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Punch in the nose and chocolate cake by Sandy Lowe

I have a confession to make. I don’t like to travel. There, I said it. Arrest me and throw away the key. My family loves traveling, in fact my parents are living their retirement dream touring Australia in their RV (aka the tin can). My older brother jets off around the world every chance he… Continue reading Punch in the nose and chocolate cake by Sandy Lowe

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I SEE DEAD PEOPLE… By I. Beacham

  “Don’t miss this unique chance to discover the real dark heart of Rome.” That’s what the tourist advert said and boy, they weren’t kidding. OK, I was looking for something different. I’d already done The Roman Forum, The Trevi Fountain, the Piazza Venezia, The Monument to Vittorio, the Colosseum (both above and below it),… Continue reading I SEE DEAD PEOPLE… By I. Beacham

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Who’s Afraid of Camp, Anyway? An irresponsible opinion piece by Christian Baines

I remember a conversation with a friend and beta reader about my first novel, urban fantasy The Beast Without, in which he described it (affectionately) as camp. Camp? Camp? I thought. What part of this novel that began with back-alley fellatio and an evisceration (start as you mean to go on, as they say) was… Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Camp, Anyway? An irresponsible opinion piece by Christian Baines

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And We’re Walking by Barbara Ann Wright

I hate flying. I’m always nervous that I won’t be where I need to be on time. Airplanes are always hot and stuffy. Someone’s always coughing. Or complaining. Loudly. In order to read, I have to slouch so that the book is level with my eyeline. If I look down while in motion, I get… Continue reading And We’re Walking by Barbara Ann Wright

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Writing the Unspeakable by Robyn Nyx

I attended an evening with Philippa Gregory earlier this year. She's the author of amazing female-driven books such as The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen. She was touring her most recent book, Order of Darkness, the fourth in The Dark Tracks series, and talking about “writing the unspeakable.” Almost everything she said resonated deeply with me. I… Continue reading Writing the Unspeakable by Robyn Nyx

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Sometimes Shit Just Happens by Mardi Alexander and Laurie Eichler

Sometimes shit just happens. Imagine this: An Aussie  and a Yank . Writing duo Mardi Alexander   and Laurie Eichler, flying across the world, from the wild scapes of Australia, to the hallowed, rugged shores of England on our way to the Bold Strokes Books Festival in Nottingham when, uh-oh – we get ditched somewhere across… Continue reading Sometimes Shit Just Happens by Mardi Alexander and Laurie Eichler

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Need Plot, Will Travel by Aurora Rey

It’s possible to write an amazing book set in a place you’ve never been. From futuristic fantasy to contemporary romance, good research and an even better imagination go a long way. That said, I still believe there’s no substitute for seeing a place you want to write about. More than seeing, really. There’s the way… Continue reading Need Plot, Will Travel by Aurora Rey