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Meet a bestselling novelist with a passion for teaching – a member of the Beach Hut Writing Academy

Araminta Hall – the basics. Araminta worked for 10 years as a journalist before studying for a MA in Creative Writing at the University of Sussex. Her first novel, Everything … Continue reading

January 6, 2016 · 6 Comments

What makes a good review? What makes a good reviewer?

Reviewers have probably never been so important. They have always been the life blood of an author’s career, but they are no longer the sole preserve of the ‘professional’, the … Continue reading

July 6, 2015 · 21 Comments

Mentoring for Novelists – from the inside

I’m delighted to welcome Laura Wilkinson to my blog. She is many things, including a succesful novelist and busy mother. She is also a professional writing mentor. On May 1st … Continue reading

May 11, 2015 · 6 Comments

What the Opportunity of a Lifetime did for Me

Guest Post by writer Laura Sleep In late 2011 something happened which was either a huge coincidence or fate. Depending on how life is going I pivot between these two … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

Fanfiction Author on why it works for her (and might for you)

Today I’m delighted to hand over my blog to J. E. Hallows who explains how she entered the world of Fanfiction…Fanfiction is a term applied to writing that it is … Continue reading

March 23, 2015 · 1 Comment

Writing from the Dark Side: Jane Lythell talks about the flawed characters in her novels

Jane and I belong to the same group of authors – the Beach Hut Writers – and, although we’ve met before, we really got talking when we shared a table … Continue reading

January 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Should Writing Success Always Be Counted in Money?

I’m delighted to hand over my blog today to American writer Cara Lopez Lee who should win the prize for the best ever title of a memoir: They Only Eat … Continue reading

November 20, 2014 · 11 Comments

What if Someone Secretly Made a Film of Your Life…? The question that launched a self-published novel the Daily Mirror called ‘one of this year’s must-reads’

Cinema Lumière ‘A magical, thought-provoking and uplifting tale … one of this year’s must-reads’ –Daily Mirror  ‘A stunning debut. Made me laugh out loud, cry … and ache with recognition’ … Continue reading

October 27, 2014 · 3 Comments

How she did it. Kath McGurl’s 11 year Route to Publishing a Novel

The guest post this week comes from Kath McGurl and I am very glad to welcome her. I know Kath through her popular blog where she offers advice and information … Continue reading

September 29, 2014 · 2 Comments

Elizabeth Hein’s Route to Publication – a lesson in learning the craft, a lesson in not giving up or giving in…

I am very glad to hand over my blog today to Elizabeth Hein who lives in North Carolina. We have only met online  – but as a regular reader of … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 3 Comments

Stephanie Lam’s route to publication began with a make-believe town…

Today’s guest post is from Stephanie Lam whose first novel The Mysterious Affair at Castaway House was published  a few weeks ago. Her journey to becoming a published writer sounds … Continue reading

September 15, 2014 · Leave a comment

Questions, Questions, Questions…. a novelist has to have a lot of answers before putting pen to paper, says guest writer Helen Carey

I’m delighted that I’m handing over my blog today to novelist Helen Carey. She is best known for her bestselling World War Two novels Lavender Road, Some Sunny Day and … Continue reading

September 3, 2014 · 2 Comments

GHOSTS, ALIENS AND EMOTIONAL PLANT LIFE Guest Post: The Route to Publication with Sharon Zink

I’m delighted to hand over my blog today to Sharon Zink, author of WELCOME TO SHARONVILLE,  a novel set in ‘anywhere-ville’ USA. The inhabitants of SHARONVILLE are forced to re-examine … Continue reading

July 14, 2014 · Leave a comment

Research in Fiction – re-discovering the miners’ strike. Guest Post from Laura Wilkinson, author of Public Battles, Private Wars

I’m delighted to be handing my blog over today to a gifted novelist whose latest novel shines a torch on women who were part of the miners’ strike in 1984 … Continue reading

April 3, 2014 · 6 Comments