Jemma Forte is a panelist on The Wright Stuff this week

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Jemma Forte is a guest panelist on the Channel 5 topical debate show, The Wright Stuff, appearing alongside host Matthew Wright.

Tune in weekdays from 9:15 am. Jemma will be on the panel all week.

Jemma Forte is the author of four books. Her latest novel, When I Met You, is out now!

Jemma Forte When I Met You

Marcie Steele reveals herself to be Mel Sherratt

After a guessing game over Twitter using the hashtag #WhoisMarcieSteele, Mel Sherratt has revealed that she is behind the pseudonymous women’s fiction author Marcie Steele.

Mel originally wrote STIRRED WITH LOVE in 1999, before starting to write her bestselling crime fiction. Bookouture will publish it for the first time on 3rd September this year. ‘Marcie’s’ next book, THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR, will be released in December 2015, followed by BROKEN HEELS, in 2016.

Mel will continue to write gritty crime thrillers under her own name. But if you’d like to read about friendship, love and heartache (and cake), cheating, secrets and lies (and even more cake) then you can you can pre-order STIRRED WITH LOVE now!

For all bloggers and reviewers, STIRRED WITH LOVE is available on Netgalley.

You can also check out the hashtag

STIRRED WITH LOVE by Marcie Steele

MM Agency Summer Post – Carina Rozenfeld

Today’s author interview is a special Guest author: the lovely Carina Rozenfeld, prize-winning French author of sci-fi and fantasy, published in France by Robert Laffont, who has co-authored the upcoming action-packed, supernatural adventure series THE SECRET FIRE. The first book will be published by Little Brown on 10th of September!

Carina Rozenfeld

If you weren’t writing, what other job would you dream to have?

When I was younger I wanted to be an astrophysicist. I wanted to watch and understand the universe. But I quickly understood that I wasn’t good enough at sciences. Otherwise, I’d want to be an science officer on the Enterprise.

Favourite book as a child?

Wow I coudn’t tell. I read so many books when I was a child… But I loved Narnia a lot. I wanted to find a secret passage to a magic world in a wardrobe at home. Instead I wrote my own magic worlds…

Favourite food/snack while writing?

Cheese. I’m French. So what else ?

Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, what’s your favourite piece to listen to?

Yes, most of the time I listen to music. I can’t listen to songs, because I want to sing the lyrics at the same time, and it’s very hard to write and sing (most of the time in different languages !) ;-)

I love to listen to Two Steps from Hell albums. They create a lot of different feelings.

Most unglamorous part of being a writer?

You can spend a whole day without talking to a single person. Or you just end up talking to your cat.

What is your favourite spot to read in?

I love to read in my bed.

What has been your most touching review or message from a fan so far?

I don’t have one in particular I remember but I receive a lot of beautiful reviews. I love the ones where my readers confide themselves when my book gave them the confidence that they can, because I’d understand them. Others are when they tell me they started to love reading because of my books.

Favourite holiday destination? Are you a beach bunny or a city explorer?

I love New York and London, but I spent a few days in Norway in July and I fell in love with this country. It’s so breathtaking !

Summer tipple of choice?

Something with pineapple and coconut juice in it, but I’m not very fond of alcohol, I just love the fruits.

What book are you reading right now/planning to read over the summer?

The next book on my pile is the very last Night School by CJ Daugherty. I can’t wait to know how everything ends !

Most importantly, favourite ice cream flavour?

Vanilla, of course !

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MM Agency Author Summer Post – C.L. Taylor

We’re celebrating! Our wonderfully bestselling author C.L. Taylor has not only sold over 300,000 copies of her haunting, unputdownable psychological thriller THE LIE, but the book has just sold in its 10th country, with many more to come no doubt! The perfect opportunity to quiz our author on her summer plans:

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What’s your daily routine when you are writing?

I tend to procrastinate for hours in the morning and then, when I’m bored of TV, social media, admin and housework (actually the latter rarely happens), I check the time and think, “Uh oh, only five/four/three hours until I have to pick my son up from nursery” and then I write like the wind. I try to write between 1,500 and 2,500 words a day. I’d love to get the words written first thing so I could spend the rest of the day reading and relaxing without guilt but I’ll never be a morning writer I fear.

If you weren’t writing, what other job would you dream to have?

