• jamiemcguire
    The Original Bad Boy: The Real Travis Maddox
    by Jamie McGuire
    2012/08/14  |  Features  |  4 Comments

    So many of my readers have asked if Travis Maddox is based on a real person. Could a womanizing, foul-mouthed charmer that you can’t help but love be out there somewhere? The short answer: Yes, yes he is. My senior year of high school, I was thrilled to learn I …

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    How to Build a Business From Your Kitchen Table!
    by Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish
    2012/08/02  |  Features  |  

    Six short years ago, Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish were maxing out their credit cards, trying to secure investment and crossing their fingers that their idea would take off. It did, and now www.notonthehighstreet.com  is a multi-million business, a platform for thousands of independent designer-makers and retailers. Drawing on their …

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    My Night of Posh Frocks and Glamour
    by Creative Writer of the Year winner Stacey Dove
    2012/07/02  |  Features  |  

    Posh frocks, glitz and glamour were on the cards when Team Books and the City left the office and headed to the Melissa Nathan Award for Comedy Romance ceremony, a prize for women’s fiction, held in June.Two of our resident authors were nominated for the accolade – Milly Johnson for …

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    My Perfect Summer
    by Paige Toon
    2012/06/08  |  Features  |  

    Summer in America or England for the racing season there, and then back home to Australia for yet another summer. I didn’t see a winter until I was thirteen, and it was a couple of years later before my brother and I witnessed snow for the first time – our …

  • Always expect the unexpected…
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    2012/05/01  |  Features  |  

    But sometimes it is just too unexpected to be believed. I have certainly be taken by surprise by all the extraordinary events that have unfolded since I first set out to write my novel about The Spenders – Britain’s most famous family. Dead Rich. It has proved to be one …

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    What to wear? Perfect clothes to snare a job…
    by Creative Writer of the Year winner Stacey Dove
    2012/04/01  |  Features  |  

    Apparently, I’m an adult.At the time of writing, there are just DAYS until I finish university and have to enter the REAL WORLD. A scary place where the flash of a student card doesn’t make Topshop that little bit cheaper and a £500 fashion allowance is an offer dreams are …

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    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 …

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    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 …