How do writers “hear” their characters?

How do writers “hear” their characters?

Last week I caught the tail end of BBC Radio 4’s Open Book programme. It was a fascinating discussion about how writers actually “hear” the voices of their characters (you might still be able to hear this episode on iPlayer). Dr. Jennifer Hodgson, who was interviewed on the programme, is a writer and teacher who … Continue reading

Good to meet you…author Caroline Dunford

Good to meet you…author Caroline Dunford

I usually mention the weather when I introduce my weekly authors, but by the time we’ve got to mid-March I’m finding it very difficult to keep my spirits up. There is nothing remotely fun about cold drizzle, and whoever coined the term “glorious mud” obviously didn’t have a dog. (I once read a saying that … Continue reading

My favourite interview questions

My favourite interview questions

If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know every Tuesday I interview an author. We generally sit and have a chat over a pot of tea by the fire, or, if the weather’s warm, we head outside to my back yard with the dog and take our tea out there. I’ve really enjoyed our chats, … Continue reading

Good to meet you…author N.N. Light

Good to meet you…author N.N. Light

Today I’m welcoming the fabulous Mrs N.N. Light – Queen of Urban Fantasy Romance, Queen of the Twitterverse, Queen of Just About Everything! I’ve laid on a special spread today of tea (in proper tea-cups, mind) and a pyramid of Ferrero Rochers. (Note to self: take chocolate from top of pyramid, not the bottom.) Good … Continue reading

Happy 80th birthday, Penguin Books

Happy 80th birthday, Penguin Books

This year marks 80 years since Penguin Books printed their first paperbacks and changed the way readers thought about books forever. Penguin Books was first set up in 1935 by Allen Lane, who was then a director at the Bodley Head imprint. The story goes that he was coming back from a trip to visit … Continue reading