• Business as usual at Pen Works Media

    When do pseudonyms become deceitful?

    February 29, 2016 Blog

    I found it quite interesting to recently learn that James Patterson doesn’t actually write all his own books, and the discovery led me to wonder how his fans actually felt about it.

    In a recent blog, I highlighted a number of reasons why a writer may wish to use a pseudonym, but to optimise financial gain by allowing multiple authors to write under one umbrella wasn’t one of them, so I thought I’d try and add …

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  • Rozana McGrattan discusses her memoir, Street Girl

    Interview with Rozana McGrattan – Street Girl

    February 22, 2016 Blog

    I guess we should start by saying that Street Girl certainly isn’t for the feint hearted, is it?

    No, not really. It’s a tough story about a hard life, but it comes good in the end. I’m hoping it will be inspirational for many readers, particularly women readers. I’m sure many of them will be able to identify with some of the things I went through.

    With this story being a memoir, and particularly one with such …

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  • Elana A. Mugdan hands out with her best friend

    Interview with Elana A. Mugdan – Dragon Speaker

    February 21, 2016 Blog

    PWM: Where did the inspiration for Dragon Speaker come from?

    ELANA: I started writing Dragon Speaker on the day I turned 14. I was a socially awkward kid, just a little too weird to fit in, and I had an existential crisis on my birthday – or at least, as existential a crisis as a teenage girl can have. “Who am I?” I wondered. “Where is my life headed? What sort of person am I going …

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  • Jody working on The Moors

    Interview with Jody Medland – The Moors

    February 18, 2016 Blog, Interviews

    PWM: What made you write The Moors?

    JODY: It’s a tough question to answer because it’s one of the very first things I wrote, and why does anyone work on that first project? I was studying at the time. I adored films, but the film studies course I was on was incredibly limited and with too much theory for my liking – so I wrote The Moors as a screenplay.

    The book started as a screenplay?

    Yes, it …

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  • Pseudonym author

    What use is a pseudonym name to a writer?

    February 14, 2016 Blog

    If you know me, or read my blog, you’ll be fully aware of how passionately I believe in character development and story structure. I feel they are both integral to the creation of a great story, and it can take a lot of time and effort to write a book or a screenplay in what I consider to be the right way.

    If you agree with me and you’ve spent months or years of your life …

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  • How House of Cards can improve your writing in 2016!

    February 13, 2016 Blog

    Now that we’re in 2016, there will be an awful lot of writers walking around with a spring in their step, believing this will finally be their year. While I applaud the enthusiasm, I am also fully aware of how many writers I’ll meet over the next year that will feel the industry hasn’t given them a fair shot.

    Nobody is more sympathetic to this view than me. I have honestly felt ready to “make it” …

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  • Al Pacino in Danny Collins, directed by Dan Fogelman

    Danny Collins

    February 7, 2016 Blog

    Note: This is an analytical review which, by its very nature, includes spoilers.

    I watched Danny Collins with quiet optimism because rarely do I regret watching an Al Pacino film, and Annette Benning is an actress I’ve always keenly admired. I was also a big fan of Crazy, Stupid Love, so with Dan Fogelman at the helm as writer / director, my interest was definitely spiked. At the back of my mind, though, I knew this …

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