Author Interviews

1 June 2021

Strategies for a successful side hustle by Frederike Harms

If you have been laid off in lockdown and are considering starting your own business – it can feel like you need to take a huge leap of faith. Frederike ...

1 June 2021

How my psychology degree has helped me to write books by Alice Hunter

Firstly, it has to be said, I didn’t always want to be a writer – it wasn’t a career I realised I could have. However, I did always love writing, ...

1 June 2021

Why we all need to feel loved to be happy by John D Bieber, author of Am I Loved?

My favourite definition of love is also the simplest. “The gauging and supply of another’s needs.” Apply that to any relationship and you have the secret of what will make ...

1 June 2021

How the women in my life have inspired my latest character by Laurence Anholt

Can men write female characters? I think so. I hope so. When I created DI Shanti Joyce, the sassy, sexy single-mum protagonist of my new Mindful Detective series, I genuinely ...

31 May 2021

How to parent a child with epilepsy

Author James Bailey is only 27 years old but has had close to half a million epileptic seizures in his life to date. Despite this, he has always maintained a ...
29 May 2021

Interview with Genevieve Gornichec – Author of The Witch’s Heart

Genevieve Gornichec is a new author and has recently released her debut novel, The Witch’s Heart. The book follows Angrboda, a witch who has just escaped her third burning. After ...

28 May 2021

Exclusive: Jane Fallon discusses her new book Worst Idea Ever

She has lived a life less ordinary alongside her long-time partner Ricky Gervais, but Jane Fallon is very much a star in her own right. After her latest novel became ...

28 May 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Catherine Yaffe

-  Catherine Yaffe is a full-time writer of crime novels, based in the North of England. The Web They Wove is Catherine’s second novel and continues the theme of questioning ...

27 May 2021

Being part of a boyband fandom by Ava Eldred, author of The Boyband Murder Mystery

I can’t remember the first time I heard Taylor Hanson sing, but whenever it was, I definitely didn’t realise the significance of the moment. I had no idea what a ...

27 May 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me, by Vicki Bradley

To celebrate the release of her new book Your Life or Mine, author Vicki Bradley has written an exclusive piece for Female First, giving her 'seven things' she wants all of ...
27 May 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me, by Lucy Dickens

To celebrate the release of her new book The Broken Hearts Honeymoon, we asked author Lucy Dickens to write us an exclusive piece, letting readers in on seven things she wants ...
27 May 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by author Caroline Montague

1.Shadow Over A Spanish Sun was written during lockdown which prevented me from travelling to Spain for research. Fortunately, I was able to draw on my own teenage years at ...

27 May 2021

The darker side of female friendship by Adele Parks, author of Both Of You

Every woman will confirm, at its best, female friendship is illuminating, supportive, intense and encouraging; the high, when female friendship is flourishing, is second only to falling in love. We ...

27 May 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Hannah Fielding

1. Collecting antiques: Chinese porcelain, Japanese sculptures, French and Italian glass. You will often find me rummaging in flea markets and second-hand shops, hoping to discover a treasure. My father ...

26 May 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Sam Hepburn

My Sudanese father came to the UK in the 1950s to study Economics at the LSE. When he got here he ditched economics and went off to Goldsmith’s Art School ...

25 May 2021

Seven headlines featuring Florida Man by Jenna Kernan, author of The Hunted Girls

Do you know Florida Man? He’s not a real person, in fact he has occasionally been female. Florida man is a running joke, an internet meme that started back in ...
21 May 2021

Researching for your writing by Helen Paris, author of Lost Property

‘I have come more in hope than in expectation’ This is one of my favourite lines in my novel Lost Property. But it’s not mine. ...

21 May 2021

What does stargazing have to do with mindfulness? by Mark Westmoquette

When most people think of stargazing, they think of maps, coordinates and science facts. With this perspective, the stars above us can seem cold, distant and maybe even irrelevant to ...

21 May 2021

How I spent my lockdown by Julie Shackman, author of A Secret Scottish Escape

2020 will be a year that none of us will forget. Lockdown has brought anxiety; reflection; confusion; frustration; sadness; loneliness and even to some people, elements of enjoyment. For me, ...

20 May 2021

Seven things I’d like my readers to know about me by Sara Gethin

My most moving experience as an author was visiting a book club in a men’s prison. The group of inmates had read my novel, Not Thomas, about a neglected five-year-old ...

20 May 2021

Safe and gentle ways to release the trauma of baby loss by Debra Kilby, author of Rosa's Choice

Where do you start when writing about baby loss? What words are able to adequately capture the deep sense of shock and trauma that follows from this experience? Where do ...

20 May 2021

Seven things I learned while writing The Nurse, by author J. A. Corrigan

-  I’m probably a shopping addict: I had great fun creating the character of Anna who uses shopping as a coping mechanism. In the process I discovered I’m truly a mall-rat! ...

19 May 2021

Why we need to write about disordered eating by Alyson Gerber

For most of my life, I minimized my disordered eating. I was just “being healthy.” Sure—food, weight, and body image took up space in my mind. What I ate and ...

18 May 2021

Why having fun doesn't have to cost the earth by Wastebuster

Just thinking about the enormity and effects of climate change is hard for us to digest as adults, let alone if you are a young child! Breaking down such an ...