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A Day in the Life: Sylvia Howe on the lessons learned in publishing her first novel

Today I am delighted to welcome Sylvia Howe to my occasional author interview series, A Day in the Life.  Sylvia’s family has had connections with India since the days of the East India Company. She is the last recent generation to have been born there, growing up on a tea estate in Bangladesh, taught by…
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A Day in the Life: Meet author Val Portelli

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Val Portelli to A Day in the Life, my occasional interview series in which authors give an insight into their writing routines, rituals and superstitions.  Despite receiving her first rejection letter aged nine from some lovely people at a well-known women’s magazine, she continued writing intermittently until a freak accident…
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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: 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: Andy Graham introduces Aijlan – The Silk Revolution

Today I’m delighted to welcome Andy Graham to Virtual Book Club, the interview series in which authors have the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club.  British author Andy was born and brought up on the fringes of Europe, and now lives in the heart of Europe – Prague. He says that he…
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Virtual Book Club: Merryn Allingham introduces The Buttonmaker’s Daughter

Today I’m delighted to welcome Merryn Allingham to Virtual Book Club, the interview series in which authors have the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club.  Merryn Allingham worked for many years as a university lecturer and between job, family and pets, there was little time to write. But when the pressures eased, she…
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Virtual Book Club: Dianne Ascroft introduces The Yankee Years

Today I’m delighted to welcome Dianne Ascroft to Virtual Book Club, the interview series in which authors have the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club.  Dianne Ascroft writes historical and contemporary fiction, often with an Irish connection. Her series The Yankee Years is a collection of Short Reads and novels set in…
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A Day in the Life: Meet Victoria Doughtery

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Victoria Dougherty to describe a day in her life. Victoria is the author of The Bone Church, Welcome to the Hotel Yalta and Cold. She writes fiction, drama, and essays. Her work has been published or profiled in the New York Times, USA Today, The International Herald Tribune, and elsewhere. Earlier in…
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A Day in the Life: James Conroyd Martin

Today, I’m delighted to welcome James Conroyd Martin to my blog. James is the award-winning author of Push Not the River, a novel based on the diary of a countess in 1790’s Poland; Against a Crimson Sky, which continues the family saga into the Napoleonic era; and The Warsaw Conspiracy, detailing the young Polish cadets’ November…
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