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August 15, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

Michael Horseman’s State of Freedom and Justice – TPBP Summer Collection 2016

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In the lead up to The People’s Book Prize 2016 we caught up with author Michael Horseman to talk about his non-fiction book

The State of Freedom and Justice

Where did the idea of “The State of Freedom and Justice” come from ?

Well, the answer to that is rather long, in fact I turned it into the last chapter of the book: 5 pages long!

My one word answer would be: Heaven.

A slightly longer one is: I was born for this task. 10 years before my birth my family was forced to leave India after three generations, by a national socialist government.  The emotional trauma of this event came down my family, when I picked it up I responded by writing.  36  years of writing.  The book is the result.  I am only grateful to be alive to see it published.

What is it like to be in the company of talented writers?

I had not thought of it that way; perhaps when my book sells as many as theirs, then I will feel that I have the company of talented writers, and can include myself with them.

Do I have a message for my readers?

Do fish drink!!! Absolutely!  The message is that government is a much simpler and more logical operation than we have ever been allowed to think.  With good government in which “…people matter most”, individuals will be able to live their dreams.  Prosperity will be normal. Justice for all is possible.  Europe and the USA are clearly going through the deepest of questions about what government should be.  The UK’s earthshattering decision to break from the EU is only one example but it gives UK citizens a real chance to start again and rethink the state.  If the UK will enact the proposals of my book, she will once again become Great Britain but much, much better.  I believe that my book is “for such a time as this.”

What can you expect from me in the future?

Chief advisor to the government of Thresa May, the Irish government, and the next USA government.  Amongst others!

August 15, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

H H Edmonds Cinema Lumière – TPBP Summer Collection 2016

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In the lead up to The People’s Book Prize 2016 we caught up with author H H Edmond to talk about her novel

Cinema Lumière


Where did the idea for Cinema Lumière come from?

The idea came from a couple of sources – one of which was a non-fiction book called Testimony of Light, which tells the true story of two friends, Helen and Frances. When Frances was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she promised Helen that after she died she would try to send her a message, telling her what’s going on. About a month after her friend’s death, Helen felt Frances’s mind ‘impinging’ on her own, giving her information on what the ‘life beyond’ was like. The description included a detailed account of being shown a life review or in her words a ‘kaleidoscopic series of pictures representing the whole cycle of her years on earth’.

   I couldn’t get this idea of a film of your life out of my mind and slowly the plot started to form: a young woman, Hannah, who has messed up pretty spectacularly but who is then shown a film of her life to nudge her back on track.

RedDoor Publishing publish a variety of brilliant authors, what is it like to be in the company of talented writers?

It’s a real privilege to be published alongside the other RedDoor writers, a number of whom are now being nominated for prizes and having the rights to their books sold abroad. I tried for several years to get Cinema Lumière (and a second novel) published traditionally (with the help of a big agent), but almost every publisher said the same thing: ‘We love the story but we wouldn’t know where to place it because it doesn’t fall into an obvious category’ (chic lit/magical realism/ crime fiction etc). I’m so grateful to RedDoor for taking me on and doing such a great job of championing the book.

Have you got a message for your readers?

I really hope they enjoy the book, that it will make them chuckle and that maybe it will give them a little something to chew over. If any of them are also writers – I’d repeat that ancient but true cliché – never give up.

What can we expect from you in the future?

I have just finished my second novel so while I’m doing the research for the next one, I’ll be  writing a weekly blog for the Huffington Post (starting Friday 2nd Sept) called Confessions of a Volunteer Virgin. It’s based on my experiences working as a volunteer for a refugee charity. The idea was triggered by an extraordinary woman called Liz Clegg who works in the Calais camp. In one day she’s likely to put out fires, break up knife fights, comfort dozens of unaccompanied minors who know her as ‘Mum’ as well as lobby various MPs and local authorities to speed up the process of allowing these children to apply for asylum into the UK. When I compare what she achieves in 8 hours versus what I ‘achieve’ (basically sit at a desk, shuffle some words around and work my way through a variety of nut-based snacks), it’s both humbling and funny, depending on what lens you look at life through.

