David Penny – Love me, love my character

Today I’m delighted to welcome David Penny, historical fiction writer and fellow member of the Alliance of Independent Authors. David published four novels in the 1970s before being seduced by a steady salary. He has now returned to his true love of writing with the first three books in a series of historical mysteries set […]

Elizabeth Buchan and The New Mrs Clifton

Continuing the ‘Love me, love my character’ series, I’m delighted to welcome back to the blog Elizabeth Buchan; she very kindly answered a newbie blogger’s questions with much patience and grace. Elizabeth Buchan began her career as a blurb writer at Penguin Books after graduating from the University of Kent with a double degree in […]

Name that character!

Today, I’m welcoming fellow Romantic Novelists’ Association member Joanna Maitland to talk about naming characters.

After many years publishing Regencies with Harlequin Mills & Boon, Joanna is branching out into new fields as an independent author. With fellow author Sophie Weston, Joanna has just set up Libertà! where readers and writers can meet and share […]

Travel broadens the writer’s mind

Flying from Paris to Montréal (pronounced in the Francophone world as ‘Mon_roy_al’) was full of brain-fodder for me as a writer! Over the seven hours, my other half and I watched films, ate slightly strange food and thought about the next few weeks of our Big Trip. But best of all was chatting to two […]

Meet JJ Marsh - crime writer and fellow 'Bookseller' honouree!

JJ Marsh grew up in Wales, Africa and the Middle East, where her curiosity for culture took root and triggered an urge to write. After graduating in English Literature and Theatre Studies, she worked as an actor, teacher, writer, director, editor, journalist and cultural trainer all over Europe. Now based in Switzerland, Jill is a […]