Author Interviews Posts

13 June 2019

Cathy Rentzenbrink: ‘Don’t try to sound like a writer – try to sound like yourself’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

We’re so excited to share with you our brand new 6-week online course, Writing a Memoir, led by bestselling memoirist Cathy Rentzenbrink. Cathy is the author of The Last Act of Love, which was a Sunday Times bestseller and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize. She followed it with A Manual for Heartache – and her next book, Dear Reader: The Comfort […]

06 June 2019

Ella Berman: ‘I always try to find the humour wherever I can’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Ella Berman studied novel-writing with us in London on a 3-month course in 2016. Now she’s our 63rd former student with a book deal! Her debut novel The Comeback will be published in the US by Berkley in 2020. We caught up with Ella to find out more about her time on the course and her […]

03 June 2019

Neema Shah: ‘Write something you feel passionate about’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

You can often find Neema Shah taking part in our monthly Twitter writing competition #WriteCBC (first Thursday of every month), last year she won one of the monthly challenges and was awarded a place on our Edit & Pitch Your Novel 6-week online course. Now she has a two book deal with Picador! Read on to […]

16 May 2019

Alice Feeney: ‘It took me a long time to find an agent and become a published author’

by Curtis Brown 120 Author Interviews, Curtis Brown 120

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. This week the team caught up with bestselling author Alice Feeney whose second novel, I Know Who You Are, comes out in paperback today. Read on to […]

15 April 2019

Tracy Chevalier: ‘Consistency is key’

by Curtis Brown 120 Author Interviews, Curtis Brown 120

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. This week we are rather excited to be talking to Tracy Chevalier. Tracy is, of course, the bestselling author of the likes of Girl with a Pearl Earring, The […]

10 April 2019

Christina Pishiris: ‘I didn’t realise how important it was to have regular feedback’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Christina Pishiris studied on our Autumn 2012 novel-writing course in London, alongside fellow published alumni Lisa Williamson (author of YA bestseller The Art of Being Normal), James Hall (The Industry of Happiness),  Maria Realf (The One) and Fiona Perrin (The Story After Us). Christina’s debut Love Song For Sceptics – the novel she worked on during the course – is set to be published […]

02 April 2019

Science Fiction author Greg Chivers interviews himself

by Greg Chivers Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

We caught up with Greg Chivers* to talk about his novel The Crying Machine (HarperVoyager) which is coming out on April 4th. He wrote it while participating in our 3-month London-based course with Charlotte Mendelson. Tell us about your novel in a way that looks like it’s imparting valuable knowledge to all the aspiring authors who’ll be reading this. […]

26 March 2019

The science behind Susan Hurley’s biotech thriller

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Susan Hurley took our 6-month online novel-writing course back in 2016. Her debut novel (and the novel she worked on during the course) Eight Lives is out now in Australia, published by Affirm Press. We caught up with Susan to find out more about the science behind her biotech thriller and her writing techniques … You […]

12 March 2019

Polly Crosby: ‘There is nothing like a deadline to focus creativity’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Polly Crosby was a student on our 6-week online Write to the End of Your Novel course and joined our 6-month online novel-writing course with Lisa O’Donnell in 2018 after being awarded the Yesterday Scholarship (generously funded by author Felicia Yap). Felicia and the CBC team were instantly enchanted by Polly’s writing when her application came in, and we were delighted to get […]

11 March 2019

Patrick Edwards: ‘There can be no fiction without tea’

by Curtis Brown 120 Author Interviews, Curtis Brown 120

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. This week we catch up with debut novelist Patrick Edwards, who is represented by Curtis Brown 120 team member Catherine Cho! His debut science fiction novel […]

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