Author Interviews Posts

15 February 2018

Keeping it real: three ways of bringing your novel to life

by Suzannah Dunn Author Interviews, Opinion, Writing Tips

Novelist Suzannah Dunn is one of the tutors of our creative writing courses. Here she talks to us about that most tricky conjuring act that all novelists have to master: How to give the illusion of truth in your novel – and the irony that this very struggle to show a convincing reality can cause […]

18 January 2018

James Hall: ‘I just kept writing’

by Rufus Purdy Author Interviews, From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

A couple of weeks ago, we blogged about James Hall and Maria Realf – our 36th and 37th students to get a book deal – both of whom studied on our Autumn 2012 novel-writing course in London. We caught up with Maria in this blog post, but now it’s the turn of James to tell […]

08 January 2018

Maria Realf: how my writing course led to a book deal

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, From Our Students, Student Successes

Maria Realf took our London-based novel-writing course back in 2012, and was in the same student cohort as bestselling YA author Lisa Williamson. Maria has had an interesting journey to publication. Her debut novel The One was first sold in Germany, where it became a bestseller. Now, with HarperCollins shortly to publish in the English language, we caught up […]

28 September 2017

How I secured a book deal with Century for my second novel

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Student Successes

Heidi Perks took the very first of our online writing courses back in 2013, which was taught by CBC stalwart Christopher Wakling. It’s been an interesting journey for Heidi since since then, with her making the choice to self-publish her first book, Beneath the Surface. Last week it was announced that Heidi had been offered a healthy preempt […]

07 September 2017

Michelle Kenney: how I signed a three book deal

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, From Our Students, Student Successes

Michelle Kenney (@MKenneyPR) was on one of our online children’s writing courses in 2015, and this year signed a three book deal with HQ Digital for her Book of Fire trilogy. We talked to Michelle about her approach to world-building, and how she’s kept in touch with her fellow creative writing courses students since her course finished in […]

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 one of our online writing courses 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 CBC to the publication of her first novel, and […]

01 June 2017

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

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, Student Successes

Debut novelist Lisa Duffy took part in one of our online writing courses 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 […]

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 students on one […]

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 […]

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