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Welcome to Chat with Authors

What is Chat with Authors it is where we ask authors to answer four to five questions some questions were fun, while others related to their work.

Have fun reading the authors replies and thank you for taking the time to visit our site , and don't forget if you enjoy the authors replys you can find all their books at //

Welcome to the new edition of Chat with Authors

The questions that for this edition where

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

 What are common traps for aspiring writers? 

The next to questions have been put forward by the lovely Peter Coombes.

Why did you start writing ?

Do you regret writing any of the books you have written ? 

As always a big thank you to all the authors who take part.

Evening ladies and gentlemen hopefully you all had a wonderful Easter weekend.

My next guest is the lovely Angie Mackrell

How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I'm not sure I have changed. But I am only writing book 2 so maybe I will notice changes later on. It has probably opened my eyes to thinking about writing a different genre though, so maybe that's the change 🤗

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

I think for me I felt like I neededto hurry and get this book out. I didnt want to miss out on an opportunity to speak at a local women's well-being retreat so I rushed the process. I don't regret it because speaking there was an amazing experience that I want to continue, but I think for this next book I'm going to just write and enjoy.

The next to questions have been put forward by the lovely Peter Coombes. Why did you start wrting?

As a teen I wrote in my many journals and it was a way of getting my feelings out. But later on I started to really enjoy reading and wanted to write a book that everyone would enjoy.

Do you regret writing any of the books you have written?

I have only written one so far, and I truly believe it is a beautiful book of feelings of love, sadness, and many moments of laughter and good food. So no regret here🤗

Good morning ladies and gentleman my guest today is the lovely Amanda Heavy Purse

 How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?

I have been lucky enough to be able to have quite a few books published and by different publishers. Each book brought different issues and each time I learned from them. It certainly makes me think more about the progress of publishing a book and there is a lot more going on than just simply writing the idea you have in your head.

What are common traps for aspiring writers?

Listening to, too many people. It's a trap that is sneaky because you would naturally think, listening to all the advice given to you would always be the right thing to do. However, you have got to think about who is giving you this advice, what are they getting out of it? Also you have got to believe in yourself and your ideas first, otherwise you could get swept away in other people's ideas and not end up with the book you originally wanted to write. This will bug you and you will regret it for years to come.

The next to questions have been put forward by the lovely Peter Coombes. Why did you start writing ?

Education and indeed reading is not always easy for some people. I am lucky, I enjoy history and have always done since I was a little child without much problems. Any problems I did have along the way, my parents helped to bring this history alive when I couldn't find a way. However, not everyone is that lucky. I wanted to write, to share why I loved the history but in a down to earth way, for everyone. So that no one is left out of this feeling history has been me over the years.

Do you regret writing any of the books you have written ?

There is one regret for me. There is this one book, which, on it's own can seem to be ideal. However, because I know the book it was meant to have been before, I still have the original manuscript, I know that this book became something else, it...wasn't actually what I had planned and quite a lot of information that meant... everything, got edited out and this hurts me still. However, I try to think positively and it's not like many people do not like the book it became and there is always another story to write.

Good morning everyone and welcome to the edtion of Chat with Authors are first guest is the lovely A.J Griffiths-Jones

AJ 1. After publishing ‘Prisoner 4374’ I realised that both research & writing had been so intensive that I needed to come up with a solution to balance my work. That’s how my cosy mystery series came about, enabling me to research new work while creating fun characters for a more light-hearted work in progress. I still work on two projects at the same time now, it ensures that my head doesn’t get overloaded.

2. Common traps are, in my opinion, a) Pitching the book to inappropriate publishers (you need to ensure that the genre fits the publishing house) b) not editing enough before submission c) believing that you’re going to make millions from your first book and c) not listening to criticism

3. I have always written. Even from a very young age I wrote stories but it wasn’t until an illness five years ago that something clicked in my brain and told me to take my work seriously. I realised that it was all I had ever wanted to do but had lacked the discipline to knuckle down.

4. I don’t regret writing any of my books. They are all diverse & showcase my ability to write across different genres. ‘Prisoner 4374’ was important to me because of the immense amount of research involved, my cosy mystery series was all about creating fun characters and my latest work ‘Black Sparrow’ was about challenging myself to try a new style.

