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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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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: Rebecca Lombardo

This week on Virtual Book Club, I’m handing the reins over to Rebecca Lombardo, as hers is a story best told firsthand. Rebecca is an author and mental health advocate. She lives in a suburb of Michigan with her husband, Joseph, and five cats. She has three brothers and one sister.  In 1992, at the…
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Virtual Book Club: Lorraine Devon Wilke

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Lorraine Devon Wilke to Virtual Book Club, a series in which I put questions to authors about their latest releases. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, you’ll have the opportunity to post your questions at the end. Lorraine Devon Wilke – writer, photographer, singer and songwriter – started…
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Virtual Book Club: Meet the author, Betsy Talbot

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Betsy Talbot to Virtual Book Club, a series in which I put questions to authors about their latest releases. If there’s anything else you’d like to know, you’ll have the opportunity to post your questions at the end. Betsy Talbot is a 40-something traveller and author. When she’s not travelling…
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A Day in the Life: Meet author Debbie Young

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Debbie Young to A Day in the Life, a series in which I put questions to authors about their writing lives. Debbie is perhaps best known for her role within the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). She is Commissioning Editor of their self-publishing advice blog, and the co-author, with Dan…
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Virtual Book Club: Meet A M Cridland, author of Nathan and Alex

Today, I’m delighted to welcome A M Cridland to Virtual Book Club, a series in which I put questions to authors about their latest releases and their writing lives. Don’t forget that if there’s anything you would like to know, you’ll have the opportunity at the end. Antonia is a keen artist with a love of…
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Guest Post: by featured author Orna Ross

Why I write

Orna Ross describes herself as a conscious creativist, a term she coined to describe those who apply the creative process to all aspects of life. She writes and publishes novels, poems and the Go Creative! books and is Founder/Director of the not-for-profit, global association for author-publishers, The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi). The Bookseller has…
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Reflections on a Writer’s Tax Return

It’s that time of year again… you know the one. It turned out that, even though I made a loss, completing my tax return for the year April 2013 – 2014 was a surprisingly positive experience. In that single twelve-month period, I released the paperback versions of I STOPPED TIME and THESE FRAGILE THINGS, released A FUNERAL FOR AN…
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Need help discovering the books you don’t know you need?

Ask an independent bookseller

Yesterday, visiting Barton’s Bookshop in Leatherhead, Surrey (a place I have begun to feel very much at home), I was given a delightful little book called, ‘The Unknown Unknown: Bookshops and the delight of not getting what you wanted’ by Mark Forsyth (Author of The Etymologicon. In it, Forsyth toys with the Donald Rumsfeld quote about…
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