UK Fiction

5 Tips When Writing Fiction For Women's Weeklies

Douglas McPherson | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Douglas McPherson

With the women's weeklies collectively publishing dozens of stories every week, they provide a ready market for any aspiring fiction writer to get in print and earn decent fees while writing about whatever subjects turn them on. Writing for the womags isn't an easy option, however. They have exacting standards.

And the Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

Martin Treanor | Posted 27.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Martin Treanor

In truth, they are everywhere, organising in all the corners of this world, with no other urge but to clip their cloth and colour their skin so they might mimic the superheroes they worship, as if they were real and living personages

Book Review: When the Music's Over by Peter Robinson

Robert Bradley | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

Yewtree will go down as being coined the craze of the 10's. Just as hosting a referendum is the new fad to replace 2013's

"inquiry for this and an inquiry for that! Darling we've ran out of milk, we need to open an inquiry!"
It comes then with no great surprise that crime writer Peter Robinson should bestow his beloved detective Banks with such a folly deal of the historic sex crime.

Book Review: I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Robert Bradley | Posted 18.07.2016 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

The fastest selling crime novel of 2015 according to the Sunday Times was I Let You Go written by Clare Mackintosh. It was a huge success. In as little as a year later, Clare's 2nd book, I See You, will be speeding its way on to our book shelves faster than you can say.. Publisher Pressure!

Book Review: The Last Days of Jack Sparks by Jason Arnopp

Robert Bradley | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

When good horror and fantastic comedy collides, something really awesome happens. One minute you have them screaming at a warewolf gouging some poor...

Book Review: The Crime Writer by Jill Dawson

Robert Bradley | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

I'm never been exactly sure about how I feel when authors pen their novels around historical figures in fictional plots. Well, I say this having never actually read a book that has even ever done such a thing. Regardless of that fact and slightly odd introduction, I can't help but find it a little bit safe for the writer to choose a writer as their protagonist, fictional or not.

Paid Writing: The Attrition Economy

Andrew Keith Walker | Posted 24.06.2016 | UK
Andrew Keith Walker

Five years ago I dumped the commute, sold out of my various business interests and became a full time freelance writer. It was in many respects the worst career decision I've ever made, but at the same time, also the best. It depends on which day you ask.

Night Shift by Charlaine Harris (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

The premise for Harris' Midnight, Texas series sounds like the set-up for a corny joke: a witch, a vampire, a psychic and a couple of angels occupy the same small town and are hoping to stay under the radar. Now Harris throws ghosts and demons into the mix. What's next, gnomes and unicorns?

Holidaying in Croatia This Summer? Here Are My Eight Must Do's...

Annabelle Thorpe | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Annabelle Thorpe

A trip to Croatia is about more than just the beaches and the clear blues skies. Here are my eight top tips for really getting to know the country, and make your holiday really memorable.

Book Review: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

Robert Bradley | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Robert Bradley

"Ether is to light as air is to sound, but far more efficient. You will have noticed that when fireworks ignite, you hear that bang after the flash? T...

What's the Point of the London Book Fair?

Mark Piggott | Posted 12.04.2016 | UK Entertainment
Mark Piggott

So where does the blame lie? In the complacent self-sustaining world of publishing, where agents and publishers alike employ young, middle class interns to weed out the chaff and find the next big thing. Except of course most of these readers, being young and middle class, haven't actually got a clue about good writing OR the real world...

Unleash the Night: Dark Fantasy and Allegory

Hazel Butler | Posted 16.03.2016 | UK Entertainment
Hazel Butler

Dark Fantasy has always been my favourite genre. Whether I'm reading or writing, it is a genre I return to again and again. This is partly due to my l...

The Pros and Cons of Rejection

Johnny Rich | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Entertainment
Johnny Rich

What, I wondered, are we supposed to draw from this? Here are five reasons why repeated rejection might be relevant and what we might learn from it, regardless of whether we are writers or simply people striving to get by in an often unappreciative world.

Are There Heroes Among Us?

Matthew Dickinson | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK Tech
Matthew Dickinson

We read about them, we see them on the big screen and the replica toys fly off the shelves each Christmas. Superheroes from comic books are more popular than ever, with legions of fans across the globe that dream about possessing the powers that their heroes do.

It's Been A Year Since I Got A Book Deal, Here's What I've Learned

Holly Seddon | Posted 21.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
Holly Seddon

It's been a year since I agreed my two-book UK deal with Corvus, part of Atlantic Books. We're still a few months away from the January publication, and I'm still a rookie but nonetheless, I've learned a buttload over this last year.

Writing Out Gender Bias

John Allen | Posted 10.09.2016 | UK Entertainment
John Allen

I thought we all lived in a modern society where things like gender and racial bias if not completely eliminated, were rapidly becoming a thing of the past in the west. It seems not. The fact that Naomi admitted to doing it herself gave me a little relief.

The Battle of Thessaloniki

Giuseppe Porcaro | Posted 30.06.2016 | UK
Giuseppe Porcaro

We drove around the squalid periphery, passing by the village of Kalochori, home of many construction sites left unfinished from pre-war times when th...

The Cambridge Spies: Why Do We Still Find Them So Fascinating?

Conor Mills | Posted 08.05.2016 | UK Entertainment
Conor Mills

An interview with Peter Murphy, author of a new novel about the Cambridge Spies, And is there Honey Still for Tea? (No Exit Press, publication on 23 A...

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...

Whose Story Is It Anyhow?

Sonja Lewis | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sonja Lewis

There is almost always a story to be told, whether it is a private heart-to-heart with a good friend or a public release on Facebook or the like. Make no mistake about it: the latter is not my cup of tea, or coffee for that matter, but I'm probably in the minority nowadays.

The Magical Underworld of Bulgarian Author Ludmila Filipova

Ellis Shuman | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ellis Shuman

Ludmila Filipova is the author of seven bestselling novels published in Bulgaria, of which three are currently being developed into feature films.

(#1) 50 Mistakes of the Fledgling Fiction Writer. Ian M Pindar.

Ian M Pindar | Posted 08.04.2015 | UK Entertainment
Ian M Pindar

I gave up my well-paid job to become a full time writer. This is the bloginations of my emotional, psychological, creative, angst ridden and time-consuming toil on my 'journey' to hold a finished novel in my hand, and gaze out from the top of Maslow's pyramid.

#ReviewWomen2015: It's Time to Take Commercial Fiction Seriously

Hannah Beckerman | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK
Hannah Beckerman

Every time you review a book by a female writer - whatever the genre - whether on social media, on your blog, in your local or national newspaper, use the #ReviewWomen2015 hashtag. Let's make this the year fiction by women gets reviewed more than ever before.

My First Date After the Big D

Ben Adams | Posted 15.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Adams

If truth be told, it's about time I put myself back in the shop window for real now. No more excuses. No more "it's too soon", or "I've got to put the kids first", or even "I'll write a book about it instead of doing it for real".

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...