• rebeccachance
    A feast for the senses
    by Rebecca Chance
    2013/08/15  |  Features  |  

    Cinnamon-perfumed neck wraps, guava and mango Bellinis, Bulgari green tea toiletries, an aromatherapy room perfume menu in the hotel reception, salty sea air wafting through the white muslin draperies around the beach cabanas…I’d go back to Mexico for the delicious scents alone. And then there were the exquisite tastes, the …

  • millyjohnson
    Launching a book into the world
    by Milly Johnson
    2013/07/31  |  Features  |  

    Sometimes I think that the actual writing of books is the easiest part of the whole process.  Books are like small children – you have to celebrate their arrival into the world with a party (any excuse).  You have to ‘wet their head’ with champagne (more any excuse).  You have …

  • santamontefiore
    The Allure of Ruins
    by Santa Montefiore
    2013/07/18  |  Features  |  

    High up on the cliffs, overlooking the Irish Sea, is an old stone castle. Its empty eyes stare vacantly out at a horizon that is always the same yet forever changing in colour and cloud. One of the towers stands hollow but proud while the other has long since crumbled …

  • cjflood
    Truth and Fiction in Infinite Sky
    by C.J. Flood
    2013/07/04  |  Features  |  

    A lot of people ask me how autobiographical Infinite Sky is, and the truth is, it’s hard to say. The story begins a few weeks after thirteen-year-old Iris Dancy’s mother leaves the family to go travelling around North Africa. Iris’s home life quickly falls into a state of chaos, with her …

  • susanelliotwright
    It’s All About the Setting…
    by Susan Elliot Wright
    2013/06/10  |  Features  |  

    As a reader, I enjoy novels with a strong sense of place because I want to be able to visualise the setting, to see the characters and events against a backdrop, whether it’s a grey, concrete city full of high-rise buildings, a wild, windswept stretch of moorland, or the golden …

  • paigetoon
    What’s in a Name?
    by Paige Toon
    2013/05/07  |  Features  |  

    Coming up with titles for books can be a tricky process, but it’s one of the most important things to get right. I thought you might like some insight into how we came up with my titles, starting with my first…Lucy in the Sky came courtesy of my brother, Kerrin …

  • janecostello
    Do I base my characters on real people..?
    by Jane Costello
    2013/04/15  |  Features  |  

    One of the questions writers are asked all the time is whether we base any of our books on real-life events or people.In my case, that bit at the front that talks about a resemblance to real people, living or dead, is spot on: virtually everything in my novels is …

  • jamiemcguire
    Inside the mind of Travis Maddox – The Difference between Men and Women
    by Jamie McGuire
    2013/04/02  |  Features  |  

    My previous four books were all written from a female POV, and had a fan not suggested that I write Beautiful Disaster from Travis’s POV, I might not have made the attempt. When I was about a quarter into the book, I sent the manuscript to Abbi Glines (author of …

  • patriciascanlan
    Why I hate starting to write a book!
    by Patricia Scanlan
    2013/03/11  |  Features  |  

    Let me say straight away, that even after the twenty-three years that have passed since my first book, City Girl, was published, that I still love writing and am so happy to be working in a job I love. I have really enjoyed writing With All My Love, my seventeenth …

  • helenwarner
    Why I became such an incorrigible match-maker
    by Helen Warner
    2013/02/11  |  Features  |  

    I love February.  As an incurable romantic, it feels to me as if Valentine’s Day casts a rosy glow over the whole month.  My own Valentine is my husband, Rob. When I tell people that I met him when I was 8 and he was 11, the reaction is always: …