February / March

Hello and welcome to the February/ March edition of Chat with Authors, having got my brain back in gear after Christmas and New Year I thought of four questions to ask our lovely guests.

Myself and the authors hope you enjoy their replys.

The questions where ....

What makes the genre you write about special to you ?

How hard was it to sit down and write your very first book ?

What does your family think of your writing?

What do you think makes a good story?

The last chat of this month is with the lovely Steve Jessup

1) The Victorian era holds special interest to me. It was the age of huge change as the industrial revolution changed the face of society forever. It was also a time where the class division widened. Many a man became wealthy from their industrial endevours. often at the expense of the poor folk that worked for them. It was an age without trade unions, without workers rights. Exploitation of the poor by the wealthy was rife. That didn't change until the arrival of the 20th century and it was a slow process.

2) Very hard. I knew what I wanted to write. I had the story in my imagination. But actually writing it was a frustrating affair. Hours of research to ensure that I had my facts correct. Luckily I already had extensive knowledge of Morriston and the industries around the small town. That helped a lot. The problem was transferring the story from my imagination onto paper, so to speak. Many an edit followed until I was somewhat satisfied but not entirely happy.

3) My family are very proud of my achievements. I accept that I am no Stephen King and will not become wealthy from my writing but those that have read my tomes have said that they enjoyed reading them. That is reward enough for me. My mum's friends said that the stories are good but a little too gory for them. Result!

4) The story has to flow. The characters have to be believable. The plot must work. And all must work with eachother. If not then you have a disjointed story that doesn't flow. The reader will soon get bored and won't purchase any further books you write. Write a book that you would read. If you don't like to read what you write then it's almost certain that others wont either.

Joining us today for a mid week chat is the lovely Davide Mana

What makes the genre you write about special to you ?

I mostly write historical fantasy and historical adventure, and the historical part is certainly what makes me click: I love reading history, I love doing research fr my stories. Also, I like very much to work in the interstices of history, setting my stories in the out-of-sights corners of our past.

How hard was it to sit down and write your very first book?

I wrote the first draft of my first novel, “The Ministry of Thunder”, in eight days. Forty-eight thousand words, roughly 6000 a day. The hard part was the revision, when a publisher showed interest - it took me six months, and the book expanded to seventy-eight thousand words. That was very hard, because characters tended to run away with the story, and new episodes kept popping up. And the clock was ticking. But in the end it was all right, and the book got some great reviews. I learned A LOT writing “The Ministry of Thunder”.

What does your family think of your writing?

Not much. My parents did not approve, because they did not considered it a reasonable way to make a living. They considered it a weird hobby, wondering why I couldn’t be into football or anything “normal”. I wonder what they would say now, considering it’s three years now I’ve been paying my bills by writing. My brother is very supportive. He doesn’t read what I write unless I ask him for a revision or some suggestions, but he’s always ready to back me.

What do you think makes a good story?

I like stories that leave the reader better than when he started, so that’s an important thing for me in defining a good story. It must be fun, but it must also stimulate the reader’s curiosity, provide ideas, stuff that causes the reader to think. And on a purely technical level, the reader must be inside the story, must be completely involved. It’s not an easy trick to pull, of course.

