Bucking the Trend and Q&A – Grant Nicol

Today I’m pleased to welcome Grant Nicol to the blog. Grant is the author of On a Small Island and The Mistake and his latest novel, A Place to Bury Strangers was published by Fahrenheit Press on 8 November 2016. Here Grant talks about the unusual collaboration between Fahrenheit Press and Number Thirteen Press to re-release all of his…

Finding the Plot – Why I Outline by A.D. Garrett – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome A.D. Garrett to the blog. AD Garrett is the author of Believe No one and Everyone Lies and the latest book to feature Fennimore and Simms,  Truth Will Out was published by Corsair on 3 November 2016. Today A.D. Garrett discusses why she outlines her novels Finding the Plot – Why I…

The Rise of the Female Protagonist by Jacquelyn Benson – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Jacquelyn Benson to the blog. Jacquelyn’s debut novel, The Smoke Hunter was published by Headline on 3 November 2016. Here Jacquelyn talks about female protagonists. Why the ‘Rise of the Female Protagonist’ Has Me Giddy I’ll admit it: I might have done a happy dance after watching the Rogue One trailer…

Nine Neglected Houses in Novels by Morgan McCarthy – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Morgan McCarthy to the blog. Morgan is the author of Strange Girls and Ordinary Women,  The Other Half of Me and The Outline of Love and her latest novel, The House of Birds, was published by Tinder Press on 3 November 2016. The House of Birds features an abandoned, derelict house, left to Katie…

More than 100 stories by Sarah Butler – guest post

Today I’m pleased to welcome Sarah Butler to the blog. Sarah is the author of Before the Fire, published by Picador. Here Sarah talks about More than 100 stories, a collaboration with artist Nicole Mollett mapping and responding to Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places project. MORE THAN 100 STORIES TIME It never stops,…

A Vintage Wedding by Katie Fforde – review

Published by Arrow Publication date Source – own copy “A vintage wedding, romance, and a happy-ever-after ending – what more could you want from the ‘modern-day Jane Austen’. In a small Cotswold country town, Beth, Lindy and Rachel are looking for new beginnings. So they set up in business, organising stylish and perfectly affordable vintage…

Under the Reader’s Radar – celebrating the quiet novel

There are thousands upon thousands of books published each year. Only a small percentage of those make it to the best-seller list. That doesn’t mean that the rest aren’t worthy of reading. It may be that they are written by self-published authors who don’t have the marketing knowledge or a small independent publisher who doesn’t have the…