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Meet the Author: Ewan Gault

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Ewan Gault

I’d like to introduce you to the fifty-sixth interviewee in my ‘Meet the Author’ series. He is Ewan Gault.

Hi, Ewan! Welcome to Susan Finlay Writes blog site. Can you tell us a bit about your background as a writer?

Hi Susan, I’ve enjoyed reading your series of interviews, so thanks for having me. I’ve always loved writing, but only started taking it seriously when preparing a folio to get on a Creative Writing Masters course. I got on the course, but couldn’t really afford to do it so went to work in Japan for a year. I had lots of spare time over there and I guess it was then that I really got the writing habit.

Your literary novel, The Most Distant Way, will be published in September/October 2013, by Holland House Books. What is it about and what inspired you to write it?

The Most Distant…

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Book Launch: My Sister’s Reaper by Dorothy Dreher

Sixteen-year-old Zadie’s first mistake was telling the boy she liked she could bring her dead sister back to life. Her second mistake was actually doing it.When Zadie accidentally messes with the Reaper’s Rite that should have claimed her sister Mara, things go horribly wrong. Mara isn’t the same anymore—Zadie isn’t even sure she’s completely human, and to top it off, a Reaper is determined to collect Mara’s soul no matter what. Now Zadie must figure out how to defeat her sister’s Reaper, or let Mara die … this time for good.
Dorothy Dreyer has always believed in magic. She loves reading, writing, movies, chocolate, and spending time with her family and friends. Half-American and half-Filipino, Dorothy lives in Germany with her husband and two teens.
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Guest Post From Robert Peett of Holland House Books: A Review of Sunflower

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Robert Peett, the founder of Holland House Books and Grey Cells Press shares his review of the literary novel, Sunflower. The book, written by Author Cass McMain, will be released tomorrow.

My personal review of Sunflower, also posted on the website:

I was pointed in the direction of ‘Sunflower’ by a friend who had seen it on a writing forum. Within a couple of pages I was sure that this was worth reading, and approached Cass through the mutual friend. She duly sent me the manuscript, apparently a little surprised at my interest.

I realised then how long it was – 140,000 words, a real epic. Too long, according to conventional wisdom – surely too long unless it contained suitably epic events and huge cast of characters.

One Saturday late morning I opened the Word document and, seated at my desk, began reading. I read straight through…

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Meet the Author: John Bayliss

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John Bayliss

I’d like to introduce you to the fifty-fourth interviewee in my ‘Meet the Author’ series. He is John Bayliss.

Hi, John! Welcome to Susan Finlay Writes blog site. Can you tell us a bit about your background as a writer?

Thank you for inviting me. I have written for as long as I can remember; many of my earliest childhood memories involve making up stories and writing them down, and I’ve been writing ever since. For a very long while, I wrote just for my own entertainment. I didn’t bother submitting anything for publication because I knew that it probably wouldn’t be good enough.

However, in the past few years I’ve decided to become more serious and professional about writing. I joined a writer’s website in the hope that might be a “shortcut” to publication, and although that site didn’t quite live up to its promise, I did make a…

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Meet the Author: Cass McMain

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I’d like to introduce you to the fifty-third interviewee in my ‘Meet the Author’ series. She is Cass McMain.

Hi, Cass! Welcome to Susan Finlay Writes blog site. Can you tell us a bit about your background as a writer?

Well, I was a reader from an early age, and it was just natural that I’d start to write. I wrote stories to amuse my mother when I was a child. When I got older, I wrote poetry and short stories, mostly just for the fun of writing. I always loved written words.

Your literary novel, Sunflower, will be published by Holland House Books in June, 2013. Can you tell us a bit about your book? What inspired you to write it?

I had a dream about a man named Moonrich. I described it to my husband and he said it sounded like a good story. “Why don’t you…

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