Why We Need Role Models For Older Generations

Why We Need Role Models For Older Generations   My mum used to love a good romance novel. I was brought up with books strewn everywhere around the house and my mum would always have her nose in one, whatever she was doing. She enjoyed Catherine Cookson, Rosamund Pilcher and Maeve Binchy, especially tales aboutRead More


Many Moons Ago…

Many Moons Ago… I was born in 1943, during World War II, so I was a teenager in the 1950s, which was before teenagers or the term ‘youth culture’ had been invented. Of course, teenagers had always existed, there’d just never been a name for them before the Swinging Sixties. The world was a veryRead More


Why I Love Romantic Fiction

I love romantic fiction and it’s all Jane Austen’s fault. Growing up, I was the typical bookworm child, with my nose always stuck in a book, racing through my full allowance of ten library books each week. I would read anywhere and everywhere – even in church on a Sunday morning, a novel in myRead More


A Bookworm’s Guide to Social Media

A Bookworm’s Guide to Social Media   It probably won’t come as a surprise to you that I’m an avid reader, and I get a lot of enjoyment with sharing the books I’ve loved on social media and building a community with other readers. As the social media coordinator for Britain’s biggest book retailer, I’mRead More


How To Create A Detective

How To Create A Detective   The crime fiction market has never been more competitive, with so many brilliant books vying for attention. It’s a real challenge for authors to write something that stands out from the rest. We all strive to develop original concepts and riveting storylines, but one of the hardest parts toRead More


The Big Myth of Motherhood

The Big Myth of Motherhood.   When it comes to motherhood, women can be each other’s worst enemies. In fact, quite often, we can become our own worst enemies too as we launch ourselves into the world of procreation like a tribute in The Hunger Games. For there is nowhere in life where a womanRead More


5 tips on how to make the most of setting in your novel

Location always plays a pivotal role in all my novels, whether it be the ravished shores of Thailand during the 2004 tsunami in The Atlas of Us or the eerie underwater world of submerged forests in My Sister’s Secret.   And it’s no different with my latest novel The Family Secret, which is set in several locations around theRead More


The Magic of a Good Book

Do you believe in magic? Or are you a more sceptical person who puts such frivolous notions down to coincidence and rational scientific explanation? I’m somewhere in between. I want to believe in magic and devour films and books that take me out of the real world and all its limitations. But I absolutely don’tRead More


Festive Fireworks

Festive Fireworks – A short story by Tracy Corbett Jessica Day had always loved the festive time of year. Not that she got to celebrate much these days. But that didn’t stop her imagining a time when she could put up decorations and lounge around her flat on Christmas morning opening presents with an attractiveRead More

Festive Fireworks - Short Story by Tracy Corbett