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Episode 68- The Newbie Writer’s Podcast

Special Guest: Leslie McKelvey


Accidental Affair


Leslie McKelvey has been writing since she learned to write. Her mother still stores boxes of handwritten stories in the attic. Leslie read her first romance at 12 and was hooked. When her high school Creative Writing teacher told her she needed to be a novelist, she decided to give it a try. Finally, at the ripe old age of…forty-something…her debut novel, Accidental Affair made it into print through Black Velvet Seductions Publishing. The publisher has also contracted two more manuscripts, which will follow Accidental Affair shortly. The … Read more

Episode 52- The Newbie Writer’s Podcast

Natasha Yim

Our Guest: Young Adult Author: Natasha Yim.

Catharine’s back from holidays! What craziness abounded abroad?

Let’s find out about Natasha:
I just wanted to pass on this announcement from my publisher about my upcoming non-fiction children’s book, Sacajawea of the Shoshone, for kids 9 – 13. It tells the amazing story of the Shoshone teenager who traveled the American West with Lewis and Clark. The book will be released in October, and I’ll get an opportunity to talk more about her and writing the book at the RW October Author Launch … Read more

As we wave goodbye to the Olympics in the UK, I’m left feeling a great sense of pride for all the talented athletes that took part, sharing the elation of those who managed to achieve their aims: whether to reach the event, make a certain round, or gain a medal. All those years of hard work, finally paying off.

I celebrated an achievement myself this past week (very small in comparison to the above) by completing the first draft of my second book. Some writers claim to write a book in a few months, others (including a professional author with … Read more

Many of us Newbies balance our writing with family commitments and day jobs. When I wrote my first book, it was my hobby and I was able to devote what little spare time I had to it, undivided.

These days, times have moved on. With a book published, I am required to utilise social media to promote it regularly. Now, anyone that knows me will know that I’m a Twitter convert. I love meeting other writers, readers, and the world at large, and having a chat. This combined with regular blog posts and the fact that my favourite pastime is … Read more

This week I have been researching different background tunes for a scene in my current work in progress, the sequel to An Unfamiliar Murder. I need to find an album that is generally well known, atmospheric and melancholic in places, with resounding lyrics; but also upbeat in others. A tall order…

It led me to consider how important music is in our fiction, and whether indeed we should we use it all? Some might argue that music dates a novel, which it inevitably does, but I think there are few novels out there that don’t date already themselves in some … Read more

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