UK Authors

You Can't Write a Novel While Driving, but...

Ellis Shuman | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Tech
Ellis Shuman

In my other pocket was my smartphone, a phone I would only use in case of an emergency. But I was confident that I could handle the walk. Come on, guys. I do this exercise walk quite a bit and it would be better defined as a power walk. I walk quickly.

If You Don't Like Criticism, Don't Put Your Stuff Online

Jody Thompson | Posted 10.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Jody Thompson

Everyone has the ability to be a critic, yet no one seems to likes criticism. In this instance, the author of a self-published book responded in the worst way possible to a bit of negativity online, with the hysterical statement that a one star review amounts to defamation.

And The Winner For The Baileys Women's Prize For Fiction Is...

PA | By Robert Dex, Press Association Arts Correspondent | Posted 04.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Good things come to those who wait. And there is no one more deserving than Ali Smith, who scooped the £30,000 Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction on 3...

Author Anne Tyler Reveals Her (Rather Unusual) Secrets To Writing A Prize-Winning Book

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Anne Tyler is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and the literary genius behind titles including The Accidental Tourist and, more recently, A Spool Of ...

Why Clare Carson's 'Orkney Twilight' Is Set to Be Summer's Hottest Thriller...

Alix Long | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

I read books. I review books. I talk to people about books. Books take up an immense proportion of my life. However, being a teenager, sometimes it is way too easy to slip into the sociocultural safety net of reading, reviewing and talking about YA books.

Are Writers Certifiably Crazy?

Ellis Shuman | Posted 07.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ellis Shuman

The symptoms are getting worse. I wake up at night, my mind racing at a frantic pace, the ideas flooding me with a tidal wave of creativity. Afraid th...

World Book Night

Alix Long | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

More than anything, World Book Night teaches people why books, and reading, are so integral to our society and to humanity as a whole. It doesn't bear thinking about what our world would be like without literature.

Five Things Every Self-Publisher Should Know

Adam Hamdy | Posted 21.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

Self-publishing is increasingly proving to be an effective way of building a fan base, garnering critical reactions and attracting the attention of larger publishers. I caught up with self-published Author Adam Sydney to learn about his experiences as the writer and publisher of three novels.

Interview With 'The Minnow' Author Diana Sweeney

Alix Long | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Alix Long

There is something whimsical, compelling, even frightening, about the idea of a coastal community. A group of wind-beaten and artistic human beings, j...

Why Is it That Indie Author Panels Always Discuss Selling, Instead of Writing?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 16.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Laxmi Hariharan

A curious thing happened to me at the London Book Fair. As an Indie author, my first stop was the various Indie author panels. Held at Author HQ, as...

Pen Names - Why Authors Change Sex

Douglas McPherson | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

In 1859, Mary Anne Evans became George Eliot in order to be taken more seriously as a novelist at a time when it was believed women wrote only light romances. Today, it's male authors who adopt female pen names to be taken seriously as romance writers.

Forget Spelling, Learn Selling if You Want to Write

Tony Schumacher | Posted 25.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Tony Schumacher

One of the few things I have done right (eventually) was managing to get a deal with Harper Collins and having my debut novel "The Darkest Hour" published in the USA and UK. Finally, I did something right. Except I didn't. I made a ton of mistakes as a debut author... so I thought I would list them here...

Every Library That Closes...

J.N. Paquet | Posted 13.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
J.N. Paquet

Nowadays, libraries are unfortunately losing their appeal to the new generations. How can a visit to the library compete with playing Minecraft on an iPad?

The Heroines Journey

Becky Walsh | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Becky Walsh

When I think of masculinity and a form of energy, I feel it to be out going 'doing, fixing, sorting and achieving'. The feminine energy brings a softer presence 'passive, stillness, reserving and being'. The male is always the guest and the female always the host.

No, Peppa Pig Is Not to Blame for Your Children's Behaviour.

J.N. Paquet | Posted 12.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
J.N. Paquet

A week ago, a columnist of the Daily Mail was telling her readers why she had suddenly decided to ban the four-time Bafta-winning cartoon Peppa Pig from her home. Is Britain's top-selling pre-school character as dangerous and evil as the journalist claims it is?

Questions Questions Questions

Tony Schumacher | Posted 15.04.2015 | UK Comedy
Tony Schumacher

What are you still doing here? You're like a stray following me home; shoo... go away... start writing! Alright, we both know I don't really want you to go away, otherwise I would have just stopped writing and gone and made another coffee.

'Losing It' by Helen Lederer - An Interview and Book Review

Ruth Jacobs | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ruth Jacobs

Packed with hilarious scenes that had me laughing out loud, Losing It is an easy to read book that is hard to put down. Wrapped in this brilliant comedy is the more serious change made by the protagonist, Millie, who loses some of her criticalness of others and herself, which perhaps is an important element of Helen Lederer's new 'Mid-Lit' genre as it is in mid-life.

Could Your Story Change Someone's Life?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

When we feel passionate about our subject and have something important to share, we want the whole world to know about it. I can't tell you how many times aspiring authors have said to me that the most important thing for them is to get their book into as many hands as possible.

Write Harder, Better, Faster, (Not) Longer - with Uri Bram

Mark Brewer | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Mark Brewer

So, please, indulge me as I hitherto invent a new genre of literary criticism and thrust it upon your unwitting and uninterested eyes. I call it a "pre-review review". I hear your teeth grind as you call me a "wally" and slap the back of your own neck in the hope you'll hit that "off-button" sweet-spot. Why not simply call it a "preview", like a sensible person?

Are all books created equal?

Mindy Gibbins-Klein | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Tech
Mindy Gibbins-Klein

I'm sure many of you have enjoyed reading a good motivational book or ebook at some point in recent months. I've had quite a few to choose from and this got me thinking, are all books really created equal? If you had to choose, would it be an ebook or a printed one?

Man Creates Adventure Story On Twitter

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Tech

Remember those old multiple choice adventure books you could get? They'd usually start in a dungeon, or a castle and from there you'd go on your own u...

Interview with Bestselling Children's Author Jacqueline Harvey

Alix Long | Posted 13.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Alix Long

There is nothing more special than children's literature. Even now, I remember almost by heart the books my parents used to read to me as a young child, and the books I first started reading by myself.

The Ones To Watch: Best Debut Fiction Coming In 2015

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 16.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

But what is it that makes debut fiction so irresistible? For some it's the excitement of discovering new voices. For others it's the possibility of following a writer though a long career from the very beginning.

Nine Whimsical Winter Destinations in Europe for Writing Inspiration

Lizzie Davey | Posted 03.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Lizzie Davey

In winter, these senses are on overdrive thanks to the white blankets of snow and enchanting lights, the smells of cinnamon and tangerines, and the sounds of bells, carols, and laughter. So what better time is there than winter to gorge on writing inspiration?

Authors Pick The Best Books of 2014

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK Entertainment
Hannah Beckerman

I asked 20 bestselling authors to recommend the best books they read in 2014. Here are their favourite reads of the year.