Celebrity Interviews

23 January 2020

Joanna Toye shares the inspiration for her new book Wartime for the Shop Girls

Joanna Toye’s Shop Girls series takes you back to when department stores were the place to shop – even in wartime.  Department stores are having a tough time - Debenhams is closing almost a third of its stores and the House of ...

23 January 2020

Five Chinese things that inspired The Heartsick Diaspora by Elaine Chiew

In my short story collection, The Heartsick Diaspora (Myriad Editions UK, 2020), I widely reference different aspects of Chinese culture. Cognisant of all that they mean and represent within the ...

23 January 2020

My inspiration for Four Sisters by Val Wood

The writing of my recent novel FOUR SISTERS aroused many memories within me, not least because I was one of three sisters. Three Smart Girls, my father fondly called us; ...

22 January 2020

Writing sex scenes by Alison Booth

Do sex scenes in novels make your toes curl with embarrassment? If so, you are not alone. Many readers find them excruciating and many novelists find them hard to write. ...

22 January 2020

Three vegan counterarguments by Selene Nelson

-  Let’s start with one of the most commonly asked questions – and you should know the answer to this one by now! The fear of protein deficiency is entirely ...

22 January 2020

Seven things you need to know about the cervix

The cervix is one of the most misunderstood aspects of female reproductive anatomy. Mostly associated with dilation in childbirth or with cervical cancer, the mystery of the cervix has led ...

22 January 2020

Mitzi Szereto discusses her new anthology The Best New True Crime Stories: Serial Killers

-  Please tell us a bit about The Best New True Crime Stories: Serial Killers. Mitzi: It’s an anthology of original new material covering serial killer cases from around the ...

21 January 2020

Five ways to have a 'let's do this' attitude in life

This time of year it’s vital to keep up the momentum of all those great new year intentions... and the key is motivation. Motivation is a skill that everyone can ...

21 January 2020

My top tips on using social media to promote your book by C L Williams

A book influencer on Instagram, C.L. Williams has worked with other influencers across the world, reaching readers as far as the USA, Canada, India and the Philippines. Now she shares ...

20 January 2020

Exclusive: Divina De Campo on DragCon UK, her music and the Labour leadership race!

This past weekend (January 18-19th, 2020), we got the opportunity to attend the first ever DragCon UK at the Olympia London! Whilst there, we bought some exclusive merchandise and got ...

20 January 2020

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Jane Sanderson

-  I walk through the back of my wardrobe to get into my office. There’s no snow, and no Mr Tumnus, but it’s still my version of Narnia. The wardrobe ...

20 January 2020

Turn Blue Monday into Happy Monday

Today is Blue Monday - calculated as being the unhappiest day of the year.  Happiness coach Maria Hocking is a charismatic life changer and author of the new book, Strip ...

19 January 2020

Tara Button discusses BuyMeOnce and her accompanying book A Life Less Throwaway

For those who don’t know about BuyMeOnce- what can you tell us about it? BuyMeOnce is an online platform which researches and sells the highest quality, longest lasting products on ...

19 January 2020

10 Things I learned about love, life and relationships from studying the brain by Dr Nan Wise

At the most basic level, our brain can be divided between the bottom/"old brain", designed to automatically and without conscious thought defend us, protect us, and support our survival; the ...

19 January 2020

In 2020 put values before goals by Mandeep Rai

The beginning of any year is a natural time to take stock – the ideal time to look back on what we have achieved, and forward to ambitions that still ...

19 January 2020

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Lucie Whitehouse

Possibly because I’m very open, I’m fascinated by people who hide things, both ‘private’ people and – at the other end of the scale – those with secret lives or ...

16 January 2020

Seven things your dietitian wants you to know

Kerri Major is a registered dietitian and SENr sports dietitian. She is also a qualified personal trainer and is passionate about combining her professions to help people develop a healthy ...

16 January 2020

Author Jo Spain writes an exclusive short story for Female First

In a small village overlooking Derryclare lake in the west of Ireland, the bells of the local church ring in a frosty February morning. The Twelve Bens mountains range is ...

16 January 2020

Nancy Bilyeau shares the inspiration for her new novel Dreamland

When people hear that my next novel of suspense is set in Coney Island in 1911, it all seems pretty natural and straightforward to them. “You live in New York ...

14 January 2020

My perfect writing day by Jackie Ladbury

I’ll start my perfect writing day by having a cup of tea and a Rich Tea biscuit brought up by my lovely husband, while trying to keep Pixie our Scottish ...

14 January 2020

Seven tips for decluttering your workspace by Sheila Chandra

A clear workspace promotes calm and creative thinking – with fewer mistakes! Here are seven tips to get you working in a blissfully tidy space all day. The number one ...

13 January 2020

10 Things I'd like my readers to know about me by Kittie Lambton

I am hugely inspired by the women I have had the pleasure to know in my life! My cello lessons from my lovely cello teacher held once per week left ...

13 January 2020

Superpolyglotbros’ top tips for learning a language

Dive straight in - Get to grasps with as much of the language as possible from day one. Get a feel for the sound of it by listening to it ...

13 January 2020

Seven things I'd like my readers to know about me by Anja De Jager

I’m Dutch but moved to London more than twenty years ago. It’s very useful for me, as a writer, to have a foot in both London and Amsterdam. Whenever I ...