GUESTS ON OUR LIVE WRITING CHAT SHOW
WEDNESDAY 27 JANUARY 2021
We loved hearing about Lee’s journey to writing success and the adventure Heather embarked upon to write an accurate and highly indepth account of Lee’s life in her biography The Reacher Guy. We found out how the character of Jack Reacher came to be and Heather’s tips on researching one of the most successful novelists in today’s book charts.
MIKE GAYLE, DAVID NICHOLLS & JAMES BAILEY
WEDNESDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2020
We hope you joined our live audience as we chatted with David Nicholls, Mike Gayle and James Bailey, three amazing authors who write funny, heartwarming, poignant stories about love and human connection. We were keen to ask them “What do men really know when writing about love?“
SOPHIE HEAWOOD & SIMON STEPHENSON
TUESDAY 4 AUGUST 2020
We were so excited to talk to Sophie Heawood and Simon Stephenson. Sophie is a leading British journalist, who’s book ‘The Hungover Games’ is a hilarious memoir about pregnancy and motherhood. Simon is a writer and screenwriter who wrote the memoir ‘Let Not The Waves Of The Sea’, about the loss of his brother Dominic in the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and his latest novel ‘Set my heart to 5’ is about a robot who catches feelings.
WEDNESDAY 22 JULY 2020
Sunday Times Bestselling author Louise Candlish has written 13 novels, including the thriller Our House, winner of the British Book Awards 2019 Crime & Thriller Book of the Year. A #1 bestseller, it is in development for a TV series with Red Planet Pictures. And her novel Those People, about the neighbours from hell, has reached #2 on the Sunday Times bestseller list.
THURSDAY 2 JULY 2020
With over 2 million books sold in over 40 countries, author Clare Mackintosh knows a thing or two about writing a great book. But did you know that her award-winning books also span crime thriller, drama, memoir and even a collaboration? We hope you joined us to pick up multi-genre writing tips and hear what’s coming next for one of our favourite authors.
WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE 2020
Having worked with some of the world’s most renowned authors such as Roald Dahl, Cornelia Funke, and J K Rowling, publisher Barry Cunningham is well-placed to share some of his career stories, industry knowledge and writing advice to help you on your own reading and writing journey.
MELANIE CANTOR & BETH O’LEARY
THURSDAY 18 JUNE 2020
We offered double the joy for this live interview! Former celebrity agent and publicist Melanie Cantor discussed Life and Other Happy Endings and Sunday Times bestselling author of The Flatshare , Beth O’Leary, chatted about her latest, The Switch. We hope you joined us for warmth, wit, hope and how much of Life is found in the unexpected.
THURSDAY 11 JUNE 2020
Shhh… don’t tell everyone, but spy author Alex Gerlis accepted a mission to enter our live, online chat room to talk to us. With your help we extracted all of his top secret writing and plotting advice.
WEDNESDAY 27 MAY 2020
Join in this free, live Q & A session with Ben Oliver, author of The Loop, book 1 in a dark, original and twisty new series. Listen to Ben talk about how it was picked up for TV before he even had a contract for the book to be published.
THURSDAY 14 MAY 2020
Book Publicist Georgina Moore knows more than a thing or two about campaigning a bestseller. Georgina is the Director of Books and Publishing at Midas PR and spent 15 years as Communications Director at Headline, where she ran the Press Office. Find out how a book achieves bestselling / prizewinning status and discover what an author can do to increase presence and book sales.
BETH MORREY, CLARE POOLEY & ABBIE GREAVES
THURSDAY 30 APRIL 2020
We hope you joined this free, live Q & A session with Beth Morrey (Saving Missy), Clare Pooley (The Authenticity Project) and Abbie Greaves (The Silent Treatment). It really was an inspiration to talk to these three lovely ladies about all things writing.
WEDNESDAY 15 APRIL 2020
If you love a good crime novel then look no further than Scottish author Marion Todd. Represented by Northbank Talent Management, her debut novel, See Them Run, was published as an eBook by Canelo on 31 October 2019. The second book in this DI Clare Mackay Crime Series, In Plain Sight, was chosen as Harrogate International Festivals’ Book of the Month for February 2020.
