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20 books. 20 years. 20 questions.

Join us on our Facebook page Thursday May 21st at 3pm as Adele Parks goes LIVE for the HQ Book Club!   On May 14th, we published Just My Luck, the 20th book in 20 years from the No.1 Sunday Times bestseller Adele Parks! To countdown… Read More

Darren O’Sullivan’s Top Three Tips

For years, long before I ever let myself consider that I could write a book, I have been pulled in as many readers are by taglines telling me that the book I am about to read is gripping and unputdownable. And when my journey as an author began, I desperately… Read More
Swallowtail Bay book

Help! I’ve got a book-writing hangover!

Ahead of the publication of the third and final book in her gorgeous Swallowtail Bay series, Katie Ginger reflects on her writing and looks forward to the future.    You’ve all heard of a book hangover, right? It usually refers to reading a book and is that feeling you… Read More

How the Pandemic Changed Everything by Sairish Hussain

My life as a debut author… On Friday 27th March, an article appeared in the local newspaper about the publication of my debut novel, The Family Tree. It featured a photograph of me signing copies of my book at Waterstones and detailed my academic journey from English and Creative… Read More

Look Up with Sarah Cruddas

One thing we can all do, no matter where we are in the world, is look up and appreciate the night sky. You don’t even need to go outside to do it, you can just look out of the window. Of course, this is all dependant on the weather, but… Read More
Precious You Book Club

Precious You: Inspiration and Generation Gaps

In preparation for our book club meeting this week, Helen Monks Takhar discusses the inspiration of the two central figures of her book Precious You and the divide between Gen X-ers and Millennials.   In my twenties, going for a jog demanded I prepare myself for… Read More
Summer in Mayfair by Susannah Constantine

Susannah Constantine on writing Summer in Mayfair

Ahead of this week’s live book club event, author Susannah Constantine tells us all about her writing process for Summer in Mayfair.    This is new to me – to be part of a book club, where I am talking about my own novel, Summer in Mayfair. Where better to… Read More

Ten Times Happier with Owen O’Kane – The Worry Tree

To celebrate the publication of Owen O’Kane’s down-to-earth guide to positivity, we’re sharing this powerful extract from Ten Times Happier entitled ‘The Worry Tree’.    There are vast amounts of research linking worry to mood alterations. Excessive worry makes us unhappy. When we worry less, we are happier. Read More
Life We Almost Had

The Life We Almost Had: Second Chances with Amelia Henley

In my debut love story with a twist, Adam and Anna can’t envisage life without each other but the universe has entirely different plans for them. After a tragedy forces them apart, they long to be together once more and fix their damaged relationship. The Life We Almost Had is… Read More
The Lost Ones

The Lost Ones – The Inspiration Behind The Story

Anita Frank, author of the captivating and haunting ghost story The Lost Ones, is here on the blog discussing the inspiration by her novel. Now out in paperback!   Some houses are NEVER at peace… Footsteps. Smashing glass. Doors opening of their own accord. A distinctive smell… Read More

The Tricky Art of Writing Women with Kia Abdullah

At the risk of starting a rumpus, I’ll start by saying this: it is far harder to write women than it is to write men. After all, men are so often excused for a long list of traits. They can be bossy, cocky, lustful, prideful, promiscuous, pugnacious, dogged,… Read More
Rom-Com

Top Tips for Rom-Com Writers with Belinda Missen

Belinda Missen, author of Accidentally in Love, is here to give her top tips for rom-com writers. If you ever wanted the insider knowledge on the genre, keep reading! There are never enough romantic comedies in the world. I’ve always advocated the idea that there’s plenty of room at the table… Read More

Writing Nightingale Point – Luan Goldie’s Story

Ahead of the paperback publication of Nightingale Point, Luan Goldie reflects on the inspiration behind her brilliant and moving novel and gives us an insight into her writing process.   ‘My husband is Dutch and we visit Holland quite regularly. One evening, driving back from a day out with friends he was… Read More