Any suggestions to support libraries?

I love my local library in Ladbroke Grove, West London. Not only do they stock some brilliant books (silly not to) and DVDs (a snip at just £2) but they also give the local community access to computers, free internet, careers information, newspapers and reference materials. It’s easy to take for granted that everyone knows how to use a computer, which is definitely not the case, particularly for the elderly and for refugees.

Several writer friends have given their book launches and/or book readings there, which is another cunning way to utilise the space. I’d love to see the library put on more events in the late afternoons, such as inviting inspirational local entrepreneurs and volunteers to talk about how they are making a difference in the community.


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August 15, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

David Robinson’s Dognapped – TPBP Summer Collection 2016

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In the lead up to The People’s Book Prize 2016 we caught up with author David Robertson to talk about his children’s book


Where did the idea of Dognapped! come from?

DOGNAPPED! came from a series of short articles that I used to do for our local agility club featuring my dog Misty. The newsletters were written from her point of view and proved to be very popular. It was a short step from there to creating a children’s book.

Troubador publish a variety of brilliant authors, what is it like to be in the company of talented writers?

As you say there are a lot of talented writers out there and to see your name in print is a wonderful experience. My episode is number 21 – episode 19 was Richard Madeley. That certainly makes you stop and take stock!

Have you got a message for your readers?

Thanks to you all. I’ve had some wonderful feedback so far and hopefully you’ll also enjoy what is to come.

What can we expect from you in the future?

There are two more children’s books involving Misty. IN THE DOGHOUSE! will be released in November followed by THE DOG WALK! next year. I have a sci-fi/ fantasy novel to be edited and I am hoping to write a drama/ documentary play for radio later this year. If that isn’t enough there is always the blog at the address below.

Any suggestions to support libraries?

I am currently chairman of Castle Writers, Dudley. We meet at Dudley Central Library weekly. My first book launch was there and IN THE DOGHOUSE! is already booked for its premiere in the reading room. They are not just for lending books. Use your local library, it is a wonderful part of your community.


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Facebook: mistybooks2015

Twitter: @Misty_Books

Linkedin: David Robertson

August 12, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

Alex Howard’s Library Cat – TPBP Summer Collection 2016


In the lead up to The People’s Book Prize 2016 we caught up with author Alex Howard to talk about his non-fiction book

Library Cat

Where did the idea of LIBRARY CAT come from?

Procrastination, really! That and a particularly aloof black & white cat that happened to be skulking around Edinburgh University’s library at the time. I created a Facebook page for him, and within a couple of months, the cat had a favourite philosopher and a French cousin called Biblio Chat! It grew from there…

Black & White Publishing publish a variety of brilliant authors, what is it like to be in the company of talented writers?

Black & White publishes some delightful books and I’m thrilled and flattered to be sharing shelf-space along with their fabulous list of authors. I’ve always loved James Robertson’s writing ever since reading The Professor of Truth for the James Tait Black shortlist, and I continue to be amazed by the dizzying heights of fame achieved by Estelle Maskame! The GFG has to be a particular Black & White favourite of mine at the moment, though, following a recent re-acquaintance I’ve had with Roald Dahl’s adult fiction.

Have you got a message for your readers?

I would just like to say thank-you. The Library Cat stories emerged out of a communal effort: people sent me photos of Jordan, and I added captions to reveal his thoughts. That I now have a novel published and a burgeoning writing career was much more than I expected, and I’m beyond thrilled. My only words would be, keep loving your cats, keep reading, and never be scared to get your thoughts – however silly they seem – down on paper. There’s room for everyone’s creativity and opinion. Make yours heard!

What can we expect from you in the future?

I have several ideas I’m working on. I think Library Cat is just the beginning! Some ideas involve cats, and some don’t. It remains to be seen which idea decides to seduce me the strongest and impel me to write a new story. One thing’s for sure… I don’t think we’ve quite seen the end of Library Cat yet. I just know he’ll be back in some shape or form. Watch this space!

