#bookaday One With A Blue Cover: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

  It is July 1962. Edward and Florence, young innocents married that morning, arrive at a hotel on the Dorset coast. At dinner in their rooms they struggle to suppress their private fears of the wedding night to come... This is really all that's needed for a book description of this gem of a novella, … Continue reading #bookaday One With A Blue Cover: On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

The Fine Art of Bookselling

Christina James is a crime thriller writer of the literary variety. Her novel In the Family was published in November 2012 and her next DI Yates novel is due to be released in June 2013. She has written a guest blog post today on her experiences as a bookseller. Thank you, Christina.        … Continue reading The Fine Art of Bookselling

Author Interview: Ian McEwan On Writing (Guardian Open Weekend)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=itDfngKY_PI How do you restore the stock of ideas for prolific writing? Make time by saying 'no' to unnecessary things. Do nothing when you have finished, take a break. Hike or get out. How do you enjoy writing? You need a form of happiness, a total absorption in trying to write. Get lost in what … Continue reading Author Interview: Ian McEwan On Writing (Guardian Open Weekend)

Chekhov, Short Stories and Goals for 2013

This year has been a whirlwind of editing, marketing and publishing for me, a year where I started to build a platform and an internet presence as a writer - something which is a necessity for both traditionally published and self-published writers. It might sound familiar to many of you, but if I tell you … Continue reading Chekhov, Short Stories and Goals for 2013

Writer’s Block: 5 Top Tips for Finding Inspiration

There are those who say 'Don't look for inspiration, just write.' What about the days when you are stuck with a scene that feels clunky or one of your characters doesn't seem consistent or exciting enough. Maybe you are are about to embark on a new book, a first book, a short story, or a … Continue reading Writer’s Block: 5 Top Tips for Finding Inspiration