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Season 05

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We are pleased to go back to our roots and really focus on the authors of the Writing Community. We perhaps should be calling this writing community Wednesdays with the talent on show  from the community. Kelly is a fantastic indie author that embraces the meaning of the writing community.

Kellys book Accusing Mr. Darcy: A Pride & Prejudice Variation has received much praise.


John Niven graduated from Glasgow University with a first-class degree in English LIterature. He went on to spend ten years working in the music industry, during which time he worked with acts like Travis, Mogwai and Sigur Rós.

His experiences as an A & R man, during which time he passed up the chance to sign both Coldplay and Muse, formed the basis of his first full-length fiction, Kill Your Friends, described by the Independent as 'a bleak, scabrous and over-the-top satire on the excesses of the Cool Britannia period of the 1990s'. His second novel, The Amateurs, moved into the world of golf, with its story of an amateur who qualifies for the Open.


How to survive everything is Ewan Morrison's eighth book.


He is the author of the award-winning novels Close Your Eyes and Tales from the Mall, the novels Ménage, Distance and Swung and the short story collection The Last Book You Read.


Ewan was awarded the Glenfiddich Writer of the Year Award and the SMIT novel of the year 2012/2013. (Amazon)

How to survive everything: 'One of the most provocative, intelligent and original novelists working in Britain today.' Irvine Welsh


We were joined by TV presenter, soap queen, fitness instructor and now author TINA BAKER! 

Her book CALL ME MUMMY is called THE thriller for Mother's Day and was released on the 25th of February.


'Dark, heartbreaking and totally absorbing' - LORRAINE KELLY


CATRIONA WARD was born in Washington, DC and grew up in the United States, Kenya, Madagascar, Yemen, and Morocco. She read English at St Edmund Hall, Oxford and is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia. Her next gothic thriller, The Last House on Needless Street, will be published March 2021 by Viper (Serpents Tail).  "A BBC Two Between the Covers Book Club Pick"

Ward's second novel, Little Eve (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2018) won the 2019 Shirley Jackson Award and the August Derleth Prize for Best Horror Novel at the 2019 British Fantasy Awards, making her the only woman to have won the prize twice, and was a Guardian best book of 2018. Her debut Rawblood (W&N, 2015) won Best Horror Novel at the 2016 British Fantasy Awards, was shortlisted for the Author's Club Best First Novel Award and a WHSmith Fresh Talent title. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies. She lives in London and Devon. (Amazon extract)


KC Wayland returns for his second WCCS interview. We talked about the brand new season of WE'RE ALIVE, which is an incredible story driven audio drama. Plus, BRONZEVILLE. Another high-quality audio drama written and produced by KC. 

As always, KC is a fantastic guest with lots of writing tips, advice, and insight into the world of a writer, director, and all round awesome guy. 


Rob is the author of the Ben Bracken thrillers, Crook's Hollow and the Audible bestseller Far From The Tree.


We are speaking to him just 3 days after the release of Blackstoke.

Blackstoke: A suburban gothic horror.



Another Life is Jodie's first novel and it is causing a serious stir!

Another Life: The stunning love story and BBC2 Between the Covers pick.


'A modern day Atonement meets David Nicholls.

'An intricate story of love . . . A beautiful piece of writing' SUNDAY EXPRESS


For this weeks Friday Night Chat Show we are joined by author LIV MATTHEWS. She is the author of THE PRANK! 2021's most spine-tingling revenge thriller!

The Prank is a contemporary thriller examining the fallout from a single moment in a reality TV programme that has devastating and long-term consequences, according to its synopsis.

'Pacy, absorbing and brilliantly topical' T.M. Logan, bestselling author of The Holiday

'Clever and compelling' Phoebe Morgan, bestselling author of The Doll's House



We were joined by ANNA MOCIKAT. Author of Behind Blue Eyes, Tales of the Shadow City and much more. Her latest book is FALLEN ANGELS (Behind blue eyes 2)

Olympias City is shaken by a series of unspeakably brutal murders. No one is allowed to know the shocking truth about who the victims are: Guardian Angels.


