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Lynn Shepherd

Author of literary mystery novels inspired by Austen, Dickens, the Shelleys, and Dracula. The Pierced Heart is out in October 2014

If JK Rowling Cares About Writing, She Should Stop Doing It

I didn't much mind Rowling when she was Pottering about. I've never read a word (or seen a minute) so I can't comment on whether the books were good, bad or indifferent. I did think it a shame that adults were reading them... But, then again, any reading is better than no reading, right? But <em>The Casual Vacancy </em>changed all that.
21/02/2014 17:40 GMT

Tell-Tale Signs: Decoding the Secrets of the Corporate Grapevine

Once upon a time we all told stories. As children we learn about the world outside through our parents' fairy tales. Wolves, beasties and wicked stepmothers teach us that danger lurks for the unwary and we should always try to be brave, tell the truth, and avoid hurting other people's feelings...
11/02/2014 10:30 GMT

Even Great Writers Get Panned: One-Star Reviews for Ten Classic Books

Don't get me wrong - the internet is about all about self-expression and I'm all for it, but it does have its downsides, and if you're an author, the one-star review is definitely one of them. But even the greats of the past are not immune, so it being the season for some harmless fun, here are some of my favourite one-star Amazon reviews for ten of the world's best-loved books.
20/12/2013 16:20 GMT

Drac is Back

From Hammer to <em>The Hunger</em>, <em>Twilight </em>to <em>True Blood</em>, when it comes to screen memes, vampires really do seem to be the gift that keeps on giving. But I'll confess that when I heard that Sky Living were going to screen a lavish new adaptation of <em>Dracula </em> made for NBC, I was initially sceptical.
27/11/2013 17:38 GMT

Vamping It Up: The Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin

Stoker was born in Dublin in 1847, and given how vast the vampire vibe has now become, you can't blame his home town for claiming him. And boy did they get their teeth into it, exploring every possible angle of the book's creation and legacy, from rave to grave.
30/10/2013 17:16 GMT

The Deadly Sins of Corporate Communications - and How You Can Avoid Them

It really is possible to produce corporate communications that actually communicate. It's not easy, and you'll be caught between the irresistible force of 'we've always done it this way', and the immoveable object of fifteen rounds of tedious approvals that will slowly bleach out any interest or readability your bold first draft might once have had.
13/09/2013 14:00 BST

'This Fatal Catastrophe': The Sad Life and Strange Death of Harriet Shelley

She was discovered in an advanced state of pregnancy, despite the fact that she had been estranged from her husband for over two years; and last, and most explosively, the husband in question was not only the eldest son of a baronet, but the noted radical, atheist and poet, Percy Bysshe Shelley.
19/08/2013 22:43 BST

My Five Golden Rules for Being a Writer on Twitter

I've been on Twitter since the summer of 2010, soon after my first novel was published. Three books, three years and a few thousand followers later, I think I may be getting the hang of it. So for what it's worth, here are my own five ways to get the best out of Twitter, and make sure it gets the best out of me.
26/06/2013 17:34 BST