My Author Journey – Taryn Leigh

Today I'm joined by South African author Taryn Leigh who shares with us her writing journey, what inspired her to write her debut novel Perfect Imperfections and her favourite Christmas tradition. Hi Taryn. How did your journey to being a published author begin? My...

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How to Deal with Criticism

‘How do you deal with bad reviews?’ people ask me. ‘I’ve never had one, I’m an amazing writer!’ I reply. Then laugh maniacally – because it’s not true. EVERY writer gets bad reviews at some point in their career. Along with sleepless nights, virtually no...

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YA Super Fans Wanted!

If you’re reading this then that means that you’re a) A young adult and b) You love reading. Which is great, because I’m searching for 15-23 year old avid readers of YA fantasy romance (especially bloggers, reviewers. vloggers, fangirls, fanartists) to...

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Romance & Europe – with Author Kristin Anderson

I love a good romance book. Of course I do, it’s my genre. You know what to expect with a romance novel: two people meet – a few difficult hurdles – then happy ever after. Perfection. So you can imagine my excitement when a chance encounter in The Hague...

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Why Can’t Female Protagonists be Lovable Aholes Too?

  I’ve got a question for you. What makes a great female protagonist? A strong and fearless role model? A sweet and caring girl? Somebody who treats everyone around her with love, respect and humility? Well...they sound like pretty good traits for a human, full stop....

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Why You Need To Leave A Book Review

Hey, did you enjoy the last book you read? Oh, you did! Well that’s fantastic...did you leave a review? No? But why? I can’t tell you how many times I have had this conversation. As an author I may be a bit biased when I say this but please, for the love the book...

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10 Ways Writing a Book is Like Having a Baby

They say that nothing compares to having children. The pain! The ecstasy! The sense of responsibility, anticipation and complete and utter delusion that goes with expecting your first bundle of joy, carrying it, birthing it and living the life of a mum. Well I’ve...

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Make This Your Perfect Summer

Karen King is the award-winning author of over 120 children's books - she has also written many chick lit and light-hearted adult novels. This month sees the reprint of Perfect Summer, runner up in the 2011 Red Telephone Books YA novel competition and one of her...

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When is YA not YA?

We all know what YA is by now, right? It means Young Adult, the book and movie genre for all things teen. When you mention YA some people think fantasy ‘Harry Potter’ and supernatural ‘Twilight', others think teen angst Judy Blume style. Well you may be surprised to...

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Author Jenny Kane on Being an Accidental Romance Writer

On this most special of days for us hopeless romantic romance writers, I have invited author Jenny Kane to talk about how she became the wonderful author we all know and love. Who knew it was all a happy accident? Here is her story... Happy Valentine’s Day! Although I...

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Why We All Need Fantasy Fiction Right Now

I think most would agree that the world is in a bloody mess right now. I can’t switch on the TV or flick through Twitter without turning it back off again. An Orwellian reality looms, like a prequel to a post-apocalyptic teen movie, Facebook post after post sending me...

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Book review of ‘The Girl who Cried Wolf’ by Bella James

I’m not a frequent book reviewer. When I read a book I will either rave about it or I’ll put it down half way through and forget it ever existed. If I were to review every book I’d ever read you’d either get a ten thousand word dissertation from me...or nothing at...

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3 Unique Ways to Plan your Novel

Are you a visual thinker and struggling to plan your next novel? Four years ago I decided to write my first book. I had a great story in mind, a bunch of interesting characters and a most importantly of all a huge desire to do so. I’ve been a writer all my life; in...

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Why YA is Bigger than Ever

I wasn’t aware that I had written a YA novel until my manuscript was snapped up by UK publisher Accent Press for their YA division. ‘Fantastic!’ I thought...then I ran off to look up what YA meant. ‘Young Adult’ literature (or its slightly raunchier big sister ‘New...

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How to Find Inspiration

I had a giggle with a fellow author the other day. “I offered to beta read a friend’s first draft,” she told me. “Except she was worried I might steal her idea.” And we laughed and laughed and laughed. Why? Because if you are a writer by trade, be it a fiction author...

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Love or Romance?

I write Romance Fantasy novels for young adults. When people ask me ‘why did you choose to write Romance?’ I answer ‘I didn’t’. Very few writers choose what genre they wish to specialise in before they start plotting story lines and ideas, they simply write the kind...

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Modest Writers don’t Succeed

Welcome to my first blog post as N J Simmonds for my brand new author website, the home of The Path Keeper series published by Accent Press. So seeing as you're reading all about me, I thought it was fitting to begin my blog journey by dispelling the biggest of...

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