There were only two jobs I wanted as a child – to be an author or an actress. When I was a teenager I took my LAMDA qualifications in acting and the speaking of verse and prose and even won a cup for my acting in the Cheltenham festival but my acting teacher told me I’d find it difficult to find work as an actress as, at a smidge under six foot tall, I’d struggle to be cast. I assumed she knew what she was talking about and gave up that dream although I continued to act at university, in productions for the drama society. One day I’m going to write a novel or a screenplay featuring a really tall female character. Not so I can play her, but so another six foot actress who didn’t listen to her drama teacher can!

Favourite book as a child?

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.

Favourite food/snack while writing?

There’s nothing quite like chocolate to get you through some tricky edits but I’m watching my weight so these days it’s mostly diet coke and chewing gum for me.

Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, what’s your favourite piece to listen to?

For The Lie, my psychological thriller about a group of female friends turning on each other during a holiday from hell, I listened to the soundtrack of ‘In Time’. The composer is Craig Armstrong, my all time favourite composer. Although he wrote the score for a sci fi film there’s a very real sense that time is running out and the urgency in the soundtrack really suited the mood of The Lie. I’m currently writing my third psychological thriller, The Missing, and this time I’m listening to a lot of Max Richter which is dark and brooding. This novel is about grief but also about paranoia and his music helps create the perfect atmosphere for the story.

Most unglamorous part of being a writer?

Answering the door to the postman in my pyjamas with no make up on.

Do you have any secret talents (other than writing)?

I used to be a pretty good kickboxer but I found out I was pregnant with my son the week before my orange belt grading. Once I’ve lost the baby weight I’d love to take it up again (he’s nearly four so I’m not holding my breath…).

What is your favourite spot to read in?

I love reading under an umbrella on the beach or beside a hotel pool somewhere warm with a lovely breeze but it’s been a while since I’ve been able to do that (see mention of small child in answer to question 9!)

What has been your most touching review or message from a fan so far?

It was the email from a reader who had read The Accident – a psychological thriller about a woman who escapes from an abusive relationship and fears her abuser may have reappeared twenty years later. The reader told me that she’d been in an abusive relationship too and I’d perfectly captured the way an abuser slowly and insidiously destroys the confidence of his victim. She told me that she hoped that other women, who didn’t realise they were being emotionally abused, would read The Accident, see the way James treated Susan and have a lightbulb moment and leave their relationship. Having been in an emotionally abusive relationship myself I really, really hope that happens too.

 Favourite holiday destination? Are you a beach bunny or a city explorer?

Back in my early twenties I went to Cyprus with a friend and read a book a day for seven days. Absolutely bliss!

Summer tipple of choice?

Pimms!

What book are you reading right now/planning to read over the summer?

I’m currently reading THE HUNT by T.J. Lebbon which is about a man who goes for a run and returns home to find that his wife and children have been snatched. It’s a compulsive read.

Most importantly, favourite ice cream flavour?

For a hot summer’s day it has to be an Italian lemon icecream. So refreshing.

Cally

Publication Day for ALL SORTS OF POSSIBLE by Rupert Wallis

Simon and Schuster are publishing the phenomenal ALL SORTS OF POSSIBLE by Rupert Wallis today.

ALL SORTS OF POSSIBLE by Rupert Wallis

When the sinkhole opened there was no time to brake or turn the wheel and the old green Land Rover was snatched off the dirt road over the smoking rim.

The moment that a sinkhole swallows the car Daniel and his father are travelling in, everything changes: suddenly Daniel is the ‘miracle boy’ who escaped unharmed and his father is gone, trapped in a coma with no sign of recovery.

Everyone wants to know the secret to Daniel’s escape, including a Mason, a gangster who believes that Daniel is special and can help him secure the biggest score of his career… whatever it takes… But is Daniel really special or just lucky? And can he use whatever others think is within him to help his father?

A lyrical and atmospheric novel from the phenomenally talented Rupert Wallis about love, loss and learning to accept the world for what it is, not what it could be. Perfect for fans of Patrick Ness and David Almond.

Get your copy here!

Publication Day for FIRE GIRL by Matt Ralphs

FIRE GIRL by Matt Ralphs is published today by Pan Macmillan

A fiery girl. A grumpy dormouse. Prepare for a magical adventure!

Fire Girl Cover

Twelve-year-old Hazel Hooper has spent her whole life trapped in a magical Glade created by her mother, Hecate. She’s desperate to meet new people and find out about the world. And, more than anything, she wants to be a witch. But when her mother is kidnapped by a demon – everything changes . . .

Suddenly Hazel is alone in the world. Well . . . not quite alone. For it turns out that Hazel does have magic – she’s just not very good at controlling it. And she may have accidentally created a grumpy familiar in the form of a dormouse called Bramley.

