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Perfect Crime - Helen Fields

Motherhood, crime writing and hypocrisy

Most of the time, my career as a writer perfectly complements being a mother of three. I’m extremely fortunate. I take my children to school and pick them up. I never miss a parents’ evening or sports game, and I’m always around to help with homework or to run an… Read More
Envy - Amanda Robson

Poison in life and literature

My fascination with poison began in the early nineteen eighties. Then, as a young woman fresh from university, I worked at the UK National Poison’s Information Service at Guy’s Hospital, London, as part of a team specially trained to provide information on the treatment of poisoning. A service for members… Read More
The Mini-Break by Maddie Please

Ten tips to help you deal with writer’s block

In my new book, The Mini-Break, my main character Lulu is a successful, popular romance writer who has been published around the world. Suddenly she gets writer’s block. I could be wrong, but I think most writers experience this. I have done some exhaustive, in depth research (I asked my… Read More
The Lost Letter from Morocco by Adrienne Chinn

How My First Trip to Morocco Changed Everything

It had begun like any last minute away break – booking a cheap Easyjet flight to Marrakech, a trip to Boots for travel stuff and the bank machine for some cash, last minute packing, and a 3am taxi to Gatwick with my friend Marilyn (the friend who’d strong-armed me to… Read More
Keep Her Close - M.J. Ford

When I met DS Josie Masters again

Hello, old friend! It’s been a while…’ Bringing back a main character in series fiction is an odd feeling. Life as writer has moved on, but the protagonist of one’s creation has remained in a sort of limbo world, needed no more after the final page of the previous book. Read More
The Age of Misadventure - Judy Leigh

Why we need role models for older generations

My mum used to love a good romance novel. I was brought up with books strewn everywhere around the house and my mum would always have her nose in one, whatever she was doing. She enjoyed Catherine Cookson, Rosamund Pilcher and Maeve Binchy, especially tales about the lives of working… Read More
A Sister's Sorrow - Kitty Neale

Many Moons Ago…

I was born in 1943, during World War II, so I was a teenager in the 1950s, which was before teenagers or the term ‘youth culture’ had been invented. Of course, teenagers had always existed, there’d just never been a name for them before the Swinging Sixties. The world… Read More
The Man I Fell In Love With - Kate Field

Why I love romantic fiction

I love romantic fiction and it’s all Jane Austen’s fault. Growing up, I was the typical bookworm child, with my nose always stuck in a book, racing through my full allowance of ten library books each week. I would read anywhere and everywhere – even in church on a… Read More
A Bookworm's Guide to Social Media

A Bookworm’s Guide to Social Media

It probably won’t come as a surprise to you that I’m an avid reader, and I get a lot of enjoyment with sharing the books I’ve loved on social media and building a community with other readers. As the social media coordinator for Britain’s biggest book retailer, I’m always interested… Read More
In Safe Hands - JP Carter

How to create a detective

The crime fiction market has never been more competitive, with so many brilliant books vying for attention. It’s a real challenge for authors to write something that stands out from the rest. We all strive to develop original concepts and riveting storylines, but one of the hardest parts to get… Read More
The Big Myth of Motherhood - Claire Allan

The Big Myth of Motherhood

When it comes to motherhood, women can be each other’s worst enemies. In fact, quite often, we can become our own worst enemies too as we launch ourselves into the world of procreation like a tribute in The Hunger Games. For there is nowhere in life where a woman… Read More
5 tips on how to make the most of setting in your novel - Tracy Buchanan

5 tips on how to make the most of setting in your novel

Location always plays a pivotal role in all my novels, whether it be the ravished shores of Thailand during the 2004 tsunami in The Atlas of Us or the eerie underwater world of submerged forests in My Sister’s Secret. And it’s no different with my latest novel The Family Secret, which is set in… Read More
The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker - Jenni Keer

The Magic of a Good Book

Do you believe in magic? Or are you a more sceptical person who puts such frivolous notions down to coincidence and rational scientific explanation? I’m somewhere in between. I want to believe in magic and devour films and books that take me out of the real world and all its… Read More
Festive Fireworks - Tracy Corbett

Festive Fireworks – A short story by Tracy Corbett

Jessica Day had always loved the festive time of year. Not that she got to celebrate much these days. But that didn’t stop her imagining a time when she could put up decorations and lounge around her flat on Christmas morning opening presents with an attractive man by her side,… Read More
A Christmas Gif - Sue Moorcroft

Sue Moorcroft’s Ultimate Christmas

Given a blank sheet of paper – or blank blogpost – to create my ultimate Christmas, I find myself almost unable to choose. Quiet? Or noisy? Busy? Or peaceful? Home or away? Do I hanker after Christmas in a posh hotel in a hot country, with lots of books and… Read More