Free Literary Mag & a Chance to Win Amazon Vouchers

The 6th edition of Writers Abroad’s literary magazine, The Third Space is published today. It’s completely free and you can read it online on Joomag or download a PDF copy. What’s more, the first person to email us the correct answers to our new literary quiz will win 15 euros of Amazon vouchers. What’s not to like? Continue reading

Happy New Reading Year 2017

 

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Wishing all my readers a very happy, peaceful and healthy 2017, full of good reads and literary contentment.

 

 

 

 

Vendetta in Corsica: Myth and Reality

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Olmeto – Colomba Carabelli plaque

We’ve visited Corsica six times. L’Île de Beauté is a captivating place, with a savage beauty and a culture all its own and I strongly advise a visit. In 2014, we went to Olmeto, once the home of a woman who was the inspiration for Prosper Mérimée’s Colomba. His novel is about vendetta, an integral feature of Corsican history and culture. Continue reading

NaNo or NoNo? How to Survive National Novel Writing Month

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Is it that time of year again? Well not quite, but it comes upon you before you know it. Having spent the past few months on paid work, my fiction-typing fingers are tingling and the ideas are flowing. I need space to write and I can’t do it with clients and deadlines snapping at my heels.

But now the next deadline is looming – National Novel Writing Month (NaNo for short). A recent, and timely, conversation in a Facebook group made me think about it. Continue reading

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On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: Meet Author Sue Barnard

Author Sue Barnard

Author Sue Barnard

I’m very pleased to welcome back my friend and fellow Crooked Cat author Sue Barnard – who is also my editor! She is a lady of many talents and has a range of short stories, poems and three published novels to her credit. She wrote a great guest post for me a while ago about the role of the editor. Now, let’s hear a bit more about her writing and, in particular, her latest novel, The Unkindest Cut of AllContinue reading

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On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: Meet Author @JuneGundlack

Author June Gundlack

Author June Gundlack

 

My guest today is another Crooked Cat Publishing author whom I had the pleasure of meeting at last year’s CC get-together. Despite working full time and commuting to London, June finds the time to write short stories and novels. And her amusing observations from her commuting experiences have regularly been in a mainstream newspaper’s ‘Scribbler About Town’ column. Let’s find out how she juggles all this. Continue reading

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Relatively Speaking…

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I loathe promoting myself and always have done. I was brought up not to boast, not to push myself forward and never to ask for things for myself. Not a good training for an author these days, eh? With gritted teeth, I have launched myself on social media and, while I do enjoy blogging, I find Twitter and Facebook difficult to get to grips with, although strangely addictive. But I have a secret weapon… Continue reading