Celebrity Interviews

1 October 2020

Read an exclusive extract from The Becket List by Henry Becket

In amongst all the shocking puns so often deployed in this sector, one that made me laugh for its inventiveness as well as inappropriateness (wrong country) was ‘Estu’hair’ on the ...

1 October 2020

The huge benefits of freelancing on your mental health by Fiona Thomas

Working in the management ranks of a busy tourist attraction was good for my CV and my bank balance, but it wore my mental health down to the quick. A ...

1 October 2020

Celebrating women in our history who have done amazing things by Clare Whitfield

Writing my first novel felt like a huge undertaking, especially attempting to write historical fiction. I wasn’t sure if I would be able to manage the research as well as ...

30 September 2020

10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me by Juliet Warrington

-  “You know I had to do that, don’t you?” he asked, “You might have killed that bloke, but…” he nudged me and winked “If you’re ever attacked in the ...

30 September 2020

10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me by Shirley Dickson

1. I didn’t get published until my early seventies. I’ve written ever since I was young – mostly short stories and poetry. Twenty years ago, I wrote a novel and ...

29 September 2020

Seven rituals for peace by Nikki Van de Car

We are just beginning to recover from the nightmare that was 2020. It’s going to take some time, and it’s important to allow ourselves the space to try to find ...

29 September 2020

Seven ways to look after your wellbeing as a creative

Taking self-care seriously is key, and that means more than a long soak in a warm bath, although that often helps. There is so much information out there about wellbeing ...

29 September 2020

10 MORE things I'd like my readers to know about me by Anna Mansell

1. I lived by the sea for ten years and only recently started swimming in it. The sea was always for looking at, not going in because I am Generation ...

28 September 2020

Top tips for autumn cycling by James Witts

Covid-19 has shaken the world – and it shows no signs of going anywhere just yet. But through the darkness, a beacon of light shines in the form of the ...

28 September 2020

History was the inspiration for my prizewinning book by Melissa Oliver

Winner of the RNA’s 2020 Joan Hessayon Award, for The Rebel Heiress and the Knight, published by Mills & Boon Historical. 2015 was the 800 year anniversary of the famous ...

28 September 2020

Why self care is important for mums-to-be

We live in a society, where we have grown up believing that aches and pains are just part and parcel of being pregnant. However there really are practical techniques that ...

28 September 2020

10 MORE Things I'd like my readers to know about me by Debbie Rix

When asked to consider what I’d like my readers to know about me, I have to confess to a conundrum. I’m a rather private person and tend to shy away ...

24 September 2020

Kevin Jackson discusses his new book Legion

When friends ask me how long it took to research and write Legion: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Lawrence of Arabia, I sometimes say “Pretty much exactly half a century.” ...

24 September 2020

10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me by Philip Bowne

1. I volunteered in the Calais ‘jungle’ refugee camp in 2016. It was a heart-breaking experience. My time there helped to shape a section in Cows Can’t Jump where Billy ...

24 September 2020

How I spent my lockdown by Caroline Young

As many writers can no doubt understand, struggling to find time to write while balancing a full-time job is a constant challenge. Over the last few years I squeezed in ...

24 September 2020

Write what you know by Ben Ellis

'Write what you know' is solid yet uninspiring advice for new writers. It's fine as long as you don't want to write science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, superhero graphic novels ...

24 September 2020

10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me by Clara Benson

1. I used to be a translator and lived in Italy for a few years, so I speak fluent Italian. Obviously when I started studying the language I made a ...

23 September 2020

Anthony Joshua 'isn't interested in dating' and insists he's 'married to boxing'

Jumping headfirst into Peperami's Love At First Bite challenge, Anthony Joshua had an experience he'll always remember. When it comes to dating however, the boxing champion has no interest in going ...

22 September 2020

Female First reviews...Cafeyn

Who would have thought years ago that you would have access to all your favourite magazines in one place? Well with Cafeyn, you can, so as a fellow online platform ...

22 September 2020

How I spent my lockdown by Ginny Bell

When lockdown began, I was writing Book 2 of The Dover Café series, and was confident that if I stuck to my strict regime of 2000 words a day, five ...

21 September 2020

My top ten signs you're in a manipulative relationship by Hélene Fermont

My characters and storylines frequently deal with abuse and controlling behaviours and actions. Certainly, my recent psychological thriller, One Fatal Night, deals with painful past events and how they affect ...

21 September 2020

How I spent my lockdown by Lily Hayden

Being an author during lockdown is definitely not the hardest job in the world. We’re used to locking ourselves away with our laptops, assorted pets, and buckets of coffee, but ...

18 September 2020

Seven signs you're in a toxic relationship by Sandra Ten Hoope

You remember it so well, the moment you first saw him. One look and you felt your knees weakening. This was HIM. The one. Your soulmate. He swept you off ...

17 September 2020

Exclusive: Hannah Ferrier on life after Below Deck Med, her new podcast and her pregnancy!

It's been an incredibly wild 12 months for Hannah Ferrier. Not only is she expecting her first child with her partner Josh, but fans of Below Deck Mediterranean saw her time ...