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

Author Talks: Karly Lane on the Importance of Women in Agriculture

One of my very first attempts at writing was a book titled the Cattleman’s Runaway Bride. When I began writing, I only had Mills and Boon in mind to submit to because they were the only ones I had writing guidelines for… This was in the very early days of the internet! It was eventually … Continue reading Author Talks: Karly Lane on the Importance of Women in Agriculture

Author Talks: B. M. Carroll on Who were you at school? The shy one? The silly one? The social butterfly?

1980s, Cork, Ireland: I was definitely the quiet one at school. I lived in Blarney, a village located five miles outside Cork city, and my parents decided to send me to the ‘city’ for secondary school. A distance of five miles means nothing in Australia, but in Ireland it was quite significant at the time. … Continue reading Author Talks: B. M. Carroll on Who were you at school? The shy one? The silly one? The social butterfly?

Author Talks: Sonya Bates on the transition from Children’s Fiction to Crime Thriller

On first glance, children’s fiction doesn’t seem to have much in common with crime thrillers – in this case, a murder mystery with a dual timeline. And yet, that is the leap in genre that I made when I set out to write Inheritance of Secrets. I’d been writing children’s fiction for a few years … Continue reading Author Talks: Sonya Bates on the transition from Children’s Fiction to Crime Thriller

Author Talks: Tony Park on Getting the Research ‘Right’

One of the most enjoyable and challenging things about starting a new novel is learning about something you know absolutely nothing about. My next novel, Last Survivor, is, like many of my previous books, based on the fight against poaching in Africa. The difference in this book, however, is that instead of focussing on mega-fauna, … Continue reading Author Talks: Tony Park on Getting the Research ‘Right’