Any suggestions to support libraries?

Love your local library, and never underestimate its capacity to allow your mind to wonder and divert. Rediscover the art of browsing the stacks – you never know what your next favourite book might be. There’s something lovely about being in a building of books which is stripped bare of any commercial agenda. Relish it! Its gambit is not for you to buy, but to discover. The fact that you’re more likely to leave its doors with an esoteric book on Spanish philosophy rather than the latest bestseller is an attribute that shouldn’t be underestimated. And look out for cats!



Website/ Blog: alex.howard.5492

Facebook:  (Library Cat) / (Cats of Edinburgh)

Twitter: @ajhowardwriter / @edinlibrarycat

Linkedin: theedinburghginnel

August 12, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

Matthew Sullivan’s Melvin McGee: Zombie Hunter – TPBP Summer Collection 2016

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In the lead up to The People’s Book Prize 2016 we caught up with author Mathew Sullivan to talk about his children’s book

Melvin McGee: Zombie Hunter


Where did the idea of MELVIN McGEE: ZOMBIE HUNTER come from?

I wanted to write a story for the age group I taught that was unlike anything they had read before. I love dystopian fiction myself, and I’d thought about a zombie apocalypse story, but tales like that are usually the stuff of grown-up films and TV shows. Even so, I decided to try out a few chapters of a zombie survival tale for kids, focusing on the efforts of a couple of ten-year-old would-be heroes. The challenge from the off lay in treading the wafer-thin line between gory zombie horror and funny grossness, all while creating an exciting story with characters that children could relate to. Needless to say, I ended up writing more than a couple of chapters! Once I started, I couldn’t stop; the book was great fun to write.

Creative Educational Press Ltd publish a variety of brilliant authors, what is it like to be in the company of talented writers?

To me, the most amazing thing about Creative Educational Press is the impact that the material they put out has on children’s enthusiasm for reading and writing across the globe. Their educational books helps teachers to engage pupils in literacy, while their apps and word games make learning fun. I am very proud and grateful that I was given the opportunity to write Creative Educational Press’s first feature-length novel for children!

Have you got a message for your readers?

Yes, and it’s an EXTREMELY important one. Keep a very close eye on your teachers – especially the nice ones. If their eyes start going yellow, their skin turns grey, and they start mumbling about being peckish for pickled brains… RUN!

What can we expect from you in the future?

I’m currently working on a new book – this time for a slightly older (but still young!) audience – about an interstellar mission to another planet to find an element which might save the entire population of Earth! It’s a modest venture. I’d also love to write another Melvin McGee book, and have a very juicy idea for a sequel…

Any suggestions to support libraries?

School trips to libraries are always great fun! Children get to know where their local library is and what’s on offer, and when I took my class, we all dressed up as our favourite book characters! Needless to say, I didn’t have to look very hard for a costume; I already had a Captain America uniform hanging in my wardrobe.

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Twitter: @InspiredMind5

Instagram is m.j.sullivan

August 12, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

Carol E Wyer – TPBP Summer Collection 2016

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In the lead up to The People’s Book Prize 2016 we caught up with author Carol E Wyer to talk about her non-fiction book

Surfing in Stilettos

Where did the idea of SURFING IN STILETTOS come from?

I used to live in France in the region that I write about in the book. The idea came from a fusion of ideas and thoughts. My husband was retiring and we discussed the possibility of travelling around Europe in a camping car but decided we wouldn’t get as far as Dover before we started getting on each others nerves, and the fact one day, I spotted a broken down VW camper van on a hill outside Caylus. The couple sat glumly by the road waiting for assistance. The woman was not sitting on an orange Space Hopper like Amanda in the book but it sparked a thought.

Some of the characters in the book are based on real people – Bibi for one was based on one of my eccentric friends in France. Ted the dog is real although he sadly passed away a couple of months ago at the grand old age of nineteen. And, Amanda’s mother is based on my own effervescent mother who loved the character so much she began to morph into her and copied her by getting a tablet and setting up Skype even though she’s 82!

