Author Interviews

25 September 2017

10 Reasons To Take Up Knitting By Poppy Dolan

Poppy Dolan is the author of the upcoming novel The Woolly Hat Knitting Club, out 25th September. The novel’s plot centres around Dee Blackthorn who, when her brother, JP, breaks ...

22 September 2017

Charitable Spirit Of World War II Is Still Alive And Well

There’s a Winston Churchill quote I love which reads, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” I came across it ...

21 September 2017

7 Things I Learned From Crowdfunding My Novel By Kate Dreyer

Crowdfunding a novel challenges an author not only to write a book against a deadline, but convince enough people to pay for it upfront within that timeframe too. There are ...

21 September 2017

10 Things You Didn't Know About Oscar Wilde By Laura Lee

People who know nothing else about Oscar Wilde know this: When he arrived at U.S. customs to begin a lecture tour he was asked if he had anything to declare. ...

21 September 2017

Who Is The Modern Gentleman? Exploring Identity

The gentleman remains a recognisable figure through cultural change and shifting social mores, a constant across centuries and continents. This is precisely because fads and fashions, while they inspire and ...

21 September 2017

10 Ways To Tell If You’re Being Gas-Lit By Annabel Kantaria

Gas-lighting is a ‘repeat, systematic series of lies designed to make the victim doubt her reality.’ Any human relationship is fertile ground for gas-lighting but it’s such a pervasive form ...

21 September 2017

Top 10 Novels For Fashion Lovers

I'm a dress historian, so I adore reading books that feature clothes, as well as writing books about clothes.  If you are a fashion fan or vintage devotee you may ...

21 September 2017

My Inspiration For Keep You Safe By Melissa Hill

The idea for KEEP YOU SAFE was initially sparked by my own concerns re MMR vaccinations for my daughter as a baby. I have a mild congenital spine condition - a ...

21 September 2017

A Day In The Life Of Me By Katerina Diamond

When I was first asked to write this post I really struggled, I couldn’t think of a single thing I do all day that couldn’t be summed up in a ...

21 September 2017

5 Things I Discovered While Planning A Heist On The Titanic

My newest YA sci-fi novel, Invictus, follows the adventures of a crew of time traveling thieves, who steal antiquities from history and fence them on the futuristic black market. Of ...
21 September 2017

10 Things I’d Like My Readers To Know About Me By Lola Jaye

As a child I lived in Nigeria briefly.  I went to school and was shocked to see you could actually be caned on the hand for turning up late. Needless ...

20 September 2017

Ten Reasons To Take A Risk And Follow Your Dreams By Jacqui Furneaux

The first reason has to be because life is very short... too short to hold back on something interesting but scary. If you want to do something... anything from having ...

20 September 2017

Our Capacity To Heal Our Old Wounds By Gonca Alban

Every person carries wounds, pains, memories, minor or major traumas and each and every one of us hold within ourselves the capacity to heal our own wounds Our wounds, our ...

20 September 2017

10 Things I'd Like My Readers To Know About Me By Kaira Rouda

I love to Hula Hoop and I have since I was a child. I once won a contest with more than 250 other adults participating. I have an orange sparkly ...

20 September 2017

Exclusive Extract From The Natural Menopause Plan

The food we eat has a major impact on the range and severity of our menopausal symptoms. It’s fascinating to note that Asian women have a very different experience of ...

19 September 2017

Marguerite Gardiner: The Bestselling British Female Author You’ve Never Heard Of

By Martin Cohen, author of Bounty of a Stolen Empire Art lovers among you will be familiar with the flashy (some might say fleshy) portrait of the Countess of Blessington ...

19 September 2017

Meetings: Five Tools To Turn The Meeting From A Battle Ground To A Fertile Ground

Most of us reading this blog have experienced the kind of meeting agony that gives meetings a bad name. when a group of people get together, and instead of building ...

19 September 2017

10 Things I'd Like My Readers To Know About Me By Karen Millie-James

My dad was my hero. He was only twelve years old when he left Germany in 1939 on the kindertransport to England and was the only member of his family ...

19 September 2017

My 10 Tips For Writing About Historical Fact By Josh Dean

I love all books, but there’s no genre I enjoy more, and more consistently, than a historical narrative when it’s done well. When a particular piece of history is resurrected ...

19 September 2017

My Top Tips For Writing A Thriller Series By Gerry Rose

Rinsed, the second standalone instalment in Gerry Rose’s Elliot Trilogy of thrillers, was published at the end of August by The Book Guild. A fast paced family saga of betrayal, ...

19 September 2017

10 Times Music Changed My Life By Stephanie Nimmo

By Stephanie Nimmo, author of Was This in the Plan? published by Hashtag Press (£12.99, memoir, September 2017) My life has taken some pretty dramatic turns over the years. From ...

19 September 2017

10 Things I'd Like My Readers To Know About Me By Jem Duducu

My father is Turkish and ‘Cem’ is a male name in Turkey. The Turks don’t have the letter J, so my mother Anglicised it. This has led to misunderstandings, for ...

19 September 2017

10 Of The Most Memorable Moments In Women's Fashion By Don Chapman

In the top ten fashions after the fig leaves Eve adopted to hide her modesty in the Garden of Eden must come trousers. Women have been wearing them in the ...

19 September 2017

10 Things I'd Like My Readers To Know About Me By Cressida Cowell

My new book, The Wizards of Once, is my first new book series for 18 years, since I started writing How to Train Your Dragon. I was inspired by British ...
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