestyle PR company, to live the good life in rural Mallorca. My ...

9 January 2020

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Karen M. McManus

Being an author is the first job I ever wanted. I started writing books in second grade and kept going until high school, at which point I decided it was ...

9 January 2020

Seven things I've learned about love by Lucy Dillon

As a romantic novelist, I fall in love at least once, if not twice a year. I also go through regular break-ups, negotiate reconciliations and plan dream proposals – and ...

9 January 2020

Write what you know by Michele Campbell

Anybody who’s been a prosecutor or a cop in a big city for any period of time has unbelievable war stories. Stuff the average person doesn’t know, would never see, ...

8 January 2020

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Paullina Simons

My father was a political dissident in the U.S.S.R. When I was five years old he was arrested for anti-Soviet agitation and sent to the GULAG. He was in prison ...

8 January 2020

Win a copy of The Operative on DVD

Prize provider: Signature Entertainment.  The Operative follows the story of Rachel (Diane Kruger, Inglourious Basterds), a rogue spy from Israel's feared national intelligence force Mossad, vanishes without a trace while attending her father's funeral in ...
8 January 2020

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Jack Sheffield

-  I was brought up on a tough council estate in Leeds. My father had little interest in education and didn’t allow any books in the house. This upset my ...

8 January 2020

My journey of mother of daughters to writer of psychological thrillers by B A Paris

I always knew I wanted to be a writer. What I didn’t know was that it would take me so long to get there. It came down to a question ...

6 January 2020

The love stories that have influenced my writing by Emma Cooper

When I was invited to write this article, I began to compile a list of my favourite love stories, stories that have left me reeling; whose characters’ journeys I didn’t ...

6 January 2020

10 Things you need to know if you are a woman initiating divorce

More women are initiating divorce than ever before.  Gone are the days when a woman had to ‘put up and shut up’; now if she’s had enough, a woman can ...

6 January 2020

The life of a fisherman’s wife by Evie Grace

Before I began to write The Lace Maiden, I researched the history of the lawless gangs who smuggled contraband from France to England in the early nineteenth century when Britain ...

6 January 2020

10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me by Claire Wade

I never realised that being a writer was an actual job. When I was little I just assumed books magically appeared on the library shelves. It wasn’t until I was ...