A weekend chat with the multi-talented Brian L. Porter

 As I write in four different genres this might take some explaining, Susie. I'll begin with my principal genre which is Mystery/Thriller. As you know from my previous interview, I am greatly influenced by the work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and by that of Clive Cussler. When I was a young man serving in the Royal Air Force, I was often stationed at places miles from civilisation and I would find great entertainment in the station library where I feasted on a diet of Mystery and Thriller novels that would often keep me awake, reading into the small hours. The thought of writing my own books at that time never entered my head, but in later years, when I made the decision to become a full time writer, such had been the influence of reading some of the greatest mystery and thriller novels ever written in the previous forty years or so that there could only be one genre for me. I've had virtually a life-long love affair with the genre and I found it a great challenge to try and emulate some of the great authors that had entertained me through those years. I love the feeling of writing new mysteries, stories that hopefully both entertain and at times, bamboozle my readers as I love to include a few red herrings in my books, and I was thrilled when one reviewer described me as 'The Master of Misdirection' due to my ability to lead readers down one path, only to reveal it to be a false trail, just as they think they've worked it out. There is no other genre that allows an author the license to play such mind games with one's readers and so for me, the Mystery/Thriller genre is very special indeed as its been my constant companion for over fifty years now. Secondly, there are my non-fiction dog rescue books. This genre is very special to me as it has allowed me to begin to serialise the true stories of the lives of the wonderful group of rescued dogs that form an integral part of our family. These dogs are all very special to us and so, writing their stories Is equally special and very important to me. The first three books in the series have all been bestsellers (Sasha is an international bestseller) and all three have won non fiction book awards, so non fiction has become a very special genre for me. By the way, I have just begun writing my fourth dog rescue book Next, there are my Children's books, which I write as Harry Porter. Although I have kind of suspended writing children's books for the time being this is still a special genre for me as each of my books for the younger generation has been written to both entertain and educate. As all my Harry Porter books have been bestsellers I think I have succeeded in my goals in that genre. Finally there's Romantic Poetry. Yes, you read it correctly. I write romantic poetry too! Why is this special? Well, some years ago my life was a mess, I was deeply depressed and needed to change things before I gave up on life, so, I ran away to Mexico! While there I fell in love with the country, its culture and history and met a wonderful old man who taught me so much about his country that the idea for my eventual collection of poetry took shape. When I met a lovely Mexican lady who helped me to smile again, my life began to get back on course and I eventually returned home and created the persona of Juan Pablo Jalisco, under which name I wrote the bestselling and hugely successful collection of poetry, Of Aztecs and Conquistadors. I think you can see why that is so special to me.

 I'll answer this one with reference to my first novel, A Study in Red, The Secret Journal of Jack the Ripper. To be honest, it wasn't really hard to sit down and write this one. I had studied the Jack the Ripper murders for over 35 years when, encouraged by my son, I finally decided to create a novel based on the murders but which would also detail the actual facts of the killings that took place in Whitechapel in 1888. I decided to base the story on the fictional diary of the Ripper and its effect on his modern day descendants. It was so successful that I eventually wrote two sequels and my Jack the Ripper trilogy is still going strong on Amazon.

My family, such as it is, is highly supportive of my work. Most of my family are sadly dead and buried so my real family is really my wife Juliet who is my chief supporter, critic and who helps to proof read my work. I couldn't do it without her. My son now has his own family to look after and is unable to give much support but he is always pleased to see my success and in that respect, is highly supportive.

I think different authors will give you many different answers to your question, but for me, a good story should appeal to the reader, give them something to become involved in, inasmuch as it draws them in and makes them feel as though they are right there with the characters in the thick of the action. Do that and I think you have them hooked!

A quick chat with the lovely N.Joy

1. I write multi-genre so I don't have one that is specifically special to me. My first was a historical bio-fiction, the second was a chic lit and the third is going to be a ghost story.

2. Writing my first book was relatively easy, I made sure I had a day a week dedicated time, but it was never enough and the family had to suffer with many a late mealtime (or takeaway) and the house got very dusty. I had a rough plot plan and just started writing.

3. Most of my family is very supportive and encouraging and say nice things. Mum and Dad are truly amazing, and mum buys my books, The hubby will be happy when I'm rich and famous but the kids like that I'm happy and help me with ideas when I get stuck... young brains!

4. What makes a good story to me is one that keeps the reader engaged and desperate to know what's going to happen next. I love a story that keeps you intrigued but I also like characters that have depth - likeable or not, they have to be real regardless of if they are being chased by a vampire or romanced by Robin Hood.

Today's guest, on this typical wet and windy day in Britain is the lovely Jim Ody

What makes the genre you write about special to you ?

I think psychological/thrillers have a very open playing field. They can touch on so many other genres that you don’t feel restricted. The very essence of a story having psychological aspects means it can be a horror book without the monsters, it can have crime, or just be a standard fiction book. For me, I like to look at the people and show no matter how they act there is often a reason for this. This allows me to delve into back stories, and intertwine a number of other tales to run parallel with the main one.

How hard was it to sit down and write your very first book?

