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Novel writing: Self-belief and Staying power

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: 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: 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: 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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Utter madness, but for once there’s a method in it.

As well as working part-time to pay the bills, together with my brothers and sisters, I am now helping my mother to care for my dad who has dementia. I urgently need to find a way to free up precious writing time. The only way to do this is by cutting out marketing time. That…
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Virtual Book Club: Paul Marriner introduces The Blue Bench

This week I’m delighted to welcome Paul Marriner to Virtual Book Club, my interview series that gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club.   Paul grew up in a west London suburb and now lives in Berkshire with his wife and two children. He is passionate about music, sport and, most of all,  writing,…
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Virtual Book Club: Phyllis H. Moore introduces Birdie & Jude

Today I’m delighted to welcome Phyllis H. Moore to Virtual Book Club, my interview series that gives authors the opportunity to pitch their novels to your book club.   Phyllis says that she wants to live life experiences more than once: doing it, writing about it and reading about it. She’s had two careers and two…
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Virtual Book Club: Mike Donoghue introduces his late father’s memoir, The Way it Was

Today’s Virtual Book Club is a little different. It’s different because it is not the author but the author’s son who’ll be answering my questions. I’m delighted that Mike Donoghue approached me to talk about his late father’s memoir, The Way it Was.  Mike’s father was Malachy Donoghue, Malachy was the fourth of nine children…
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