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Writing ‘Sky Dog’, by Mark Rogers

I’m tempted to say my crime novel, Sky Dog, was inspired by a dream, but that wouldn’t be fully accurate. The idea did come to me in the middle of the night in the hours before dawn. I’d awakened and the sounds of the Mexican night were the usual mix of complete silence intermittently pierced by…
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Oney, My Escape From Slavery, by Diana Rubino and Piper Huguley

Post by Diana Rubino I wanted to write a bio novel about Martha Washington, but do something different. The idea to use Oney as narrator hit me like lightning one day out of the blue. I asked my friend, popular African American romance author Piper Huguley, to help me and the result is Oney, My Escape…
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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 14

‘Where do you get your ideas?’ People tend to ask that question when they hear that you write novels. But ideas are everywhere, available to everyone: you only have to recognise them, and store them in your mind until you have a need for them. This process can take years, or decades. Along the way, ideas…
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Czar’s Man by A. V. Denham

I am not the first to be fascinated by the history of the Caucasus. Alexander Dumas (of the Three Musketeers fame) wrote Adventures in Czarist Russia and Adventures in the Caucasus, (translated and edited by A. E. Murch, and published by Peter Owen Ltd in 1960). This somewhat unknown part of the world has had…
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Interview with Jeanne Whitemee

Jeanne Whitemee is the author of over forty novels and short stories. She started out as an actress, before realising her ambition of becoming a fulltime writer. The Lost Daughters chronicles the intertwining lives of two young women in 1950s England, whose lives are beset by personal loss, and their remarkable journey to the capital,…
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Scandals, Intrigues, Family Feuds, Murders, Hatred, Love and Envy: Episode 13

By Joy Martin In my novel, Seeking Clemency,  Carrigrua, the graceful, blue-grey Georgian manor on the shore of Lough Derg, belongs to the Conroys, an Irish Catholic family.  But Carrigrua was built at a time when Roman Catholics were still banned from holding rights to property and its first owners were well-to-do Protestant settlers: the only…
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The Book a Drug Giant Wanted Banned… By Douglas Stewart

When White Lodge first published my book, The Dallas Dilemma, in the late 1980s and it was selling well, my Monday morning was spoiled on receiving a letter from attorneys for an American drug giant threatening me with a $10 million lawsuit for alleged defamation. However, I was confident that I had a good defence to…
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Death Trap by Patrice Chaplin

Death Trap  offered a chance to go deep into the often misunderstood world of Co-Dependency. I work for a Charity using “Creativity Against Addiction” – and I had come to understand Co-Dependency was not as I supposed, a clinging SM pain-seeking exchange with ever reducing returns, but an addictive state which stemmed from the same…
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Eliza Jumel Burr, Vice Queen of America by Diana Rubino

Abandoned at childhood, Betsy Bowen finds out she’s George Washington’s daughter and escapes the streets of Providence to become Eliza Jumel Burr, New York’s richest woman. She pursued Aaron Burr, the love of her life, for decades and he finally proposed when he was 80 and she was 56. She divorced him on adultery charges,…
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How I Wrote My First Novel, ‘Blood Will Be Born’ (Part 3)

By Gary Donnelly Part 3: Whether you focus on the journey or the destination, completion is the key to successfully writing your first novel. Writing a novel is a bit like embarking on a regime to avoid chocolate or mid-week wine in the run up to Christmas. Both are easy enough to start, harder to remain…
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