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    The Making of The Year of the Rat
    by Clare Furniss
    2014/04/25  |  Features  |  

    One of the questions I’ve been asked a lot about The Year of The Rat is who I wrote it for. Is it ‘Young Adult’? Is it ‘Women’s Fiction’? The truth is, I didn’t write it for a particular age group. The idea of a story about a mother dying …

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    One of my greatest writing aids is my dishcloth!
    by Patricia Scanlan
    2014/03/10  |  Features  |  

    I’m often asked when and where am I most inspired to write. This question makes me laugh. If I were to wait for ‘inspiration’ to strike I’d never write a word.  Discipline is the word that springs to mind when I think of writing and, tragically, I’m not the world’s …

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    Mini Breaks for BATC
    by Jane Costello
    2014/02/10  |  Features  |  

    I’ve had a mild obsession with the concept of mini breaks ever since Bridget Jones was swept away on one with Daniel Cleaver. When I first read her Diary, eighteen years ago, I hadn’t actually been on many myself, not unless you count Butlins in 1988 (and I don’t). But …

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    The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson
    by Paige Toon
    2014/01/22  |  Features  |  

    I’m very excited because this month sees the release of the first book I have written for Young Adults: The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson. This is the first in a series of novels about fifteen-year-old Jessie, who discovers that her dad is famous bad-boy rock star Johnny Jefferson. I …

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    What a tough assignment!
    by Helen Warner
    2014/01/08  |  Features  |  

    As With or Without You is set between Hollywood and the UK, it was obviously essential for me to go to Hollywood to do some research about how the rich and famous live. I know. What a tough assignment! I had never been to Hollywood before, so I needed a …

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    The Best Christmas Present of All
    by Ali Harris
    2013/12/04  |  Features  |  

    I’m a sucker for old-fashioned values and each year I desperately want Christmas to feel like it does in the classic American movies, or when I was a child. Like Evie Taylor, my main character in ‘Miracle on Regent Street’ and ‘A Vintage Christmas’, I yearn to come out of …

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    She may be alive, she may be dead, but either way she haunts you. She’s the Other Woman…
    by Rachel Hore
    2013/11/04  |  Features  |  

    But you can do nothing about her relationship with your man, for it happened in the past. She might have been his first wife, his childhood sweetheart or a live-in girlfriend, but you can’t help thinking: ‘Did he love her more than me?’ Or – worse – ‘Does he love …

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    The Airport Safari
    by Melissa Hill
    2013/10/03  |  Features  |  

    I have a confession to make, more of a declaration really – I love airports.  Not in a nerdy, sit at the end of the runway with a flask of tea and a copy of Aviation Weekly ogling incoming aircraft kind of way. What I love is the excitement of …

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    Finding Lucky Santangelo
    by Jackie Collins
    2013/09/06  |  Features  |  

    As a kid growing up I was an avid reader, devouring all kinds of stories and also making up my own – books filled with outrageous characters, yes, even at thirteen I was into creating racy exciting stories! In the beginning my author of choice was the fabulous Enid Blyton. …

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    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 …