Author Talks: Sue Williams on discovering two remarkable friends and their shared story of changing the world, one patient at a time

I first met Australian icon Dr Catherine Hamlin when I went travelling in Ethiopia at the end of 2017. I spent a few days at the Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital talking to her for a magazine article, and learning about her tremendous work caring for girls and women who were suffering debilitating childbirth injuries, and … Continue reading Author Talks: Sue Williams on discovering two remarkable friends and their shared story of changing the world, one patient at a time

Author Talks: Monique Mulligan on Nurturing the Seeds of Inspiration

One of the most-asked questions of authors is ‘What inspired you to write this book?’ Some authors hate this question; others don’t. I fall into the latter camp. What inspired me to write Wherever You Go is something I’m passionate about. I could talk about it endlessly and I do, which sometimes earns me a … Continue reading Author Talks: Monique Mulligan on Nurturing the Seeds of Inspiration

Author Talks: Christie Nieman on Using Place to Find Your Stories

Place is where I find my stories. Start with a place, I recommend to young writers, and you will find stories, from the journeys of a tiny beetle to the machinations of an elderly patriarch. I forgot about all that though, when soon after my first novel As Stars Fall was released I had children … Continue reading Author Talks: Christie Nieman on Using Place to Find Your Stories

Author Talks: Josephine Moon – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Love

Love stories are never my first line of narrative in a novel (with the exception of perhaps The Chocolate Promise) but play a secondary, supporting storyline. I knew that my main character of The Cake Maker’s Wish, Olivia Kent, would have a love interest but that was as much as I knew when I began … Continue reading Author Talks: Josephine Moon – A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Love

Author Talks: Nicholas J. Johnson – You can’t make this stuff up

I tell people that I write fiction because I can’t be trusted with the truth. After all, I’ve worked as a professional magician for almost thirty years. My entire life has been dedicated to fabrication. I’m not just a regular magician either. I play an ‘honest con man’ swindling audiences with card cheating demonstrations and … Continue reading Author Talks: Nicholas J. Johnson – You can’t make this stuff up

Author Talks: Sandie Docker on The Power of Feel-good Fiction

Feel-good fiction sometimes gets a raw deal as being ‘light-weight’ or an ‘easy’ read, but an easy read simply means it is a page turner. And while feel-good fiction may leave us, as the name suggests, feeling good at the end, it doesn’t mean it can’t deal with some fairly heavy issues. And for me … Continue reading Author Talks: Sandie Docker on The Power of Feel-good Fiction

Author Talks: Leah Swann on Inventive explorations of motherhood in fiction

The eagle-featured mother in Angela Carter’s Bluebeard story “The Bloody Chamber” was an electrifying discovery as a student and lives on in me to this day. Back then, I’d read about oppressive mothers, unreliable mothers, fearsome mothers and loving mothers but never a fierce, swashbuckling mother like this one. Early in the story we learn … Continue reading Author Talks: Leah Swann on Inventive explorations of motherhood in fiction

Author Talks: Kirsty Manning on Discovering hidden jewels through research

A little over three years ago I was in the final stages of researching and writing my last novel set in Shanghai in World War Two—The Jade Lily—when I stumbled across an extraordinary newspaper article that completely knocked me off track. It was a review of an exhibition of 500 priceless pieces of Elizabethan and … Continue reading Author Talks: Kirsty Manning on Discovering hidden jewels through research