THURSDAY 2 APRIL 2020
Maggie O’Farrell wrote the Sunday Times no. 1 bestselling memoir I AM, I AM, I AM, and eight novels: AFTER YOU’D GONE, MY LOVER’S LOVER, THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US, which won a Somerset Maugham Award, THE VANISHING ACT OF ESME LENNOX, THE HAND THAT FIRST HELD MINE, which won the 2010 Costa Novel Award, INSTRUCTIONS FOR A HEATWAVE, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Costa Novel Award, THIS MUST BE THE PLACE, which was shortlisted for the 2016 Costa Novel Award, and HAMNET.
THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2019
Be inspired by Mel Collins, author of The Handbook for Highly Sensitive People in our live Q & A session! Mel is a qualified Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, Spiritual Healer, Reiki Master, Auricular Acupuncturist and Intuitive. Join us as we ask this former Prison Governor about her amazing publication journey helped along by none other than Jeremy Vine!
DKW LITERARY AGENCY
WEDNESDAY 7 AUGUST 2019
DKW is a dynamic boutique literary agency providing personal and professional management to authors of outstanding fiction and non-fiction. Selected as Rising Stars in 2013 by The Bookseller Ella Diamond Kahn and Bryony Woods have struck publishing deals with many major UK publishers and their authors’ books have been translated and published around the globe.
WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE 2019
From political cartoons to pre-school picture books, from TV animation designer to middle grade mysteries, Tom McLaughlin has a lot to share about his life as an author, illustrator and cartoonist. Nominated for countless awards, translated into over 10 languages and published with some of the top publishing houses in the industry, we are proud to welcome Tom to our virtual room.
THE BESTSELLER EXPERIMENT
THURSDAY 30 MAY 2019
Mark Stay and Mark Desvaux set themselves a challenge. Was it possible to write a bestseller in a year? The answer was a big fat YES! The result, their co-authored book ‘Back to Reality’. Their new challenge is to sell 10,000 copies before the end of June. Can they do it?
THURSDAY 16 MAY 2019
Not only has James penned an amazing trilogy about the trials and tribulations of an apprentice witch but Arianwyn’s adventures are now being adapted for the TV! How did James wave a magic wand over his writing to achieve this? Let’s discover how The Apprentice Witch, A Witch Alone and A Witch Come True began their adventure.
THURSDAY 9 MAY 2019
Author of multiple bestselling non-fiction books including An Apple A Day, The Ministry of Thin, Positively Primal and her recent book Wellbeing, she has proved her novel writing gene is alive and well with Ways To Escape and latest novel England’s Lane. Join us to find out how she does it!
THURSDAY 11 APRIL 2019
David Litchfield is a multi-award winning illustrator and author. As well as his own books, Grandad’s Secret Giant, The Bear and The Piano, and The Bear, The Piano, The Dog and The Fiddle he has illustrated books and covers for multiple authors.
THURSDAY 28 MARCH 2019
Kesia’s debut YA fantasy novel We Are Blood and Thunder will be storming into the book charts in April 2019, published by Bloomsbury. She has worked in editorial for Pan Macmillan and is now a SENIOR EDITOR for Chicken House so we had LOTS of questions to ask her.
FRIDAY 21 MARCH 2019
Find out why did Marianne moved from journalism to novel writing? And also switched genre after writing two beautiful romantic comedies Don’t Get Me Wrong and For Once In My Life to write the thrillers Should You Ask Me and Disturbance, her latest unpredictable novel, which we absolutely could not call!
FRIDAY 15 MARCH 2019
Emily has published short stories, poetry, written plays and experienced her first YA novel, ‘Notes on My Family’, being award long-listed (Branford Boase), shortlisted (Bristol Teen Book), nominated (Carnegie Medal) AND featured as The Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week!
