6 Books to Buddy-Read with your Teen or Twentyish Daughter

6 Books to Buddy-Read with your Teen or Twentyish Daughter by Kelly Simmons   I have three daughters in their early twenties, and I honestly believe I’ve experienced every type of bored teenager and college student mood imaginable.  There’s nothing to do, no one’s home, there’s nothing to eat, why couldn’t we go to Europe […]

Are you going to make me a character in your book?

Are you going to make me a character in your book?   When people discover you’re a writer, there are a lot of reactions: Have I read you? Should I know you? And— Are you going to make me a character in your book? The answer: No. You’re not interesting enough.   I know somewhere […]

What are you afraid of as an adult?

What are you afraid of as adult? There are many things writers dream of – critical acclaim, perhaps, or an international bestseller – but for some of us, a nod from Stephen King will always be top of the wishlist. Well, C.J. Tudor has all three. “If you like my stuff, you’ll like this,” King […]

“There is one movie that scares the hell out of me.”

“There is one movie that scares the hell out of me.” For so much of the time, our lives progress in predictable ways. We have our routines and expectations, and we have people close to us – especially our families – whom we think we know. What could be more unnerving, then, than the sudden […]

Why do readers like to be frightened?

Why do readers like to be frightened?     They say a good series detective needs a town, a city, a beat for them to walk. Rebus has Edinburgh, Morse has Oxford, and so on. But another way of looking at it might be that every place needs a detective. Bradford is an industrial city […]

What’s the scariest thing that happened to Ruth Ware?

What’s the scariest thing that happened to Ruth Ware?     Ruth Ware began her writing career with a series of young adult fantasy novels, before moving on to the gripping, uneasy psychological thrillers that have made her an international bestseller. Her ingenious plots frequently play out in closed and claustrophobic settings, against an escalating […]

“Were You Scared of the Dark?”

“Were You Scared of the Dark?” Alex North Explores the pathology of fear with Steve Cavanagh   Anybody who’s met Steve Cavanagh will tell you the same: it’s difficult to imagine him being frightened of anything. Steve has worked both as a bouncer in Belfast and as a highly-respected human rights lawyer, and he’s the […]