Author Interviews Posts

20 September 2018

Stephanie Thwaites and Struan Murray on editing and submitting a children’s book

by Jack Hadley Author Interviews, From Our Students, From the Agents, Novels by CBC Alumni

It’s been quite a year for Struan Murray, who took our London-based novel-writing course way back in 2013. For Struan – as for many of our students, the path to publication has been long and started out bumpy: he finished a novel and gained an agent soon after his CBC course, but not a publisher.

22 August 2018

An interview with Ann-Marie Howell, the 50th CBC student to get a major book deal

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, Novels by CBC Alumni, Student Successes

Ann-Marie Howell is our 50th former novel-writing student to get a major publishing deal. Her debut middle grade novel, The Garden of Found and Lost, will be published by Usborne in 2019. Ann-Marie was a student on our online Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course back in 2015 (check out this blog about her time on the course). Here we […]

26 July 2018

David O’Connell: ‘a bad rhyme is like nails on a blackboard’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews

David O’Connell, is an author-illustrator and he leads our new Writing a Children’s Picture Book course. His first illustrated children’s chapter book, Monster & Chips, came out in 2013, and he worked with Sarah McIntyre (who leads the Illustrating a Children’s Picture Book course) on the children’s picture book Jampires. He has also collaborated with Sam Watkins, Francesca Gambatesa and Tom Nicoll. His latest children’s chapter book […]

20 July 2018

Sarah McIntyre: ‘Likes don’t pay the rent’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews

We caught up with author-illustrator Sarah McIntyre who is one of the tutors on our brand new online children’s picture book courses. Sarah leads our Illustrating a Children’s Picture Book course, her solo picture books include There’s a Shark in the Bath, Dinosaur Firefighters, and The New Neighbours. She has also worked with writers like David O’Connell (who leads our new […]

18 July 2018

Former CBC student’s novel to be published by Dialogue Books

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

Angela Chadwick was a student on our 6-month online novel-writing course in 2015. Angela’s debut novel XX was one of Sharmaine Lovegroves’ first acquisitions for the new Little, Brown imprint, Dialogue Books, and will be published in hardback and ebook this October. XX follows a lesbian couple who take part in the first trial of ovum to ovum fertilisation. […]

21 June 2018

Rae DelBianco: At CBC I was judged by the quality of my writing, not my CV or pedigree

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

Rae DelBianco was a student on our London novel-writing course in 2015 – in fact she came over from the US for six months specifically to study on our course! Her much anticipated debut Rough Animals was published by Arcade in the US earlier this month, and is currently being translated into French and Italian. We caught up with Rae to discuss […]

15 June 2018

How writer Rachel Marks hooked her agent, Alice Lutyens

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

Rachel Marks took our 3-month online novel-writing course taught by Lisa O’Donnell back in 2016. Now her debut novel has been sold at auction to Michael Joseph (part of the Penguin Random House group) via Curtis Brown agent Alice Lutyens, who represents more former CBC students than any other literary agent – including Jane Harper, Kate Hamer and Catherine Bennetto. Rachel’s novel, The […]

08 June 2018

Scholarship student gets major book deal: ‘I swear I slipped into another reality, someone else’s life.’

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

We are utterly thrilled to say that Kiare Ladner, the current HW Fisher scholar on our London-based novel-writing course, has just landed a major book deal. Nightshift, the novel she was working on in class,  has been snapped up by Picador in a deal agented by Curtis Brown’s Cathryn Summerhayes. We caught up with Kiare to […]

08 June 2018

The road to success: One writer’s journey from first page to major publishing deal

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

Rachel Marks took our 3-month online novel-writing course taught by Lisa O’Donnell back in 2016. Now her debut novel has been sold at auction to Michael Joseph (part of the Penguin Random House group) via Curtis Brown agent Alice Lutyens, who represents more former CBC students than any other literary agent – including Jane Harper, Kate Hamer […]

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 […]

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