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ADJUSTING TO YES  by Julie Maloney

ADJUSTING TO YES by Julie Maloney

The journalist sitting across from me in the café was someone who had been following me for years. Several times, she had written about the non-profit organization I founded fifteen years ago called Women Reading Aloud. She had kept up with how things had progressed from welcoming writers gathered around the dining table in my […]

January 21, 2018 | By | Reply More
A Former Lawyer’s Take On the Craft of Writing

A Former Lawyer’s Take On the Craft of Writing

I’m a former divorce lawyer who gave up the law to become a stay-at-home mum. I haven’t been on a creative writing course or studied language or literature at any level higher than school. I haven’t even opened a book on the subject! So I’m no expert on the ‘official’ rules of writing. But I […]

January 19, 2018 | By | Reply More
Where Do You Write?

Where Do You Write?

Being an estate agent for decades before I took my writing seriously, I have come across a variety of spaces that the owners have turned into offices. Sometimes they’ve squeezed a desk and computer into the cramped space under the stairs, or spread out in an enormous artificially-lit basement or high up in an attic; […]

January 18, 2018 | By | Reply More
Value of Writing a WIP article Midway in Your Novel  Plotting a Mystery: Celebrant Sleuth

Value of Writing a WIP article Midway in Your Novel Plotting a Mystery: Celebrant Sleuth

Midway through a long novel, when I’m stuck, I write a WIP (work-in-progress) article to add sub-plots, deepen characters and explore even the weirdest ‘What if?’ possibilities. Usually it gets me writing original fiction again. And it’s also a useful reminder for PR interviews after publication when asked ‘What were the challenges of writing this […]

January 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
Why I Wrote Grief Works

Why I Wrote Grief Works

Grief Works: Stories of Life, Death, and Surviving (Scribner; January 16, 2018; https://griefworks.co.uk) – is a warm, compassionate guide to grief and grieving by prominent UK bereavement expert Julia Samuel. Samuel – close friend to the late Princess Diana and godmother to Prince George – has spent 25 years working with the bereaved as a […]

January 16, 2018 | By | Reply More
Interview with Anna Quinn, Author of The Night Child

Interview with Anna Quinn, Author of The Night Child

Anna Quinn’s breathtaking debut novel examines the impact of traumatic childhood experiences and the fragile line between past and present. Exquisitely nuanced and profoundly intimate, The Night Child is a story of resilience, hope, and the capacity of the mind, body, and spirit to save itself despite all odds. We’re very excited to feature her here on […]

January 15, 2018 | By | Reply More
Inspiration Behind The Welcome Home Diner

Inspiration Behind The Welcome Home Diner

If you’re the last person to leave Detroit, don’t forget to turn off the lights. This is the first sentence of my new release, THE WELCOME HOME DINER, and contemporary Detroit was the primary inspiration behind writing this book. There were other motivating factors—insight into the food business, personal intimacies—but I’ll get to those later. […]

January 14, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
The Unglamorous Part Of Writing

The Unglamorous Part Of Writing

Writing is a solitary profession and extremely unglamorous. When I write, I need zero distractions: no Twitter, dirty dishes, Rightmove, eBay, Netflix or wine. In order to finish my book, I knew I needed to remove myself from all of these things, which is how I ended up in a rudimentary cabin on the moors, […]

January 13, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
When Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction . . . and Then Becomes Fiction

When Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction . . . and Then Becomes Fiction

My book began as a list of men’s names scrawled on the back of a cocktail napkin. I was at drinks with friends, relating the details of my latest Match.com dates. I’d been dumped before the first kiss, donned full HAZMAT gear on a third date, and, been set up with another date’s mom. I’d fallen—hard—for a […]

January 11, 2018 | By | Reply More
Crossing The Lines Of Genre Fiction

Crossing The Lines Of Genre Fiction

As an author, there are many reasons to incorporate more than one genre in your story. We all know that life isn’t one dimensional, so books shouldn’t be either. A bit of humor, mystery and romance all add to the fabric of a book. Life isn’t all one thing or another. It blends sorrow and […]

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More