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Author Interviews Posts

02 November 2020

Katie Hutton: ‘Write every day. Don’t worry about how good or bad it is…’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Katie Hutton was a student on our six-week online Edit & Pitch Your Novel course in 2016. Her debut The Gypsy Bride was published by Bonnier Zaffre earlier this year. Read on to find out about Katie’s time studying online with CBC and what inspires her to write historical fiction… You took our online Edit & Pitch Your […]

27 October 2020

CBC student Julie Ma wins the Richard & Judy Search For A Bestseller Competition

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Julie Ma studied on our three-month online Writing Your Novel course back in 2014, since then she’s returned to take some of our other online courses including our popular ‘How to Write Your Novel’ series. We were delighted to hear the news that her debut Happy Families won this year’s Richard and Judy Search For […]

22 October 2020

Author Bonnie Garmus & agent Felicity Blunt on Lessons in Chemistry

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Last week, during the publishing industry’s first ever virtual Frankfurt Book Fair, we received some spectacular news – former novel-writing student Bonnie Garmus was the talk of the fair! Bonnie’s agent, Curtis Brown’s Felicity Blunt, sold Lessons in Chemistry (which she worked on with us) to Doubleday in a massive 16-way auction, and by the […]

14 October 2020

Abi Daré: ‘If I am not writing, I am thinking about my characters and planning the next scene in my head’

by Discoveries Author Interviews, Discoveries, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to create Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme that offers aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. This week the Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with international bestselling […]

12 October 2020

Six tips for writing a psychological thriller

by Sam Hepburn Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Sam Hepburn is the author of many YA and adult thrillers. She has been shortlisted for several prestigious prizes and nominated for the Cilip Carnegie Medal for her YA thrillers. Her latest novel Gone Before is a fast-paced psychological thriller that asks the question: what would you do if you discovered your whole life was […]

30 September 2020

Anna Davis: ‘Make sure you’re working on a novel that you really want to write all the way to the end’

by Discoveries Author Interviews, Discoveries, Writing Tips

CBC and Curtis Brown are proud to be partnering with the Women’s Prize Trust and NatWest to create Discoveries, a writing development prize and programme that offers aspiring female authors of all ages and backgrounds encouragement and support at the beginning of their creative journeys. This week the Discoveries team talk books and writing advice with CBC’s very […]

23 September 2020

Stephanie Merritt: ‘The novelist begins where the historical record leaves gaps’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Writing Tips

Our brand new six-week online course, Writing a Historical Fiction, led by bestselling novelist S J Parris – aka Stephanie Merritt – is open now for enrolment. Writing as S J Parris, Stephanie is the author of the number one bestselling Giordano Bruno historical thriller series, which centres on the sixteenth-century renegade monk, philosopher and heretic Giordano Bruno. […]

09 September 2020

Meet Clarissa Angus, winner of The Adam Kay Scholarship for Black Writers

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Events, From Our Students

We’re pleased to announce that Clarissa Angus has been awarded The Adam Kay Scholarship for Black Writers for her novel-in-progress Duppy Season. Clarissa has won a fully-funded place on our Three-Month Online Novel-Writing course taught by Suzannah Dunn. We are so grateful to Adam Kay for providing the full fee for Clarissa to join this online course. The […]

02 September 2020

Mignon Bravo Dutt: ‘Believe in yourself and don’t listen to naysayers’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Mignon Bravo Dutt was a student on our six-week online Edit & Pitch Your Novel course in 2019. Her debut The Rosales House was published by Penguin Random House SEA earlier this year. Read on to find out about Mignon’s time studying online with CBC and the inspiration behind her debut novel … You took our online Edit […]

26 August 2020

Aliya Ali-Afzal: ‘I can’t wait to hold a real, physical copy of my book’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, Writing Tips

Aliya Ali-Afzal joined us for a Three-Month Novel-Writing course in 2013. Now she has an exciting two-book deal with Head of Zeus. We caught up with Aliya to find out more about her debut novel Would I Lie to You? and to discover her secret writing fuel (magnums!). You took our Three-Month Novel-Writing course in […]

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