Author Interviews

19 May 2022

Fiona Vigo Marshall shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

1. My first language was Catalan – I was brought up in my mother’s native Catalonia for the first two years of my life. My father was a writer – ...

18 May 2022

Seven things you should know about Fanny Cornforth by author Kirsty Stonell Walker

Born Sarah Cox in 1835, the woman who became known as ‘Fanny Cornforth’ was the daughter of a blacksmith in a small Sussex village. Her family slowly died off through ...

18 May 2022

Louisa’s Herridge discusses the resilient women in her new book From the Ashes: She is Ignited

On the back of the incredibly dramatic female-first finale of Channel 4's SAS: Who Dares Wins on Sunday, which saw the recruits facing the intense interrogation stage; Female First speak ...

18 May 2022

Check out these stunning images of women from Billie Charity's new book Lockdown Light

From wild swimming to socially distanced entertainment, fancy-dress photo shoots to outdoor-only birthday parties, these images showcase women making the most of the new normal-celebrating their creativity and resilience during ...

17 May 2022

Nicola Upson, author of Dear Little Corpses shares seven things she'd like her readers to know

- It takes a village to bury a child . . . 1 September 1939. As the mass evacuation takes place across Britain, thousands of children leave London for the ...

17 May 2022

Hannah Mathewson, author of Wayward shares the things she would tell her younger writer self

I write this as my second book goes to print. It feels like it should be the tenth, and simultaneously like I woke up just yesterday and decided audaciously that ...

17 May 2022

Abbi Waxman, author of Adult Assembly Required shares seven things she'd like her readers to know

1. I have far too many animals. Currently I am hosting three dogs, three cats, four chickens, six pigeons, a snake and a lizard. Oh, and two guinea pigs. No, ...

16 May 2022

Author Caroline Day shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

1) Growing up, I was more likely to be writing a poem in my free time than hitting or catching a ball, but now I’m the captain of my local ...

16 May 2022

It's all about the villains by Richard Gough, author of The Cheerleader

We have all been there. Reading a novel and a character that we have joined on a journey that has grown close to our heart perishes and all we are ...

16 May 2022

An open letter to Jilly Cooper by Elly Griffiths, author of The Night Hawks

Dear Jilly I’ve always wanted to meet you. I’ve got a very clear idea of how it would go. We’d have a lovely, gossipy lunch in the Bar Sinister. We’d ...

16 May 2022

How writing helped me through times of uncertainty by Cassandra Campbell-Kemp

How can writing help you through times of uncertainty? A good question and one that I thought about at length and in depth before putting metaphorical pen to paper. In ...

16 May 2022

Former Lacrosse player Sarah Cooke discusses her new book Healthy You, Wealthy Business

Sarah Cooke is a High-Performance Coach but she used to represent England at lacrosse before turning her hand to holistic health and massage therapy. Cooke is a big believer in ...

16 May 2022

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Sinéad Crowley, author of The Belladonna Maze

-  5 I am very bad at taking time off. I have a day job in journalism, a night job writing books and two amazing kids who fill up all ...

12 May 2022

Jenna Kernan, author of The Adoption shares things about Florida you won't find in a travel brochure

Author Jenna Kernan’s new release, The Adoption, is a dark, twisty domestic thriller set in sunny Florida, though not the Florida you see in advertising campaigns. This is the insider’s ...

12 May 2022

Kate Riordan, author of Summer Fever shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

1. I used to be a journalist: Writing novels was always my dream but I wasn’t convinced at 21 that I had lived enough to qualify for the job. So ...

12 May 2022

Seven reasons to visit Kerry by Amanda Geard, author of The Midnight House

A trip to Ireland should be on every bucket list: a pint of Guinness in a traditional pub; a tour of the Ancient East; a smooch of the Blarney Stone. ...

12 May 2022

The solidarity of the anti-perfect mother by author Gill Sims

We’ve all seen the Perfect Mummies, haven’t we? The ones with the impeccably blow-dried hair, and glowing ‘no make-up make-up’ (that takes twice as long to put on as it ...

12 May 2022

Louise O'Neill, author of Idol discusses how her muse Marian Keyes has shaped her novels

I was a fan of Marian Keyes for a long time before I knew her. When I was a teenager and well into my twenties, a time during which commercial ...

12 May 2022

Seven reasons why women should write fantasy by Rebecca Zahabi, author of The Collarbound

When I was 12, I read a book in which the main character was a sorcerer, and there was a school of sorcerers, mostly (only) for boys. Later in the ...

12 May 2022

Five things I would tell my younger writer self by Rachel Brimble, author of A Very Modern Marriage

I wanted to write books from about the age of 8 or 9 when I discovered Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven series – that was the moment I knew I was ...

12 May 2022

Author Jan Casey shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

To have many more than seven things I’d like my readers to know about me must be a sign of a varied, happy and fulfilled life. But I had to ...

12 May 2022

My perfect summer by Sue Moorcroft, author of Summer at the French Cafe

I love summer and I love hot weather. I think I must be part lizard, because I bask in the sun whenever I’m on holiday or on a writing break. ...

12 May 2022

Author of The End of Men, Christina Sweeney-Baird shares seven things about her

1. First hand experience of hospital: In The End of Men a virus to which women are immune kills 90 per cent of the world’s men. An early scene happens in A ...

11 May 2022

Catherine Yardley, author of Ember shares seven things she'd like her readers to know about her

-  I moved around a lot as a child. I grew up in Scotland but we moved to different places in the Scottish Borders and then Lanarkshire. It meant I ...