1. Abby Corson: How I got into the mindset of a seventy-three-year-old man.

    Hector Harrow is an almost-retired hotel concierge from Yorkshire who likes to drink tea and do newspaper puzzles in his cosy cottage. For me, he was the perfect protagonist for my murder mystery.
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  2. Why Teach? By Yumna Kassab

    I never meant to be a teacher. I, in fact, categorically 100% in no absolute way wanted to teach. My complete prejudice was the result of an adult ...
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  3. Beauty is Only Skin Deep by Shankari Chandran

    My name is Shankari Nadanachandran, and I am a lawyer, a writer, and a mother of four. I am 47 years old. My body has grown older as it’s supposed ...
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  4. Me and Nature by Sophie Cunningham

    My need to get a sense of the physical landscape my characters have lived in and walked on is both a joy and affliction.  In the case of my latest ...
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  5. Don’t Ignore Ideas That Turn Up in the Bath by Zoë Coyle

    I am heavily pregnant, seven and a half months, with my first child sitting in a bathtub. The tub is in a tiny, rented cottage in the hills above F...
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  6. How My Wedding Dress Inspired My Crime Novel by Aoife Clifford

    I am a chatty bookseller. I love to talk to customers about their choices, what they have been reading and introduce them to a new favourite book a...
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  7. My 'Coming of Age' Book Recommendations by Kira McPherson

    The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald, about the highly relatable journey of becoming the 18th-century German poet Novalis. Every Penelope Fitzger...
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  8. What NOT to Say to Someone Who is Grieving by Natasha Sholl

    I was in my early 20s when my partner Rob died suddenly and unexpectedly. As I grappled with the loss, I was told to be grateful for the time we ha...
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  9. Personal Connection to the Novel by Shankari Chandran

     

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  10. What makes a novel interesting? By Diana Reid

    As a phone-addict who came of age in the attention-economy, I’m painfully aware that novels demand an archaic amount of focus. Readers have to give...
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