Archive for November 2014

Showing and telling

Nov 30th, 2014 | By

By Autumn Barlow, publisher of Top Hat Books   I am going to talk briefly about guidelines, not rules. And these guidelines need to be considered during the self-editing stage of writing. There are many different ways to write and NONE of them is the “correct” way. Some write by the seat of their pants;

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Images to tell a story

Nov 28th, 2014 | By

Elizabeth Hopkinson shares 12 enigmatic images that connect to her novel Silver Hands

Author Workspaces – Marie Yates

Nov 26th, 2014 | By

Author Marie Yates shares her inspiration… It’s only a permanent workspace in my dreams but taking Reggie on a day trip to the beach really helped me when I was struggling with the book… having a day out with him reminded me that the bond we have is an incredibly positive part of my life

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After Macbeth

Nov 24th, 2014 | By

by Nimue Brown I’ve read Macbeth a number of times and seen it live as well, including an amazing production in the ruins of Ludlow Castle. If you come at is just as a reader of fiction, it seems to exist in that ancient never never time of mystery and maybe was and probably wasn’t…

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A free read from Perfect Edge

Nov 22nd, 2014 | By

Heropa: A vast, homogenized city patrolled by heroes and populated by adoring masses. A pulp fiction fortress of solitude for crime-fighting team the Equalizers, led by new recruit Southern Cross – a lifetime away from the rain-drenched, dystopic metropolis of Melbourne. Who, then, is killing the great Capes of Heropa? In this paired homage to

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Inspiring landscapes – The Cheviot Hills

Nov 20th, 2014 | By

Hannah Spencer shares images from Northumberland that inspired her novel The Story of Light The Cheviot Hills of Northumberland have a wild and mesmerising beauty. People have made this landscape their home for two thousand years. Now only a few hill farms cling to the slopes, but once it was a thriving Iron Age community.

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What Would Dani Do?

Nov 18th, 2014 | By

by Marie Yates Dani, the main character in the book, Reggie and Me, has a tough time when she starts her new school in Year Eleven. One of the things she has to face is bullying. A group of girls decided to make Dani the target for their vindictive, hurtful behaviour. As if starting a

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Trailer – Heir To A Prophecy

Nov 16th, 2014 | By

Release Date Dec. 12, 2014 Mercedes Rochelle’s debut Historical Fiction novel Heir To A Prophecy asks what happens after Macbeth, and reveals how the witches’ prophecy reflects real British history.  You can read an excerpt on the author’s website: eBook £4.99 || $7.99 Dec 12, 2014. 978-1-78279-753-1. BUY Paperback £13.99 || $24.95 Dec 12,

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Writer workspaces – snuggled in the wool

Nov 14th, 2014 | By

At the moment, I do most of my writing snuggled into the corner of the sofa, in my living room. I hand write first drafts, which enables me to be rather mobile. But at the moment – it being wintery – the sofa is my space of preference. Behind me, is wool from the Wool

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How to inspire an author

Nov 12th, 2014 | By

I asked the JHP fiction authors what sort of settings inspire them… What do we need from a space in order to sit down and create? There’s a broad range of answers here – every author is unique.Top of Form   Gary Michael Vasey: ah – music and meditation. I can write anywhere but to be inspired

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