Author Interviews

8 March 2021

The online fight to transform harmful traditional and cultural differences

We shine a spotlight on writer and mental health professional (pre-reg) Estar Gathu, who through her website www.thingsihear.co.uk is tirelessly working to give a voice to, among others, British-Africans who ...

8 March 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Jennifer Anton

-  I have rheumatoid arthritis. I spend a lot of time in bed and have a legitimate reason for not being able to wear a bra (can’t do it up, too ...

7 March 2021

Life begins when you get dumped by Shea McArdle, author of Single, Alone, Alive

Saturday 18th July, drunk in a Chinese restaurant. Otherwise known as the evening of my twenty-second birthday. Surrounded by my friends and family, I exclaimed: “I'll be a thirty-year-old bride ...

5 March 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about my new book by Sharon Maas

1: The Far Away Girl took twenty years to write! I first started it in the year 2000, as part of a contract for HarperCollins. But my then editor didn’t ...

5 March 2021

The dos and don'ts of puppy training by Margit Gabriele Muller, author of Your Pet, Your Pill

Everybody is excited about having a new puppy to join the family- a new furry friend to bring love and joy- until you find your furniture is chewed, your socks ...

5 March 2021

Top five poems for Mother's Day by Ana Sampson, author of Night Feeds and Morning Songs

Directly after Mother’s Day 2020 – 22nd March – the country locked down, and nothing has been the same since. Everyone has struggled in different ways during the pandemic. Some ...

5 March 2021

Seven MORE things I'd like my readers to know about me by Vanessa Carnevale

-  I carry a book with me wherever I go. I’ve done this ever since I was little. I tend to slip a book into my handbag before I go ...

4 March 2021

Read an exclusive extract from Flappy Entertains by Santa Montefiore

Flappy was an early riser. Kenneth was not. On top of that he snored, which was a consequence of drinking indecent amounts of red wine every evening, so Flappy had ...

4 March 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Ericka Waller

1: I wrote Dog Days  to help me process my grief. I have lost four very dear people in sudden horrific ways in my life. George was born out of ...

4 March 2021

How I wrote a novel as a stay at home mother by Ilona Bannister

I used to be an immigration lawyer. I loved it. Then I had children. I loved them too. Still do. But I wasn’t the same person after two traumatic, emergency ...

4 March 2021

GRIEF: How can one word sum up so many feelings? by Rochelle Bugg

They say nothing in life is guaranteed except death and taxes. By that logic, we’re all destined to experience grief (as well as a few letters from HMRC). Yet for ...

4 March 2021

Read an exclusive extract from My Kind Of Happy by Cathy Bramley

‘Worst thing about being stuck in here is not having a proper cup and saucer,’ said Ethel, gazing with dismay at the two earthenware mugs I set down for us ...

4 March 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Lesley Kara, author of The Dare

-  2. I used to play the piano and got as far as Grade 7, but I hated having lessons and being made to practise, and the exams were very ...

4 March 2021

'No way are we getting a dog!' by Fiona Gibson, author of The Dog Share

My daughter was desperate for one. My husband had wanted one his whole life. ‘Sorry, no,’ I said firmly. With three kids, a full-time job and a big old scruffy ...

3 March 2021

Use of colour by Frida Ramstedt, author of The Interior Design Handbook

Frida Ramstedt runs one of the leading interior design blogs (trendenser.se) and Instagram accounts in Scandinavia and has been writing about design on Trendenser.se for 15 years. She started her ...

3 March 2021

Why time off is essential for your wellbeing and why boredom is good for you by Fab Giovanetti

We live in a society that historically applauds overwork: being busy is a badge of honour. We fear “laziness”. The irony is, switching off is actually really good for your ...

3 March 2021

The top 10 rebellious traits we should all nurture by Jackie Fast, author of Rule Breaker

Jackie Fast is an award-winning entrepreneur and bestselling author. After years of working with top clients including Red Bull, the Rolling Stones and Richard Branson she is now on a ...

3 March 2021

10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me by Helen Fripp, author of The French House

-  The tiniest historical detail, like the fact that tape measures were made from silk in the 18th century, can spark an idea for a whole chapter. In the case of ...

2 March 2021

Ironing by Navajo

By Gwyn Rees With most novels, you know what to expect in terms of structure before you’ve even turned the first page. First comes the set-up and the introduction of ...

1 March 2021

Poems, Piety, and Psyche: Progressive Poems for Rebellious Christians by David John Keighley

Poems, Piety, and Psyche: Progressive Poems for Rebellious Christians by retired vicar and progressive theologian Reverend David John Keighley is a collection of poems with the gloves off, calling for ...

26 February 2021

Writing for young adults by Connie Glynn, author of Princess At Heart

When reflecting upon the books I read as a teenager, I imagined adult fiction would be tremendously different and advanced compared to the books I was reading at the time. ...

26 February 2021

Author Caroline Flanagan discusses her new book Be The First

Author and mum of four Caroline Flanagan discusses the Imposter Syndrome she’s struggled with throughout her career and how her new book aims to help other women and men of ...

26 February 2021

The importance of community during lockdown by Yvonne Bennett

Yvonne Bennett discusses the importance of community during lockdown and reveals the important role a South London church plays in the lives of a group of young mums. For a ...

25 February 2021

From prison to palace – how to turn your lockdown home into a sanctuary by Vanya Silverten

We all know that living in lockdown can be a little like living in a prison. You can’t go anywhere, waking up and going to sleep in the same environment ...