Author Interviews

4 February 2021

Five books that have changed my experience of reading by Helen Fields

For those who enjoy reading there are few moments in life as satisfying, and as saddening, as reaching the end of an outstanding book. At various stages in life, we ...

4 February 2021

Kate White discusses her new novel Have You Seen Me?

All I knew for certain that day was that the nanny was dead, lying with her eyes wide open on the floor of her room in the house. She’d been ...

3 February 2021

Seven lessons I learned from writing historical fiction novels by Chrystyna Lucyk-Berger

My first novel attempt was all based on actual events in WW2 Ukraine. I info-dumped so much that the “novel” was about as much of a novel as a docu-drama ...

2 February 2021

How to find a goal that makes life worth living by Alon Ulman

Everybody wants success and fulfilment, but even those who work hard can miss out and when they do succeed, will often put it down to luck. But success isn’t a ...

2 February 2021

Five things you should know before starting your novel by author Anna Carey

1. Plotter or Pantser? There are writers who just begin. No outline, just a voice and a sense of where the story is going. They’re lovingly referred to as pantsers, ...

1 February 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Lorraine Mace, author of Love Me Tender

-  Born and raised in South East London, Lorraine lived and worked in South Africa, on the Island of Gozo and in France before settling on the Costa del Sol ...

1 February 2021

Why I write about the adventures of young women in the city by Ashley Brown

Life choices; they are tricky, aren’t they? The shooting of arrows into the dark that navigate us through life. They intrigue me. Particularly those of young women pulled to big ...

1 February 2021

Why I write about strong female characters for teens and young adults by author L.A. Thomson

I was always drawn to strong female protagonists as a girl from Princess Leia to Mulan; I loved seeing these women speak their mind and stand up against seemingly impossible ...

1 February 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Helena Dixon, author of Murder in the Belltower

1. I have severe dyscalculia. I cannot remember or retain numbers. I see them jumbled up or back to front. I don’t know my own phone number or car registration. I ...

1 February 2021

How to remix your life by Mark Wilkinson

When I was in my mid 30’s, my life as an international DJ and record producer was turned upside down when I collapsed due to an incurable disease and later ...

29 January 2021

These 12 Principles could be the keys to unlock your true potential by Alexander Butler

With so many approaches to personal development, coach and author Alexander Butler reckons he’s cracked a simple but incredibly effective code, incorporating all the most important aspects of development in ...

28 January 2021

Seven tops tips for writing your astrological destiny by Jane Struthers

You may think that you know and understand yourself, but do you really? One way to discover who you truly are is to analyse your own birth chart, set for ...

28 January 2021

It’s time for the next generation of ocean protectors by Mermaid Hannah Pearl

Over 70% of our world is water, there is no doubt we are a blue planet. At least half of Earth's oxygen comes from the ocean, and we are now ...

28 January 2021

In praise of dogs by Gill Rowe, author of What A Wag!

How often do you talk to your dog? Every day, obviously! Wherever you are, whether in the kitchen preparing yet another meal, or fuming about lockdown restrictions, relationships and home ...

28 January 2021

Managing mental health and avoiding stress when trying to conceive by Lucy J Lewis

Trying to conceive can be an emotional rollercoaster for many couples. Whether you're excited, nervous or stressed by the process, there is a wide range of emotions experienced by every ...

28 January 2021

Seven tips for writing a children’s fantasy series by Jane H Wood

This is a huge undertaking, although perhaps you have been contemplating writing a children’s fantasy series for a while and, with the story firmly set in your mind, your enthusiasm ...

28 January 2021

Seven things I've learnt about the moon’s energy by Nikki Strange, author of Cosmic Flow

1. There are 8 main stages of the lunar cycle; each stage reflects a different aspect of the moon's lunar energy which we can use and embody in our own ...

28 January 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Wendy Dranfield, author of Shadow Falls

-  Shadow Falls is book 1 in the Detective Madison Harper series. When Detective Madison Harper arrives at a remote summer camp in Shadow Falls, northern California, her heart breaks for Jenny, the ...

28 January 2021

The memories fade but the scars still linger by S K Sharp, author of I Know What I Saw

“Contemporary Fiction is easier than Science Fiction, right? I mean, with Science Fiction, you have to make up an entire world.” My novel I Know What I Saw (Arrow, 28th ...

28 January 2021

Seven things you should know about writing historical fiction by Catherine Hokin

Research is a wonderful thing, once the initial idea has sparked, it is every novel’s starting point. I like to think I take an organised approach: I make a time ...

28 January 2021

Seven things I’d like my readers to know about me by Sarah Leipciger, author of Coming Up For Air

The first crush I ever had was on Ginger from Gilligan’s Island. My brother told me I wasn’t allowed to have crushes on girls. The second crush I had was ...

28 January 2021

Writing crime fiction with an older female character by author Sheila Bugler

The main character in my Eastbourne Murder Mystery series is called Dee Doran. Like me, Dee is in her early fifties. With some rare exceptions (e.g., Ann Cleeves’ Vera novels), ...

26 January 2021

The importance of eco-fiction by Joshua Phillip Johnson, author of The Forever Sea

Hello, Female First! Thanks for inviting me to write about eco-fiction. I’m a catastrophizer. Awful possibilities outnumber good ones twenty to two in my every thought about what might happen. ...