Emma Stonex was born in 1983 and grew up in Northamptonshire, about as far from the sea as it's possible to be in the UK.


Her love affair with lighthouses and the coast began with childhood holidays to Cornwall and the Isle of Wight, which remain among her favorite places to visit.

Before becoming a writer, Emma worked as an editor in publishing. Ahead of THE LAMPLIGHTERS, she wrote several books under pseudonyms, but saved her real name for the story that had always been in her heart: the real-life mystery of three lighthouse keepers who vanished from their rock light in 1900 and to this day have never been found.


Sarah Pinborugh is charming, funny and very talented! Her book Behind Her Eyes has a twist that NO ONE saw coming. It delivers a punch both on page and screen. It dominated the Netflix charts for some time and had only slight differences from the series.

Don’t Trust This Book!
Don’t Trust These People!
Don’t Trust Yourself!

'Bloody brilliant' Stephen King

‘Piledriver domestic thriller with pull-the-rug-out ending’ Ian Rankin


The Twenty Seven Club:

A darkly comic tale of friendship, hope and fandom by Lucy Nichol.

Lucy is an author who recently released The Twenty Seven Club: A humorous tale of music myths, mental health and friendship. This is no doubt that story is influenced by her passion for her fight against mental health. She has worked as a PR consultant for The Independent, The I Paper, NME, The Huff post and much more.


Including being a former columnist with Sarah Millican's magazin. She has also interviewed many guests on the Standard Issue Podcast. She will find herself at home on the show! Be sure to join us for our LIVE shows on YouTube. But remember, you can always watch it back or listen on our Podcast! 


We had a lot of fun when we were joined by Melanie Blake.

The life of Melanie Blake represents that of a busy frantic movie! Her latest book Ruthless Women is receiving the most crazy reviews -


Makes Fifty Shades of Grey look like Snow White ...

'A page-turning bonkbuster so gloriously sexy, funny and gripping, its sending the showbiz elite WILD!' NEW

'Revenge, betrayal, murder and some of the hottest scenes you'll ever read ...


Each character is perfectly crafted ... Plus there's a twist ending that will leave your jaw on the floor' SUNDAY EXPRESS


Our one and only super hero moderator returns to the show since the early days!


We will be chatting Moon Hunters, the historical fantasy The Garden of Stone Houses and much more.

In 19th-century New Orleans, eighteen-year-old Selene O’Neil is on a mission to save her mother from the clutches of a cruel man and uncover the truth about the death of her father. Selene digs deep into her family’s past, which is shrouded in secrets and mystery. Fortunately, she gets help from the loas, benevolent spirits who communicate through her dead father’s tarot cards.


We had many laughs and found out how her writing has changed. She is an absolute gem in the Writing Community, a true supporter of others. It is her turn to have the attention!


SARAH PEARSE is the NY Times and Sunday Times Bestselling Author of THE SANATORIUM, Reese’s Book Club Pick! We are very excited to have Sarah on the show. The Sanatorium looks fantastic. 



—Reese Witherspoon


An imposing, isolated hotel, high up in the Swiss Alps, is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But she’s taken time off from her job as a detective, so when she receives an invitation out of the blue to celebrate her estranged brother’s recent engagement, she has no choice but to accept.

Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge. Though it’s beautiful, something about the hotel, recently converted from an abandoned sanatorium, makes her nervous – as does her brother, Isaac.

And when they wake the following morning to discover his fiancée Laure has vanished without a trace, Elin’s unease grows. With the storm cutting off access to and from the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.

But no-one has realized yet that another woman has gone missing. And she’s the only one who could have warned them just how much danger they’re all in.


Brian Freeman writes psychological thrillers that have been sold in 46 countries and 22 languages. His novel SPILLED BLOOD won the award for Best Hardcover Novel in the annual Thriller Awards, and his novel THE BURYING PLACE was a finalist for the same award. His novel THE DEEP, DEEP SNOW was a finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original.

