Author Interviews

25 February 2020

Mairi Illsley: Eight things I'd like my readers to know about me

One of my earliest memories is of my thoughtful looking father, with his fountain pen, filling up reams of paper in his illegible, spidery scrawl. He was a man of ...

25 February 2020

Judie Surridge: Six things I'd like my readers to know about me

I tend to be unconventional, so will skip the usual bumph about my happy childhood, subsequent misery as a complete misfit at a rather posh girls’ boarding school (Read ‘And ...

23 February 2020

How to write an action scene (by someone who hates having to do them) by A.K. Larkwood

I’ve never met a writer who likes writing action scenes. I assume this is because we got into writing from a love of staying inside and not doing anything too ...

23 February 2020

Seven things you need to know about Heart-Walls™ by Dr. Bradley Nelson

When people experience a bad breakup, divorce, death of a partner, abuse, or other traumatic events, the pain of those experiences can cause them to close off their hearts. This ...

23 February 2020

Me and my horses by Jacqui Rose

I often say this, but I’m sure if you were to cut me open you’d find a bale of hay and a saddle running right through me because basically, I ...

20 February 2020

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Emily Elgar

I drove a rickshaw 5000kms across India- We – myself and two friends – set off from Kerala and three weeks later arrived in Shilong – close to the border ...

20 February 2020

Jane Shemilt: Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me

Like many novelists, I plunder everything I can, then my imagination goes to work: life, work, travel, reading, films, conversations – nothing’s safe! My latest Little Friends is about three ...

20 February 2020

How cycling helped my mental health by Rachel Ann Cullen

-  I never imagined I would be writing this article, let alone a book about how riding a bike has played any significant part in my life – and my ...

20 February 2020

Six ways to live life better than you have to by Gavin Oattes

Our brains have never been busier, never been more ‘on’. When SMART phones were invented, the manufacturers promised us “a freer life”. How’s that working out for you? Build ‘No ...

18 February 2020

A day in the life of a midwife

- 04:45 The alarm squawks its tune. I get up, grab a quick coffee, breakfast and a shower. 05:30 I wake my sleeping daughter Betty and get her in the ...

17 February 2020

10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me and my writing by Celia Reynolds

In school I loved writing stories, but as an adult I lost my confidence and didn’t write anything for years. Then I saw Khaled Hosseini discuss The Kite Runner. He ...

17 February 2020

Miles Montague shares the inspiration for his new book Carbon Game

When I was working for an international diamond company in London as a valuer, I was told a story by a diamond buyer which really got my imagination going. He ...

17 February 2020

Nicola Gill: 10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me

Clearly there’s been a bit of a delay! I didn’t start trying to write fiction until I was nearly forty. This was for all the normal reasons – I was ...

17 February 2020

Trudi Tweedie: Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me

I’ve always had gothy tendencies. As I teen, I wore black. I wore black – a lot. But in all honestly, I probably wasn’t a bona fide goth. Back in ...

17 February 2020

Five things I learned about bad-ass World War ll nurses by Ed Ruggero

-  Women went ashore with the first waves of Allied assault troops in North Africa in November 1942. Yep, just like in the movies, climbing down those big nets into ...

17 February 2020

10 Acts of kindness for your partner

By Andy Cope, happiness expert and author of The Little Book of Emotional Intelligence. Education has the ‘3 Rs’ and so does the science of happiness; ‘Relationships’, ‘Relationships’ & ‘Relationships’.  ...

16 February 2020

Mahsuda Snaith: Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me

I was diagnosed as dyslexic in my early twenties. I’m a slow reader, but I’ve always loved books so I never thought I might be dyslexic. It was only when ...

16 February 2020

Nine things that have happened since they banned the publication of my book by Beverley Naidoo

-  1  My sister-in-law in South Africa sent me the actual letter telling her Journey to Jo’burg had been “ruled by the Directorate of Publications to be undesirable” and “seized”. ...

16 February 2020

Gytha Lodge: Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me

My favourite books are the ones that make me cry. Some of them are happy tears, and many of them are tears of heartache for characters I’ve connected with. In ...

13 February 2020

Paul McKenna discusses his new book 7 Things That Make or Break a Relationship

Please tell us a bit about your new book 7 Things that Make or Break a Relationship? It’s a definitive book about relationships, based on new scientific research about what ...

12 February 2020

Five authors reveal the gifts they are buying for themselves this Valentine's Day

Almost 1 in 5 women under 30 are more likely to buy or do something for themselves in 2020, to “treat themselves” (23%) or to “feel empowered” (18%) according to ...
11 February 2020

Vincent Ralph: Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me

-  My mum made books magical. She filled my bookcase with amazing stories and I will always be grateful for that. They say if you want to be a writer ...

11 February 2020

Why I wanted to photograph hand dryers for my latest book by Samuel Ryde

'It all started with a passing interest in the objectifying of something that is deemed of little importance. I wondered how many types there were of something that we’re not ...

11 February 2020

How to go to work (with people you hate) by Lucy Clayton

Some people are awful. They just are. And there’s nothing more painful at work than being asked to collaborate with someone you just can’t stand. If you find yourself in ...