The Journey to Publication – Helen Giltrow – Q&A

Today I’m pleased to welcome Helen Giltrow to the blog. Helen’s novel, The Distance, out now in paperback and will be reviewed here soon. Today Helen talks about the journey to publication. Tell us about your journey to publication. When did you start writing? I started young. I’ve still got the first book I wrote,…

Aven Ellis on Beta Readers

As part of the Behind the Book series, Aven Ellis, author of Connectivity and Waiting for Prince Harry tells us about how she uses Beta readers when writing. A year has now passed since I published my debut novel, Connectivity. I’ve learned so much about the industry in these past 12 months, and this is…

Ros Schwartz/Arcadia – translation special

Today I am pleased to share a fantastic interview with translator Ros Schwartz and Karen Sullivan from the publishers Arcadia who discuss the fabulous and often unsung work done by translators who help introduce us all to the wonderful world of foreign language fiction.   Ros – What process do you go through when you…

Barbara Nadal – Cold hearted killer? Moi?

Today on the blog I’m honoured to feature Barbara Nadal, author of the Inspector Ikem and the Hakin and Arnold mystery series. Here, in a moving piece, she talks about killing off characters. Cold hearted killer? Moi? Authors are in the most unique position of being masters of their own fictional universes. Scriptwriters, poets, artists…

Emma Chapman – My Journey to Publication

  On the day her novel How To Be A Good Wife comes out in paperback, Emma Chapman tells us about her journey to publication…   When I was at university and I’d tell people I wanted to be a writer, they would inevitably ask me what I’d already written. “Nothing,” I’d say. “I just…

Susan Buchanan – How hard is it being a translator?

Today I’m please to welcome Susan Buchanan to the blog. Susan has is an author and has just set up her own translation company Perfect Prose. About Susan: Susan Buchanan lives near Glasgow, Scotland and is the author of three novels, as well as being  a proofreader, editor, and translator. She has an MA in…

Guest Post – Nick Alexander

Today Nick Alexander, author of ten novels including The French House and The Half-life of Hannah, has kindly shared his inspiration behind Other Halves, his latest novel. The inspiration for Other Halves came to me in the middle of the messiest of divorces. Luckily for me, it was someone else’s divorce.  I was caught in the…