He has also been named by Putnam and the Robert Ludlum estate as the official author to continue Ludlum’s famous Jason Bourne franchise!


Brian’s first Bourne novel THE BOURNE EVOLUTION was named one of the Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2020 by Kirkus.


Joy Ellis joins us to talk about her book The Patient Man that has been nominated along side Ian Rankins, Lee Child, Richard Osmand, Robert Galraith and Lucy Foley for BRITISH BOOK OF THE YEAR!!

This in itself is an enormous achievement. We will be chatting to Joy just 3 days before the awards! It will be so exciting!


The domestic bliss of Detective Inspector Rowan Jackman of Fenland Constabulary doesn’t last long. His nemesis, serial killer Alistair Ashcroft, is back in town and ready to tidy up unfinished business.

Ashcroft sends a sinister text to DS Marie Evans. His opening move in what will prove to be a lethal game of cat-and-mouse. Yet for all his taunts, where is he? In a county crawling with police on the lookout for him, Ashcroft is nowhere to be found.


John has been shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association Debut Dagger and the Exeter prize and longlisted for the Bath Novel prize. The Trauma Pool, published by Sharpe books, is his first novel.

DI Will Ashcroft saved a boy from drowning in the London Docklands. But the incident still haunts him.

Now Ashcroft is back in the Pennines, where he started out.

There has been a murder – and a twelve-year-old boy is missing.

The deeper Ashcroft delves into the crimes, the clearer it becomes that he cannot solve the cases on his own.

Samira Byrne is a black police officer, battling against prejudice both in and outside the force. Yet she is smart and tenacious – and becomes an ally.

Faced with incompetent superior officers, witnesses who are withholding information, and the suspicious behavior of the missing boy’s parents, Ashcroft and Byrne must risk everything to unravel secrets the valley has been keeping for over ten years.

Can Ashcroft outrun his past long enough to solve the cases?


Katie's first novel, The Furies, was published in the UK, US, and eight other territories—and her second, Possession or The Murder of Graham Catton is forthcoming in 2021.

Outside of her writing, Katie works in marketing and communications - currently working with her local NHS on the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine.

She is also studying for a PhD in English Literature, working on the subject of women’s anger in literary modernism and contemporary women’s writing.


We are joined by author Cristina Sweeney-Baird who wrote The End of Men prior to the Covid Virus! We would be interested to know if this made her consider her plans of release or to even publish this work at that time. She is published by The Borough Press through Harper Collins. Join us LIVE on YouTube or watch it back there or listen to it on the Podcast.

Set in a world where a virus stalks our male population, The End of Men is an electrifying and unforgettable debut from a remarkable new talent that asks: what would our world truly look like without men?


'Fiendish, fast-paced, and very funny' Paula Hawkins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Girl on the Train

'The latest in the thriller series behind Netflix stalker blockbuster You' The Guardian. 

‘Crazy, sexy, cool: Caroline Kepnes gets better – and Joe Goldberg gets worse – with every book’ Erin Kelly.

The praise from You Love Me just keeps coming! We couldn't possibly post them all. It is certainly a great sign from a book that follows You. A book that sits with 7,479 ratings and was a Netflix smash hit. We will be intrigued to find out just how it feels to write a sequel in the midst of a smash hit, does it inspire? or is it a huge pressure!


Tony Lee is back! From the early days of pure audio, Tony is now stepping onto the screen with us. He has recently come out as JACK GATLAND! As Jack, he's writing a new series of Crime Thrillers starring Detective Inspector Declan Walsh, recently seconded to the City of London Police department known as the Last Chance Saloon. This for us is very exciting. Tony has been writing professionally for over 30 years and has worked with the best in the industry. From writing comics for DC, Dr Who and even Wallace and Gromit. This really is just scraping the surface. 

