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Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Big Magic, Eat Pray Love and much more, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Elizabeth Gilbert author of Big Magic, Eat Pray Love and much more… Ten Terrifying Questions ____________ 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? Born and raised in the Berkshires Hills, in Connecticut, on my family’s Christmas tree farm. I grew up around goats and chickens and gardens a... Read more

by | September 23, 2015

Mitchell Hogan, author of A Crucible of Souls, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Mitchell Hogan author of A Crucible of Souls Ten Terrifying Questions ____________ 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and have lived here all my life. Although I’ve travelled quite a bit, there’s no place like home! I grew up with two sisters, a... Read more

by | August 25, 2015

Kathryn Barker, author of In the Skin of a Monster, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Kathryn Barker author of In the Skin of a Monster Ten Terrifying Questions ____________ 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born in Canberra, but growing up involved plenty of travel. I started primary school in Tokyo (the only kid with a sandwich in her lunchbox) and finished high s... Read more

by | August 10, 2015

The Writer’s Gospel according to Matt Haig

THE 5 STAGES OF WRITING: 1. This is genius. 2. This isn’t working. 3. This is useless. 4. Really useless. 5. But this toast is nice. — Matt Haig (@matthaig1) February 20, 2015 WRITING TIPS: 1) Stare out of window. 2) Feel a bit hungover. 3) Wonder if you had enough love as a child. 4) Eat toast. 5) Go on Twitter. — Matt Haig (@matthaig1) February 20, 2015 Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Hai... Read more

by | February 21, 2015

British study reveals author, librarian and academic three most desirable careers

Booklovers know it, and it appears the rest of the world is starting to catch on. A bookish job is a great job! The “aura of prestige” connected with a career in writing or academia is preferable to jobs that brought promises of wealth and celebrity status, according to a survey conducted by UK market research firm Yougov with more than 14,000 respondents. Being an author was the most popular c... Read more

by | February 18, 2015

Writing Paper Planes – The Movie And The Book (a Guest Blog from author Steve Worland)

Writing a novel is more difficult than writing a screenplay. Why do I think this? Two words. Word count. My three action novels run between eighty to one hundred thousand words each. A typical screenplay? Twenty thousand, if that. I had one horror script come in at sixteen thousand a few years back. So, obviously, that means the time investment is very different too, about a year for a book ver... Read more

by | January 13, 2015

Sharon Penman, author of A King’s Ransom, answers Ten Terrifying Questions

The Booktopia Book Guru asks Sharon Penman author of A King’s Ransom, The Sunne in Splendour, Prince of Darkness and more… Ten Terrifying Questions ____________ 1. To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled? I was born in New York City and grew up in Atlantic City, New Jersey in its pre-casino days. I have a B.A. in ... Read more

by | September 17, 2014