Author Interviews

20 April 2021

Five tips for breaking into comics by Cavan Scott, author of Shadow Service

Cavan Scott, co-creator of Vault Comic’s Shadow Service and writer of Marvel’s Star Wars: The High Republic gives you the lowdown about making a career in comic books… Want to ...

19 April 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Jo Lovett, author of The House Swap

-  Jo Lovett lives in London with her family. She worked in Corporate Tax before taking a longer-than-expected career break to have more-than-expected children (five). She started writing romantic comedy ...

16 April 2021

Women in dystopian fiction by Leigh Russell, author of Rachel's Story

Perhaps more than in any other genre, dystopian stories develop from ideas. Under the guise of futuristic fantasy, they invite us to examine the world around us and think about ...

15 April 2021

Five tips for being YOU in business by Nicki Louise James, author of Just Brand You

“IT’S ALL ABOUT YOU….YES YOU” - BEST-SELLING BOOK ON THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING YOU WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR BUSINESS AND BRANDING Founder of Just Brand You (www.justbrandyou.co.uk) Nicki James, ...

15 April 2021

Careful what you wish for by Marika Cobbold, author of On Hampstead Heath

What does every writer want? What do we crave even more fervently than adoring reviews and massive sales? Peace and quiet; time out from the demands of everyday life, to ...

15 April 2021

How I spent my lockdown by Patricia Wilson, author of Summer in Greece

‘How do I spend lockdown?’ I guess I’ve been luckier than most. Although I am a very gregarious person and love meeting up with my friends and family, I also ...
15 April 2021

The art of juggling by Abi Silver, author of The Rapunzel Act

Picture this. It’s October 2020 and I am putting the finishing touches to papers for an arbitration (arbitration is a kind of private form of litigation) to enable me to ...

15 April 2021

Seven things you should know about the history of human breastmilk by Lawrence Trevelyan Weaver

Did you know? 1. Human milk is for babies; cow’s milk is for calves. It is common for pregnant women to dream about milk as this is a baby's first ...

15 April 2021

Seven tips for writing a series of books by Maisie Thomas, author of The Railway Girls in Love

When I start a book I have, not just an overall synopsis, but a thorough scene-by-scene plan beside me. For me, this keeps the writing flowing. Moreover, because each book ...

15 April 2021

Seven things you need to know about character by Emma Robinson, author of His Wife's First Secret

A writer has a handful of tools at their disposal when they are creating a character: what they look like, what they say, their behaviour, their thoughts and how other ...

15 April 2021

10 things I’d like my readers to know about me by Bryony Pearce, author of The Girl on the Platform

I was an RAF child, which meant moving a lot. In one particular year, I moved from Gibraltar, to Whitby (Yorkshire), to Greatworth (Oxfordshire), to Henlow (Bedfordshire). Children with military ...

14 April 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Karen Espley

I am just an ordinary woman who has been lucky enough to have had some exciting adventures along the way. And my hope is that my tales of these adventures, ...

14 April 2021

The most misunderstood fairies by Alison Littlewood, author of The Cottingley Cuckcoo

We tend to think of fairies as tiny winged creatures, often gauzy, always beautiful. It’s an image seen in the flower fairies of the Victorians and beloved by little girls ...

13 April 2021

Why I quit advertising to follow my dream job as a children’s author and illustrator by Sophy Henn

Award-winning illustrator Sophy Henn has a new picture book The Best Worst Day Ever and after almost ten years in children’s books she looks back over the decision which started ...

13 April 2021

Seven unusual facts about Elly Bangs, author of Unity

-  My college friends and I have gotten together for a reunion weekend every year since 1997. (Until 2020 sidelined us!) The seven of us first met while living together at ...

12 April 2021

In a noisy world, how can you become a better listener? by Debra Stevens, author of Stand Out

There has never been a noisier and more distracting world to live in than right now, so does this mean we are losing the art of listening? Devices and technology ...

12 April 2021

Seven tips for staying positive when heading back into the workplace by Stuart Parkin

Sooner or later it will happen! For most of us there will come a time when we will be heading back into the workplace. This intimidates some and depresses others, ...

12 April 2021

The seven challenges of writing a cosy mystery by Clare Chase, author of Mystery at the Abbey Hotel

-  I do most of my research online, and it’s usually very targeted. It’s great for quick answers, and can lead further. However, it’s often the books I use for ...

10 April 2021

The benefits of running and my personal journey by Jerry Carey

Running has impacted my life in ways words often struggle to describe. I don’t recognise my old self, seeing and feeling the changes in myself and my life makes me ...

10 April 2021

Top 10 mermaids who subvert the genre by Angela Slatter, author of All The Murmuring Bones

So, I’m going to go a bit scattergun and cover merfolk in films, short stories and books – because I can. It’s just a sample of some of the mer ...

10 April 2021

How to cope with infidelity if a couple wants to stay together by Neil Wilkie, author of Recover

Your relationship has been rocked by a betrayal. You may feel shocked, hurt, angry, disbelieving and maybe even want to get revenge. You now need to decide between three choices: ...

10 April 2021

How lockdown put my social anxiety on mute by Russell Norris

I know some people have hated the last year of lockdowns. But for me, it’s been something close to life-changing. I have Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), an irrational fear of ...

9 April 2021

Seven real-life inspirations that make an appearance in The Silent Girl by author Kelly Heard

Writers love to come up with analogies when talking about what we do. Writing a book has been compared to cultivating a garden, going on a voyage, gestating a child ...

8 April 2021

How my modelling career left a mark on my writing by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

I’m twenty years old, and international scouts are visiting my modelling agency’s headquarters in downtown Toronto. I’m in a crowded room full of girls like me—nervous, expectant, excited. Some of ...