I found it quite easy, as I felt compelled to write. I’ve always had a drive to try and have a go at things I’m interested in. I’m self-taught at a number of things from skateboarding, musical instruments, to photography, and song-writing. Somethings work out a lot better than others! I’ve always tried to do things in steps. Firstly, see if I can do it. Then see if I can do it enough that I’m not seen as an amateur. Then finally, use flare and my own style to become unique at it. Writing was exactly this. I’m now finding my own voice.

What does your family think of your writing?

My mum reads most of my work, and my wife has read my first two books but largely this is something I do on my own. On the whole I think they’re proud, and are impressed with my dedication, however my style is a little raw for them. They don’t understand promotion and so everything is left to me.

What do you think makes a good story?

A good story is one that writes itself, or makes you turn the pages without looking at page numbers or your watch. It’s one that makes you hold your breath, question yourself and lose time. I enjoy putting twists into my books and short-stories, I believe this takes the reader down one road and abandons them in a world of doubt.

Thank you Jim always a pleasure to have you take part.

To cheer you up on this reather dull, gray and wet Thursday morning a quick chat with the lovely Lucinda Lamont

 Hey Susie!

1) I am still trying to determine my genre. My first was a post war romantic thriller. I loved writing it and got absorbed in that era. My second novel was contemporary and modern romance and I didn’t enjoy it as much. There wasn’t as much escapism as the first. My current novel I’m working on is a crime novel and I’m enjoying trying to make it happen. Overall, I would say I loved my first book the most as I liked the romanticism and imagining that era.

2) I didn’t find it that hard but I made a rule to not push it. I would sit down once a week and do a chunk. I didn’t want to make it a chore.

3) My family were mortified about how racy my first book was. I don’t talk to them about my writing now. I think they shouldn’t read it because they won’t hear the story, they will only hear me.

4) I think a good story is about suspense and relatable characters.

Joining me on this very windy Sunday morning for a quick chat is the very talented Alan M.Clark

A huge thank you to Alan for taking part 

1) What makes the genre you write about special to you?

I write mostly in the genres of historical fiction/crime with an edge of horror to it. When I combine them, I call it Historical Terror: Horror that Happened. I like the historical fiction because it feels a bit like time travel, an idea that has fascinated me since childhood. I like horror because of the tension that can be created between the subtlety of suspense and extremes of emotion.

2) How hard was it to sit down and write your very first book ?

My very first book was a piece of crap I wrote in college. I found the work very difficult because I had little method to gather my thoughts and ideas for the page. I just wrote, hoping to find what I wanted. I didn’t.

3) What does your family think of your writing?

Some of them offer praise for the work, others are less interested.

4) What do you think makes a good story?

Genre is just window dressing. Whatever the genre, I want stories with characters demonstrating emotions I understand and can follow. The protagonist should find difficulties in relationships and settings with strong motivational forces. The emotions that follow are what to watch for. While writing, I often don’t know all that will happen in a story—I leave room for discovery along the way—but I start with knowledge of my main character’s goals, obstacles, and how that person’s view of self and the world will be changed by the end of the tale.

Joining us today is today for a chat is the delightful Eve Gaal

HI Susie,

1. I like many different genres because I enjoy reading different genres. I enjoy writing romantic adventures because I never know what’s going to happen. At least I have some vague idea that the main characters might end up together. Maybe, if they’re lucky.

2. My first book came out like melted butter. All I had to do was sit down and write it. It was cooped up in my head for a long, long time.

3.  My family wishes I would spend more time writing and less time goofing off. Funny, but housecleaning, crocheting hats for chemo patients, baking and walking my dogs are all under the goofing off category. LOL

4. I like going on a journey when I read. When I write, I want to pull the reader along so they can take a trip to where I’m going with my story. A good story cannot be boring and fortunately, no one ever said my writing is boring!

Thanks, Susie, for asking me these questions. 😎

Your welcome Eve always a pleasure to have you take

My next guest is the lovely Chris Botragyi

1. In a nutshell, I was always fed up of reading science fiction books and watching invasion movies where we would triumph over our intended conquerors. After all, beings with technology far superior to ours and could step on us like ants?!... Come on. Of course I love the human spirit and the fight, determination and will that is us, but no. What if we lost. What if there was no happy ending. What if this was the end of the world, and that there was nothing after but darkness and destruction? I wanted my readers to get through the book and think "fuck!" I wanted them to ponder this darkness, to imagine how they would react to such situations. Bleak, but something I personally found necessary.

