An Interview With Author Emylia Hall

What gave you the courage to leave an advertising job in London and launch into writing? After five years in London straight after university, I’d reached the point where I felt as though I really needed to make a change. I was caught up in a very busy day job, one that didn’t leave a … Continue reading An Interview With Author Emylia Hall

The Power of Place

I have been buried in research for my book over the past few days and it has highlighted, for me, the impact of place on people's thoughts and emotions. Some places leave an indelible mark on your psyche, no matter how distant the experience. I have been researching the histories of different people and places … Continue reading The Power of Place

Interview with Strange Alliances

This is just a quick post to let you know that my interview with Elaine Aldred is over at her blog, Strange Alliances: F.C. Malby. Literally Engaged With Her Writing. We discuss my teaching experience in the Czech Republic just after the fall of communism, and various aspects of writing and publishing. Many thanks to Elaine … Continue reading Interview with Strange Alliances

A Library Snapshot

I have been reading a mixture of books recently and many of them are too good not to share, so I'd like to dip into each one and give you a glimpse of what makes the books stand out in a crowded bookshelf. I haven't finished all of them so these are just outlines and … Continue reading A Library Snapshot

5 Ways to Write More Effectively

W.H. Auden's Desk (copyright F.C. Malby) I know there are many lists of 'to to-dos' and 'not-to-dos' for writing and endless amounts of advice, but I just wanted to add a few things which I have found really helpful (some of them dietary!) Write first thing in the morning if you can. I know that … Continue reading 5 Ways to Write More Effectively