They End Up [_____] by Randall Brown

They bumped into each other at writer conferences —Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Denver. This last time, on the dance floor, bodies twisted in ways only writers might imagine; the both stood on the edge, agape.
The writers on the dance floor tried and failed, again and again, to keep beat with “Superstition.”
“If only Stevie could see this,” she said.

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The Blackheath Séance Parlour - A review

The Blackheath Séance Parlour
By Alan Williams
Published by The Cutting Edge Press
Reviewed by Jessica Patient


The Black Séance Parlour, Alan Williams’s first novel is the perfect companion for those wet and wild nights that we have been having recently in the UK. Williams successfully creates a book bulging with gothic horror, historical fiction with a big dollop of humour.

You’re going to need a new liver if you’re planning on matching Maggie and her sister, Judy drink for drink, as they try to forget about their troubled business. Their chocolate shop, nestled in Blackheath, is falling behind the times. The time is 1842 and the railway is coming, street lighting is arriving but their shop is not thriving. They need to change before they run out of money for food but more importantly, booze. Along with a local medium, Netta, they set about to open a séance parlour – the first of its kind in London.

“People shook their heads with disgusted excitement, pressing their eyes against the black window to see what horrors lay within.”

The View From Here Interview - Isabel Allende

Reader Logo The View From Here Interview: Isabel Allende
by Jen

Photo: © Lori Barra
Chilean born author Isabel Allende won worldwide acclaim aged forty after almost twenty years in journalism, when her best selling first novel, The House of Spirits was published in 1982. Since 1987, Allende has made her home in San Rafael, California and she became a U.S. citizen in 1993. She frequently returns to Chile.

How does one summarise in a brief biography a woman whose international awards alone, would take up more space than one interview post here, should permit? I feel it is best read in her own words, so please read here to go to her own website biography. Isabel's 20 books have sold more than 57 million copies and have been translated into 37 languages. Politics is very personal for Isabel Allende. Daughter of an ambassador, her father was a first cousin of socialist Salvador Allende, President of Chile from 1970 to 1973. She experienced the military coup which to many of us is only second-hand history. She has achieved more honours than most aspiring authors will have heard of, yet above all the accolades it is the basic human need in us all, to love and be loved, that lies closer to her heart and inspires many of her characters. She values engagement in the wider world and continues the work of her daughter, through her own foundation. As I myself turn forty in 2014, she continues to be an inspiration.

"It is very strange to write one’s biography because it is just a list of dates, events, and achievements. In reality, the most important things about my life happened in the secret chambers of my heart and have no place in a biography. My most significant achievements are not my books, but the love I share with a few people—especially my family—and the ways in which I have tried to help others. When I was young, I often felt desperate: so much pain in the world and so little I could do to alleviate it! But now I look back at my life and feel satisfied because few days went by without me at least trying to make a difference."

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David Frost was an experienced interviewer and your interview with him, is wonderful. Sadly he is no longer with us. What would you have liked to ask him, if the interview had been the other way around? 
How did the incredible success of your interview with Nixon haunt the rest of your career?