Determined to rescue her mother, the young witch and her mouse set out to track down the demon and find Hecate. However, it turns out that life outside the Glade is far more dangerous than Hazel ever could have imagined. Witch Hunters are everywhere – and the witches are using demons to fight back!

Luckily for Hazel she manages to enlist the help of a handsome boy called David, and his drunken master, Titus White, who are expert demon hunters.

And witch finders . . .

Fire Girl is a fantastic new magical adventure from Matt Ralphs – perfect for young readers with a taste for the extraordinary!

Watch the stunning book trailer here:

And buy your copy here!!

MM Agency Summer Post – Fionnuala Kearney

Happy Hump Day everyone! It’s not a particularly sunny one sadly, so we’re going to cheer ourselves up with another author interview, this time from the radiant Fionnuala Kearney, who’s fabulous debut YOU, ME AND OTHER PEOPLE is out now with Harper Collins!


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What’s your daily routine when you are writing?

It depends on what part of the process I’m in. If I’m writing a first draft, I tend to write all day with a few breaks – one for lunch and the others just to stretch out and walk about for ten minutes or so.

If I’m editing, I tend to do it in the mornings, then take a lunch break and then do emails, Twitter etc afterwards, with one more final edit slot in the late afternoon.

It’s a full time job, this writing lark!

Where do you write best?

In my office at home. I have everything there; the desktop PC which I prefer to work on, rather than a laptop; all my notebooks; my white board. It’s where I feel safest writing. Although I can and do write on a laptop away from home, I usually feel like I’m missing something, so from the physical and mental comfort factors – home is where I work best. And where there’s a constant snack supply! (See number five)

Favourite food/snack while writing?

Walkers cheese and onion crisps. Failing that, any kind of crisps. I know they’re bad for me  – nutrition less and empty calories. Bad for me. I’m a bad girl.

Do you ever get writer’s block?

Oh yes. There are times when the fear can completely overwhelm. The Block, if it attacks me, can be relatively short lived and cured by a small break away or a walk but sometimes it’s bigger and requires me giving myself a serious talking to. During these times, I can be found chatting away to no-one obvious, my thumb curled and aimed at my mouth.

Most unglamorous part of being a writer?

Writer’s butt. The clothes I wear when working – pyjama bottoms and old tee shirts. The glasses on the end of my nose. The toothpaste covered spot. The greying roots oh, the roots…

Do you have any secret talents (other than writing)?

I can make a three point turn last for twenty manoeuvres.

What has been your most touching review or message from a fan so far?

I’ve had so many fabulous reviews and am incredibly grateful for each and every one of them – truly. The fact that readers have taken the time to post reviews really means a lot. To any writer, when someone tells you they’ve enjoyed the book you’ve written – whether it’s a review or a short tweet, it makes a difference, it really does.

This was a recent tweet from a reader which really made me smile…

“@LisaLr1234: @fionnualatweets just finished ‘you, me& other people’. Went immediately 2 get another of ur books only 2 discover it’s ur 1st. LOVED it!”

Favourite holiday destination? Are you a beach bunny or a city explorer?

I love Javea in Spain where we go regularly to relax but I also love the odd city break. Rome, without a doubt, has, so far, been my favourite city destination.

Summer tipple of choice?

A cold Sauvignon blanc or a Pimms.

What book are you reading right now/planning to read over the summer?

I’ve just read Summertime by Vanessa Laffaye which I loved. Atmospheric and mesmerising – if you liked The Help, you’ll love it. I’ve just started reading Ordinary Joe by Jon Teckman and I know I’m going to love it too for totally different reasons. Next on the list is Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller ( winner of the prestigious Desmond Elliot prize this year) Claire, Vanessa and Jon are members of a writing group I belong to called The Prime Writers, www.theprimewriters.com where all of us have had our novels commercially published over the age of forty! Also want to read ‘Freedom’s Child’ by Jax Miller and ‘The Trouble with Goats and Sheep’ by Joanna Cannon. So many books and so little time!

Most importantly, favourite ice cream flavour?

Ben and Jerry’s one with toffee bits in it.

 

Fionnuala

YOU, ME AND OTHER PEOPLE on tour in Spain!

MM Agency Summer Post – Radhika Sanghani

Summer has finally returned to London, and to celebrate we’re publishing another author interview summer post. This time we’ve interrogated Radhika Sanghani, author of the hilariously witty VIRGIN, the x-rated Bridget Jones book for the Y Generation, and up-coming sequel NOT THAT EASY:

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What’s your daily routine when you are writing? 

