Author guest spots are an important part of my monthly newsletter.
To quote from the Acknowledgements in Keepers:
People say a writer’s life is a lonely life. For me, it’s the opposite. My writing has brought me many new and wonderful friends, among them many fellow writers.
Which is why I choose to chat to my fellow authors in By the Letter. Enjoy meeting these people behind the books you love, or discover these talented writers and their works for yourself. Enjoy!
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Eileen Curley Hammond
My guest for September’s newsletter is cosy mystery murder author, Eileen Curly Hammond. Stealing her mother’s mystery novels before Mum could get to read them lead her to this fun and challenging genre. Find Eileen’s interview here.
August’s newsletter features my interview with award-winning Regency Romance author, Kelly Miller. Kelly loves Jane Austen and decided to try her hand at writing variations of the author’s work after she retired. With seven books under her belt and more on the way, it keeps her busy. Read about Kelly here.
My July guest hails from India, specifically Mumbai, and writes books (to quote Ivy) about exceptional female characters and supportive men, usually against a background of fantasy. Ivy is also one of the most supportive people I know when it comes to other writers. Read Ivy’s interview here.
In June 23 we meet Tessa Barrie, the alter ego of Sally Edmondson. Tessa was born in Harrogate on the UK Mainland and is fiercely proud of her Yorkshire heritage, despite having lived on the British Channel Island of Jersey since 1981. Learn more about Tessa here.
Laura Holt Aslam
My May 23 guest author is a lifelong horse enthusiast, who shares her life in a semi-rural area in southern Maine with a dog, two cats and a miniature pony. Her award-winning books revolve around horses, but her main focus is the young human characters and their highly relatable troubles. Learn more here.
My guest author for April 2023 has always been a keen fan of historical fiction. Karen Heenan’s first series is set in Tudor times, but with a great twist – these are tales of the not-so-famous and their insights into court life for the ordinary mortals is fascinating. More recently she has skipped forward 400 years or so to the 1930s and the Great Depression. Read her interview here.
K. L. Small
Kathleen Small has had two dreams since she was ten years old. One was to write, the other was to own a horse. She has now achieved both, and while she has been writing (and owning horses) for some time, it’s only this month that she’s released her debut novel – a wonderful Young Adult fairytale, A Dress to Remember. Read Kathleen’s interview here.
Judy is a prolific writer who lives in a medium-size town in Virginia, USA. She tells me she spends her days reading, reviewing, and writing books and checking on her neighbors. Knowing Judy, this last would be in the nicest possible way! Judy never runs out of ideas for her poems and tales, as she has an endless, most interesting, source. Read Judy’s interview here.
Wendy Leighton Porter
December being festive season and a lot about kids, it’s totally appropriate and brilliant to have Wendy (and one of her key characters, Max) as my guest this month. Find out about her award-winning time-travelling history tales for the 8 to 12 year old group in my newsletter interview here.
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My November guest, Kerry Cathers, is the mastermind behind a wonderfully informative website to which any writer of historical crime should absolutely subscribe. You can read about the background to setting up the site, and what’s coming up next, here.
My October guest, Crispina Kemp, is a writer whose work is mind-bendingly imaginative, with Norse gods, love-sick dragons and prehistoric-style peoples with complex cultures. She is also prolific with a five book series published, a recent release and a three book series to be launched next year. Read her interview here.
Marian L Thorpe
My September guest, Marian L Thorpe, is the author of a fascinating series loosely based on the decline of the Western Roman, but in an ‘undefinable genre somewhere between alternative history and historical fantasy’ to quote Marian. Beautifully written, the world she has created and the characters which inhabit it, come to life as you read.
Read Marian’s interview here.
Paula was my guest author for May 2022. With a novella and short story published, Paula has now released her debut historical fiction novel, Protecte, published by Elk Publishing. Read my interview with her here.
Patricia Taylor Wells
My guest author for April 2022 published her first book in 2016 and has since gone on to release a memoir, two novels, and a book of poetry. Patricia’s work has been recognised with several awards and it was a true pleasure to feature her and her books in By the Letter. Read Patricia’s interview here.
J.C. (Joanne) Paulson
My March 2022 guest author is both a freelance journalist and a writer with several mysteries and a historical fiction book under her belt. My interview with Jo went live on 11 March with my newsletter. You can read it here now!
Back to the very much living for February 2022’s guest author, Nina Romano. Nina is a prolific author, with over a dozen titles to her credit, and she shows no sign of stopping. Read my interview with her here.
My March (and first) interview was with English poet, Lily Lawson. I met Lily via Twitter’s wonderful, supportive #writingcommunity and we have become firm, if virtual, friends. In 2020 Lily published two slim poetry volumes. In this interview, she talks openly and from the heart about life and poetry, and her very exciting plans for the future. Read Lily’s interview here.
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