Author Interviews Posts

22 May 2018

“Emerging talent keeps everything fresh and exciting” – Interview with our scholarship sponsor Marian Keyes

by Anna Davis Author Interviews

We’re utterly thrilled that the fabulous Marian Keyes  is personally funding one place on our Six-Month Online Novel-Writing Course this Autumn, for a talented writer who needs financial assistance in order to be able to join the course. The Marian Keyes Scholarship is now open for applications, so do take a look. In the meantime, we chatted to Marian – one […]

10 May 2018

Fiona Perrin: ‘Take any chances you can’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews,

Fiona Perrin is the forty-third CBC student with a book deal, and the fourth student from a particular 2012 London course cohort to sell her book, joining Lisa Williamson, Maria Realf and James Hall. Lots of this group are still meeting up regularly, and supporting each others’ work. It’s fantastic to see this paying off so well […]

03 May 2018

Agent Sophie Lambert and author Fiona Cummins: “Stay true to your instincts”

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Our London-based novel-writing courses all feature sessions where the literary agents from Curtis Brown and C+W come in as visiting speakers with their author-clients or leading publishers. These evening events give our students a great chance to find out about the reality of publishing and pick up some really good tips on writing and pitching. There’s […]

25 April 2018

‘Finish the book’: 42nd published CBC student on writing your novel

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Student Successes, Writing Tips

We’ve just heard of yet another publishing deal for a former CBC student: Rachael Blok – who took our 3-month novel writing course in London back in 2016 – has just become the 42nd published CBC student, landing a two-book deal with Head of Zeus. Her debut novel Shadows of the Lake is set to launch in eBook this November […]

19 April 2018

Jessica Jarlvi: ‘you only need one agent to believe in you’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Jessica Jarlvi completed our online six month novel writing course back in 2016. After this Jessica became one of the 2016 winners of the Montegrappa Prize for First Fiction, and shortly after she signed a book deal with Head of Zeus imprint Aria.  Her debut novel, the psychological thriller When I Wake Up is available now in paperback. Her second […]

17 April 2018

How to tackle tough subjects in YA fiction

by Eve Ainsworth Author Interviews, Guest Blog, Opinion, Writing Tips

Eve Ainsworth is the acclaimed author of four YA novels, and is represented by Curtis Brown agent, Stephanie Thwaites. Before she became a published author, Eve worked in a large secondary school supporting pupils with their emotional and behavioural issues. Now she’s taken this interest forward into her fiction, which tackles real-life teen issues. Her latest novel, Tender, explores mental […]

12 April 2018

Our 41st student to get a publishing deal: ‘Never give up no matter how hard it gets’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Student Successes

We’re SO happy to be able to say that Lesley Sanderson is now our 41st student to get a commercial publishing deal! (The very lovely) Lesley was a student on our London-based Six-Month Novel-Writing Course back in 2015. She’s just signed a contract with Bookouture for her psychological thriller, The Orchid Girls, plus one further novel. […]

04 April 2018

Meet the 40th CBC student to get a publishing deal: Greg Chivers

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Student Successes

We’re thrilled to introduce Greg Chivers, who has just become the 40th former Curtis Brown Creative student to get a book deal! He’s signed with Voyager, the science fiction imprint of HarperCollins. We caught up with Greg to talk about his novel The Crying Machine and how he spent his time getting it ready for publication after completing […]

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 […]

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