THURSDAY 7 MARCH 2019
Alex began writing dark, gripping thrillers Cut to the Bone and First to Die before switching to his latest book Bollywood Wives, which rocketed into the bestseller chart. It’s the first in a series about the glamorous, sexy, world of the biggest movie stars and their hidden secrets.
THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2019
Storysmith owners Emily (formerly Bloomsbury Publishing) and Dan (recently published author) opened their doors last autumn. Their days are now spent uniting people with their perfect story. They even serve coffee. Learn the journey of a book from the publishing table to the shop shelf.
WEDNESDAY 13 FEBRUARY 2019
Harriet practised as a criminal law barrister in London before turning her hand to writing. Her debut novel ‘Blood Orange‘ is already tipped as one of the darkest thrillers of 2019. Find out HOW Harriet earned her place on the shelf among the crème de la crème of psychological thriller authors.
WEDNESDAY 6 FEBRUARY 2019
Forever playing with ideas Huw created a children’s series about pirates IN space. Genius! We discussed plotting an intergalactic adventure, running lively workshops to engage your readers, advice on querying and even branding your own submission.
FRIDAY 25 JANUARY 2019
Yasmin Kane is a literary agent AND the owner of her own publishing house – Three Hares Publishing. Representing authors across many genres, she revealed what she looks for in a standout submission, top tips for approaching an independent publisher and how show don’t tell is so important in great storytelling. With her trademark infectious energy we all spiralled away to write, write, write!
WEDNESDAY 16 JANUARY 2019
Comics, short stories, plays and comedies were all penned by Piers before the astonishing ‘Wild’ trilogy, with its clear environmental message, followed by the oh-so poignant ‘There May Be A Castle’ and the latest classically written ‘The Lost Magician’.
WEDNESDAY 9 JANUARY 2019
New York Times bestselling author Brigid is always juggling hectic family life whilst conjuring magical classics like her latest book A Curse So Dark and Lonely, an intense reworking of Beauty and the Beast which is currently riding the NYT bestseller chart.
TUESDAY 11 DECEMBER 2018
As a full-time literary agent at Northbank Talent we asked Chloe what makes her want to represent someone and how to get your synopsis to the top of the pile. Chloe has also written two books about teenage cyber queen, Emma Nash, who even has her own Twitter account!
WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER 2018
Richard and Judy book pick and Sunday Times top ten bestselling author Debbie Howells has successfully published the psychological thrillers The Bones of You, The Beauty of the End, The Death of Her and Her Sister’s Lie through Pan Macmillan.
THURSDAY 22 NOVEMBER 2018
This episode’s all about the ebook. Discover the world of publishing, what digital-first publishing means, how to get your elevator pitch bang-on and what will make Hera want to reach out and grab ya*. This was a fun-packed episode with e-book goddesses, Keshini and Lindsey. *Purple emojis optional.
THURSDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2018
Author of the Alex Sparrow series Jennifer chats ‘big stinks’ as a superpower and reveals the questions she gets asked by school children. With Jennifer’s new series Mo, Lottie and the Junkers out soon this episode contains publishing messages of hope for us all.
FRIDAY 9 NOVEMBER 2018
Helen Dennis code-cracked her way through a full six-book series before landing a publishing deal, Secret Breakers has since been optioned for TV! Followed up with quartet River of Ink we learn Helen’s plotting and research tips.
THURSDAY 1 NOVEMBER 2018
The Master of the #WriteMentor program himself, Stuart White, popped in to tell us how to join his writing programme phenomenon which is sweeping the globe. He reveals details of both the mentoring scheme and the Children’s Novel Award and shares with us who is the Head Judge for 2019. If you’re serious about taking your writing to the next level, this one’s for you.
DR VANESSA HARBOUR
FRIDAY 26 OCTOBER 2018
With her years of teaching writing at the University of Winchester and mentoring at the Golden Egg Academy the lovely Vanessa managed to get her debut novel Flight published without an agent.
GARETH L POWELL
WEDNESDAY 17 OCTOBER 2018
Kicking off our live webinars with a big bang was the international science fiction author of the Ack-Ack Macaque and Embers of War trilogies, Gareth L Powell – no pressure!
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