(first published in Two Sides to Every Story 2019) A few factsStephanie Churchill grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and earned a degree in political science and history at a private college in the wilds of Iowa’s cornfields. After graduating, she worked at a small boutique law firm in Washington, D.C. in the fields of international … Continue reading My Guest Today is Author Stephanie Churchill
(First published in Two Sides to Every Story Blogspot December 2019) Today my guest is Seumas Gallagher who I met up with first in St Pancras Station, almost under the statue of John Betjamin, which, if you have read any of Seumas' poetry, is appropriate.A Journey to myself – writing my autobiography For authors, the … Continue reading My guest today is Seumas Gallacher
I can't be the only person who gets stuck for words now and then or in my case every moment of the day - especially WordPress Wednesday. The plain fact is that I am no longer creative. Having exhausted 50 years of experiences stored in my head, the 'hide-away-in-your-house regime, adopted by the oldies of … Continue reading Digging for nuggets of gold!
Why does an otherwise normal person decide to commit their life to writing a book? The answer to that question would form a vast mound of paper because we all have different reasons for setting pen to paper. This week BBC 4 showed the first of several programmes about Ernest Hemingway, one of the heavyweights … Continue reading In Pursuit of Fame?
INTERVIEW BY M.N. STROH Award-winning author, Barbara Spencer, originally considered herself destined for a life of mediocrity. Instead her venture to the West Indies in 1967 became the precursor to a colourful career spanning three continents, where she found herself caught up in riots, wars, and choosing Miss World. Now, a prolific writer of many genres, including … Continue reading Launch: Barbara Spencer’s Carinatae series
The Inconvenience of Relatives Relatives can either be just wonderful or a pain if they drop in at inconvenient times. Unfortunately I have aunts who visit every May - at least I wish it were aunts. Sadly, I am too old to have any still living - which is what I wish for those pesky … Continue reading A Literary Unravelling – a collection of short sketches
Where do we start? With a great big banner announcing my guest? Unlike me Nikki prefers shadows and things that go bump in the night – a thriller writer, no less. Nikki might well object saying she writes police dramas but that puts me in mind of Georges Simenon who created the character of Jules … Continue reading THE SHADOWY WORLD OF NIKKI COPLESTON
Wonderful to meet up with such exciting lives – read on!
Today two more long term supporters of the blog who I believe deserve a special mention. The Story Reading Ape, Chris Graham shares the posts of many of us each week as well as featuring guest writers, post links to all aspects of writing and of course his infamous Monday Funnies that usually star members of his own extended family including Maxine and Aunty Acid…not to be confused with Mary Poppins!!
My literature Hero is Terry Pratchett who, in one of his Science of Discworld books, postulated that Homo Sapiens Sapiens survived all the pitfalls that made other Homo Sapiens species become extinct, by being story telling apes.
If this is the case, then in order to be effective, for every story telling ape there had to be a story listening ape.
I am descended from them, except I read stories instead of listening to them; and author’s are the…
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A million books a year is the boast of Amazon – for me a mind boggling number but not unreasonable when authors churn out a book a month. It is a market in which I flounder, and each day see myself slipping further and further into obscurity. Among the million or so authors marketing their … Continue reading A Question of Balance
Over the past ten years, I have visited hundreds of both primary and secondary schools. If I had to nominate the most asked question, it would be: where do your ideas come from? I admit I always ask that question of guest authors and I have huge admiration for those who march around with a … Continue reading Where Do My Ideas Come From?