2. Initially, after dabbling in poetry I decided to make the transition. My book was six short stories. However, after looking at the different parts of my story I decided to combine them as I liked the weird and different dilemmas that each character found themselves in. The hardest part was filling in the in between scenes as each part is so diverse and a bit 'smash, bang and wallop'.

3. My family liked my story, and to be honest they tell me the truth. My brother picked out parts that he found difficult to read. Don’t get me wrong, my work is far from perfect, and in hindsight there are parts that I would change now. But overall, I think I have captured almost all of what was inside of my head, and how I envisioned it. Generally though, they are proud that I’ve written a book that is published - no matter how grim and bleak the story is!

4. A good story is one that hooks you from the first page. One that makes you want to keep going and read that extra page before bed. Rich and detailed writing - especially getting it right from how you envision it - is crucial as you want your readers to experience exactly how you see things from your point of view. Writers like Anne Rice and Stephen King really capture the essence of their stories, and you have that interpretation via your own journey of the story.

My guest today is the lovely AJ. Griffiths-Jones

 1. I write in several different genres & each one relates to my areas of special interest. I love historical crime stories, mysteries & thrillers, so each book is a nod to things that keep me researching & reading. My heart lies with resolving the ‘Jack the Ripper’ identity, so in the future that will be my focus.

2. My first book took ten years to research and, when I finally sat down to write it, I was in a real quandary as to how to tackle it. First I started to write as a traditional historical crime story but there was a nagging doubt that I wasn’t doing justice to the title figure & that’s when I decided to write an autobiographical account using words from the trial transcripts & prison files. Everything just gelled after that.

3. Most of my family love my books & support me as much as possible. However, my husband & my father haven’t read any of my work, as neither of them read anything except newspapers, and that’s something that I would love to change.

4. To make a good story the author has to create characters that they feel strongly about. You need to know their likes & dislikes, what they would do in certain situations & what really makes them tick. Even if you create a ‘baddie’, as a writer you need to look at things from their perspective and give the reader both sides of the story. People in real life have secrets, pasts that they might wish to forget & dreams for the future, a book’s characters need to have these traits too.

Thank you A.J

Today's guest is one of my favourite authors the lovely Bernard Boley

 What makes the genre you write about special to you?

My first novel, 'My Ripper Hunting Days' as well as the one I'm currently working on are historical fictions, a genre I consider offering many challenges to an author. Let me give you an idea of what it demands. The time and place of the plot may seem easy to set. However, everything not only needs to be relevant but also provide a special meaning to it by giving the reader references he can relate with. The wording must be typical of the period and the kind each character would have used back then, which brings the author to read books written during that era and become familiar with its vocabulary. For example, I bought a couple of late Victorian-era catalogs to make sure the clothes worn, the various items one would have found in real life were properly named and an 1888 Bradshaw guide to know exactly from which London train station and at what time one of my characters would leave for Manchester. Locations, street names need to be exact. In other words, this genre allowed me to go through historical research, something I love to do even if it may demand as much time as writing a story would.

How hard was it to sit down and write your very first book?

Once I was satisfied with the general outlines of the plot, it wasn't hard at all. The main reason is that an important part of my professional life consisted of writing various papers for the government either in French or English. The hardest part came when I patiently read the first draft and decided to rewrite it completely. I felt it finished in a 'dead end'. A second version resulted in a different story reassigning new roles to my characters but still didn't satisfy me because of the way I had interlocked the sub-plots. The last and final version was shifting from a third-person point of view to a first-person POV which was probably the hardest part because of the elimination of all the sub-plots.

What does your family think of your writing?

Everyone supported me. Almost every day while having our cocktail, I would explain to my wife how I progressed giving her so many details on the problems I would have met, my choices at such a point, she probably knows my book by heart. LOL

What do you think makes a good story?

