WRITING

Fictional Facts

Fictional Facts

Maybe because I started off as a journalist, the 4 W’s – Who, Where, What, Why – also frame my fictions. So who are my characters? Where do they come from? What is their story? Why should anyone give up any of her precious time to read about these folks I made up? In the […]

August 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why I Write Romance

Why I Write Romance

Three years ago, I decided to take a journey into the unknown. If you have never used bus number, ‘UNK1’ into the unknown before; try it. It’s scary, but it’s also rewarding. That particular journey which was not only important to me personally, but also to my loved ones as, three years ago my life […]

August 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
The Inspiration for The Chalky Sea

The Inspiration for The Chalky Sea

I live in Eastbourne, on the English Sussex coast. My family  lived here when I was a schoolgirl and I decided to move back recently after twenty years in London. I have always had a hankering to move back to the sea. What I hadn’t expected was that the town had a secret wartime history. […]

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HOW TOs and TIPS

Chaos to Order When Writing A Novel

Chaos to Order When Writing A Novel

I am staring at the blank screen unable to write. I am simply paralyzed by the notion of writing my first novel. My desire to be perfect, much like my desire to be organized is a strive for unattainable perfection. I begin to think about my most challenging organizing jobs, the ones that I can’t […]

August 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
I Now Call Myself A BAME Writer

I Now Call Myself A BAME Writer

I never used to call myself a writer – let alone a black, Asian or minority ethnic one. I kept my writing private, confining it to a world that consisted only of my laptop, the occasional scrap of paper, and me. When I started my first novel I knew things would have to change, and […]

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Writing in Disaster’s Wake

Writing in Disaster’s Wake

In January 2013, less than three months after Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, an audience of volunteers studied the diagram on the screen. Titled “Emotional Phases of a Disaster,” the figure resembled a tremulous, lopsided W, each point labeled with a stage in a community’s typical reaction to catastrophe: Pre-Disaster, Impact, Heroic, Honeymoon, Disillusionment […]

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AGENTS

Q&A with Literary Agent Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Q&A with Literary Agent Patricia Nelson, Marsal Lyon Literary Agency

Patricia Nelson joined Marsal Lyon Literary Agency in 2014. She represents adult, young adult, and middle grade fiction, and is actively building her list. In general, Patricia looks for stories that hook her with a unique plot, fantastic writing and complex characters that jump off the page. On the adult side, she is seeking women’s […]

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Q&A with  Evan Gregory, Senior Literary Agent  Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency

Q&A with Evan Gregory, Senior Literary Agent Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency

Evan Gregory began at Ethan Ellenberg in 2008. He is currently expanding his client list. He has widespread interests including: FICTION – Horror, Mystery, Thrillers, Science-fiction, Fantasy, Women’s literature. NONFICTION – Arts, Cinema, Photography, Biography, Memoir, Business, Investment, Cooking, Food, Wine, Health, Diet, History, Nature, Ecology, Parenting, Family, Politics, Current affairs, Pop culture, Entertainment, Science, […]

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Q&A with Literary Agent Christopher Rhodes of The Stuart Agency

Q&A with Literary Agent Christopher Rhodes of The Stuart Agency

Prior to joining The Stuart Agency, Christopher Rhodes was an agent at The James Fitzgerald Agency. Previous to that, he worked at The Carol Mann Agency and in the sales and marketing departments at Simon and Schuster. Specializing in literary fiction and nonfiction, Christopher is actively seeking queries in the following areas: literary fiction and […]

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MARKETING AND PUBLISHING

Social Media: To Share Or Not To Share?

Social Media: To Share Or Not To Share?

In this golden age of social media, I still find it a bit of a novelty that I can tweet my favourite author.  Even more so on the occasions when they tweet me back! Having this kind of direct access to an author would have been unimaginable just 20 years ago.  Back in the old […]

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Covering Your Assets

Covering Your Assets

  When you browse around in a bookshop or on Amazon or Barnes & Noble or wherever – what is the first thing you look for when choosing your next book? The author’s name? The amount of stars it has from reviewers? The book’s description? Or is it the book cover? I admit to often […]

May 26, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to Build a Better Book Launch

How to Build a Better Book Launch

You have worked your heart out to write your book, sweated, been anxious, revised, revised, revised, researched, then sweated some more, revised again, copy edited, argued with designers over the book cover and at long, long last…you have a finished book. Congratulations! Now, how to give it a coming out party, to help it debut […]

