Celebrity Interviews

17 September 2020

Exclusive: Tom Fletcher chats all about his LEGO collaboration to celebrate new LEGO Super Mario

Tom Fletcher is a man known for many things. Whether you fell in love with McFly's music, have read his children's books to your young ones, or have enjoyed his ...
17 September 2020

10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me by Abby Davies

1) I’m not as creepy as you might think! I’ve read lots of psychological thrillers (and have a thing for Edgar Allen Poe and Stephen King), but also enjoy the ...

17 September 2020

How I spent my lockdown by Emily Hourican

At first there was excitement – the rush of adrenalin that comes with the sudden and possibly dangerous. I was sent home from the newspaper office, my children were sent ...

17 September 2020

How I spent my lockdown by Emma Curtis

I had just been given the green light and started writing my fifth book for Transworld when Lockdown hit. Like a number of authors, I found it hard to focus ...

17 September 2020

How I spent my lockdown by Abiola Bello

By Carnegie-nominated author of the Emily Knight middle grade/young teen fantasy fiction series, and prize-winning publishing entrepreneur, Abiola Bello www.a-bello.com https://twitter.com/ABelloWrites I found lockdown really hard. I am not a ...

17 September 2020

Seven tips for reconnecting with your soul by Vicky Paul

We are multi-dimensional beings – mind body soul – however we have spent too long working on our mind and body and not nearly enough time nurturing our soul. Much ...

17 September 2020

Seven tips for writing a tearjerker by Gill Paul

“Why on earth do people want to read books that make them cry?” my teenage niece asked after finishing John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. Then she told me ...
16 September 2020

Are gender stereotypes really that harmful for children?

We know that children’s brains are learning all the time, sponge-like, constantly sucking up information around them. Infant sociological and neuroplasticity research tells us: “Toys have a substantial impact on ...
16 September 2020

How I spent my lockdown by Linsey J Cross

Your work emails are backing up, the kids are refusing to do any schoolwork and throwing a major strop. Your house looks like it’s been ransacked, and you’re counting down ...

16 September 2020

Five things you need to know about Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) was a pioneer of photography, not just in her work with scientists such as Sir John Herschel on lenses and methods of developing prints, but also ...

16 September 2020

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Stella Oni

My love of food stemmed from a childhood spent with my grandmother in Nigeria. She liked to visit her favourite half-sister in the heart of Lagos and dragged my brother ...

15 September 2020

Exclusive: The voice of Big Brother, Marcus Bentley on his incredible career and the show's future

He was the voice of Big Brother for 18 glorious years and as Marcus Bentley reflects on the job that has been such a big part of his life, he does so ...
15 September 2020

Writing pieces of me by Marieke Nijkamp

The first time I read a book with an autistic protagonist, I was in my late teens, maybe early twenties. By that point, I’d already read thousands of books, and ...

15 September 2020

How to succeed at anything by Christopher Paolini

On publication of his debut adult novel To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, Eragon author talks to exclusively to Female First about achieving his goals. Trust the process. That’s ...

15 September 2020

How I spent my lockdown by Ashley Bugge

“Hey Hudson! Come downstairs, I made you a cupcake!” My blonde-haired, blue-eyed daughter, Isabel, calls up the stairs to her little brother. Four-year-old Hudson has been busy all morning in ...

15 September 2020

Talking to my son about PTSD by Scott Furlong

Firstly, I must preface this with the fact I am not a psychologist, psychiatrist or health professional in any way. I am a husband, father, brother, son and uncle who ...

15 September 2020

Release tension with these three breathing techniques

Adapted from Purposeful Breathing (Exisle Publishing) By Dr. Greg Smith Whenever I feel tension, I focus on breathing. Here, we will explore three easy breathing techniques that draw on both ...

14 September 2020

The importance of good food by Denise Kelly

When it comes to our health, it’s all about the choices we make. Ultimately, we all make decisions about what we eat and drink every single day, and trust me ...

14 September 2020

How I spent my lockdown by Sahar Mustafah

Last spring, I’d welcomed the prospect of extra days and hours to work on my current novel. I could balance a swiftly assembled virtual teaching schedule and have more than ...

14 September 2020

Health and wellbeing: Challenges for today

By Dr Helena Boschi, author of Why We Do What We Do The last five months, in the wake of Covid-19, have not been easy for a number of reasons: ...

14 September 2020

Lessons for writing historical fiction by Maggie Brookes

I never expected to write a big historical novel. I never had any urge to write about the Second World War either, but one day I was in the lift ...

14 September 2020

How I spent my lockdown by Clyve Rose

Learning and re-learning is the theme of my lockdown. Perhaps ‘remembering’ is a better word. Like finding lost moments I used to have in my life, it’s been a process ...

14 September 2020

10 Little-known facts I learned while writing a murder mystery by Verity Bright

A Witness to Murder. published by Bookouture, is the third book in my historical murder mystery series. The heroine, and reluctant sleuth, Lady Eleanor Swift has been brought up abroad ...