Author Interviews Posts

11 March 2019

Patrick Edwards: ‘There can be no fiction without tea’

by Curtis Brown 120 Author Interviews, Curtis Brown 120

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. This week we catch up with debut novelist Patrick Edwards, who is represented by Curtis Brown 120 team member Catherine Cho! His debut science fiction novel […]

07 March 2019

Jenny Pearson: ‘Get yourself a writing group’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Former Writing YA and Children’s Fiction course student Jenny Pearson has received a three book deal from Usborne (after an eight way auction!) for her debut middle grade novel – The Super Miraculous Journey of Freddie Yates – which will be published in 2020. Here Jenny talks about the importance of finding your writing tribe, perseverance, and what she […]

04 March 2019

Meet Frances Quinn, the 60th former CBC student to get a book deal

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Frances Quinn is our 60th former student to land a publishing deal (it was only in the summer of 2018 that we announced our 50th former student with a book deal!). She was a student on our 6-Month Novel-Writing course in London back in 2014 – and at the end of the course Frances gained […]

28 February 2019

Author Hazel Barkworth and her agent Lucy Morris on their shared vision

by Anna Davis Author Interviews, From the Agents

Hazel Barkworth has just become the 59th former CBC student to gain a publishing deal – her deliciously intense and beautifully written novel Heatstroke has been sold to Headline by Lucy Morris at Curtis Brown. Hazel took our six-month novel-writing course in London back in the Spring of 2016, and it’s been brilliant to follow […]

25 February 2019

Elisa Lodato: ‘Make sure your book reflects you as a writer’

by Curtis Brown 120 Author Interviews, Curtis Brown 120

Welcome to the next in our series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts, these blogs include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides. Curtis Brown 120 is all about celebrating the extraordinary debuts which have come out of the agency. So we’re over the moon to have got the […]

21 February 2019

Author Nikki Smith and agent Sophie Lambert on the importance of trust & ambition

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students, From the Agents

Nikki Smith took not one but three Curtis Brown Creative writing courses back in 2017, starting with two of our 6-week online courses before applying to and then securing a place on our 3-month online novel-writing course. Nikki initially ‘met’ her agent – C& W’s Sophie Lambert – during an online agent feedback session on this longer course and decided to […]

07 February 2019

HW Fisher novel-writing scholar Louise McCreesh gets a book deal

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From Our Students

Louise McCreesh was awarded the HW Fisher Scholarship in 2016, giving her a fully-paid place on our 3-month novel-writing course in London. Her novel stood out to the CBC team for its unique narrative voice, which powerfully expressed the mental frailty and anxiety suffered by many of us – and which deployed that voice in […]

31 January 2019

Eleni Kyriacou: ‘If our lives aren’t reflected in culture, then we’re invisible’

by Katie Smart Author Interviews

Eleni Kyriacou is our fifty-fifth former student to get a commercial publishing deal. Eleni’s historical novel, Five Days in December, was acquired by Hachette following their first ever open submissions scheme: The Future Bookshelf. Eleni’s debut tells the story of Dina, a Greek Cypriot immigrant newly arrived in London in the 1950s, who is enticed into new dangers while trying to better […]

22 January 2019

Jonny Geller and Jane Fallon on the author-agent relationship

by Katie Smart Author Interviews, From the Agents, Writing Tips

Our London-based novel-writing courses all feature sessions where the literary agents from Curtis Brown and C&W come in as visiting speakers with their author-clients or leading publishers. These evening events give our students a great chance to find out about the reality of publishing and pick up some insider knowledge on writing and pitching. There’s […]

17 January 2019

This is Going to Hurt: The making of a bestseller

by Curtis Brown 120 Author Interviews, Curtis Brown 120, From the Agents

Welcome to the first in a series of Curtis Brown 120 blog posts that will be hosted in the CBC blog across the year, celebrating Curtis Brown’s 120th birthday. These blogs will include exclusive interviews with authors, agents and publishers; writing tips; industry insights – and much more besides (you can meet the team behind […]

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