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Jane Eyre’s BFF

Jane Eyre’s BFF

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I have been reflecting on love. Not on romantic love, but on the love between friends. I have been thinking about friendships new and old. After grappling with some serious health issues for almost half my life, I realize the importance of those who have stood by me when the chips […]

February 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Q&A with Michelle Gable

Q&A with Michelle Gable

Michelle Gable is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestseller A PARIS APARTMENT and her new release I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS both published by St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books. She has been a treasured WWWB sponsor, and I’LL SEE YOU IN PARIS is a WWWB featured book for February 2016. […]

February 9, 2016 | By | Reply More
Seven Secret Ingredients of Classics

Seven Secret Ingredients of Classics

 There are some books that always feature in Top Ten lists, including mine. I never tire of reading Wuthering Heights, for example, or Jane Eyre, or Rebecca and at least once every few years I pick up one of the books I adored when I was younger, Little Women or Ballet Shoes or Black Beauty. […]

February 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Invisible Days

The Invisible Days

I read somewhere recently that writing a book is like telling a joke and having to wait two years to find out if it is funny. It’s a painfully accurate analogy that made me laugh and wince with recognition at the same time. Writing, you see, is a curious profession. A single day can bring […]

February 7, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
The War Against Rape Culture

The War Against Rape Culture

On 18th December 2012, I was having morning tea when my husband showed me a newspaper article about a girl being raped in a moving bus in New Delhi. The cruelty inflicted on this girl during the attack was brutal enough to make me feel sick to my stomach for days to come. In the […]

February 4, 2016 | By | Reply More
Revisions, Revisons

Revisions, Revisons

In a loft in a house outside a village on a wind-scoured peninsula in southwest Ireland, I sit curled in a wingback chair. A cup of tea steams on the table beside me. A milky June haze swells through the skylight. It is silent, but for the prattling rain and the desultory arguments between geese […]

February 2, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Why You Should Keep A Journal

Why You Should Keep A Journal

Once upon a time I had tiny children. And during that same time period I longed to write. Dishing up Cheerios and worrying about Word Counts aren’t a happy mix and I knew where my priorities lay; happy children would be a better contribution to the world than my words could ever be. So, I […]

January 31, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Becoming a Publisher: Patrician Press

Becoming a Publisher: Patrician Press

Publishing has always been my main career but I have written several children’s books over the years. Having, however, always wanted to write for adults, in 2012 I completed my MA in Creative Writing at the University of Essex. It was then that I was inspired to create Patrician Press. I starting publishing my own […]

January 27, 2016 | By | 3 Replies More
Platinum Doll: A Conversation with Anne Girard

Platinum Doll: A Conversation with Anne Girard

Long before Marilyn Monroe, another blonde bombshell glittered from the silver screen. Jean Harlow captivated audiences during the Golden Age of Hollywood and continues to do so in Anne Girard’s latest novel, Platinum Doll. In Platinum Doll, Girard explores what it took to turn Harlean Carpenter McGrew into a bigger than life movie star. How […]

January 23, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Q&A with Literary Agent Katie Shea Boutillier of the Donald Maass Literary Agency

Q&A with Literary Agent Katie Shea Boutillier of the Donald Maass Literary Agency

Katie Shea Boutillier is the Rights Director for DMLA handling the agency’s translation and audio rights and selected film/TV and electronic rights. In addition, Katie focuses on her own client list of smart contemporary women’s fiction/book club; edgy/dark realistic YA; commercial-scale literary fiction; and celebrity memoir. She looks for projects with the perfect balance of […]

January 21, 2016 | By | 13 Replies More