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Kate Blackadder
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Seven in June
I read
seven books in June. Calling Major Tom by David M. Barnett Read on
Kindle. Think of a story where a highly trained astronaut is about to leave on
a one-way trip to Mars, his task to take ten years to set up a colony there.
However, when he dies befor...

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Interview with Helena Fairfax
Helena Fairfax has written: Palace of Deception , The Scottish Diamond (standalone romantic mysteries featuring the same characters with a bonus story A Question by at Hogmanay if you buy the anthology ); A Way from Heart to Heart ; The Antique Love (voted ...

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Running an imaginary hotel
I wrote my
first People’s Friend serial after
winning the First Instalment of a Serial competition at the Scottish
Association of Writers conference (see here ). Called The Family at Farrshore it’s now available as an e-book and as a
large-print edition in ...

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Eight in May
I read eight books in May. A Year of Living Danishly by Helen Russell I read this
before I went to Scandinavia for the first time – a visit to Copenhagen at the
end of May. Helen Russell, a journalist on a glossy, London-based
mag, gave up her job and moved...

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Meeting Hans Christian Andersen
I spent a
most enjoyable few days in Copenhagen recently. Like every
tourist I was keen to see the Little Mermaid and that wish was fulfilled when I
took a boat trip from the colourful harbour area.  And like every tourist I was surprised at how small she w...

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Sunshine After The Rain
I had the
pleasure of meeting Daisy James at a writers’ event recently and am delighted
to be able to reveal the cover of her new book – the perfect beach read! So pack
your sunglasses, sun hat, sun cream and … Sunshine
After The Rain: A summer
that changes...

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Ladies who lunch and other stories
The traditional image of a writer is of someone scribbling
away with pen and paper, on their own, in a garret, by guttering candlelight.
Possibly there’s a resident rat – Jo March, in Little Women , had one she called Scrabble in her garret. The updated ima...

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Seven in April
 I read seven books in April. Three Wishes by
Liane Moriarty Recently I heard an interview with a novelist
who specialises in ‘issue’ books. I read about six of them before giving her up a few years ago.
She was asked which came first (when she was thinking...

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The world's oldest woman's weekly magazine
On Thursday 27 April I was delighted to be guest author for
the seventh time at a People’s Friend story-writing workshop. This was the first one in Newcastle (following three in
Dundee, two in York and one in Glasgow) and nineteen people signed up for it.
T...

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Six in March
I read six books
in March. Rules: Things are Changing at the Little School by the Sea Jenny Colgan A few years ago
I read a book called Class by Jane
Beaton and loved it – Malory Towers for grown-ups. I thought about it off and
on but couldn’t remember the ...
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