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A Day in the Life of Children's Author Lisa Thompson

The Goldfish Boy is our Children’s Book of the Month for January. Perhaps described best as a Rear Window for younger readers, Lisa Thompson’s debut is a deft combination of thriller and a heartfelt portrayal of a young boy overcoming sky-high hurdles. Although it takes real writing chops to create something this assured, Thompson unveils some writing tips to the aspirant, including the most effective ways to battle that most terrible of demons – procrastination.

Kiran Millwood Hargrave: Where I Write

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is the twenty-six year old debut novelist whose immensely popular children's book, The Girl Of Ink & Stars, captured all of our imagination this summer with its deft mix of the very sweet and the very dark. Such success was hard-won however; here the author tells a very intimate tale of where she writes and how it reflects her state of mind.

The Ones We Love The Most

The Ones We Love The Most

Posted on 20th Jul, 2016 by Sally Campbell

Adam Haslett is the author of the short story collection, You Are Not A Stranger Here, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the PEN/Winship Award. His new novel Imagine Me Gone explores a family's love, as well as the depression that resonates through the generations. Theo Tait writing for The Sunday Times described the novel as ‘intimate and panoramic’. He continued,‘there is an exhilaration in reading something so perceptive and well executed’. Waterstones Online’s Sally Campbell caught up with the author to discuss his writing routine, the term 'mental illness' and his exceptionally well-received new book.

Jenni Fagan: Writing In Different Forms

Jenni Fagan: Writing In Different Forms

Posted on 6th Apr, 2016 by Jenni Fagan

Jenni Fagan has won accolades as an author, screenwriter, playwright and poet. Here she talks about all these interconnected disciplines.

Where I Write by author Sara Baume

Where I Write by author Sara Baume

Posted on 14th Oct, 2015 by Sara Baume

Sara Baume, author of Spill Simmer Falter Wither, opens a portal, as it were, and shows us where she writes

Five thriller-writing tips from Linwood Barclay

Five thriller-writing tips from Linwood Barclay

Posted on 10th Sep, 2015 by Linwood Barclay

Acclaimed thriller writer Linwood Barclay, author of the newly-published Broken Promise, on how to write your own suspense-filled masterpiece

Five writing tips from John Niven

Five writing tips from John Niven

Posted on 19th Aug, 2015 by John Niven

Hold on, let us double-check this for swearing... No, good. *publish*

How to find, write and finish a story

How to find, write and finish a story

Posted on 22nd Jul, 2015 by Tasha Kavanagh

Writing tips from Tasha Kavanagh, author of Things We Have in Common

Boulder On - A lesson in writing from Simon Toyne

Boulder On - A lesson in writing from Simon Toyne

Posted on 12th Mar, 2015 by Simon Toyne

Recently a national survey revealed that being a 'Writer' is one of the most desired jobs in the country. Of course, anyone who's already a writer knows the terrible truth...

Fourteen fantastic first lines

They say the first line is one of the most important parts of a book. Get it right and the readers’ eyes are all yours, get it wrong and they’ll start looking around, distracted by the feet of strangers or two birds fighting over a sandwich.

Finish the story

Finish the story

Posted on 11th Feb, 2015 by Sarah Moore Fitzgerald

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, author of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize nominated The Apple Tart of Hope, explains that in order to become a writer you have to actually get to the end of the story.

Hearing voices

Hearing voices

Posted on 11th Jun, 2014 by Lucy Hounsom

Lucy Hounsom considers the role that narrative voice plays in our reading of a novel.