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Episode 34: Celina Grace

Celina Grace a full time indie author, Top 100 UK Amazon bestseller & host of the Indie Author School. She is UK-based and wrote her first book – The Blue Ruby – at age 7. Celina experimented with screenplays, scripts and short stories and then had a very long and frustrating journey trying to get traditionally published.…

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Episode 33: Joanne Phillips

Joanne Phillips is the author of the romantic comedies Can’t Live Without, The Family Trap, and Cupid’s Way. She also created the Flora Lively series of contemporary mysteries. Can’t Live Without was an Amazon top 20 bestseller in 2012 and her books regularly appear in category bestseller lists. Before becoming a writer, Joanne had jobs…

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Episode 32: Edward Trayer

Edward Trayer writes fiction books for children under the pen-name Billy Bob Buttons. He is the author of sixteen books to date and is published by The Wishing Shelf Press. In 2011, his book Felicity Brady and the Wizard’s Bookshop was long-listed for the International Rubery Book Award, and Tor Assassin Hunter was a runner up…

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Episode 31: Ali Luke

Ali Luke writes blog posts, non-fiction e-books, and fiction. Ali works with authors too and her website – Aliventures – covers the art, craft, and business of writing (both fiction and non-fiction). She has written for several popular blogs like Copyblogger, The Write Life, Write to Done, The Creative Penn, ProBlogger and Daily Blog Tips…

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Episode 30: Ian Sutherland

Ian Sutherland is the crime fiction author of the Brody Taylor Thriller Series, novels that expose the darker side of the online world to dramatic and suspenseful effect. Exploiting knowledge gained from his career in the IT industry, Ian’s thrillers caution readers on how dangerous the internet can be for the unwary. Ian also takes advantage…

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Episode 29: Jennifer Blanchard

Jennifer Blanchard is a bestselling author, professional novelist, and a story coach who turns struggling novelists into writers of books that keep readers hooked from page one. It took her 18 years to publish her debut novel because – Jennifer says – she fell victim to the belief that because she had read lots of…

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Episode 28: Griselda Heppel

Griselda Heppel was born in Vienna and grew up in England and Germany. After reading English at Cambridge, Griselda worked in publishing before a move to Oxford with her husband to bring up their 4 children put her career on hold. She took up writing seriously 10 years ago. Her first book, Ante’s Inferno, won the…

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Episode 27: Maggie James

Maggie James is a British author who lives in Bristol and writes psychological suspense novels. Before turning her hand to writing, Maggie worked mainly as an accountant, with a diversion into practising as a nutritional therapist. She’s best known for her thrillers, but also writes about non-fiction topics, in particular nutrition, but she has also written a…

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Episode 26: Peter O’Connor

Peter O’Connor is the book cover designer who created all three covers for my Secret Bunker Trilogy. Peter runs his business via the website bespokebookcovers.com alongside his wife, Caroline. If you go to look at the website I don’t think that I’ve ever seen such a compelling collection of audio testimonials praising Peter’s work and support…

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Episode 25: Ashley Lister

Ashley Lister is a prolific writer of erotic fiction, having written more than two dozen full length erotic novels and over a hundred short stories. Aside from regularly blogging about writing erotica, Ashley also teaches creative writing. He has hosted a creative writing workshop at Eroticon, the annual conference for sex bloggers and erotica writers…

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Episode 24: Molly Looby

Molly Looby is the author of ZA and many other unpublished works that haven’t yet seen the light of day. She self-published the Immorality of Immortality trilogy between 2011-2015 and that series is made up of Playing with Reality, Gambling a Fairytale, and Chancing the Truth. Molly lives in Essex in the UK and spends almost all…

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Episode 22: Janet Murray

Janet Murray knows a thing or two about what makes a great media story – and what doesn’t! She has 15 years’ experience writing and editing for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Times, Sun and Daily Mail. Janet now teaches people how to create incredible PR opportunities – with minimal time…

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Episode 21: David J Robertson

It takes many writers years and years to finally set pen to paper. Author David Robertson has possibly had a more rocky ride than most. David is a former engineer who got his first book published after three shattering life events. This is in spite of being told 10 years ago that he should get…

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Episode 18: Mike Bodnar

Mike Bodnar is a former continuity announcer, regional newsreader and TV & radio presenter. He joined Radio New Zealand as an announcer in 1978, then moved into television in the early 80s. His early explorations of publishing were a companion guide to the New Zealand Road Code for new drivers and a co-authored guide to personal security.…

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Episode 17: Tim Lewis

Tim Lewis (writing as Timothy Michael Lewis) is a self-published author from London in the UK. He spent 18 years working as a computer programmer and IT manager in the world of financial IT. After the death of his wife, following a long illness, Tim reassessed his life goals and decided that he wanted to write…

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Episode 16: Philippa Donovan

Philippa Donovan is an editor who established her business – Smart Quill – in 2011. Since then she has worked with around 300 authors and recommends to a stable of 50 literary agents based in the UK, Australia, and the US. In 2014 she was named Publishing Rising Star and is Editorial Consultant for the…

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Episode 15: KS Turner

Kate-Sarah Turner, is a UK based author who writes as KS Turner. Her debut novel, Before the Gods, was the first from the epic fantasy trilogy, The Chronicles of Fate and Choice. Book Two – Tumultus – is also available with the final story – Time – currently in progress. Kate originally trained as a…

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Episode 14: Andrew Lowe

Andrew Lowe is an author and book editor from the North of England. His writing has been published in several magazines and newspapers, including The Guardian, The Sunday Times and Mens Health. He’s also worked in creative and digital roles with GQ, Vogue, Wired and Total Film. He writes psychological thrillers novels and short stories.…

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