Author: Bookshop Bistro

  • The Shock of the New

    The Shock of the New

    Yesterday evening I went to a seminar (don’t ask). As I arrived, the sun was shining, the leaves rustling in the breeze. Three hours later, as I stepped outside the building, the roads glistened with rainwater and the scent of spring hung in the air. We paused, four of us who happened to be exiting […]

  • How important is it for the ending of a novel to satisfy?

    How important is it for the ending of a novel to satisfy?

    Contributed by: S. C. Skillman To what extent can an author be held responsible for this, or is it down to the heart and mind of the reader? In 2012 I published an online article about novel endings in which I quoted Robert McKee in his excellent book “Story”.  He describes many different types of […]

  • Downriver


    As we strolled along the Thames one day I wondered where musicians, writers, filmmakers and artists would be without rivers and bridges. We walked from Waterloo Station along the South Bank to Tate Modern, stopping to enjoy the views from Waterloo Bridge. Waterloo Sunset by the Kinks, Waterloo Bridge, a 1930 play that became films in 1931 and 1940 […]

  • HORROR: Flu – Wayne Simmons

    HORROR: Flu – Wayne Simmons

      I hate zombie novels. They make me groan and roll my eyes, perhaps a little unfairly and perhaps a little judgementally. I do try, however, to read a novel from each genre that irritates me, every now and then, in order to confirm my fears and give me an argument to back up my […]

  • The Unread Writers

    The Unread Writers

    If you’re a writer, why bother to read? Right? I know, it sounds ridiculous, and yet more and more authors don’t read. They don’t read or buy books, and yet they expect others to buy theirs. If they don’t take the time to read, how could they be disappointed when their own books don’t sell? […]

  • Q & A with Si Page – Missing Gretyl

    Q & A with Si Page – Missing Gretyl

    When did you first come up with the idea for Missing Gretyl? I was taking a stroll with my wife, Solana along the beach in Lytham St. Annes back in 2008 (not long before my first child, Ruben was born). We were told that walking ‘among other things’ might hasten his arrival! Where did the […]

  • SCI-FI: Aeonosphere – Jo Roderick

    SCI-FI: Aeonosphere – Jo Roderick

    Aeonosphere is an exciting adventure that crosses time and space quite spectacularly.  Tom Scandari, our intrepid hero, is on the edge of a great discovery – and no doubt, a great story for the newspaper he works for.  As he investigates his case, he discovers something that even he can’t quite believe.  It is, and I […]

  • Gothic


    It was a night like no other, a night that would go down in literary legend. To be precise, three days in June 1816, the Year Without a Summer. Severe climate abnormalities were caused by a combination of an historic low in solar activity and major volcanic eruptions, capped by the 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in the […]

  • THRILLER:  Reckless – Susan Kiernan-Lewis

    THRILLER: Reckless – Susan Kiernan-Lewis

    (Subtitled – A Mia Kazmaroff Mystery Book 1) Reckless was provided to me by Kindle free of charge and is the first of a series of Mia Kazmaroff Mysteries, written by Susan  Kiernan-Lewis and published by San Marco Press. The books that follow on in the series are “Shameless”, “Breathless”, “Heartless” and “Loveless”. Checking out […]

  • An Author’s Guide to playing God and Influencing People

    An Author’s Guide to playing God and Influencing People

    Hello. My Name is Kira Morgana and I’m a Writing Fanatic. I’ve been writing things down for sixteen years now and there doesn’t seem to be any kind of cure or medication that can help me. So I’ve decided to talk about writing in an effort to calm down my muse (he’s a dragon) and […]

  • Lightning Bolt George

    Lightning Bolt George

    Back in the day, there was a guy named Grunt who went wandering in the wilderness. Everyone assumed that he had gotten lost because he was such a prolific dumbass. When he stumbled back into camp his eyes stared wildly, which disturbed people at first. Racing to the stream, he drank gallons. His body was […]

  • From My Bookshelf: Featuring Emma Donahue

    From My Bookshelf: Featuring Emma Donahue

    By Lynn Willoughby Astray by Emma Donahue This is the most interesting concept for short stories I have ever read.  Each is only 4 or 5 pages long and at the end is the newspaper story that inspired Donahue to write the fictional story that lead to the headline.  Brilliant!! Each character from the pages have gone […]