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How to Write Villains for Children’s Books character development novel writing techniques Apr 18, 2021

The villains in children’s books are often what make stories come alive. Good baddies (if you will) capture the imagination – especially of children. They’re who children...

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Veronica Henry on Trusting the Process guest authors novel writing process Apr 11, 2021

Veronica Henry is the bestselling author of romance novels and a journalist whose first novel was published in 2002. Her novel A Night on the Orient Express won The Romantic Novel of the Year...

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Sarah Winman on Still Life guest authors novel writing process Apr 04, 2021

Sarah Winman is the bestselling, prize-winning author of When God Was a Rabbit,  A Year of Marvellous Ways and Tin Man. Still Life is a beautiful, big-hearted, richly...

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Erin Kelly on Writing guest authors novel writing process Mar 28, 2021

Erin Kelly is the author of eight novels, including bestselling psychological thrillers. Her sixth novel He Said/She Said spent six weeks in the Sunday Times top 10 bestseller...

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Val McDermid On Writing guest authors novel writing process Mar 14, 2021

The Queen of Crime, Val McDermid has sold over 17 million books to date across the globe and is translated into more than 40 languages. She is perhaps best-known for her Wire in the Blood...

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Nikesh Shukla on Writing guest authors Feb 21, 2021

Nikesh Shukla is the author of Coconut Unlimited (shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award), Meatspace and the critically acclaimed The One Who Wrote Destiny. He is...

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It's a Love Story novel writing techniques romance Feb 14, 2021

The end of solitude? Or a value choice? What's behind a love story? In a time in which we are all ragged, estranged, and feeling peculiarly close-to-the-edge sentimental, our blog this week...

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Writing Dystopian Novels science fiction Feb 07, 2021

Utopia and Dystopia are a hair's breadth apart, explains our writing coach Polly Ho-Yen, author of Dark Lullaby in which a mother desperately tries to keep her family together in a society...

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Meet the Agent - Silvia Molteni literary agents Jan 31, 2021

 Silvia Molteni is a literary agent at PFD. Peters Fraser + Dunlop (PFD) is one of our partner literary agencies. We submit our writers’ work in preference to these warm-hearted,...

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Emma Stonex on Writing guest authors novel writing process Jan 24, 2021

Emma Stonex is the author of several books written under a pseudonym. Before becoming a writer, she worked as an editor at a major publishing house. The Lamplighters is her debut novel under her...

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Ruth Hogan on Writing guest authors novel writing process Jan 17, 2021

Ruth Hogan is the bestselling author of the Sunday Times bestseller and Richard & Judy Readers' Award winner - The Keeper of Lost Things. She's the author of bestsellers - The Wisdom of Sally...

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The Nervous Novelist confidence meet the team positive coaching method Jan 10, 2021

Almost 99% of writers exist in a state of some doubt that they're any good at this writing business. The other 1% aren't very good at it. Only a fool thinks their writing is much good while they're...

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The Gift of a Novel Dec 18, 2020

If you're thinking about a gift for someone you know who loves writing, but needs a little nudge then giving them the gift of writing their own novel with a kindly nudge this season is the best...

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Meet Kate Riordan meet the team Dec 05, 2020

Writing coach, author Kate Riordan writes historical fiction, mystery and suspense novels. Her first historical novel published by Penguin was hailed as a must-read for fans of Rebecca by...

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