A multiple-time New York Times Best-seller List and Eagle Award winning Writer, Tony Lee has worked professionally for over thirty years, including a decade in trade journalism and media marketing/creation for radio


Everything Happens for a Reason is Katie Allen's first novel. She used to be a reporter and columnist at the Guardian and Observer, and started her career as a Reuters correspondent in Berlin and London.

Mum-to-be Rachel did everything right, but it all went wrong. Her son, Luke, was stillborn and she finds herself on maternity leave without a baby, trying to make sense of her loss.

When a misguided well-wisher tells her that “everything happens for a reason”, she becomes obsessed with finding that reason, driven by grief and convinced that she is somehow to blame. She remembers that on the day she discovered her pregnancy, she’d stopped a man from jumping in front of a train, and she’s now certain that saving his life cost her the life of her son.

Desperate to find him, she enlists an unlikely ally in Lola, an Underground worker, and Lola’s seven-year-old daughter, Josephine, and eventually tracks him down, with completely unexpected results... 

Both a heart-wrenchingly poignant portrait of grief and a gloriously uplifting and disarmingly funny story of a young woman’s determination, Everything Happens for a Reason is a bittersweet, life- affirming read and, quite simply, unforgettable.


Charlotte Levin has been shortlisted for the Andrea Badenoch Award, part of the New Writers North Awards, and for the Mslexia Short Story Competition.

Her book, If I cant have you has been praised by some of the best names in the business. 

After fleeing Manchester for London, Constance attempts to put past tragedies behind her and make a fresh start. When she embarks on a relationship with the new doctor at the medical practice where she works, she’s convinced she’s finally found the love and security she craves.

Then he ends it.

But if life has taught her anything, it’s that if you love someone, you should never let them go.

That's why for Constance Little, her obsession is only just beginning . . .


Into the Woods appears on the reading list of every university writing course in the UK and is a highly regarded read among TV, film, radio and podcast, video games, publishing and advertising professionals.

John Yorke’s book Into the Woods is considered the foremost UK text on narrative structure. It is required reading on all university writing degrees and is the UK’s bestselling book on screenwriting.

As former Head of Channel Four Drama, Controller of BBC Drama Production and MD of Company Pictures, John has tested his theories during an extensive production career working on some of the world’s most lucrative, widely viewed and critically acclaimed TV drama, from EastEnders to Shameless, Life on Mars and Wolf Hall.


Another bonus show from The Writing Community Chat Show brings you author JOSIE LLOYD!


Her latest book The Cancer Ladies' Running Club is being called The most emotional, uplifting and life-affirming novel of 2021.


Josie Lloyd's first novel, It Could Be You, was published in 1997 and since then she's written fifteen bestselling novels (as Joanna Rees and other pen names) including the number one hit Come Together, which she co-authored with her husband, Emlyn Rees, which was number one for ten weeks, published in twenty-seven languages and made into a Working Title film.


Josie has also written several best-selling parodies with Emlyn, including We're Going On A Bar Hunt, The Very Hungover Caterpillar and The Teenager Who Came To Tea.


Will Carver has been on our show before, way back in season 1. This was fun show and the after show was even more fun! We were keen to see what had changed and what the Beresford had in store for us!


Just outside the city – any city, every city – is a grand, spacious but affordable apartment building called The Beresford.

There’s a routine at The Beresford.

For Mrs May, every day’s the same: a cup of cold, black coffee in the morning, pruning roses, checking on her tenants, wine, prayer and an afternoon nap. She never leaves the building.

Abe Schwartz also lives at The Beresford. His housemate, Sythe, no longer does. Because Abe just killed him. 

In exactly sixty seconds, Blair Conroy will ring the doorbell to her new home and Abe will answer the door. They will become friends. Perhaps lovers. 

And, when the time comes for one of them to die, as is always the case at The Beresford, there will be sixty seconds to move the body before the next unknowing soul arrives at the door.

Because nothing changes at The Beresford, until the doorbell rings…

Eerie, dark, superbly twisted and majestically plotted, The Beresford is the stunning standalone thriller from one of crime fiction’s most exciting names.s in store for us!

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