In many ways, an author will learn to write a good story from the moment he refuses to take for granted he just finished writing one. If an author succeeds in bringing his reader right in the middle of a story as if he was there but remaining unseen, I think he nailed it. It doesn't have to dramatically cover these great issues we all know about or create a fascinating hero too often unreal. However, by choosing the right words and offering them to the right characters at the right moment in a plot, an author has the power to transform a mundane daily event or conflict into elements of an amazing world the reader wishes to be part of.

Thank you Bernard lovely to talk to you again .

My guest today is the lovely Mari Collier

What makes the genre you write about special to you?

I fell in love with the old time Science Fiction writers like Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Fredrik Pohl , Arthur Clark ,the humor of Fredric Brown, Zena Henderson, Frank Herbert (the latter two continued the generations in their stories), and, of course, Robert Heinlein. I cannot imitate their writings, but their writing did influence me. Fredric Brown in my short stories for he was a master at including dark and humor.

How hard was it to sit down and write your very first book?

It took years to convince myself that I could actually write a novel. Of course, when I finally did, I realized that the book was so long that no publisher would even look at a novel of that length from an unknown writer. Gather The Children became two books. Gather The Children and Before We Leave.

What does your family think of your writing?

My husband loved my stories. My son was shocked at my stories, and my daughter won’t read them. My one still-living brother loves my stories, and the one that thought his baby sister writing was hilarious, called me a wordsmith before he died. At least my niece and great nieces and my one granddaughter love my stories. I’ve discovered that families quite often do not understand why another member of the clan is writing books.

What do you think makes a good story?

A beginning a middle, and an end is a simplification. There should be a character or several characters that the reader can relate to a living person or several living persons. There should be tension, perhaps intrigue, violence of some kind, a dilemma, a bit of romance or deep friendship. Then all must be resolved by the last two chapters. I prefer a story that moves in a straight line. Jumping back and forth through time can be annoying, but others have done so with great success.

Thank you Mari

My next guest is the lovely Phil Price

What makes the genre you write about special to you?

Well, I grew up in the 70’s, when horror movies and books were a big thing. I became hooked on Salem’s Lot, which stayed with me all my life. I like the idea of taking the reader into a dark place, away from the normality of everyday life. I like to play on the readers minds, putting them in places where other genres may not be able to take them. Bringing them face to face with creatures of the night, who pray on the innocent.

How hard was it to sit down and write your very first book?

Very is the short answer. When I first started Unknown, I had recently been married, with a child on the way. Finding time between work, wife and Thomas was not an easy task. However, I stuck with it and continued to craft the story over a few years. The easiest part of writing the first book was world building, which I seemed to love. Plus, it’s relatively easy if you have the twisted mind to carry it off. You have a blank canvas and you can let loose.

What does your family think of your writing?

To be honest, they don’t really talk about it. My mother has read all of my books, probably out of duty. Lol. My family just see it as a bit of a hobby, which is fine. I find that my social media friends embrace what I am doing far more, as they don’t know Phil the father, husband, son or brother.

What do you think makes a good story?

Bringing all the elements together in such a way that will snare the reader. It can be any genre, whether horror, crime or political. Believable characters that the reader can identify with is also key. They want to love the protagonist and hate the antagonist. If you can do that, you’re onto a winner.

Thank you Phil

My first guest of he new edition is Michael Hawley

What makes the genre you write about special to you ? 

With my nonfiction, I love discovery and the opportunity to add to the pool of reliable knowledge in the ripperology world. For example, finding Francis Tumblety’s family in Ireland was exciting. Discovering the he was a hermaphrodite was so unexpected. With my nonfiction, it is such the joy escaping into a world you have created.

How hard was it to sit down and write your very first book ?

The difficulty in writing my first book, a nonfiction, was figuring out what to take out (tasked by the publisher). I went overboard with boring detail. The difficulty in my nonfiction books was sticking to my general outline. Cool sub-stories kept on popping up.

What does your family think of your writing?

My family is supportive, but they tease me about how obsessive writers (well, at least me) are!

What do you think makes a good story?

Besides maintaining coherency and believability throughout the plot, a story that hooks the reader on each and every page. If I had to get into lots of forensic detail, which would lose a certain type of reader, I would bring levity into the story.

Thank you Michael


Hello everyone I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a lovely New Year

I'm just asking one question for the first Chat of the New Year, British novelist Zadie Smith wrote ' the very reason I write is so that I might not sleep walk through my entire life'

Why do you write ?

