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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

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    • 5.0 • 20 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 2.2 Cailean Steed - Home

    Episode 2.2 Cailean Steed - Home

    In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Cailean Steed about their thriller Home. In this episode we discuss creating a fictional cult, how an agency open day led to Cailean signing with an agent and how they beat the difficulties of trying to write something completely new. But first, here’s Cailean with an excerpt from Home.
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    Follow Cailean Steed on Twitter: @CaileanSteed
    https://www.caileansteed.com
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    Buy Chloe's debut novel The Seawomen: https://linktr.ee/chloetimms
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    • 40 min
    Episode 2.1 Heather Darwent - The Things We Do To Our Friends

    Episode 2.1 Heather Darwent - The Things We Do To Our Friends

    Welcome to Season 2 of Confessions of a Debut Novelist! This week, I’m talking to Heather Darwent about her psychological suspense novel The Things We Do To Our Friends, which has just become a Sunday Times Bestseller. In this episode we discuss what it’s like to be a debut novelist with the added pressure of your book being compared to big, famous novels, her long journey to find an agent including rewriting and resubmitting, and why patience is key during the publication process. 
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    Buy Chloe's debut novel The Seawomen: https://linktr.ee/chloetimms
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    • 39 min
    Episode 71. Louise Finch - The Eternal Return of Clara Hart

    Episode 71. Louise Finch - The Eternal Return of Clara Hart

    In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Louise Finch about her YA novel, The Eternal Return of Clara Hart. This is the last episode of season one of the podcast before a new season next week and what a book to end it on. Louise’s book is a really great novel tackling tough subject matter. We talk about writing about toxic masculinity and rape culture for teens, looking after yourself when writing about difficult subjects and using a really fun time loop structure!
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    Buy The Eternal Return of Clara Hart: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/10990/9781915071026
    Follow Louise Finch on Twitter: @LouFinchWrites
    https://louisefinch.co.uk
    Follow Chloe on Twitter: @clotimms
    Buy Chloe's debut novel The Seawomen: https://linktr.ee/chloetimms
    chloetimms.co.uk 
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    • 41 min
    Episode 70. Ella King - Bad Fruit

    Episode 70. Ella King - Bad Fruit

    In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Ella King about her literary novel Bad Fruit. In this episode we discuss how boredom during chemotherapy inspired Ella to write again, exploring toxic family relationships and generational trauma, and how competition success gave her confidence to query agents. 
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    Buy Bad Fruit: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/10990/9780008476557
    Follow Ella on Twitter: @TheRealEllaKing
    Follow Chloe on Twitter: @clotimms
    Buy Chloe's debut novel The Seawomen: https://linktr.ee/chloetimms
    chloetimms.co.uk 
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    • 49 min
    Episode 69. Shauna Lawless - The Children of Gods and Fighting Men

    Episode 69. Shauna Lawless - The Children of Gods and Fighting Men

    In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Shauna Lawless about her historical fantasy The Children of Gods and Fighting Men. I really wanted to talk to Shauna about her route to publication because I knew originally she was writing purely for fun when her husband was doing the kids’ bedtime routine every other night and she used that hour to pursue her passion. Her book deal came in an interesting way too because she submitted her novel to an open submission opportunity at publishers Head of Zeus before she even had an agent. So we talk about this and how she blended Irish history and mythology. 
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    Follow Shauna on Twitter: @shaunaLwrites
    https://shaunalawless.com
    Follow Chloe on Twitter: @clotimms
    Buy Chloe's debut novel The Seawomen: https://linktr.ee/chloetimms
    chloetimms.co.uk 
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    • 43 min
    Episode 68. Margaux Vialleron - The Yellow Kitchen

    Episode 68. Margaux Vialleron - The Yellow Kitchen

    In this episode of Confessions of a Debut Novelist, I’m talking to Margaux Vialleron about her literary novel The Yellow Kitchen. In this episode we talk about the freedom and pleasure of writing in a second language, how she used her own diaries to write about the political landscape of 2019 and the unusual way she inhabits her characters – by texting herself in character! 
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    Buy The Yellow Kitchen: https://uk.bookshop.org/a/10990/9781398508477
    Follow Margaux on Twitter: @MargauxVlln
    http://theonionpapers.substack.com
    https://salmonpinkkitchen.com

    Follow Chloe on Twitter: @clotimms
    Buy Chloe's debut novel The Seawomen: https://linktr.ee/chloetimms
    chloetimms.co.uk 
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

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.

LMRLMRLMR_18 ,

Fantastic podcast for readers and writers

Chloe is a brilliant interviewer and finds a range of interesting guests. Perfect mix of soothing and distracting. The conversation has a friendly tone but remains focused (I don’t enjoy a rambly podcast). One of the best!

cyarders ,

Fantastic host. A must for writers.

I love this so much. Chloe is a fantastic host and does a great interview. I have learned a lot from this podcast and never miss an episode.

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