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Love and Voices

So, I’m going to tell you a TERRIBLE secret about me. Something I am dreadfully ashamed of. Okay. (Deep breath) here goes. I have never voted. It’s not that I didn’t think that voting was important, or that I didn’t understand the value and the power of living in a democracy, where we can have…

Names

The perils of a name

How much are you influenced by someone’s name? I’ve been thinking about it for my latest book, and was reminded again during the election when I found that a candidate for a party I would NEVER support is also called Sue Ransom. For a long time I’ve shared a name with an Australian drag racer,…

The Milkshake Detectives Blackpool

May 2015

I went to Bekonscot Model Village recently. The little boy I took was fascinated by the constant buzz of trains; but I loved the idea of so many buildings, each with the potential of interesting things happening inside them. Visiting schools is always interesting because I meet so many fascinating people. SilverDell Bookshop in Kirkham, then Urmston Bookshop in Manchester were brilliant hosts who…

Elspeth Hart

A Guest Blog from Sarah Forbes

Sarah Forbes used to work on magazines, interviewing pop stars for a living. She’s now an editor, helping writers to create their own stories. Sarah writes herself and she’s here to tell us about her debut book, Elspeth Hart and the School for Show-offs. WELCOME to GHB Sarah.  Bad Girls: why is writing villains so much…

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Why it’s always worth entering writing competitions…

Today I thought I’d write something for all you budding novelists, short story writers and poets. There are some wonderful writing competitions around these days. In her great post last week, Luisa Plaja mentioned the very exciting Fiction Express Competition in which you create a 500 word story with three different endings. The horse and pony…