The story has a moral though and warns of the dangers of the Internet. I was stalked a few years ago on Facebook and so I incorporated a little of that into the story which is a hilarious tale of what happens when two grown ups go on a gap year that doesn’t work out the way they planned.

Delancey Press publishes a variety of brilliant authors, what is it like to be in the company of talented writers?

Being among talented authors makes you try even harder with your own writing! I find I am constantly trying to meet new standards and be a better writer.

Have you got a message for your readers?

A sincere than you for your support and messages, emails and tweets. Your encouragement is what keeps me going on those long days when I have 125,000 words to write and am sitting with brain freeze wondering if I can come up with a good enough plot and book this time around. Nothing makes me happier than to know you have laughed your way through one of my books. Laughter is a medicine and I hope my novels and books help you feel better.

What can we expect from you in the future?

You can expect another humorous release from me in September. I’ve written a lot of comedy and now I’m allowing the dark side of my personality to emerge from the shadows and am working on the first of a series of psychological thrillers for next year. True to form, I have a comedy on the go as well for those days when I feel like some light relief. I can’t seem to stay serious for too long!

Any suggestions to support libraries?

I try to regularly support libraries. They are all trying hard to woo readers back through their doors by putting on events. I perform a standup comedy routine called ‘Smile While You Still have Teeth’ and have taken it around many libraries in the Black Country. It makes a change from the author talk that I also do when invited.

I signed up with the RNA some years ago and they have a list of authors who are willing to talk in libraries. I have done the same in France at libraries that are often used by ex-pats. I am one of those people who was brought up to use the library and went every Friday evening wit my family to choose new books to read for the week. I hate seeing our libraries being forced to close through lack of use. Without the libraries and all the books I read I would not have become a writer myself. I suggest that all writers offer their services and do a talk or similar. They won’t get paid much (if anything) but it is very worthwhile.


Amazon UK &  US Author Page

Website & Blog

Facebook: Carol-E-Wyer

Twitter: @carolewyer

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August 12, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

Leigh Russell’s Murder Ring – TPBP Summer Collection 2016

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In the lead up to The People’s Book Prize 2016 we caught up with author Leigh Russell to talk about her children’s book

Murder Ring


Where did the idea of MURDER RING come from?

Writing the eighth title in a detective series set in North London, it seemed implausible to continue the series indefinitely without even mentioning guns. So the story for MURDER RING is woven around a character who should never have been in possession of a gun, who inadvertently becomes drawn into an enquiry into a terrible shooting incident.

No Exit Press publish a variety of brilliant authors. What is it like to be in the company of talented writers?

It is a great privilege to be published by a publisher who is so highly regarded both in the industry, and among the wider reading public. Crime writers have a reputation for being friendly, and writing for No Exit Press really is like being a member of a club for likeminded people. I have made many friends, with the production and publicity teams at No Exit Press, and with many brilliant authors they publish. When I travel around the UK and overseas for literary events, it is always lovely to meet other No Exit authors, and I invariably feel as though I have bumped into an old friend.

Have you got a message for your readers?

To people who read my books, I have to say that I am extremely happy to know that you are enjoying my books, and thank you very much for all the support you give me. It is a truism that without our readers, we authors would not be able to devote ourselves to writing full-time.

What can we expect from you in the future?

The second in my Lucy Hall series is published in September, with the title GIRL IN DANGER. Following that, the ninth Geraldine Steel is out as an ebook in December, called DEADLY ALIBI, and the paperback is published in early 2017. As well as writing more books in the future, I will no doubt continue my busy schedule of literary events, talks and panels, and hope to see readers on my travels around the UK and overseas. I am very excited to be appearing at a major literary festival in the US later this year, and there are other events planned which are closer to home.

Any suggestions to support libraries?

