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  • Interview: Johanna Craven

    Interview: Johanna Craven

    Interview with Johanna Craven by: Peter Best.   Here’s a bit of information for you riders out there! There’s a very good book out at the moment from an Australian Author named Johanna Craven. The book is called, called Music From Standing Waves and it is without a doubt a five star read. I first came across this book when it […]

  • How many mistakes a minute can you type?

    How many mistakes a minute can you type?

    If you go to see your doctor and need a prescription, you will see his or her fingers flying over the keyboard and in seconds a prescription form will slip out of the printer. Very different from the old days when your GP scribbled something illegible on a pad of prescription forms. But it occurred to me that […]

  • National Park Fiction Series By George Mercer

    National Park Fiction Series By George Mercer

    George Mercer, a former Jasper National Park Warden has just released Wood Buffalo, his second novel in the Dyed In The Green series, the first fiction series about Canada’s national park wardens and their battles to protect our country’s special places. Mercer, who was born and raised in Newfoundland, worked in six national parks across […]



    In today’s Indie Spotlight, I want to introduce you to a British Author whose works I have become fascinated with over the past year. Her name is May Jackie Panayi and as the title indicates she has written books across a number of genres, both fiction and non-fiction. ​May first came to my attention when I […]

  • Top 10 things to avoid when naming characters

    Top 10 things to avoid when naming characters

    When choosing a name for your characters spend a few minutes considering the following points to avoid 1. Don’t use a name that ends in the letter ‘s’ This is a simple punctuation nightmare 2. Don’t make it too weird It will almost definitely pull your reader out of the story 3. Don’t make it […]

  • Interview: Glynis Smy – author of historical romance with a twist

    Interview: Glynis Smy – author of historical romance with a twist

    Interview with Glynis Smy 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 […]

  • Interview: Jan Ruth

    Interview: Jan Ruth

    Interview with Jan Ruth by: Peter Best Well friends, once again I have been lucky enough to have the pleasure of talking to yet another extremely talented author, Jan Ruth. Her work has been described in many forms as you will soon find out. But one word I will use is… Brilliant. Let’s here about […]

  • Should You ‘Write What You Know’?

    Should You ‘Write What You Know’?

    Write what you know…write what you know. What would I write if I only wrote what I knew? I know how to burn toast (it’s how not to burn toast that I struggle with). I know how to trip up the stairs. I know how to stay up way past my bedtime reading (or writing) […]

  • We are all being watched, all the time….

    We are all being watched, all the time….

    Under Observation On Boxing Day there was a post on our community Facebook page – had anyone found a small red drone in their garden; a Christmas present lost on its first trial. No one had, though the comments ranged from great amusement (mine included) to questions as to what his drone was doing over […]

  • Reading For Free

    Reading For Free

    Reading For Free  Most writers may hope, but do not expect, to be properly remunerated for their hard work or to make a living out of it. The explosion of e-books and Kindle self publishing, with books selling far more cheaply than paper books on the shelves of a bookshop, has increased the fear that […]

  • Author Jane Davis on Writing

    Author Jane Davis on Writing

    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. […]

  • Interview: Holly Kammier

    Interview: Holly Kammier

    Holly Kammier is the author of the books Kingston Court (Acorn Publishing 2015), and Could Have Been Hollywood. Kingston Court, a chick lit novel with a sharp edge, is scheduled for release on September 10th. A UCLA honors graduate, Holly is the co-creator of Acorn Author Services & Publishing as well as a former journalist […]