Bold Strokes Books UK Festival

Spoiler Alert! by Jenny Frame

For a solitary child, reading was really important to me. I enjoyed going regularly to the library with my mum and picking out some new books. I think the first book I remember loving, reading and rereading was, Where The Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak. I loved that book, and even though I was… Continue reading Spoiler Alert! by Jenny Frame

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Writing what I like to read by Kadyan

Hello everybody, I am a French author and I have already published over thirteen books in French. From the beginning, my motto has been to write what I would like to read. My first book about pirates in Caribbean sea was published in 2005 and Willowra in 2007. While I was reading lesbian English literature… Continue reading Writing what I like to read by Kadyan

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Looking up at my books by Eden Darry

I moved house at the end of last year, and one of the things I was most looking forward to was having somewhere to put all my books. I’ve always loved books. Books take you somewhere far away and no matter what’s going on in your life, for that hour or few hours, you can… Continue reading Looking up at my books by Eden Darry

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The question I dread by Amanda Radley

I’ve been writing professionally for just over five years now. I’ve won a Lambda Literary Award and been shortlisted for several mainstream awards. I’ve been blessed enough to have had run away successes and number one hits. I don’t say this to toot my own horn, but to give you some context when I tell… Continue reading The question I dread by Amanda Radley

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Every Monster Has a Job to Do by Jess Faraday

The idea behind my upcoming novel, The Fiend in the Fog, took root many years ago. It was the summer before I entered teacher training, and I was working in a day care centre in Tucson, Arizona. It wasn’t a posh daycare — one of my fellow teachers had an ankle bracelet, courtesy of Arizona law enforcement.… Continue reading Every Monster Has a Job to Do by Jess Faraday

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Reading is Me Time by Crin Claxton

A wise writer once said: “If you want to write, read.” She was right. It’s an excellent way to learn the craft. It doesn’t matter what. As long as the story sweeps you along. All writers are recyclers of words. We write from our own experience, from the highs and lows life throws at us… Continue reading Reading is Me Time by Crin Claxton

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Queer, Multicultural Romance, and so much more… by Mickey Brent

In preparation for the Bold Strokes Books UK Festival on 6 June in Nottingham (online again this year), today’s blog post addresses which kinds of books I’m most interested in. Like many authors, I prefer to write the kinds of books I like to read: literary ones, with unsuspecting plots, diverse and/or quirky characters, thoughtful… Continue reading Queer, Multicultural Romance, and so much more… by Mickey Brent

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Back to the Beginning by Cari Hunter

I blame Agent Scully for all of this. In the nicest possible way, of course. (She carries a gun so you have to tread carefully.) It started about 27 years ago, one young soul tuning innocently into a new TV show called The X-Files. Fast forward a few months later, and said young soul is… Continue reading Back to the Beginning by Cari Hunter

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Stuck in the Past: why I like historical fiction by Cathy Dunnell

We’re always told to live in the moment or focus on the future. But for me, being stuck in the past is the best place to be. I absolutely love historical fiction. As a child, my favourite stories were those set in the past. I had a particular fondness for the tales of Robin Hood… Continue reading Stuck in the Past: why I like historical fiction by Cathy Dunnell

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SO MANY BOOKS, SO MANY BIBLIO WORDS, SO LITTLE TIME by Michelle Binfield

I know that many of you are bibliophiles, some of you are bibliosophs, and a fair few of you are definitely bibliolaters. I mean I can tell just by looking at you 😉. And from what I see on my Facebook timeline, I suspect that my friends’ list harbours quite a few who even indulge… Continue reading SO MANY BOOKS, SO MANY BIBLIO WORDS, SO LITTLE TIME by Michelle Binfield