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Tuesday Talk chats to author Katey Lovell about her writing journey, favourite authors and desert island ‘must haves’

Katey and why characters are the focus of our stories.

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Today I’m chatting with Harper Impulse author Katey Lovell

Hi Katey and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Hi Jo! I’m a romance writer based in South Yorkshire who loves reading, writing, live music and musical theatre.

What made you want to be a writer and how did that journey begin?

I’ve always loved making up stories – as a child I had a lockable notebook that I used to write my first tales down in. As I got older I started writing what would now be called fan-fiction about Take That, and then moved on to poetry and short stories.

In 2014 I was struggling with ill-health (I have Crohn’s Disease, which wasn’t diagnosed at this point, as well as anxiety). I left the job I’d been in for the previous nine years and started working as a lunchtime supervisor, thinking it…

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Posted by on January 16, 2018 in writing

 
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My Ten (actually 12) Favourite Books of 2017…

Some fabulous-looking books (and some by names I know). I need to read more. #busmansholidayasImaneditor

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Recently I’ve seen a few of my blogging contemporaries post lists of their favourite books of 2017. So this year I thought as I hit my target of 60 book on Goodreads I would compile my own list.   These choices are not set out in any particular order, I loved them all.

Pam Howes Mersey Trilogy 

Three books – one choice – they were so good I had to have them all! Oh and tissues definitely required!

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Linn B Halton Secrets of the Villa Rosso – a beautifully written bitter-sweet story

The Sewing Machine

The Sewing Machine by Natalie Fergie – a great debut novel and oh! that cover

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 Girl in the Castle by Lizzie Lamb – Lizzie always delivers great romances and the hottest of heroes

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White Lies by Ellie Holmes –  A well woven tale of love, betrayal and deceit

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The Man in the Needlecord Jacket by Linda MacDonald –   Manipulative…

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Posted by on December 31, 2017 in writing

 
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The Person I Became (or what I’ve really learned since being published)

An inspirational story for us all…

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If you attend enough events as an author, you will find you are asked the same questions many times over. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because with each response, you are able to fine tune your answers.

‘Are you a goat, or a sheep?’

‘Yes, but where did Mrs Creasy really go?’

‘What have you learned since you’ve been published?’

What have I learned since I’ve been published? I will usually answer, ‘the toilets at Euston Station only take ten and twenty pence pieces,’ and ‘Salisbury is a lot further away than you think.’ The truth is, I have learned more in the last twelve months than I could ever have imagined possible, and (in my current state of editing limbo), I thought I’d take a moment to explain why.

I’m not sure I really thought very much about what would happen when Goats and Sheep was published. I…

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Posted by on December 4, 2017 in writing

 
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TUESDAY TALK WELCOMES WRITER JUNE MOONBRIDGE, CHATTING ABOUT HER CURRENT WRITING PROJECTS, FAVOURITE AUTHORS AND CHOOSING SOME INTERESTING DINNER GUESTS…

Interesting post… and I’d have the first three dinner guests.

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21544097_2011287755822898_4310027102773874027_oGood morning June and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Hi Jo, and thank you for having me on your blog.
I was born and raised in Slovenia, a small country on the ‘sunny side of the Alps’ as used to be our country’s slogan. Still living here. I’m a full time working mother of two, pursuing the long lasting dreams to become a full time writer. I’m an author of three full length novels in my mother’s tongue and several stories that were published in different magazines, and my latest achievement; I’m an author of two full length novels in English. The third is currently under submission.
Writing, reading, riding and travelling are my favourite activities. While I had to give up  riding due to lack of time, I travel as much as I can. Luckily reading and writing is something I…

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Posted by on November 14, 2017 in writing

 
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TUESDAY TALK WELCOMES KATHRYN HALL AS SHE TALKS ABOUT FAVOURITE AUTHORS, DESERT ISLAND MUST HAVES AND WHAT’S NEXT ON HER WRITING AGENDA…

Ooh, another competition winner. Do you have experience of writing competitions? If so, please email me and you might get included in my Writers’ Forum column. 🙂

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fullsizeoutput_267Good morning Kathryn and welcome. Can I start, as always, by asking you a little about yourself?

Hi Jo, and thank you for having me on your blog. It seems quite some time since I walked through the doors of the wonderful world of interviews and blogs, and I feel quite at home!
So, recently married to the love of my life, having at last found happiness (and that last piece of jigsaw I was painstakingly trying to find) I am starting to settle down and continue this lifelong journey of mine – one which involves my passion for writing. I guess my life has been a series of books, many chapters that have usually ended on a cliff-hanger. And now? Well, I’m still a passionate writer, always soul searching, plotting and discovering, but now I’m a happy and passionate writer, content with my life, no longer searching for that…

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Posted by on September 20, 2017 in writing

 
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Bradford Literature Festival – Secrets of Crime Writing – 8 July 2017

A great review of the recent Bradford Lit Fest inc. my very own AA Dhand. For those of you who don’t know, I’m his alpha editor. 🙂

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Yesterday I popped into the Bradford Literature Festival. It is a massive celebration of all kinds of literature, including crime. It is held in Bradford, all across the city. There are just so many events to delight all kinds of reader. I am very impressed to have such a major book event on my doorstep. It is a bookworm’s paradise. Well done, Bradford.

This is a collection of memories, photos and how I met a few lovely authors.

I went to the Secrets of Crime Writing Panel featuring Alex Caan, Vaseem Khan, A. A. Dhand and Abir Mukherjee. They are all best selling authors. Alex Caan wrote Cut ToThe Bone, which I reviewed and raved about for the blog. A. A. Dhand has the incredibly dark Bradford crime series featuring D. I. Harry Virdee, which I think is exceptional. Vaseem Khan is the author…

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Posted by on August 23, 2017 in writing

 
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THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES…

Oh yes, we are far more deadly… and we get to write about it. 🙂

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Many writers have a signature, that is they are well known for writing particular types of  book. It may be romance, chick lit, psychological thrillers, YA or crime. Then there are those who have a geographical signature – setting their stories in a particular country.  In the UK it could be anywhere from Cornwall to the Scottish Highlands, Liverpool to London.

When I began writing I didn’t realise  I too would develop a signature.  It happened quite accidentally but when working out my plots it seemed my stories always worked well if the person causing all the trouble was female.  In fact, to date, I don’t think there has ever been a bad male character in any of my books.  The inspiration for this kind of woman probably stemmed from watching too many episodes of Dynasty in the 1980s.  Joan Collins as Alexis Carrington really cornered the market where bitchy…

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Posted by on July 28, 2017 in writing