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The Undercover Soundtrack - Sandra Leigh Price

The Undercover Soundtrack is a series where I host a writer who uses music as part of their creative environment – perhaps to connect with a character, populate a mysterious place, or hold a moment still to explore its depths. 837 more words

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'A fire was in my head' - Sandra Leigh Price

My guest this week traces her novel to a series of musical and poetic influences. She says she can’t write or think in silence, but music or poetry orders her thoughts like a steadily flowing river. 36 more words

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'Music brought me closer to that amalgam of confusion, self-pity and nostalgia' - Anne Goodwin

My guest this week has a novel about a woman who has kept her past identity hidden. The novel is its reckoning, of course, and its author had a challenge in evoking the many colours of her protagonist’s progress from child to woman. 59 more words

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What the French taught me about sex (and writing it)

It’s nearly a week since my debut novel Paris Mon Amour came out and I’ll be writing about that incredible experience very soon…

But in the meantime – and because I was way too busy to post this week – here are some of the pieces I’ve written elsewhere to coincide with the release.   255 more words


'Writing this novel has left me less guarded' - Isabel Costello

Who changes in the course of a novel? We hope the characters do. Sometimes the author does too. My guest this week feels that writing her novel became an act of emotional honesty that left her in a new place. 43 more words

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'Music to fill my mind but not fight the words' - Glyn Harper

My guest this week says he is much concerned with reinvention. He’s spent his life setting himself challenges to embrace new careers, lifestyles, places to live – and the latest of those reinventions is being a novelist. 74 more words

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'Freedom, broken ties and love outside of marriage' - Diana Stevan

My guest this week delved into personal experiences to write her novel. In the 1970s she was working on a psychiatric ward where electric shock treatment was taking place. 82 more words

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