I met the real-life inspiration for one of the women characters, Carolyn Cassady, wife of Neal, or 'Dean' as he is known in the novel. She'd just published a memoir describing what it was really like to be a woman in the Beat world.
Tiffany Murray’s mother worked for a time as a cook for various rock bands, including Freddie Mercury’s Queen. Here, Murray describes what it was like growing up in such ‘Bohemian’ company.
Distractions are endless; from family, friends, bureaucrats, banks, social, and anti-social media. To write, I need to shut all that out for several hours.
Rick Stroud speaks with Robin Blake about how his film-making background influences his literary projects, his fascination with WW2 and the projects it has led him to, and his love of simple, clear writing.
You've started writing your diary in Spanish since discovering that your mother reads it sometimes, but now she's started learning Spanish too. Don't worry, I'm here to tell you that she won't get very far with it.
Narrative voice, whether first, second, or third person, can radically change the focus of a narrative, argues Dilys Rose, illustrating this with examples from her own work.
As a writer of historical fiction, John Pilkington has returned again and again to the diaries of Samuel Pepys, which he admires as much for their ‘warts-and-all’ honesty, as for the details they offer of seventeenth-century life.
The compulsion to write is paradoxically both a celebration of life, and a protest at its passing; not that I think about this when I'm actually at my desk with a pen in my hand.