The Starfolk Arcana: Book 1 of the Starfolk Trilogy

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I am excited to be able to tell you that my first book, The Starfolk Arcana, is coming out on 13 September this year, in both ebook and paperback formats. 

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This moment has been many years in the making and I am so delighted to finally be able to share one of my stories with you. I have a trailer and more coming soon, so do watch this space! 

I am also working hard on book two of The Starfolk Trilogy, as well as editing a standalone novel that I hope to bring you later this year.  

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The Phantom’s Curse: A Cosy Chat with YA Author Shelley Wilson

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At the heart of the Phantom’s curse is this mysterious and unseen creature who terrorised our characters in the past. In the Prologue, you talk about how leaders thought they could control the Phantom and use it to increase their power, but every time it was too big and powerful to control and it ripped through the country causing chaos and destruction. Does this image have something to say about our current political situation?

I’d be lying if I said the political landscape didn’t influence me. When I was writing TPC, my newsfeed was flooded with stories from Syria and how certain factions were turning away those in need. The divisions in society (and life) have travelled through the centuries with us. Some changes are being made, but on the whole, we all find our ‘place’ and get on with it. I saw this in the characters who live in the Link. The inner city elite ignores them, but they are stronger than anyone realises – if they can only learn to work together for the greater good.

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Under an Evil Star: A Cosy Chat with Author, Jane Holland

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Under an Evil Star is a thriller based on horary astrology. What led you to choose this as a topic?

Since astrology is such a big part of my daily life, I wanted to extend that into my fiction. But how? Last year, eager to write for radio, I listened to Alastair Jessiman’s great radio plays about a Scottish psychic, The Sensitive, and kept thinking throughout, I need to use my esoteric knowledge in my fiction in the same way. Then I hit on the idea of making an astrologer my main character. But obviously, you need to know who the villain is to study their birth chart. But with horary, a much wider field of possibilities becomes open to you.

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A Struggle for Independence: A Cosy Chat with author P.M.Terrell

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P.M. Terrell is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning author of more than 24 suspense, historical and non-fiction books. She is the founder of Book ‘Em North Carolina and The Novel Business and a columnist for Southern Writers Magazine.
A Struggle for Independence is a historical novel set around the Easter Rising in Ireland. A lot of your characters are based in fact, but are your main characters, Penny and Nicky, based on real people or are they entirely fictional?
Thank you for inviting me here today, Martha! It’s always a pleasure to visit with you. Penny and Nicky are fictional characters, though they interact throughout the story with historical figures such as Michael Collins, Countess Markievicz, and others.

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The Serpent House: A Cosy Chat with author Bea Davenport

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Twelve-year-old Annie is invited to Hexer Hall to work as a servant for the mysterious Lady Hexer.  Carvings of snakes are everywhere and when Annie touches one, she travels back in time to when the Hall was a leper hospital run by a sinister doctor with a collection of terrifying serpents.   Annie never wants to return, but Lady Hexer demands she finds a way to steal the doctor’s book of magical cures. She promises it will rid the world of disease, including tuberculosis, which killed Annie’s mother.  Summoning all her courage, Annie travels back in time again …  The Serpent House is aimed at Middle Grade age children, although I loved reading it as an adult too.  What inspired you to write a time slip? The story of The Serpent House actually came about because of the place where I live, which is called Spittal. It got its name from a medieval leper hospital which used to be there. It fascinated me that somewhere under the pavements where I walk every day, there are the remains of this hospital. I also wanted to write something in a sort of tribute to my three great-aunts, who were maids and cooks in large houses in Newcastle and Cumbria at the turn of the twentieth century. So a timeslip idea linked the two periods together – the Victorian maid Annie was able to travel back to the medieval leper hospital. Also, I really love timeslip novels – Tom’s Midnight Garden is one of my all-time favourite children’s books. The more timeslip novels I read, the more exciting I realised they could be. Why did you choose to write about leprosy? It started with that local history about the leper hospital that used to be in the village where I live, but when I did research I realised it was not really covered often in children’s historical fiction (unlike the plague, which is covered quite a lot!). Although leprosy has died out in the west, it’s still a problem in developing countries. The charity Lepra helped me a lot with my research. What do the plants that start to take over the garden mean? Are they actually from the past? Yes! I was very inspired by a visit to a medieval herb garden in France and I realised that lots of the plants had snake-like names and qualities. So I wanted them to start creeping up into the garden to show how the past was beginning to encroach, from under the foundations of Hexer Hall and its grounds. It was meant to show how the past was beginning to take a bit of a stranglehold on the primary time of 1899. In the past, the doctor uses snakes in an attempt to ‘cure’ his patients. Is this something that happened, and if not, where did you get the idea? Yes – snake venom was used a lot in medieval cures, including for leprosy. It’s such a well-used medicine that you see snakes on the …