SHORT STORIES

Here’s Why: Short fiction by Anne Leigh Parrish

Here’s Why: Short fiction by Anne Leigh Parrish

Here’s why. You slump, shrink, curl down in your seat, never stand up straight. As if an arrow might pick you off. Not an arrow, a bullet. Not a bullet, a blow. Not a blow, words. Not words, looks. Here’s why. You’re a freak. Four inches in one year? Your father’s colleague says he keeps […]

May 20, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Short Fiction: The Gingerbread Man by Judy Pollard Smith

Short Fiction: The Gingerbread Man by Judy Pollard Smith

“Where are you off to? “ Sally had asked me. I felt a bit guilty I must admit. I was supposed to be home boning up for my job interview in the morning. I really wanted the job at Kelly and Hart Publishing and I don’t know where my head was when I agreed to […]

February 26, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Short Fiction: A Sliver of Ivory by Vanessa Lafaye

Short Fiction: A Sliver of Ivory by Vanessa Lafaye

He wanted you to have this. It was written with exaggerated clarity on a scrap of paper, as if the author was unsure of the reader’s grasp of English. The torn paper, rather than a proper card, another signal from the sender. It was signed Elaine, with a rounded, buxom capital E. On the padded […]

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INTERVIEWS

Q&A with Laura Dave

Q&A with Laura Dave

Laura Dave is the international bestselling author of Eight Hundred Grapes, The First Husband, The Divorce Party, London is the Best City in America, and now HELLO, SUNSHINE (2017, Simon & Schuster). Her novels have been published in eighteen countries and several of them have been optioned as major motion pictures (think: Reese Witherspoon & […]

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Q&A with Catherine Ryan Hyde

Q&A with Catherine Ryan Hyde

Catherine Ryan Hyde is absolutely one of the most bold-faced names we’ve interviewed here at WWWB. She is the author of 32 books and counting, including ALLIE & BEA (Lake Union, 2017), SAY GOODBYE FOR NOW, LEAVING BLYTHE RIVER, ASK HIM WHY, WORTHY, THE LANGUAGE OF HOOFBEATS, TAKE ME WITH YOU, WHERE WE BELONG, WHEN […]

May 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Interview with Smadar Herzfeld and Translator Aloma Halter

Interview with Smadar Herzfeld and Translator Aloma Halter

Smadar’s Herzfeld’s novel Trail of Miracles, translated by Aloma Halter, follows Gittel, a Ukrainian, Hasidic, Jewish woman as she makes a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage and discovers the unique gifts she brings to the world.  The lyric beauty of Gittel’s voice will mesmerize readers into following her on her Trail of Miracles. Smadar, I am curious about […]

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Recent Essays

From Newspaper Column to Novel

From Newspaper Column to Novel

Back in the day when I left school (far too many years ago to tell you how long ago!) I dreamed of being a journalist but for a variety of reasons my first job was as deputy secretary to the librarian at Bristol University. But I continued to devour all the ‘how to’ writing and […]

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Going to College with a Book of Her Own

Going to College with a Book of Her Own

Some of us live our lives in Full Catastrophe. This was true for me that night in November 2000. That time between the stars and the sunrise, between our demons and our angels is a time the Romans call The Watch. We have all been there. At 3:20 a.m. How did I get here? What […]

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Fashion of a Doomed Queen – the Inspiration behind The Wardrobe Mistress

Fashion of a Doomed Queen – the Inspiration behind The Wardrobe Mistress

I’ve always been drawn to history because of the people. It’s fascinating to me that some people are remembered so strongly, even hundreds of years later. That’s usually how I choose what historical period I want to write about: I come across an interesting person or opportunity, and the story blossoms from there – with […]

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What Makes Readers Open Their Minds and Bodies to a Story?

What Makes Readers Open Their Minds and Bodies to a Story?

A reader who believes in a story opens to it, mind and body. Novels have to work harder than films or television dramas to induce this openness; they can’t dismantle defenses with mood music and explosions. But they must induce openness, in order to get readers to climb aboard their carnival rides and stay until […]

August 13, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
The Importance Of Listening To Your Editor

The Importance Of Listening To Your Editor

I am currently co-editing an anthology of short fiction. I also supplement my paltry writers’ income with freelance editing projects. I’m not a proof reader; the edits I offer are structural, though I will pick up on any punctuation that has gone awry. Editing is something I enjoy. The idea of helping a writer to […]

August 9, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
Food as an Enchanting Writing Tool

Food as an Enchanting Writing Tool

People sometimes ask me why I write about food. Is it because I love to cook and eat? I’m sure this is partially true, but of course I know there is much more to it than that. I recently watched the movie, “The Lion,” and was struck particularly by a powerful scene, which further solidified […]

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