Crime

Jenny O’Brien’s Crime Fiction 101

Are you trying to write crime this NaNoWriMo, but aren’t sure how to tackle the genre? Have no fear – Jenny O’Brien is here to help you out. Author of the Detective Gaby Darin series, O’Brien is the perfect person to give you a crash course in writing crime fiction… Read More
doughnuts

Lockdown Comforts: Sourdough Doughnuts

What is one thing EVERYONE made in the first lockdown? Sourdough. Today’s lockdown comfort is in homage to that quintessential lockdown comfort, by making the recipe easier and turning it into a delicious treat: DOUGHNUTS. Here is Gizzi Erskine’s truly scrumptious Sourdough Doughnuts with White Chocolate Custard and Sour Cherry… Read More
Police

Jane Bettany on Writing Police Procedurals

This NaNoWriMo, we’ve loved sharing author tips to help you with your writing. Any police procedural writers will be please to know it’s their turn! Jane Bettany, author of In Cold Blood, is on the blog today sharing her top six tips for writing police procedurals. Writing Police… Read More
The German Nurse

Finding Inspiration with M J Hollows

As we hit the half way point of November, we’re also half way through NaNoWriMo. Are you still looking for inspiration to drive your novel? Is there one scene you need help creating? M. J. Hollows, author of The German Nurse, tells us how he found… Read More
macarons

Lockdown Comforts: Orange Macarons

Another week of lockdown, another week of comfort baking. Our team are OBSESSED with these orange macarons from Lucy Deedes’s new book. If you’re looking for the perfect treat, then this is the bake for you.   Orange Macarons These are quick to make but it pays to be completely… Read More
Sleep

Can’t sleep? Here are 10 reasons why

Are you struggling to sleep at the moment? Struggling to work out why? You’re not alone. Insomnia is a big kicker for a lot of people at the moment and it’s often hard to work out the cause. Louise Mumford, author of Sleepless, is here to… Read More
Cinnamon

Lockdown Comforts: Cinnamon Buns

Lockdown 2.0 is upon us, so here at HQ we’re focusing on selfcare. This year has been hard, and now is the time to find what makes you cosy and happy. For us, one thing we love to do is bake. Here is a recipe from our friends at the… Read More
writing

Alex Shaw on Writing What You Know

We’re officially in November which means it’s NaNoWriMo time! How are you getting on so far? Have you got your ideas ready? Alex Shaw, author of the Aidan Snow and Jack Tate series, is on the blog discussing how he finds inspiration and giving his top tips on writing.  … Read More
characters

Creating Characters with Terry Lynn Thomas

Continuing with our NaNoWriMo series, we thought it was important to look at creating characters. After all, what is a book without a protagonist? Terry Lynn Thomas is here to talk about creating the characters for her new series. In book one, The Betrayal, she introduces her… Read More
The Illustrated Child

Painting Stories with Polly Crosby

To celebrate the upcoming release of The Illustrated Child by Polly Crosby, out this thursday, Polly is on the blog talking about what stories and painting mean to her. Make sure to stay tuned until the end where we have a special artistic competition for you… Read More
Switching Genres

Switching Genres with Karen Clarke

With NaNoWriMo fast approaching, now is the perfect time to try writing a different genre. But have no fear, Karen Clarke is here! Mostly known for writing rom-coms, Karen Clarke has recently switched to psychological suspense with her gripping new novel Your Life For… Read More