My job as a journalist takes up most of my week so I normally only write on Sundays. Hopefully I’m not hungover so I’ll go and sit in a cafe with a pot of green tea (I only order the one. The staff hate me) for hours while I try and bash out a few thousand words. Or I write on my iPhone when I’m bored in rush hour..

If you weren’t writing, what other job would you dream to have?

I recently met someone who gives restaurants advice on what to do better. Basically he eats food and tells them what he likes the most. I would love that job.

Favourite book as a child?

Matilda. But also anything Enid Blyton.

Favourite food/snack while writing?

If I’m really into my writing, I forget to eat. That’s when I know things are going well. Otherwise – cake.

Do you ever get writer’s block?

Yes! I either force myself to write through it – then I end up deleting the rubbish I’ve just written – or I tell myself it means my body wants a rest so I go and have guilty fun.

Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, what’s your favourite piece to listen to?

I normally just put on a classical playlist on spotify. Or one of those ‘afternoon acoustic’ ones with songs no one knows.

Most unglamorous part of being a writer?

Drafts. I hate reading through and editing, especially when its copy editing. Yawn.

Do you have any secret talents (other than writing)?

I have been told that I’m pretty good at making my friends laugh when they feel rubbish.

What is your favourite spot to read in?

SO MANY. I love reading on beaches, trains, bed, sofas, cafes. My absolute favourite though is when it’s winter and I’m all cosy on the sofa with a book and mulled wine. Heaven.

What has been your most touching review or message from a fan so far?

A few people have said how reading Virgin made them feel normal, like they weren’t alone. I cried.

Favourite holiday destination? Are you a beach bunny or a city explorer? 

Barcelona because it’s a city – with a beach. Two in one, and I used to live there so I’m biased.

Summer tipple of choice?

I just got back from Cuba and fell in love with Pina Coladas again.

What book are you reading right now/planning to read over the summer?

I’m in the middle of The Shadow of The Crescent Moon by Fatima Bhutto

Most importantly, favourite ice cream flavour?

 Coconut

Piña Colada

Some of Radhika’s favourite things!

MM Agency Author Summer Post – Janet MacLeod Trotter

In a (seemingly vain) effort to render gloomy and grey London a little more cheerful and summery today, here is a new Q&A with our best-selling author Janet MacLeod Trotter. Janet is the author of mesmerising historical family sagas THE TEA PLANTER’S DAUGHTER and THE PLANTER’S BRIDE, as well as contemporary mysteries such as the captivating THE VANISHING OF RUTH.

What’s your daily routine when you are writing?

Go for a walk to get fresh air and the brain ticking over before heading to the library to write – with a promise to myself to return home for a huge coffee after a couple of hours!

If you weren’t writing, what other job would you dream to have?

I’d re-create the tea-house in my novel, The Tea Planter’s Daughter, and bustle around in an Edwardian tea dress chatting to the customers about world events while musicians played in the background and my staff served up delicious scones and cakes – which I would have to sample, of course.

Favourite book as a child?

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson – I was fascinated by the idea of being able to create an imaginary world just by drawing a few lines in purple.

Favourite food/snack while writing?

Regular flapjack with coffee at the Lit & Phil Library in Newcastle has seen me through several novels!

Most unglamorous part of being a writer?

There’s a glamorous part?!

Do you have any secret talents (other than writing)?

I used to be able to stand on my head in the middle of the room but I think my centre of gravity may have shifted.

What has been your most touching review or message from a fan so far?

It’s a toss up between one from a woman:

“The House is in a mess, the kids had to eat at McDonalds and I’m not getting any sleep – and its all your fault! I just can’t put your brilliant book down”

and one from a man:

“I meant to write ages ago to complain about The Hungry Hills. Hardened commuters are not supposed to cry on the 19.15 from Kings Cross. Most embarrassing.”

Favourite holiday destination? Are you a beach bunny or a city explorer?

I prefer to explore beaches and sit around cities watching the world go by! My ideal holiday involves walking, a bit of sight-seeing, good meals, a swim or two, a ceilidh dance, sun-downers and plenty reading time. Scotland, France or India tick a lot of boxes.

Summer tipple of choice?

Chardonnay or Belhaven beer (to be honest I can drink either all year round!)

Last but definitely not least, what is your favourite ice cream flavour?

Vanilla with tablet. If you’ve never discovered tablet (fudge but better) then get yourself to Scotland quickly!

 JMCLT

A summery snap of Janet enjoying some scones!