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

My Tips to Beat Writer’s Block – A Guest Post From Author S.D. Robertson

I am delighted to introduce this guest post from author S.D. Robertson on how to beat writer’s block. So, without further ado…


Most authors have suffered from writer’s block at some point.

So what is it and why does it happen?

In my experience, it’s never been quite the same as it tends to get portrayed in TV shows or movies, when writers find themselves unable to produce anything at all.  Continue reading