• helenwarner
    How I Changed From Commissioning TV to Writing Books
    by Helen Warner
    2012/03/06  |  Features  |  

    When I was 17, I asked my mum, with no hint of irony, whether she thought I should use my real name for the books I was going to write or whether I should come up with a pen-name.My mum, who is nothing if not forthright, looked at me askance …

  • janecostello
    DO NOT FALL FOR IT!
    by Jane Costello
    2012/02/02  |  Features  |  

    Well, single ladies, here is my plea to you: DO NOT FALL FOR IT There is no doubt that being in love is the best thing in the world. Better than sliced bread, the Milk Tray Man and an unexpected tax rebate, all put together. I know, because I am. …

  • georginabouzova
    Read, Pray… Job!
    by Georgina Bouzova
    2012/01/04  |  Features  |  

    Last January I was watching Julia Roberts take off her wedding ring in the film Eat Pray Love, about to embark on a journey to “Find Herself”, when it suddenly dawned on me that I too had come to the end of a relationship. Except mine was with my ten-year-long …

  • aliharris
    Why Every Girl Deserves a Secret Wardrobe
    by Ali Harris
    2011/10/31  |  Features  |  

    In my debut novel Miracle on Regent Street, the main character, Evie Taylor, is a shy, unassuming stockroom girl. And just like Hardy’s, the faded, forgotten old department store in London that she works in, she feels utterly overlooked. But behind her plain clothes and duffel coat she hides a …

  • millyjohnson
    The Inspiration behind ‘An Autumn Crush’
    by Milly Johnson
    2011/09/30  |  Features  |  

    Autumn isn’t a typical month to set a book in, I’ll grant you.  I think most people associate it with things dying – which doesn’t make for a good romantic start.  However, last autumn, whilst I was writing An Autumn Crush, I saw the season through very different eyes.  How …

  • rebeccachance
    How I came to write BAD SISTERS
    by Rebecca Chance
    2011/08/08  |  Features  |  

    Rivalry, catfights, jealousy, stealing each other’s clothes, an unspoken competition that lasts your whole life… how could I not want to write about sisters for one of my bonkbusters? My subject, what I’m really fascinated by, is women – what we do to each other, good and bad, how we …

  • paigetoon
    Why I’ve decided to leave London
    by Paige Toon
    2011/07/04  |  Features  |  

    I love living in London. Today I went with my family to Westminster Abbey, the place where thirty-eight monarchs have been crowned king or queen in the last thousand years. The history is breathtaking, and this incredible city is surrounded by it.Recently we took the kids to see the dinosaurs …

  • tarahyland
    What it’s really like to be a published author
    by Tara Hyland
    2011/06/08  |  Features  |  

    As a little girl, I would furtively read Enid Blyton well past my bedtime, hidden under the duvet with a torch, listening out for my parents’ footsteps on the stairs. I loved the magical world that authors created, how it allowed me to escape from my ordinary life, and longed …

  • janecostello
    Keep on Running!
    by Jane Costello
    2011/05/05  |  Features  |  

    I was never what you’d call a natural athlete.At school I could take or leave PE; it was an excuse to leave the classroom but certainly not something to get enthused about. I joined clubs and teams because my friends did, but excelled at precisely nothing.When I look back, the …

  • helenwarner
    An Open Letter to Kate Middleton
    by Helen Warner
    2011/04/05  |  Features  |  

    Dear Kate Congratulations on your forthcoming marriage.  How happy you must feel, yet how terrified too.  Getting married to a commoner is daunting enough but marrying the future king of England propels you into a whole new stratosphere.  Or does it?Marriage is so complex and difficult whoever you are and, …