Author Interview: Jenna Morland and Revived!

We’ve got another debut author today on Why Words Work! Publishing her first book, Revived, in 2018, we’re going to ask Jenna Morland how it feels to be an almost published writer! Let’s get to it! First things first: Congratulations on your debut novel! How does it feel to know that your book will soon be in print? It feels surreal. I don’t think I … Continue reading Author Interview: Jenna Morland and Revived!

Tim Gabrielle Author Interview

Author Interview: Tim Gabrielle and This Land of Monsters!

We’re doing something a little different today on Why Words Work. Today, we’re going to talk to a debut author, who’s book is scheduled to publish next year. This stage of the publishing process – nestled between the humble notebook, and placing the books on the shelves – is both daunting and exciting. I was eager to learn more about the feeling of a debut … Continue reading Author Interview: Tim Gabrielle and This Land of Monsters!

Book Review: Procession of the Dead by Darren Shan

Sometimes, you can’t judge a book by its cover. When I first picked up The Procession of the Dead by Darren Shan – or under his pseudonym D.B. Shan – I thought I was in for an urban dystopia story. Gangsters. Mafia. A dictator in the form of a crime lord. Hit men. And through it all, one character’s journey of survival. And man. I … Continue reading Book Review: Procession of the Dead by Darren Shan

Book Review: The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel

I have talked about Emily St. John Mandel three times on this blog. I have reviewed Station Eleven. I have reviewed Last Night in Montreal. And I have reviewed The Singer’s Gun. Now, with her new book set to release in 2019, I think it’s about time we finish the collection. Don’t you? SYNOPSIS The Lola Quartet: Jack, Daniel, Sasha and Gavin, four talented musicians … Continue reading Book Review: The Lola Quartet by Emily St. John Mandel

Book Review: Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel

Have you ever been grappled by a first page? You pick up a book without any expectations, open it, and from the very first sentence you feel its hands grip you? You can’t tear your eyes away. You can’t get it out of your thoughts. And when you finally finish it, you lie back and stare at the ceiling in an existential coma? That is … Continue reading Book Review: Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel

Book Review: Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami

“I want to read Haruki Murakami. I know you’re a huge fan of the guy. Where should I start?” I get asked this question a lot. And truth be told, it’s harder than it seems. Out of every author I have ever read, Haruki Murakami is one whose work cannot be defined. It’s speculative, it’s horror, it’s literary, it’s romance, it’s drama, it’s historical, it’s … Continue reading Book Review: Kafka On The Shore by Haruki Murakami

Book Review: The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan

Steampunk has always been the Gucci of book genres for me. I absolutely love looking at it, I know other people enjoy it very much, but I am slightly scared that it isn’t for me. However, after a bit of debate and many cups of tea, I decided that it was a risk worth taking. I settled on a book, nestled down, and took the … Continue reading Book Review: The Bullet Catcher’s Daughter by Rod Duncan

Author Interview: Barbara Catchpole and Dead Ed in my Head!

I was recently contacted by the lovely people at Ransom Publishing! They asked if I could help promote their new YA branch, Raven Books, as well as share their books and authors with you. Ransom is a children’s publisher who specialise in providing books for reluctant readers. Whether they struggle to read because of environment, ability, or circumstance, Ransom believes that every reader should find … Continue reading Author Interview: Barbara Catchpole and Dead Ed in my Head!

V.E.Schwab: The Art of the Opening Line

An opening line can make or break a manuscript submission. They’re also incredibly underestimated by writers and readers alike. The opening line is a powerful tool. It can hook the reader with a dramatic piece of action. It can be a glimpse of the tones, themes, or deeper layers of the book. It can be the introduction of a character, and the foreshadowing of their … Continue reading V.E.Schwab: The Art of the Opening Line

Writing Confessions: I DON’T WANT TO READ HARRY POTTER

When I tell this to people, I am met with three reactions: WHAT? Oh my God, that’s insane. It’s so good! (Then they will proceed to say why they love it so much. Or, if in a group of people, they will discuss their favourite moments and characters, which goes right over my head.) Yeah, I hate Harry Potter too. So overrated. (When I remind … Continue reading Writing Confessions: I DON’T WANT TO READ HARRY POTTER

A Book Review: The Good Thief’s Guide Series by Chris Ewan

I’m going to be doing something a little different. Rather than look at one book, I’m going to be reviewing an entire series. Namely, The Good Thief’s Guide series by Chris Ewan! Series Summary Charlie Howard is a crime author and experienced thief. As he travels the world, finding new inspiration for his novels, he becomes wrapped up in a number of criminal capers. From … Continue reading A Book Review: The Good Thief’s Guide Series by Chris Ewan

Author Interview: Chris Ewan and The Good Thief’s Guide RE-LAUNCH!

Today, on Why Words Work, we talk to Chris Ewan! As a bestselling crime author, Chris Ewan has written a variety of successful, suspenseful stories, including Safe House, Long Time Lost and – obviously – The Good Thief’s Guide series! I absolutely love these books. In them, we follow thief/crime novelist Charlie Howard, and his literary agent Victoria, across the continent on criminal capers. I … Continue reading Author Interview: Chris Ewan and The Good Thief’s Guide RE-LAUNCH!