UK Authors

Seven Essential Tips for Unpublished Authors

Benjamin Johncock | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Benjamin Johncock

1. Write a great book. This is very hard and will take you a long time. See (3.). 2. Never refer to yourself as: budding novelist, aspiring novelist,...

How the Time Poor Manage to Write Books

Reneé Davis | Posted 17.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Reneé Davis

This week I finished draft one of my second book, a fiction novel clocking in at almost 80,000 words. Getting to this stage is a wonderful feeling, a...

Speak Up: Where's the Diversity in the EU Referendum Debate?

Kate Delaney | Posted 16.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Kate Delaney

There's more to the world than Facebook comments of course, but there's also so many voices not being heard too. And if you don't speak out, then you won't get listened too, continuing the cycle of decisions made by and for white men.

Courting Trouble Can Be Seriously Awkward

Kathy Lette | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK
Kathy Lette

If I have any strength as a writer it's putting down on paper the way women talk when there are no men around. Outraged at the treatment of women in rape trials, I wanted to address this issue.

Where Is Helen Bailey?

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 23.04.2016 | UK
Zoe Clark-Coates

I met Helen when we were both guests on BBC Breakfast. She was kind, compassionate and so easy to talk to. Of course we then stayed in touch, and I quickly learnt about her work and how her blog and Facebook page offered comfort to many grieving widows.

Ruth Rendell Award Launched to Find Author Who Has Done the Most to Champion Literacy

Jonathan Douglas | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Jonathan Douglas

Nominations for authors or writers who have had a significant influence on the literacy cause in the past year are being sought from schools, charities, libraries, booksellers and individuals. The closing date for entries is 31 May.

Growing up with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Depression by Author

Will Green | Posted 09.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Will Green

Sometimes it would be triggered by what was going on around me, what I was watching on TV or reading about and sometimes it was completely at random. For example, if a story about something bad came on the news (and let's face it a lot of the stories are) my mind would instantly race down this tunnel placing people I cared about in this exact situation.

How Jacqueline Wilson's Books Help Teach Kids Empathy

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK Parents

Jacqueline Wilson has made a name for herself writing unique children's stories that challenge the stereotypes of a traditional family. From 'Trac...

Tyne For Tea! Interview with Author Tyne O'Connell

Annette Bette Kellow | Posted 21.02.2016 | UK Entertainment
Annette Bette Kellow

Tyne is a triple threat. Not only is she a talented novelist and Mayfair Historian, but she is also impeccably elegant whilst she was recently awarded Eccentric Thinker of The Year by the Eccentrics Club (patron HRH Prince Philip).

14 Easy Costume Ideas For World Book Day

The Huffington Post UK | Amy Packham | Posted 04.03.2016 | UK Parents

Dressing up for World Book Day at school is an exciting change to the ordinary school uniform for children. But for parents, this means getting you...

On Star Wars, The Craft of Writing and What Novelists Can Learn From 'The Force Awakens/

Benjamin Johncock | Posted 21.12.2015 | UK Entertainment
Benjamin Johncock

Star Wars surpasses genre and transcends viewing age. It is not a children's film. It's an adult film that happens to be suitable for children. As a result, it doesn't patronise children, nor does it attempt to second-guess what kids will find interesting and entertaining.

When Are You Going to Write a Real Book?

CJ Daugherty | Posted 14.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
CJ Daugherty

True young adult fiction is intended, as the name implies, to be read both by adults and those in their late teens. I do not make allowances for my young readers in my writing, and neither do most authors. The storylines are definitely not childish.

More Things Every First Time Author Should Know

Adam Hamdy | Posted 20.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

Having been through the process of publishing his first book, I was interested to know whether James foresaw any differences in the way he would approach his second novel.

Things Every First Time Author Should Know

Adam Hamdy | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK Entertainment
Adam Hamdy

I'm currently working on a new novel that will be published by Headline next year. Keen to understand what awaits me, I tapped James Law and Jenny Blackhurst, two very talented, recently published first time thriller writers, for advice.

One In Ten Reading Illegal E-Books

J.N. Paquet | Posted 24.07.2016 | UK Tech
J.N. Paquet

If the illegal download of eBooks were one day to become a widespread activity, we could end up with the current authors being the last generation of authors making a living out of their work.

Children's Author Babette Cole Attacked By A Herd Of Cows

SWNS | Posted 06.07.2015 | UK Parents

A popular children's author has told how she was "ready to die" as she was attacked by a herd of cows. Babette Cole, 64, described the moment she c...

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

Ellis Shuman | Posted 10.06.2016 | 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 09.06.2016 | 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 04.06.2016 | 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 07.05.2016 | 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 06.05.2016 | 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...