Celebrity Interviews

31 March 2020

Seven gift ideas for book lovers

If you have a book lover to buy for in the next few weeks or months and don’t know which books they’ve read and which they haven’t, here are some ...
31 March 2020

Seven things you need to know about the Latin language

-  Latin Rocks On by Sarah Rowley published by Unicorn, £10. ...

31 March 2020

Seven food cupboard essentials for Indian cooking

Garam masala is one of those ‘go to’ spices in Indian cooking just like the essential spice black pepper. Garam masala is a mixture of hot spices such as clove, ...

31 March 2020

Travis Elborough: Six things I'd like my readers to know about me

1. I trace my own fascination with travel and all things historic and quirky back to the 1970s when my grandparents ran a pirate-themed eatery in Polperro in Cornwall, which ...

30 March 2020

Children’s books featuring characters with disabilities by Rose Robbins

When I go shopping for children’s books, I am always on the look-out for prominently and positively featured disabled characters. This is quite the treasure-hunt, partly because the treasure is ...

30 March 2020

10 Things I learnt from bringing up my children after my wife’s death

When my wife passed away, due to cancer, at the age of 47 I was left to support our four children through their grief. They are two girls, and two ...

30 March 2020

Suranne Jones admits she can't stand to watch herself on TV

By @RealKevinPalmer  She is the BAFTA award-winning superstar who has been a fixture in our TV lives for two decades, yet Suranne Jones admits she hates watching herself on screen.  The 41-year-old star who ...
30 March 2020

Six ways to do a digital detox – and why you should not feel guilty if you fail

I grew up without a television. My parents believed that television would stop conversations, destroy creativity and sap our energy. Today we see similar reactions to digital media, but there ...

28 March 2020

Sarah Cheesbrough discusses her new book Wild Neighbours

Some years ago I wrote a story called Hold The Love. All over the globe, people plunged into fear as a virus from a computer game infected the populace. Our ...

27 March 2020

Kirsty Ferry discusses her new book A Secret Rose

When I was a teenager in the 1980’s, I discovered Victoria Holt. If you haven’t read any of her books, I thoroughly recommend them – they are all Gothic Romance ...

26 March 2020

Peter Marshall shares the inspiration for his new novel The Russian Lieutenant

Marina Peters, the central character in my novel, is an attractive and intelligent career woman, reluctant to explore the mysteries of dating websites. But at thirty she decides to take ...

25 March 2020

Seven ways to achieve work happiness during lockdown

Make sure that you are actually creating a space or environment that is productive and conducive to work and not having an adverse impact on your body. Look at your ...

25 March 2020

Berni Sorga-Millwood: Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me

I never saw myself as a writer, I had stories I wanted to tell but wasn’t sure how to write them down for others to read. I attended writing classes ...

24 March 2020

Martha Ackmann: Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me

I’m not one to write in coffee shops, around other people or even with music in the background. I need silence and solitude. Years ago, a friend built me a ...

23 March 2020

How the real life trauma of my childhood inspired my writing by John Biddle

At the age of forty-two, I came to the realisation that I had spent most of my life in the sights of a passive-aggressive, covert narcissist. A therapist called Jane had ...

23 March 2020

Jules Hayes: 10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me

-  Before my 13th birthday, and in my first year at secondary school, I ran the 100 metres in 11.7 seconds. Once only, though. I never managed that time again, ...

22 March 2020

How to make the most of being a working mum

Working mums are often consumed with the pervasive underlying concern of whether they are making the right choices or not. Much of the stress is because there aren’t enough hours ...

19 March 2020

The inspirational women in my life by Claudia Carroll

Firstly, thank you to Female First for having me on here – I’m a longtime admirer of your blog and it’s always so inspirational and uplifting. So please keep up ...

19 March 2020

Eight things I'd like my readers to know about me by Amy K. Green

1. I rarely write at home. I wish I could because I would save a lot of money on coffee and bagels. I need to figure out how to be ...

19 March 2020

What makes me laugh by Rebecca Elliot

With the whole world going through some, well, stuff right now, is it the wrong time to be joking around or is that precisely what we need? Is laughter ever ...

19 March 2020

Sarah Jasmon: Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me

-  You Never Told Me (Black Swan, £8.99) ...

19 March 2020

The preservation of elephants by Dougie Arnold

-  I can still vividly remember the morning I fell in love with elephants. The sun had just risen above the distant hills and as it lit up the valley ...

19 March 2020

Ten things to remember about motherhood by Katherine May

-  Having children is your choice. Not having children is a perfectly valid decision. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise: not your family, not your friends, and certainly not complete ...