I urge readers to use their local libraries. To those who buy books in charity shops, I would say please donate a little money each month to charity, and borrow books from your local library. That way, the charity does not lose out, and the libraries will gain vital support. I spend a lot of time visiting libraries to talk to readers, which is always enjoyable, and was thrilled to be the second most borrowed author in Hertfordshire libraries one year, second only to James Patterson. As an author, I never charge a fee for appearing at a library, even when it is a ticketed event. We all need to do everything we can to ensure our library service survives. If we don’t use the libraries, we will lose them.

Facebook: Leigh Russell
Twitter: @LeighRussell
August 12, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

Lauren Forrey’s Abigale Hall – TPBP Summer Collection 2016


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In the lead up to The People’s Book Prize 2016 we caught up with author Lauren A. Forry to talk about her book

Abigale Hall

Where did the idea of ABIGALE HALL come from?

It started with the name “Brownawell.” My mom discovered we had a distant ancestor with that surname and thought it would make a good name for a character. I started thinking about who this man might be and, at the same time, I happened to be reading about postwar Britain. Because of Britain’s social and economic issues during the late 1940s, I thought that bleak era would make a great setting for a dark story, and the two ideas started to merge. Very soon, Eliza grew out of those initial ideas, and I knew it would be her story to tell.

Black & White Publishing publish a variety of brilliant authors, what is it like to be in the company of talented writers?

There is nothing better than to be surrounded by a group of amazing, supportive authors! When I visited the UK in March, I was able to pick up a bunch of their books – SJI Holliday, Andrew Nicoll, Caroline Barry, Aly Sidgwick – and I’m just honoured to have ABIGALE HALL amongst these titles. I work with many young adult readers over the summer, too, and Estelle Maskame is such a great inspiration to share with them. It’s like being at a family reunion where you actually enjoy being around everyone who’s there.

Have you got a message for your readers?

Embrace what scares you! Pull back the dark curtain to see what’s really causing that bump in the night, and you’ll find it might not be so bad after all. Unless you’re in a haunted house. If you’re in a genuine haunted house at night and you hear something, get the hell out of there.

What can we expect from you in the future?

In September, I have a short story coming out in the official X-Files anthology, THE X-FILES: SECRET AGENDAS, from IDW Publishing and edited by New York Times Bestselling Author Jonathan Maberry. I’m currently finishing up my next novel – a dark story of cults, science, and the question of what is really human nature set in 1950s Britain. Once those last edits are done, I’ll be working on a good old fashioned, locked room murder mystery set on the Isle of Skye.

Any suggestions to support libraries?

Make a visit to the library part of your weekly schedule. Stay up to date with the events that are happening at your local library, and find ways to get your whole family involved. I love the idea of whole families going to the library and choosing books together. Write a reading list for each member of the family, go to the library to get your books, and schedule a fun family activity for when everyone has finished their list. The more your family becomes a part of the library, the more the library becomes a part of your family.



Twitter: @laurenaforry


July 28, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

TPBP Winner 2015 non fiction – Finding The Rainbow by Rachel McGrath

The 2015 People’s Book Prize Winner for the non fiction category  Finding The Rainbow by Rachel McGrath Published by Pegasus Elliot Mackenzie Publishers Ltd hing

Finding the Rainbow is a fascinating and honest insight into a world that most would find difficult to understand, and many would be quietly thankful not to need to. McGrath tells the story of her battle to conceive and carry a baby, with unrestricted honesty

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July 26, 2016 / peoplesbookprize

TPBP Best Achievement award 2015 – Sustainable Medicine by Dr Sarah Myhill

Sustainable MedicneThe People’s Book Prize Best Acheivment awrad 2015  – Sustainable Medicine  (Whistleblowing on 21st century medical practice) By Dr Sarah Myhill Published by Hammersmith Books Limited

Based on the understanding that symptom-suppressing medication and crisis interventions are not a sustainable model of healthcare, Dr Myhill empowers readers to heal themselves through addressing the underlying causes of disease. She explains underlying mechanisms and provides tools, tests and evidence-based approaches to keep her readers healthy.


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