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Do you have a story to tell? Author J.Q. Rose shares advice and tips on writing your memoir

One of my most treasured possessions is a type-written account by my granddad of how he saw in New Year 1900 as a child. My great-grandfather lifted him aloft onto his shoulders and they walked through the streets of Dublin, where the bells were ringing. It’s a simple story, but one that’s poignant and brings…… Continue reading Do you have a story to tell? Author J.Q. Rose shares advice and tips on writing your memoir

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Princess Mary, Downton Abbey and images of Harewood House at Christmas

Last Christmas I visited Harewood House in Leeds, West Yorkshire, to see their Christmas decorations. Harewood House is one of my favourite places to visit in Yorkshire. It’s always stunning at any time of year. Here is the view from the library window over the terrace in summer, with the lake in the background: If…… Continue reading Princess Mary, Downton Abbey and images of Harewood House at Christmas

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Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Little Book’, written as a teenager, to come home to Haworth

I’m lucky to live only half an hour’s drive from the home of the Brontë sisters in Haworth, West Yorkshire, one of my favourite places in the world. (If you’re a Brontë fan, you might like to visit my post containing new photos of the parsonage, or my article on a writers’ workshop held at…… Continue reading Charlotte Brontë’s ‘Little Book’, written as a teenager, to come home to Haworth

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Three of the best books for fiction writers on the craft of writing

No matter what stage you’re at with your writing – whether still at the first draft, or with dozens of books to your name – there’s always something new to learn about the craft of writing. Besides writing, I also work as a freelance editor. (In fact, for quite a while now the editing has…… Continue reading Three of the best books for fiction writers on the craft of writing

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Why the best ideas often come after you’ve started writing

It’s time for our monthly authors’ Round Robin, and today we have another thought-provoking topic, chosen by author Rhobin Courtright… What unusual situations have occurred in the writing process of any of your novels? By ‘unusual situations’, Rhobin means times when everything you’d carefully planned changed, or your story veered off track in a way…… Continue reading Why the best ideas often come after you’ve started writing

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Good to meet you… author Sophie Claire

It’s a while since I’ve interviewed an author on my blog, and so it’s a great pleasure today to host friend and fellow RNA member Sophie Claire. Sophie is a fellow northerner, too, albeit from across the Pennines. As a special treat for a Lancashire lass, I’ve brought in some Eccles cakes, and made a…… Continue reading Good to meet you… author Sophie Claire

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11 of the Best Climate Fiction Books

Young activists like Greta Thunberg have made us see that ordinary individuals can make their voices heard. People can change the world – and so can books. The Society of Authors recently asked its members to use their platforms for Climate Action Week. Today I’ve put together a list of 11 climate fiction books -…… Continue reading 11 of the Best Climate Fiction Books