Ten years ago, a new Nottingham author got in touch to say she'd like to do a reading/signing at Waterstones; could we help her make it happen? A decade later, we're still doing those author readings/signings. It grew from that one weeknight that had been shifted at the last minute and included three authors, to… Continue reading A Decade Of Words
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
From gutter rat to traveling Europe
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
Wandering o'er hill and dale, plotting all the way...
I do not do well in hot weather. Having grown up in the cool air and high altitude of Colorado, it would not be unusual for you to find me in a light jacket and shorts in a snow storm. My travel interests were always cold and rainy places. However, I am the black sheep… Continue reading Guided by Life by Nicole Disney
I’ve enjoyed writing all my books, but this one has been an absolute pleasure. Writing Soul Survivor has given me a chance to bring two women romantically together from diverse professional backgrounds; the international journalist and an English rural vicar. The former vocation is one I’ve always greatly admired. I have viewed the media in… Continue reading WRITING ‘SOUL SURVIVOR’ BY I BEACHAM