I have had a wonderful repose to the question and will be posting the authors relpys very shortly.



My last guest for January's Chat with Authors is Matt Leyshon

"I write because I feel I have stories that I want to share with people. I like to offer glimpses into that warped mind of mine as well as my life. Even prior to becoming a novelist my writing, mostly poetry, had connected with people and that was very satisfying. In sharing our stories we are entertained or transported to a different space, we also learn in the process. My stories have not only connected with a lot of people but also resulted in my meeting many as well. I think of so many people that are in my life now that were not two years ago and I can put that down to the fact I chose to write a story and put it out there for people to read and hopefully enjoy. Hearing from people you have never met, and may never, that your story connected with them is a true gift. Writing has not only introduced me to a lot of good people but it has also introduced me to new knowledge I had not had. EVERY reader is a gift. They are people who want to share in your story and that is the greatest of rewards."

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Evening everyone tonight are guest's are ...

Mari Collier

Because it is the only way I can stop the video with sound in my mind if I don't write down what those people are doing and saying.

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James Watts

I enjoy creating new worlds and stories.

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Chris Botragyi

I write to empty my head of its lollipop stuck to the bottom of the bin trash. x

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Today we have four new guests .....

A.J Griffiths-Jones

I write to bring my dreams & nightmares to life

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Lucinda Lamont

I write because it’s the only time my mind is quiet and focused on the job entirely

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Phil Price

I write because I have many stories to tell. And if there is a hope that someone may enjoy them, that is the WHY that I am looking for...

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Matt Leyshon

"I write because I feel I have stories that I want to share with people. I like to offer glimpses into that warped mind of mine as well as my life. Even prior to becoming a novelist my writing, mostly poetry, had connected with people and that was very satisfying. In sharing our stories we are entertained or transported to a different space, we also learn in the process. My stories have not only connected with a lot of people but also resulted in my meeting many as well. I think of so many people that are in my life now that were not two years ago and I can put that down to the fact I chose to write a story and put it out there for people to read and hopefully enjoy. Hearing from people you have never met, and may never, that your story connected with them is a true gift. Writing has not only introduced me to a lot of good people but it has also introduced me to new knowledge I had not had. EVERY reader is a gift. They are people who want to share in your story and that is the greatest of rewards."


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Steve Jessup

I write because it allows me to create a world of my making. A world where I control what is said and done. A world that I can manipulate until it is satisfactory to me. Complete with characters of my creation. Buildings, streets, towns, all built in my mind and constructed by my writing. For me it is a form of escapism. A release if you like. It allows me to function and gives me a great sense of satisfaction when a story comes together. I can sit back and say: "I did that." :)

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Angie Mackrell

I write because it is a bit of an emotional release and doing something creative all in one. It always makes me feel happy when I get time to myself to write, whether it be for half an hour or a whole day🤗

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Bernard Boley

Why do I write? Someone has to do it. So I might as well be among those doing it. Without guys like me, readers would become an endangered species. Won't allow it to happen.


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Eryn Ryans

I like telling stories as my characters actually talk to me so telling their stories is not only therapeutic for me but also a way for me to escape the mundane life I feel I currently live.  

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Eve Gaal

The stories fill my head. Poems, ideas for novels, stage plays, fairytales and more, wait for me to write them down. Impatient characters wonder why it takes me so long. Once I finish writing; the revisions, edits and proofreading takes months. The stories pile up and I have to let them out. By not writing, I am withholding some sort of insight. Not my own ego-driven opinions but those of an extraordinary muse. Perhaps an angel with an agenda. Maybe even God. How dare I NOT write, when they have so much to say?♀️

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Davide Mana

Hi !

Nice question !

Let's see... because I grew up reading, and I always invented stories to entertain myself, and one day I decided to try and share them. Also, because one day, all of a sudden, that was all I could do to pay the bills. Which might sound cynical, but really it's not. Writing saved my life.


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Michael Hawley

At heart, I am a researcher with a passion for discovery. Writing allows me to share these discoveries.


Daniel Hooberry

The first book was for recovery from a stroke. The second book was for me a story that I had never read, and to prove to myself that I had what it took to write a novel.