Summer Reads by Brenda Brittan, member of The Mani Writers’ Group

As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning – Laurie Lee This delightful sequel to Cider With Rosie, is an ideal summer read when one wants to escape the restrictions of everyday life and visit somewhere different. This is a captivating tale of a curious young man who does this when he decides to leave the security of his village and … Read More

Why Vampires Never Die…by Theresa Stoker

Have you ever wondered why we’re so drawn to vampire stories? Of course there is the intoxicating terror we get to experience without ever actually leaving the safety of our armchair. But is there something more? Vampire stories first entered print in the English-speaking world in the nineteenth century, when the idea of a man entering a maiden’s bedroom was … Read More

‘WORD SPRINTS’ …by Kirsten McKenzie

Last week I purchased the book 5,000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox. I’d heard a podcast he’d recorded with Joanna Penn, where he talks about getting those 5,000 words down, and fast. Fast and dirty, up to 5,000 words a day. A day! As an author who aims for 1,000 words a day, but gets distracted by all the … Read More