‘Spanish Crossings’ and How It All Started with a Sentence

While we’re on the subjects of interviews, read my Q&A with author and writing coach John Simmons about his latest  novel Spanish Crossings. The interview ran in writer’s group 26’s April e-letter. The novel is split into three chronological parts –  before, during and after the Spanish Civil War. John discusses historical novel writing, character and plot. And how…

Interviews I Like – The Lenny Interview

I might be late to the party, but I have recently discovered  Lena Dunham’s newsletter Lenny. I especially love the Lenny Letters,  the honest, probing interviews with interesting women.  Here are some of my favorites: The unconventional, never married, ninety-nine-year old writer and editor Diana Athill  dispenses love advice: Write, never marry, be more pragmatic. Accessories…

Llama Sutra – A Book to Devour

Melanie Whipman’s debut collection of short stories is a tour de force. Read Llama Sutra  in one go or bite off a delicious morsel one sitting at a time. But beware. Whipman’s fast-paced, dark, powerful stories full of twisty turns and tense moments will lure you in until The End. I read it in one go. I…

Moving House, Moving On

A lot can happen in seven days. A week ago I was skiing in Aspen, enjoying the scenery …   and the company … Today I am working from my new office in my new rental flat, all thanks to my new guardian angel, Nicola Isdell-Carpenter. Nicola runs a company called The Mastery of Moving,…

Friends on the Shelf

Apparently, there are a lot more books out there written by men than women. The owner of a bookstore in Cleveland was so incensed by the gender divide  that she turned around all the books in her shop written by men. Here’s the article and above is the evidence, a virtual white-out. Funny,  because if you…