Archive for August 2014

Earth Girl by the sea

Aug 31st, 2014 | By

On the 16th August, Jan Krause Greene had a book signing at Books by the Sea in Osterville, MA on Cape Cod. She said: “I sold some books and met some really interesting people. Everyone who looked at the book bought one! This woman noticed my globe earrings – a gift from my youngest son

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The Cause: Excerpt

Aug 30th, 2014 | By

Chapter 1 “Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.” -André Gide   May 13th, 2026   There it is—a blue marble in the blackness of space, sweeps of white fuzzing the spherical surface, so small you can put your thumb over it and blip it out

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A tidbit for ladies who lunch

Aug 29th, 2014 | By

REVIEW CHARNEL HOUSE BLUES Carys Llewellyn : Freelance writer and book reviewer Just when you think that everything’s been written about vampires, along comes Suzanne Ruthven’s ‘Charnel House Blues: The Vampyre’s Tale’ giving us the most autocratic, attractive, enticing, seductive, witty, literary and discerning revenant of them all. Lord Ruthven isn’t, of course, an original

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The opportunities (and pitfalls) of writing Near-Future Science Fiction

Aug 28th, 2014 | By

By William Mitchell – Cosmic Egg. Near-future SF is a difficult genre in which to write, but one with a lot of potential and a lot of appeal. For a start it has a sense of immediacy and relevance that far-future SF lacks; it depicts times a reader could imagine living through, and seeing with

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How to write a book

Aug 26th, 2014 | By

You’re inspired, ideas are rampaging about in your head. You’ve read a lot of books, you know what you like, and you know what a book is supposed to look like. How do you make that journey, from idea to creation? And more importantly, how do you keep making it? Often writers find it more

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Writing in company

Aug 24th, 2014 | By

Helen Noble, author of Tears of a Phoenix, The 49th Day, and Scorpio Moons, shares images from her work space. The spaces authors choose to work in give tantalizing suggestions about the kinds of people they are. Helen Noble, it appears, has a number of friendly assistants…



Who influences your writing?

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By

By Colleen Douglas Who influences your writing? This question was raised by a friend who was present when I got another “form rejection” from an agent . Ask an agent or editor whether your next novel should have the themes or settings of whatever is currently popular (vampire romance, suburban porn, etc.) and they’ll invariably

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Excuses! Excuses!

Aug 20th, 2014 | By

Author Helen Noble reflects on how we make the time for writing…   Excuses for not writing – I’ve heard them all, and I have, on occasion, used a few of them myself.  The most favoured must be: ·       I haven’t got the time Getting back to basics, consider there are 24 hours in a day.

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Deer, editing and historical fiction

Aug 18th, 2014 | By

Where and how do creative people work? Here’s an insight… Autumn Barlow, publisher of the historical fiction imprint, Top Hat Books. Here’s the space where I work on the books coming through the historical fiction imprint, Top Hat Books. Under the slightly unnerving glass eyes of those two nineteenth-century animal heads, I read, copy-edit and

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Books and roses

Aug 16th, 2014 | By

Annika Jensen writes for Lodestone, and as you can see from the picture taken at a recent book signing (Barnes and Noble in Ellicott City, Maryland), she’s a very young talent. Much fiction for younger readers is written by far older people, but Annika has the skill and insight to write about being a teen

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