Top 10 Authentic YA Reads You Cannot Miss

Top 10 Authentic YA Reads You Cannot Miss

All About YA … Sex, assault, cutting, eating disorders, pregnancy, race, murder, death … There are so many issues in the world that it’s confusing for adults, never mind young people! This is why I am SO passionate about contemporary YA Fiction and why I have rounded up some of my favourites below. Enjoy! 1) Just…

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Why Diversity Matters In 21st Century Writing

Why Diversity Matters In 21st Century Writing

  Keynote Speech I was invited to give the keynote speech at the City Lit Festival of Writing last weekend – wow! I was honoured to open the festival, especially as diversity is a subject very close to my heart. As far as I am concerned, diversity simply means ‘variety’ and who doesn’t want more…

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BEST OF 3: Awesome diverse characters of all time

As a script editor for movies and short film, I noticed a long time ago there’s a kind of homogenisation of characters in stories. Too often, stories are white, male, heterosexual and abilitity-centric, marginalising all others as being representative of ‘issues’. It’s for this reason I wrote my latest non-fiction book, Writing Diverse Characters In…

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10 of the Most Shocking Social Media Murders

Killing someone over a blog or social media posting is pure fantasy, right? Think again … In my crime debut for Orenda Books, The Other Twin, my protagonist Poppy discovers her sister India had been writing a blog in the run up to her death by (supposed) suicide. On it, India has detailed a number…

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BEST OF 3: Angela Wooldridge, author

1) A Free Man Of Colour by Barbara Hambly This is my ‘go to’ book that I’ll recommend to anyone, regardless of their preferred genre. It is 1833 and Benjamin January has returned to his hometown of New Orleans following the death of his beloved wife in Paris. Ben is a surgeon and a musician, but…

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How To Keep Your TBR Pile Fresh

Like all committed writers – I LOVE to read! Here’s my current TBR pile (of so-called ‘real’ paperback books, anyway): Obviously, I have a stack more too … Not only the ones I buy from supermarkets and book stores, but also charity shops and those I swap on Facebook groups too. In addition to  all…

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CRIMINALLY GOOD: Interview with author Christina Hoag

1) So, who are you & what have you written? I’m Christina Hoag, a journalist and novelist living in Los Angeles. I’m the author of Skin of Tattoos, a literary thriller set in L.A.’s gang underworld (Martin Brown Publishers, August 2016) and Girl on the Brink, a romantic thriller for young adults (Fire and Ice…

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Why I Love The Female Characters In The 100

With the end of Dystopian November in sight, I thought I’d repost this great insight into the female characters on The 100 from Shauna, who works on the show. The 100 is a CW show that’s an adaptation of the Kass Morgan books. Whilst notably different from their source material, what’s interesting is the unusual…

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