The ups and downs of writing – a guest post from Claire Allan, author of Her Name Was Rose

I’m so happy to be partnering with Avon books to bring you this guest post on how writer Claire Allan, author of Her Name Was Rose handles the ups and downs of being a writer. So without further ado…

Two years ago I decided to take a massive leap of faith and become a full time writer. 

Having combined a career in journalism with writing for ten years, and working full time for seven of those years, I imagined it would be idyllic.  Continue reading


Exclusive bonus content from Amanda Robson’s latest book, Guilt

Guilt begins with a stabbing, which leaves one twin sister dead and the other accused of her murder. The twins Miranda and Zara are thirty years old at the start of the novel. But their problems began to incubate years before that. Here are some teenage memories: Continue reading

How I created my protagonist – A guest post from author Judy Leigh

I’m honored to be partnering with Avon books to bring you this guest post on how the protagonist from Judy Leigh’s latest book A Grand Old Time. So without further ado…


My protagonist, Evie Gallagher, came to me in a similar way to Joan of Arc hearing the voice of the saints. I could hear Evie before I knew what she looked like. I knew she was feisty, that she made jokes and cursed a bit, spoke her mind, was mischievous. I wrote the first few chapters really quickly; Evie in Dublin, her escape from the care home she’d gone to by mistake, her visit to the bookmakers with a strange man and a bet on the horse which had her husband’s name. Continue reading

The Back Story of the Love interest – A Guest Post from Author Tracy Corbett

I’m honored to be partnering with Avon books to bring you this guest post on the back story of Barney Hubble, the love interest in the latest book from Tracy Corbett, author of The Summer Theatre by the Sea. So without further ado…


Before I start writing a new story, I like to draft character biographies and explore my characters’ backgrounds and what motivates them. Knowing what’s happened prior to the story starting, helps me to hit the ground running, and enables me to get inside the character’s mind. The male love interest in The Summer Theatre by the Sea is Barney Hubble. Continue reading

The Search For Ideas – A Guest Post by Author Jaime Raven

I’m honored to be partnering with Avon books to bring you this guest post on The Search for Ideas from Jamie Raven, author of The Rebel. So without further ado…


As an author one of the questions I’m most often asked is: Where do you get your ideas from?
There’s no stock answer, of course. Ideas come from a wide range of sources.

I pick up most of mine from newspapers and magazines. These are full of intriguing news stories and features that can trigger ideas for novels.
This as how my latest book, The Rebel, began its life. I spotted an interesting item while reading a Sunday paper. It was about a prominent journalist who had been assassinated in Mexico. He was the latest victim of one of the ruthless drug cartels that operate in that country. Continue reading

Beneath the Skin Excerpt and Interview with Caroline England {Author Interview}

Beneath the Skin is the debut novel from former divorce lawyer Caroline England.

To give you a taste of what Beneath the Skin has to offer I’ve partnered with Avon, an imprint of Harper Collins Publishers, to give you a special excerpt of Beneath the Skin and an exclusive author interview with Caroline England!

Beneath the Skin is a psychological thriller around lies, deceit, friendship and betrayal that’s sure to keep you on the edge of your seat, have you feverishly page turning and send you many chilling moments that’ll truly get….beneath your skin (I know, I know – I couldn’t help it). Continue reading

An audience with Evan Guilford-Blake {Author Interview}

Evan Guilford-Blake is an accomplished author who has tried his hand, successfully, at many forms of writing – he’s a successful playwright, has written short story collections, works of fiction and poetry to name a few. His stories have won multiple competitions and he’s won more than 40 playwriting contests.

I recently came across Evan’s work for the first time via American Blues – a short story collection set in America and all centred around the blues – the emotion and the music. You can read my review of the collection here. Evan has quickly become one of my favourite authors and I contacted him to see if he fancied a chat about his work. Luckily for me (and you) he said yes, so without further ado, here is the interview! Continue reading