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Novel writing: Self-belief and Staying power (Part 1)

This week, I thought I’d take a break from the usual Virtual Book Club format. Instead, I put the same question to a number of authors.  “A novel requires stamina and grit,” says author Oyinkan Braithwaite. “You need a certain kind of faith in yourself and in what you are doing to bang out 40,000-plus…
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Book Review: Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession

Last October 1st, I was fortunate enough to be among the audience at Waterstones, Tottenham Court Road, for the Northern Fiction Alliance’s first London Roadshow. I say ‘fortunate’ because sometimes – whether by fluke, luck or some divine intervention – you find yourself witness to the beginning of something special. Something that has the power…
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Virtual Book Club: Liza Perrat introduces The Swooping Magpie

For my first post of 2019, I’m delighted to welcome Liza Perrat back to Virtual Book Club, my interview series that gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club.  Liza grew up in Australia, working as a general nurse and midwife. She has now been living in France for over twenty…
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Virtual Book Club: Helen Matthews introduces After Leaving the Village

This week I’m delighted to welcome Helen Matthews to Virtual Book Club, my interview series that gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club.  Helen is the author of suspense thriller After Leaving the Village, winner of the prize for opening pages of a novel at Winchester Writers’ Festival. Her second novel…
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Virtual Book Club: Suanne Schafer introduces A Different Kind of Fire

This week I’m delighted to welcome Suanne Schafer to Virtual Book Club, my interview series that gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club.  Suanne, born in West Texas at the height of the Cold War, finds it ironic that grade school drills for tornadoes and nuclear war were the same: hide…
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Virtual Book Club: Helena Halme introduces The Christmas Heart

This week I’m delighted to welcome Helena Halme to Virtual Book Club, my interview series that gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club.   Prize-winning author, former BBC journalist, bookseller and magazine editor, Helena Halme holds an MSc in Marketing and an MA in Creative Writing. Full-time author and mentor, Helena…
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Virtual Book Club: Drew Neary and Ceri Williams introduce The Clockmaker

This week I’m delighted to welcome Ceri Williams and Drew Neary Virtual Book Club, my interview series that gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club. Ceri and Andrew both live in the Midlands and together, they write under the name, Neary-Williams.  The Clockmaker is their first project together. The intention is…
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Virtual Book Club: Tracie Barton-Barrett introduces Buried Deep in Our Hearts

This week I’m delighted to welcome Tracie Barton-Barrett to Virtual Book Club, my interview series that gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club.   As a life-long animal enthusiast, Tracie Barton-Barrett is a speaker, Licensed Professional Counselor with a specialty in pet loss, and former psychology instructor. She’s facilitated pet loss…
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Virtual Book Club: Alison Morton introduces ROMA NOVA EXTRA

This week I’m delighted to welcome Alison Morton back to Virtual Book Club, my interview series that gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club.   Alison Morton writes the award-winning Roma Nova thriller series featuring modern Praetorian heroines. She blends her deep love of Roman history with six years’ military service…
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Virtual Book Club: Michael Jarvie introduces Black Art

This week I’m delighted to welcome Michael Jarvie to Virtual Book Club, my interview series that gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club.   Michael is a working-class writer from the North East of England. He is the author of the composite novel The Prison and the thriller, Black Art. With a…
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