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I’m involved in a collection of short stories to be published in early November to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Pearl Harbor, which took place on 7th December 1941. The devastating surprise attack by Japanese fighter planes on the U.S. naval base in Hawaii led to America’s entry into World War II. Continue reading

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View from the window - an invitation to procrastinate

View from the window – an invitation to procrastinate

I am a procrastinator par excellence. My motto is, “Why do something today if you can put it off until tomorrow?” I wrote my university essays at midnight, fuelled by industrial-strength coffee; I submit my competition entries at the last minute; and I’m often to be found tapping away frantically with a client’s deadline looming only hours away. Continue reading

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Writers Abroad will publish the 3rd issue of its free online literary magazine in just over a week’s time, on 1st September. This twice-yearly publication has quickly established a reputation for fresh, interesting and entertaining writing from the members of Writers Abroad. 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

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Author Lizzie Koch

Author Lizzie Koch

On the Chaise Longue with Vanessa: Meet Author @Lizzie_Koch

Joining me today is bubbly Lizzie Koch, who has just published her first novel, The Adventures of Katie Button, with Crooked Cat Publishing. It’s shot up the Kindle charts and already has excellent reviews. Every author’s dream, you might say… Continue reading