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  • Insight from Jane Davis on her latest release

    Insight from Jane Davis on her latest release

    Jane Davis is the author of six novels. Her debut, Half-truths and White Lies, won the Daily Mail First Novel Award and was described by Joanne Harris as ‘A story of secrets, lies, grief and, ultimately, redemption, charmingly handled by this very promising new writer.’ The Bookseller featured her in their ‘One to Watch’ section. […]

  • Ten Common Writing Mistakes

    Ten Common Writing Mistakes

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  • Interview: Kira Morgana

    Interview: Kira Morgana

    Name Mandy Ward aka Kira Morgana, A.E. Churchyard… Age Old enough to know better, young enough to enjoy it! Where are you from I’m British. I originally came from Suffolk, but due to various things happening to me, I’ve ended up in South Wales A little about your self i.e. your education Family life etc. […]

  • Smashing your hand repeatedly into the side of a cast-iron stove

    Smashing your hand repeatedly into the side of a cast-iron stove

    You’ll no doubt be aware of the famous experiments conducted by Professor Pavlov on some dogs. Professor Pavlov managed to prove that dogs were capable of learning, that the same stimulus time after time could lead to a conditioned response. Clever things, dogs. Cleverer than me, at least. We have a stove at home, and […]

  • In Defence of the Oxford Comma

    In Defence of the Oxford Comma

    I’m definitely nerdy, there are no two ways about it. I’ve always suspected I’m a bit of a geek too, but it was when I discovered I have an opinion (and a strong one too) on the Oxford comma that I realised it’s true. I’m a full blown grammar geek – and I’m not ashamed […]

  • Interview: Sheyna Galyan

    Interview: Sheyna Galyan

    Sheyna Galyan is featured in the short story collection, Festival of Crime, and is the author of The Rabbi David Cohen suspense series, including: Destined to Choose and Strength to Stand,  Why did you choose to write about rabbis? Wouldn’t it make more sense to write about cops? Everyone writes about the cops. True, there aren’t that many books featuring […]

  • The Music of Writing

    The Music of Writing

    I’ve often pondered why writers write.  The question is a bit metaphysical and I think that the answer would often be ‘because I do,’ followed by a quizzical expression.  That in itself says it all.  ‘I write because I do’ is essentially saying ‘I write because it’s natural, in the same why as I breathe […]

  • What if you have no clue what to write?

    What if you have no clue what to write?

    I was chatting with an associate today who mentioned that she’s often thought that she’d like to write a book, but she has no clue what to write about and feels that anything she might have to say would bore people to tears. She then asked me if I had any advice. Only having about […]

  • Alfred The Great on Facebook

    Alfred The Great on Facebook

    There’s nothing like a good book, sentiments shared by Alfred The Great. Shortly after we had visited Winchester and photographed his statue, BBC television screened programmes about him on consecutive nights. The second of these involved the puzzle of the whereabouts of his much moved bones; by the end, all they had come up with […]

  • Into Infinity

    Into Infinity

    Into Infinity Have you held to your New Year resolution to keep a diary? Many years ago I was given a five year diary which lasted at least a decade of good intentions and still has many blank pages, but it does record some major life events; if anyone can ever decipher the tiny writing […]

  • The 69 Rules of Punctuation

    The 69 Rules of Punctuation

      Thank you to Elaine Chissick for sharing this great chart with us. It’s very detailed, so your best option is likely going to be to save a copy of the image on your computer so that you can print it or zoom in to different parts of it. It’s not playing nicely on mobile […]

  • Interview: Angie Smith

    Interview: Angie Smith

    Interview with Angie Smith by: Peter Best One good thing about being an author is that a great deal of people take an interest in your work. Normally it’s just a chat in a bar or talking to friends. However, every now and again some authors get the chance to be interviewed. Sometimes by a […]