Characters are like onions by Mark Lowes – guest post

Mark Lowes is the author of Feral Snow which was published on 1 October 2020. Mark has kindly written a guest post about fictional characters. Characters are like onions…  ‘Ogres are like onions…’ (Shrek, 2001). I often think about this quote when dealing with fiction. Why? Not only because it’s from one of the greatest…

Jodie Chapman – Q&A

Jodie Chapman is the author of Another Life which was published by Michael Joseph on 1 April 2021. Jodie kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Another Life. Another Life tells the story of Nick and Anna who fall in love on the cusp of adulthood, but Anna comes…

Don’t Turn Around by Jessica Barry – extract

Jessica Barry is the author of Look For Me (previously known as Freefall). Her latest novel, Don’t Turn Around, is published by Vintage on 15 April 2021. Today I have an extract from the book. Chapter 6 TWO AND A HALF YEARS EARLIER Rebecca’s palms were slick with sweat, and she wiped them discreetly down…

Eleni Kyriacou – Q&A

Eleni Kyriacou is the author of She Came to Stay, which was published by Hodder & Stoughton in paperback on 25 February 2021. Eleni kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about She Came to Stay. She Came To Stay is set during the Great Smog of 1952 and is…

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…

A. J. Gnuse – Q&A

A. J. Gnuse is the author of Girl in the Walls, his debut novel, published by Fourth Estate on 1 April 2021. He kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Girl in the Walls. Girl in the Walls is the story of eleven-year-old Elise, an orphan who has snuck…

V. L. Valentine – Q&A

V. L. Valentine is the author of The Plague Letters, published by Viper Books on 1 April 2021. She kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about The Plague Letters. It puts you right smack in the middle of the last great plague epidemic to hit London – in 1665….

Balancing the Books – March 2021

2021 keeps on marching on at a pace, despite of the lockdown. The evenings keep on getting lighter, the weather usually warmer and the sense of Spring is definitely in the air. Reading took a bit of a back burner this month as I discovered Unforgotten and had to binge watch the first three series…

Carole Johnstone – Q&A

Carole Johnstone is the author of Mirrorland, published by Borough Press in ebook on 1 April 2021 and hardback on 15th April 2021. Carole kindly answered a few of my questions. 1. Tell us a little about Mirrorland. Mirrorland is a gothic thriller set in Edinburgh, Scotland. It’s about estranged identical twin sisters, Cat and…

The Consequences of Fear by Jacqueline Winspear – extract

The Consequences of Fear by Jacqueline Winspear is the 16th Maisie Dobbs novel. It was published by Allison & Busby 23 March 2021. Today I have an extract to share. That’s when he saw two men ahead, illuminated by a Bomber’s Moon and falling incendiaries. He didn’t like what he saw – there was shouting,…