Clare Flynn’s Blog

A beautiful new cover for Kurinji Flowers

I recently held a workshop for five other authors so we could all share marketing ideas and critique each other's websites, cover designs and social media presence. It was a fun day and we all came away with loads of useful ideas as well as some new...

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Vignettes – a beautiful anthology

I was honoured to be invited to participate in a collection of vignettes, The Vine Leaves Literary Journal by Vine Leaves Press. The anthology arrived this week and what a beauty it is too. It would make a fabulous gift – there’s still time for Christmas!...

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Why Do NaNoWriMo and How To Make it Work for You

Yesterday was a big day – I’ve completed my third NaNoWriMo in a row, with four days to spare. In case you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is – it’s NationalNovelWritingMonth – entrants are targeted with writing fifty thousand words during the month of November...

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Short Breaks – Big Inspiration

Apart from planned trips to India and Australia to research two of my books, these days I usually plan my holidays around painting – choosing locations I’ve never visited before and where I think there might be interesting landscapes. There have however...

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Interview with Laura Morelli

Today I'm delighted to welcome the art historian and novelist Laura Morelli who is about to publish her latest novel, The Painter's Apprentice. I met Laura at the 2016 Historical Novel Society Oxford conference, where she was one of the winners in the...

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Interview with Wendy Clarke

Today I'm delighted to welcome the lovely Wendy Clarke to my blog. Wendy is a fellow Sussex resident and member of the Romantic Novelists's Association so I've met her several times.  She is a hugely successful writer of short stories – Wendy's works regularly appears...

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Interview with Roz Morris

I first encountered Roz Morris in around 2008/09 when I followed her on Twitter. It was only in 2014, after I published my first novel, that I got to meet her in real life at a function for The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) of which we are both...

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Interview with John Jackson

Today I'm delighted to welcome newly published author, John Jackson. John is a stalwart of the Romantic Novelists' Association (a graduate of their New Writers Scheme) and the Historical Novel Society – always on hand to stuff a goody-bag and a ubiquitous presence...

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Corn Porn and Maple Syrup

Like most authors I live in fear of someone examining my Google search history. I've looked up all manner of things in the name of research and some of them might take a bit of explaining. At the moment I'm writing the sequel to The Chalky Sea. It's set in...

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Reading of The Chalky Sea

I was invited to give a talk, a reading, and a Q&A for The Chalky Sea at The Hawthorns in Eastbourne. I was a little nervous as they had taken out a half-page ad in the local paper and had kindly laid on tea and cakes for all. There was a good crowd who...

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A Hundred Tiny Threads

Today I am talking to Judith Barrow about her new novel, A Hundred Tiny Threads. Judith has lived in Pembrokeshire, Wales, for almost forty years. She has impressive academic credentials – an MA in Creative Writing with the University of Wales Trinity St David's...

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Scenes from The Chalky Sea

This is the first of a few brief tours of some of the locations from The Chalky Sea. It was a beautiful morning today (9th August) here in Eastbourne so I decided to take some pictures at Holywell which is a favourite haunt of Gwen in the book. The beaches here are...

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