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If you can’t see it – write it! by Charlie Cochrane

I recently saw a wonderful video featuring Zainab Alema*, who is one of the Red Roses (the England women’s rugby team). She was talking about being one of the few muslim female players and turning a well-used phrase on its head. We’ve all heard “If you can’t see it, you can’t be it” in connection… Continue reading If you can’t see it – write it! by Charlie Cochrane

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Visiting My Papers at Yale by Felice Picano

                          Several summers ago, I was in New England, attending a literary conference, and then doing readings up and down the East Coast for my newest book. Since my rented car would take me right past New Haven, I decided to stop into the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University… Continue reading Visiting My Papers at Yale by Felice Picano

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You Can Never Swim Twice in the Same River

There has been no year in living memory like 2020…unless you are old enough to remember the Spanish flu, of course. Almost overnight, everything stopped. Everything changed, seemingly forever. We are still dealing with the trauma. Sometimes, I may be watching some older series on the T.V. and, for a split second, I think—“Wait! Where… Continue reading You Can Never Swim Twice in the Same River

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Sometimes Inspiration is Very Close to Home by Felice Picano

                                          What makes Looking Glass Lives among my works special to me is that it is not only very personal, but also one of my most autobiographical pieces of fiction.           An actual Amity Pritchard existed, although her name was different. Yes, there was a real “haunted” house that she had lived in… Continue reading Sometimes Inspiration is Very Close to Home by Felice Picano

Bold Strokes Books UK Festival

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

Bold Strokes Books UK Festival

Sewing Short Magics by Nathan Burgoine

In one of the stories in my upcoming collection of short fiction, I have a man, Martin, sewing squares for a quilt. The cloth for those squares comes from various pieces of fashion he designed over his career; he’s putting together a blanket that he can take with him to a care home and feel… Continue reading Sewing Short Magics by Nathan Burgoine

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Oh, and what kind of books do you write? by Matthew Bright

When I was eight years old I wrote poorly-reasoned mystery stories featuring characters named after my friends. This was quite confusing because two of my friends had the same name, which doesn’t really work in fiction, but I’ll let myself off the hook because commercial success wasn’t high on my list. When I was fourteen… Continue reading Oh, and what kind of books do you write? by Matthew Bright

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The Next Big Thing Blog Hop continues with Kev Troughton…

What is the title of your book? Straight Boy Roommate Where did the idea come from for the book? I can’t remember when I first had the idea for Straight Boy Roommate. It’s always been a situation that I’ve found interesting and exciting – sharing a room with a straight guy. I shared rooms twice… Continue reading The Next Big Thing Blog Hop continues with Kev Troughton…