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As a… Writer: Eithne Cullen

This week’s ‘As a…’ interview is all about Pen to Print alumnus Eithne Cullen.   (c) Jimmy Lee Eithne has been writing stories and poetry for a number of years. Her poems have had particular reach and she has seen them published in anthologies and magazines, even winning some prizes along the way. ...

As a… Writer: RJ Barker

For our latest ‘As A Writer’ interview - L.M. Towton ask fantasy author, R.J. Barker about himself and his writing.   We have met RJ a few times at, writing convention, Edge-Lit in Derby. Mostly this has been through attending his extremely entertaining and interactive workshops - complete with props and chaos, but the ...

As an… Editor, Publisher & Author: Alysoun Owen

From our ‘As A…’ series, Write On! questions editor, publisher and author Alysoun Owen about her different roles in the writing industry.  Alysoun Owen is an experienced publisher and the Editor of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and author of the Writers’ & Artists’ Guide to Getting Published. She runs a publishing consultancy whose clients ...

As a… Writer: Patsy Collins

From our ‘As A…’ series, L.M. Towton questions author and prolific short story writer Patsy Collins about herself and her writing.  Patsy Collins spends her time making things up and writing them down from her home in Lee-on-the-Solent or whilst traveling in a campervan. She is the author of five novels, ...

As a… Writer: Claire Buss

From our ‘As A…’ series, Write On! interviews writer Claire Buss.  Claire is an award-winning,  multi-genre author and poet. She wanted to be Lois Lane when she grew up but work experience at her local paper was eye-opening. Instead, Claire went on to work in a variety of admin roles for ...

As a… Writer: Ian Ayris

In the first of our ‘As A…’ series, Lynda Shepherd interviews crime writer Ian Ayris.  Photo Credit: Karen Ayris No stranger to Pen to Print, Ian has been a mentor to Book Challengers, as well as running a series of writing workshops for budding writers. He was born in Dagenham, Essex, having ...

Rooted in Reality – Martina Cole Interview

by Farzana Hakim ~ Queen of Crime Martina Cole shares how her east London roots have defined her route to success ~ Credit: Dave Lee, Express Photo Service Being a local, I’ve not travelled far to get here. From the Fiddlers in Dagenham, it’s only a handful of stops on the number 5 to the Barking Learning Centre. ...

The Enigma of Success

by Claire Buss As we come to the end of another year now is the time to look back and reflect on how much we have managed to achieve,  a time to measure our success. But that rather begs the question of what exactly is success to a writer?   This is how ...

Turning Family History into Stories

by Sheila Johnson My historical romance, Waireka - Maori for sweet waters- began as a fictionalised account of a real family story.   A distant relative of my Father’s wrote an account of his first ancestors arrival in New Zealand from Scotland. The story my relative shared was captivating as it explored the difficult conditions of my relatives as early nineteenth ...

From Roots to Routes

by Daisy Hart Writing for me has never been about the physical act, and instead has always been a way for me to project my worries, experiences and beliefs into a world where for me, clarity doesn’t exist. As a child I attended a Steiner school, a German schooling system where children do ...