Celebrity Interviews

2 March 2021

Keeley Hawes and Hugh Bonneville discuss their new movie To Olivia

KEELEY Hawes had no qualms about dressing down for her latest role, as she is always more comfortable away from what she describes as the ‘glam squad’. A succession of ...
2 March 2021

Ironing by Navajo

By Gwyn Rees With most novels, you know what to expect in terms of structure before you’ve even turned the first page. First comes the set-up and the introduction of ...

1 March 2021

Poems, Piety, and Psyche: Progressive Poems for Rebellious Christians by David John Keighley

Poems, Piety, and Psyche: Progressive Poems for Rebellious Christians by retired vicar and progressive theologian Reverend David John Keighley is a collection of poems with the gloves off, calling for ...

26 February 2021

Writing for young adults by Connie Glynn, author of Princess At Heart

When reflecting upon the books I read as a teenager, I imagined adult fiction would be tremendously different and advanced compared to the books I was reading at the time. ...

26 February 2021

Author Caroline Flanagan discusses her new book Be The First

Author and mum of four Caroline Flanagan discusses the Imposter Syndrome she’s struggled with throughout her career and how her new book aims to help other women and men of ...

26 February 2021

The importance of community during lockdown by Yvonne Bennett

Yvonne Bennett discusses the importance of community during lockdown and reveals the important role a South London church plays in the lives of a group of young mums. For a ...

25 February 2021

From prison to palace – how to turn your lockdown home into a sanctuary by Vanya Silverten

We all know that living in lockdown can be a little like living in a prison. You can’t go anywhere, waking up and going to sleep in the same environment ...

25 February 2021

Exclusive: We talk to new author Sarah Pearse about her debut novel, The Sanatorium

Pearse’s first book, The Sanatorium, follows Elin Warner, a former detective who heads to a Hotel in the Swiss Alps for her brother’s engagement party. The dark twist? This luxury hotel used ...

24 February 2021

Seven tips for financial freedom by Seven Dollar Millionaire, author of Happy Ever After

“The Seven Dollar Millionaire” is a fund manager who was so worried his daughter was learning nothing about money at school, that he wrote her the book “Happy Ever After: ...

24 February 2021

Seven MORE things I'd like my readers to know about me by Barbara Copperthwaite

1. I did a lot of research for my latest book – including being shut in a car boot! My partner was incredibly nervous about the whole thing and urged ...

24 February 2021

Marianne Cronin shares the inspiration for her new book The One Hundred Years of Lenni and Margot

During lockdown, we’ve clapped and we’ve cheered, and we’ve banged pots and pans but we’ve also painted, cross-stitched, sketched, sculpted, sung and written. Anthony Gormley’s announcement of The Great Big ...

24 February 2021

Which type of mum on mat-leave are you? by Zeena Moolla

Maternity leave can be a minefield. Rhyme Time, coffee mornings, NCT meet-ups; whatever your choice of baby group, it can all become as tribal as the playground. And I hate ...

23 February 2021

How my partner’s experience of being a stay at home dad inspired my novel by Charlotte Duckworth

My partner is a singer and an actor, so when our daughter was born, it made sense for him to stay at home in the daytime while I went back ...

23 February 2021

Ten things I want to tell my kids about social media by Ali Benjamin

I was a member of the last generation of children to grow up without the internet...and the first generation of parents to raise children with it. I remember well the ...

22 February 2021

Living on a smallholding by Seni Glaister, author of Growing Season

The reality of the smallholder’s life rarely delivers the rustic simplicity of the dream. There’s no such thing as a lie-in, a day off or a sick day. The commitment ...

22 February 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Jessica Sanders, author of Me Time

-  2020 was a rollercoaster ride like something out of an amusement park for me. A Spinball Whizzer of highs and lows with twists and turns that had me out ...

22 February 2021

Publishing a bestselling novel during the pandemic with three children by AJ Campbell

2020 was a rollercoaster ride like something out of an amusement park for me. A Spinball Whizzer of highs and lows with twists and turns that had me out of ...

22 February 2021

How your body shaming is shaking your dating confidence by Astrid Longhurst

Dating can often feel like a daunting affair. It often brings up feelings of insecurity as we wonder if another person will like us or accept us for who we ...

22 February 2021

Writing to see yourself in fiction by Julie Ma, author of Happy Families

In Eastenders, ‘Beale’s Plaice’, Ian’s fish and chip shop used to be a Chinese takeaway called the Green Lantern. Do you remember it? No, neither do I. It’s better to ...

22 February 2021

Healing through nature and the natural world by Gill Lewis, author of Swan Song

When did you last laugh, I mean really belly laugh? When did you last look up and notice the sky? These are some questions Dylan faces in Swan Song, a ...

22 February 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Kate Eastham

I was a nurse before I became a novelist and did my training at a time when nurses wore starched caps and collars and the wards were ruled by strict ...

19 February 2021

Seven surprising things I learned from my readers, by author Leslie Wolfe

Being an entertainer at heart, I love staying in touch with my readers. In doing so, not only do I extend their reading experience and, occasionally, answer plot questions or ...
18 February 2021

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about my writing, by Liz Eeles

To celebrate the release of her new book, Secrets at the Last House Before the Sea, we asked author Liz Eeles to open up to our readers here at Female First. ...

18 February 2021

Things my readers don't know about my writing journey by author Rosie Goodwin

My love of writing began when I was a child but I didn’t pursue a career in writing until my children were grown. Instead, I was always writing short stories ...