Author Interviews Posts

15 June 2017

Hannah McKinnon: how I found an agent and got a book deal

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, From Our Students

Hannah McKinnon (@ MrsElectrilight) took part in our Six-Month Online Novel-Writing Course in 2014, before quickly securing representation then a publishing deal for her debut Time After Time. We caught up with Hannah (who lives in Canada) to find out a bit more about her journey from completing one of our creative writing courses to the publication […]

01 June 2017

Lisa Duffy: ‘The creative writing course breathed new life into my work’

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Student Successes

Debut novelist Lisa Duffy took part in our online novel-writing course in 2015, writing a novel with the help of her tutor and 14 coursemates, before securing a publishing deal at Touchstone for her debut, The Salt House. Set in a coastal town in Maine, Lisa’s novel centres on the Kelly family, as they come […]

08 May 2017

Video interview: author Tammy Cohen and literary agent Felicity Blunt

by Rufus Purdy Author Interviews, From the Agents

One of the perks of working at Curtis Brown Creative is getting to meet all the fabulous authors who come in with their literary agents to speak to students on our creative writing courses. Recently, the bestselling novelist Tammy Cohen came in with her Curtis Brown agent Felicity Blunt to speak to our Six-Month Novel-Writing […]

03 April 2017

Interview with award-winning author and former student Kate Hamer

by Rufus Purdy Author Interviews, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Our creative writing courses have been featured on the influential book-industry blog BookMachine quite regularly of late. In this post from last week, Norah Myers interviews our former student and author of The Girl in the Red Coat and The Doll Funeral Kate Hamer. What motivated you to take a Curtis Brown Creative course in […]

21 March 2017

Curtis Brown Creative: an award-winning author’s perspective

by Rufus Purdy Author Interviews, Student Successes

Our creative writing courses have once more been featured in influential book-industry blog BookMachine – this time in the form of an interview with our former student and bestselling author of The Dry Jane Harper (above). Here, she speaks to Norah Myers about her reasons for joining CBC, her advice for those thinking of applying […]

05 January 2017

Q&A: John Williams, Crime Fiction Reviewer at the Mail on Sunday

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Opinion

For all writers, the possibility of one day having their novels reviewed in a national newspaper or magazine is a thrilling prospect. We thought it would be useful to get to know a little more about the process behind book reviewing itself, so we got in touch with Mail on Sunday crime fiction reviewer John Williams […]

03 January 2017

How to write historical fiction

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Opinion

Want to know how to write historical fiction? Or perhaps you’re writing something based around a historical figure? If so, questions about how much or how little a writer should rely on research, and how much they should invent, come up regularly. History offers compelling and dramatic stories ready made for use in fiction, along […]

15 November 2016

CBC tutor Q&A: Suzannah Dunn

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Our Courses

For our next Six-month Online Novel-Writing Course, we’ve brought in the wonderful Suzannah Dunn. Suzannah has published 13 books, both contemporary and historical fiction, and has taught on many top creative writing courses, including being Director of the MA in Novel Writing at Manchester University for six years.  Here Suzannah talks about the challenges of writing […]

10 November 2016

CBC Tutor Q&A: Simon Wroe

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Writing Tips

For our next London-based novel-writing course beginning in February, we’ve hired a new tutor, Simon Wroe. Simon’s debut novel Chop Chop, a brilliant, darkly comic story of a young graduate working in a gastropub in Camden, was shortlisted for the 2014 Costa First Novel Award, longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and won a Betty Trask […]

20 September 2016

New author Q&A: Laura Marshall

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews

Huge congratulations to Laura Marshall (above) – who recently became the 26th student from our creative writing courses to get a publishing deal. Laura took the Three-Month Novel-Writing Course taught by Erin Kelly in Autumn 2015 and immediately attracted the attention of Curtis Brown literary agent Felicity Blunt, who worked with her on the novel […]

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