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Tag Archives: Creative Writing

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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Do Fictional Characters Have Ghosts?

St Mary’s Church in Beddington is normally locked during the week, but one Thursday lunchtime – my mother-in-law’s tenth anniversary, in fact – I found the doors open, and so stepped inside and lit a candle. But at the same time as thinking how much Maureen would have liked the building (pointing out that that…
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Virtual Book Club: Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Lindsay Stanberry-Flynn back to Virtual Book Club, an interview series in which I put questions to authors about their latest releases. If you’d like to pose a question, you’ll have the opportunity to do so at the end. (There’s also a giveaway to look forward to!) The Broken Road is…
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Virtual Book Club: Amy C. Spahn

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Amy C. Spahn to Virtual Book Club, an interview series in which I put questions to authors about their latest releases. If you would like to pose a question, you’ll have the opportunity to do so at the end, or she is willing to Skype into book clubs. When asked how…
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Virtual Book Club: Meet Colleen Mills

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Colleen Mills 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. Earlier this year, I was extremely privileged to receive an advance copy…
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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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Fat Nude Writing

Born into a family gospel/ bluegrass band, Joni grew up on stage, opening for huge-haired, sequin-bedazzled country-western legends of the 1960s. She has always loved setting words in rows and started seriously writing in the 1980s while living on a fire tower in California’s Trinity Wilderness with her husband. She kept writing for the love of it as…
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Guest Post: by featured author Orna Ross

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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Meet the author: Peter Best

  Today, I’d like to welcome Peter Best to my blog. Peter was born in North Shields in the North East of England at the beginning of the sixties. Although the son of a shipyard worker, he was brought up in a mining community until the age of eight when, for some reason or another,…
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Author Interview: Jean Gill

Today, I’m delighted to welcome Jean Gill to my blog. Jean is a Welsh writer and photographer living in the south of France with a big white dog, a scruffy black dog, a Nikon D700 and a man. For many years, she taught English in Wales and was the first woman to be a secondary…
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