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A Day in the Life: Meet Angelena Boden

Today I’m delighted to welcome Angelena Boden to my blog to talk about her writing life.  Angelena (M.Soc.Sc PGDE) has spent thirty-five years as an international training consultant, specialising in behavioural management and conflict resolution. She trained in Transactional Analysis, the psychology of communication and behaviour, her preferred tool for counselling and coaching. Amongst her many…
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A Day in the Life: Kathleen Jowitt on writing, self-publishing and validation

There are many reasons why I’m delighted to welcome Kathleen Jowitt to my blog, but the biggest and best of those is that her Novel Speak Its Name (2016) was the first self-published novel ever shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize. Previous winners include Zadie Smith, Hari Kunzru and David Szalay.  Kathleen was born in Winchester and…
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Virtual Book Club: Clare Flynn introduces The Chalky Sea

Today I’m delighted to welcome Clare Flynn to Virtual Book Club, the interview series in which authors have the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Clare writes historical fiction with a strong sense of time and place and compelling characters. Her books often deal with characters who are displaced – forced out…
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Virtual Book Club: Keith Dixon introduces One Punch

Today I’m delighted to welcome Keith Dixon to Virtual Book Club, the interview series in which authors have the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Keith says that he began writing as a presumptuous teenager – producing scripts for the TV show ‘The Avengers’ and sending them off full of anticipation and…
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Do Something Amazing: Support Authors for Grenfell

No one in the UK can be unaware of the tragedy at Grenfell Tower, earlier this month, but many of my readers are from further afield. Fire broke out at a high rise residential tower block in West London, home to between 400 and 600 people. So far 79 people have been declared dead, but…
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Virtual Book Club: Laura Read introduces her dark thriller, Deadly Sins

Today I’m delighted to welcome Laura Read to Virtual Book Club, the interview series in which authors have the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Laura lives in Leicestershire, UK, and has worked in publishing for over seven years, as a designer for a journal and its award-winning website, and now as…
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Virtual Book Club: JJ Marsh introduces Bad Apples

Today I’m delighted to welcome JJ Marsh (Jill) back to Virtual Book Club, the interview series in which authors have the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Jill is the author of The Beatrice Stubbs series, featured in The Guardian Readers’ Recommend and The Bookseller’s Editor’s Choice She is also: A founder…
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Virtual Book Club: Andrew Wallace Introduces Sons of the Crystal Mind

Today I’m delighted to welcome Andrew Wallace to Virtual Book Club, the interview series in which authors have the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Andrew Wallace is the author of two far-future science fiction thrillers whose sub-genre could be described as ‘dystopian’. The first is Sons of the Crystal Mind and…
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Virtual Book Club: Leonora Meriel introduces The Woman Behind the Waterfall

Today I’m delighted to welcome Leonora Meriel to Virtual Book Club, the interview series in which authors have the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Leonora grew up in London and studied literature at the University of Edinburgh and Queen’s University, Ontario. She worked at the United Nations in New York, and…
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Virtual Book Club: Debbie Young introduces Best Murder in Show

Today I’m delighted to welcome English Author Debbie Young to Virtual Book Club, the interview series in which authors have the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Debbie has just launched the first in her new cosy mystery novel series, Best Murder in Show, hailed by Katie Fforde as “a cracking example…
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