Cosy Chat with “Britain’s Leading Crystal Expert”, Philip Permutt

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Philip Permutt “Britain’s leading crystal expert” (Daily Mail) “Bonafide crystal expert” (Daily Express), author The Crystal Healer, crystal and meditation teacher. Latest book The Crystal Healer:Volume 2 Philip Permutt’s other books include The Complete Guide to Crystal Chakra Healing, The Book of Crystal Grids,The Little Pocket Book of Crystal Tips & Cures, The Crystal Tarot, The Little Pocket Book of Crystal Healing, Sacred Stones and Crystals (with Lyn Palmer).  Philip Permutt’s Audio recordings include Meditation Workshop, The Little Meditation Album, The Little Chakra Meditation Album, The Little Reiki Meditation Album, The Little Sleep Meditation Album, The Little Crystal Meditation Album, The Little Spirit Guide Meditation Album, Meditation Nights – Angels of the Rainbow Waterfall, Crystal Workshop, Reiki Workshop Watch my cosy chat with leading crystal expert Philip Permutt and find out why crystals can be described as living beings, what drew a scientist to the world of crystals and healing, and which crystals might help you alleviate stress, panic attacks and chronic pain. Philip sells some amazing crystals in his shop and online, offers healing sessions, runs training courses and workshops, and has a number of books and meditation CDs. Philips latest release, The Crystal Healer volume 2 is available now. Do visit his website, or find him on Facebook or Amazon.   Photographs are copyright of Philip Permutt.  Video is copyright of Martha Dunlop.  The books and crystals, (where available) can be purchased at www.thecrystalhealer.co.uk.  

The Big Bad Wolf, a Cosy Chat with YA Romance Author, Anna Katmore

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I’m an Austrian lass—totally uncomplicated and up to anything fun. I grew up in Vienna – not by free will but because my parents decided to move there when I was only 4 years old. I. Hated. The. City. Everything about it. So right after graduation I moved back to the country side, where I settled down with a nice husband and an awesome laptop. (The laptop came first!} I’ve been a storyteller all my life. Already in kindergarten, I came up with the most exotic fantasies and tales. My teacher back then called me a liar. Today, I call it the cornerstone of my writing career.

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Cosy Chat with fantasy author Sandra Hurst: Yketa

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A mythmaker at heart, Sandra Hurst has been writing poetry, fantasy and science fiction since her school days in England. Hurst moved to Canada in 1980 and was deeply influenced by the wild lands and the indigenous cultures that surrounded her. Y’keta, her first full length novel, is set in a mythical land reminiscent of pre-historic earth. An ancient world where legends walk and the Sky Road offers a way to the stars. A member of the Alexandra Writers Centre Society, the Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association, and The Mythopoeic Society, Hurst works to build fantasy worlds that allow her readers to join her in exploring the depths of human interaction in a mythical game of ‘what if.’ Her first novel, Y’keta is long-listed for the prestigious Aurora Award, for best Canadian fantasy novel (Young Adult) and the American based RONE award for break out fantasy novel. She now lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband and son, both of whom she loves dearly, and has put up for sale on e-bay when their behaviour demanded it.

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A Thin Slice of Heaven, Cosy Chat with author, Patricia Terrell

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The castle in A Thin Slice of Heaven is fabulously atmospheric. As someone who picks up the energy of buildings, it really ‘felt’ like a real creepy castle. Is it based on a real place? And if so, how much did the place inspire your story?

Thank you for having me here today, Martha! I am a huge fan of your work. While researching my ancestry, I made several trips to my ancestral home at Glencull, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The area inspired the village in A Thin Slice of Heaven as well as the castle. The potato famine was inspired by a visit to the Ulster American Folk Park and Museum at Omagh, County Tyrone. Whenever I visit Ireland, I feel the energy and history there almost as if I am being transported into the past. It is truly a magical and mystical country.

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Neverland, A Cosy Chat with Romance Author Anna Katmore

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In Neverland you look at the story of Peter Pan, from a very different perspective, casting Captain Hook, or Jamie, as the romantic lead. What gave you the idea?

Martha, you know me. 😉 Nothing gave me the idea, actually. In fact, it was someone. Jamie Hook himself. I’m telling you and your reader this, because I know you’ve got experience with energies and will understand when I tell you that I sort of channelled the story. The idea, the characters, the book. And it wasn’t on purpose, either. It was in a moment when I watched Peter Pan with my son a long time ago that suddenly one very charismatic and insisting energy tapped on my shoulder.

Writing always happens like that for me. I don’t just invent stories. I always wait for the moment when a great energy out there stops by and says hi. They feel almost as real to me, as the person next to you feels to you. I get their thoughts and intentions in form of emotions and images in my head. James Hook—the one I wrote about—is a character in a different dimension, if you like to look at it that way. And he broadcasted his story on a frequency that connected with my reception. I was a tremendously lucky girl that he chose me to tell his story.

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