Celebrity Interviews

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 ...

19 March 2020

Read an exclusive extract from The Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen

When gathering the sheep from the moors I have often looked down onto Ravenseat, sitting as it does in its little hollow, and been ‘tekken’ with the aura of contentment ...

18 March 2020

Glenda Young: Five things I want my readers to know about me – and five things I don’t!

Glenda Young’s latest gritty saga set in 1919 – Pearl of Pit Lane – is out now in paperback. It’s about a poverty-stricken young girl who tries to escape from ...

17 March 2020

Why it's important to teach children to cook from a young age

Cooking for yourself is a life skill, but is it something that your child should learn from a young age? The resounding answer is YES because it is not just ...
17 March 2020

Five reasons why I wrote Vis-Ability by Vicki L Griggs

-  · It gives advice on what help is already out there and what benefits you could be enitled to. · Advice on how to remain positive when life gets ...

16 March 2020

Read an exclusive extract from The Operator by Gretchen Berg

DECEMBER 15, 1952 Vivian Dalton’s worn old ankle boots crunched over the packed snow in front of Freedlander’s, the bright lights of the department store spilling right out onto the ...

16 March 2020

The importance of girlhood

We Are the Hood, www.wearethehood.com, is a new, all female-founded British brand on a mission to ‘redesign the world with women in mind’. Founded by two passionate women, Maria Purcell ...

13 March 2020

Exclusive: Ray Quinn discusses his upcoming album, recent engagement and life in the public eye

A little earlier this year, Ray Quinn announced he would be returning to the music industry with a brand new collection of music, marking his first album release in 13 ...
13 March 2020

Seven things I had to research to make my story come alive by Carrie Vaughn

Honestly, I don't mean to write stories that require a ton of research. It just happens. It would be so much easier if I could just use the knowledge already ...

12 March 2020

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about my by Louise Hare

I played piano and clarinet as a child and only gave up studying music when I left home to go to university. I was actually inspired by my character Lawrie ...

11 March 2020

Five reasons why humour is essential to a book by Maurice Gray

-  Life is a series of ups and downs, knocks and laughs. Thus in any true reflection of life there needs to be some humour. The humour might be rapturous ...

10 March 2020

Laura Weymouth: Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me

1. All the descriptions of grounds and gardens and woods that you’ll find in both A TREASON OF THORNS and my first novel, THE LIGHT BETWEEN WORLDS, stem from a ...

10 March 2020

Why has gin become so popular?

From Dutch Courage and Mothers’ Ruin to Chef’s Delight The creation of gin around the 12th century, with the Dutch addition of juniper berries three centuries later, generated an everlasting ...

10 March 2020

How an eBike inspired my new novel by Sue McDonagh

In Meet Me at the Art Café, I wrote about one of my other passions, cycling, and more precisely, eBikes. I’ve always been a keen cyclist and in 1982 I ...

10 March 2020

Read an exclusive extract from In Five Years by Rebecca Serle

Sarge’s is predictably empty at 10 a.m.—it’s a morning-commute place—so it only takes two minutes and forty seconds for me to get my whitefish bagel. I eat it walking. Sometimes ...

9 March 2020

Poet Vicky Foster, inspires women by sharing her experiences through poetry

By Emily Horner @EmilyAMHorner International Woman's Day was Sunday March 8, 2020- which has been celebrated annually on this date since 1911. Leeds Literature Festival celebrated the day on their third ...

9 March 2020

Seven ways to enrich your life through creativity

-  Lilian Wissink, has over twenty years’ experience as a counselling psychologist assisting people to discover and realise their potential. Her philosophy on creativity is encompassed in her book The ...

8 March 2020

Paul A Mendelson shares how humour helped him to write his new book The Funnies

I'm an author who prefers to write in cafés. It's less lonely and the coffee is better. One morning not long ago, I was sitting in my local coffee-shop, when ...

8 March 2020

How writing my latest book helped me through my daughter's surgery by Graham J Wood

To fully understand the drive for me to finally turn my literary idea into reality and complete the Zein Trilogy with Zein: The Reckoning, I have to step back in ...

5 March 2020

Seven things that make me feel safe, by Kate Bradley

We all have those little – or big – things that make us feel safe, don’t we?  For some, it’s having a house, a regular income or perhaps just enough ...
5 March 2020

Six things I've learned after writing 27 books by Lesley Pearse

-  1. Writing doesn’t get easier with time. Starting a new book is horrible. I make myself plod on, waiting for inspiration. I can’t count the times I’ve almost fallen ...