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EP403: Luan Goldie — “There’s Always Time”

Luan Goldie won the Costa Short Story Prize in 2017, and her debut novel Nightingale Point was longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her latest novel, These Streets, touches on issues of homelessness, mental health, and single parent families, and is full of warmth, wit and life. Luan tells us how she’s balanced working […]

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EP400: Our Listeners’ Challenges and Triumphs

What better way to celebrate our 400th episode than by speaking to some of our longtime listeners and members of the Bestseller Academy who have faced their greatest writing challenges and come through the other side: Denise McGahan tells us about making the decision to commit to writing and how it changed everything. Naomi Floyd […]

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EP399: Elissa Soave — “My Story is Worth Telling”

Elissa Soave is the winner of the inaugural Primadonna Prize, an accolade awarded to unpublished and unrepresented writers. Ginger and Me is her debut novel, a part-coming of age and part-mystery novel featuring vivid characters. Elissa reveals how her writing career started with just 500 words and the realisation that her story was worth telling. WE […]

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EP398: Christopher Abbott — Writing as a Superfan

Christopher Abbott is the award-winning author of the Watson Chronicles, a continuation of the Sherlock Holmes stories. Christopher tells us how he’s worked to retain the authenticity of Conan Doyle’s style, and what he’s learned about crafting a mystery. We discuss… Writing as a superfan How to seed clues in a mystery And the challenges […]

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EP397: Mark Ellis — Never Give Up

Mark Ellis is the bestselling author of the DCI Frank Merlin series set in the Second World War. Mark celebrates the publication of the fifth book in the series, Dead in the Water, and reveals his research methods and how he uses real history to develop his stories. He also tells us what he learned […]

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EP396: Lisa Regan — Let Them Tell You No

Lisa Regan is the USA Today & Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Detective Josie Quinn series, and this year sees the publication of books 14 & 15: Watch Her Disappear and Local Girl Missing. But it all started when she wrote her first mystery when she was 11-years-old. Lisa tells us how her father’s […]

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EP395: Scott Kershaw — Playing the Game

Scott Kershaw’s debut The Game is a cracking high concept thriller, and Scott’s route to publication is an extraordinary tale of second chances, self-publishing, co-writing, a first-class honours degree, an expensive train journey, weird business cards, and explaining publishing’s system of advances and royalties to friends and family. This is a wonderfully honest interview and […]

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