Author Interviews Posts

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, Love […]

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 […]

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 […]

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