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Listen to Confessions of a Debut Novelist, hosted by author Chloe Timms, to hear from new and up-and-coming writers about their debut novel. We talk writing journeys, tips and advice and what it's like to be new to the world of publishing. Each episode features a writer about to have their debut novel published, covering adult, YA and children's in a range of genres. We'll hear about rejections and setbacks, how writers signed with their agent and whether their book deal was with an indie publisher or one of the big houses.
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Confessions of a Debut Novelist Chloe Timms

    • Arts
    • 4.7 • 29 Ratings

Listen to Confessions of a Debut Novelist, hosted by author Chloe Timms, to hear from new and up-and-coming writers about their debut novel. We talk writing journeys, tips and advice and what it's like to be new to the world of publishing. Each episode features a writer about to have their debut novel published, covering adult, YA and children's in a range of genres. We'll hear about rejections and setbacks, how writers signed with their agent and whether their book deal was with an indie publisher or one of the big houses.
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    Episode 3.24 Nathan Newman - How to Leave the House

    Episode 3.24 Nathan Newman - How to Leave the House

    In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Nathan Newman about their literary novel How to Leave the House. We discuss setting a novel in a 24 hour period, how Nathan found their comedic voice by setting out to write something to make their friends laugh and what it’s like to write to impress your mentor, when your mentor is Zadie Smith! 
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    • 35 min
    Episode 3.23 Kaliane Bradley - The Ministry of Time

    Episode 3.23 Kaliane Bradley - The Ministry of Time

    In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Sunday Times and New York Times bestselling Kaliane Bradley about her literary novel The Ministry of Time. We discuss how her novel was inspired by writing fanfiction about a real Victorian polar explorer, creating a near-future world with time-travel and how her success with short stories got her noticed by agents.
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    • 46 min
    Episode 3.22 Aimée Walsh - Exile

    Episode 3.22 Aimée Walsh - Exile

    In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Aimée Walsh about her literary novel Exile. We discuss how she creates characters by observing strangers in real life, writing about sexual assault without showing the scene and how she connected with an agent by sliding into their DMs. 
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    Follow Aimée: @thereadparts

    Follow Chloe on Twitter: @clotimms
    Buy Chloe's debut novel The Seawomen: https://linktr.ee/chloetimms
    chloetimms.co.uk 
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    • 40 min
    Episode 3.21 Ashani Lewis - Winter Animals

    Episode 3.21 Ashani Lewis - Winter Animals

    In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Ashani Lewis about her literary novel Winter Animals. We discuss transforming a short story idea into a novel, researching a novel setting when you can’t travel there and how she blocks out scenes in stage directions in early drafts when she’s not in the mood to write beautiful sentences.
    Confessions of a Debut Novelist Bookshop*
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    Follow Chloe on Twitter: @clotimms
    Buy Chloe's debut novel The Seawomen: https://linktr.ee/chloetimms
    chloetimms.co.uk 
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    • 42 min
    Episode 3.20 Rob Perry - Dog

    Episode 3.20 Rob Perry - Dog

    In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Rob Perry about his contemporary novel Dog. We discuss how Rob created his teenage main character by amplifying the fears he had when he was a teen, using his phone to keep notes on life’s funny observations and the challenge every writer faces – accepting your novel will be flawed. 
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    Follow Rob: @robperry2.0
    Follow Chloe on Twitter: @clotimms
    Buy Chloe's debut novel The Seawomen: https://linktr.ee/chloetimms
    chloetimms.co.uk 
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    • 53 min
    Episode 3.19 Samuel Burr - The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers

    Episode 3.19 Samuel Burr - The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers

    In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Samuel Burr about his commercial novel The Fellowship of Puzzlemakers. We discuss why his novel was inspired by an appreciation of the stories told by older people, how his hook comes first when coming up with ideas and how he deals with the buzz and hype surrounding his novel, while he tries to work on something new. 
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    Follow Samuel: @samuelburr
    Follow Chloe on Twitter: @clotimms
    Buy Chloe's debut novel The Seawomen: https://linktr.ee/chloetimms
    chloetimms.co.uk 
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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

FeeO'Leary ,

Addicted!

This is a must-listen for aspiring authors (and anyone who loves books). I’ve learned so much from it and always come away feeling inspired and keen to crack on with my own work in progress. Brilliant work Chloe - thank you so much!

Writer, A. ,

Confessions of a Debut Novelist

Excellent podcast with insightful and interesting interviews with new authors. Lots of tips on writing process and getting agented etc. Great for both writers and readers!

Laura Price Life in Food ,

A must for all writers

I absolutely love Chloe's podcast and have listened to every episode. It's a must for all writers and would-be writers, with interviews with a vast range of debut novelists. I have particularly enjoyed the recent episodes touching on working class authors with Elissa Soave and Eve Ainsworth, and I've found some brilliant pearls of wisdom in many episodes. Chloe has an easy, brilliant interviewing style and draws the best out of each author. It spurs me on to keep writing, and inspires me to read more too.

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