JJ Toner is one of those novelists who, in spite of a natural interest, came to professional writing late in life, after what he describes himself as ‘half a lifetime of procrastination’. Yet, considering the quality of his prolific output, and admirable success since returning to writing in 1996, one can’t help but wonder; why on earth did he wait? Toner is one of those authors who seems destined for the profession. A private man by nature, Toner spent much of his career...Read More »
Every writer has a muse. But do you know where yours lives? If you don’t, how can you commune with it, soaking up that all important inspiration? It took me a few years to hunt mine down, but I finally tracked my muse beyond the horizon and into the great unknown. You see my muse lives high in the alpine peaks of the Pacific Northwest. This is where the noise of the world goes mute and my soul finds its voice, speaking to me in the language of plot, character and...Read More »
I have enjoyed historical fiction since I was a child. Deborah Bogen’s novel, The Witch of Leper Cove, captivated me from the moment I heard about it. If you like historical fiction this is for you. Deborah tells us more about it below. Everyone said Lily was lucky. The only girl in the Bigge family she’d been spoiled from the start – extra treats, extra attention and especially extra time. In 1224, in the small village of Aldinoch, any youngster who had time of her...Read More »
When my book came out in May, one of the questions people asked me was how long I took to write it. The answer—18 years—was sometimes hard for them to believe. It’s not hard for me, though, as I have living proof. When I first began The Button Collector, I was pregnant with my son. Now he is a six-foot-four young man. In other words, it took as long for my book to grow up as it did my human child. To clarify, I wasn’t writing non-stop for eighteen years. Mine was always...Read More »
WRITERS’ GUEST POST #82 They’re all going to die! Eliza Green’s dystopian future filled with secrets and lies.
Enter the competition for a free copy of Becoming Human & Altered Reality here! Eliza Green hails from Dublin, Ireland. While she has a marketing degree and has worked in many industries from fashion, to sport to finance, she fell in love with writing when she discovered it only a few years ago. Did that title get your attention? Well, it’s the premise of the opening chapter in Becoming Human, Book 1 in the Exilon 5 Trilogy. Earth is becoming uninhabitable and there’s...Read More »
I spend my retirement years maintaining a shelter for children, victims of the migration chaos and drug wars that plaque the Mexican-American border. A steady stream of orphaned, abandoned and abused children soon began to consume all my energy. I realized that I needed some sort of break in order to protect my own focus and sanity. My plan was simply to take a short holiday in New Orleans. It was there that I discovered Delphine Lalaurie. I began writing a book in hope...Read More »