Contemporary Crime Fiction with @MrDBLyons on 22nd Thurs 9-10pm. Launching his debut novel ‘Midday’ with us.

David B. Lyons is a former award-winning journalist-turned-author. He is a writer of psychological thrillers, the first of which – Midday – was compared to the writing of Quentin Tarantino by Bookstormer: “For me he is the Tarantino of the book world.” Not a bad start to life as an author! He signed a three-book publishing deal with Bloodhound Books at the tail end of 2017.

David grew up in Dublin – the city his novels are set – but currently spends his time between Birmingham in the UK and the Irish capital. He is married to a Brummie, Kerry, and they have one daughter, Lola.

He has also lectured in Creative Writing in colleges and universities in both Ireland and in the UK.

Follow David here:
Twitter: @MrDBLyons
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorDavidBLyons/

Topic is ‘Contemporary Crime fiction and Submitting’.
Intro/Hullos and what you like to read/write.
T1. What contemporary crime fiction do you read/write?
T2. What are the advantages of writing contemporary fiction in general.
T3 What is difficult about contemporary fiction?
T3. Where do you submit contemporary crime fiction?
T5. Tips for submitting in this genre are…
Closing thoughts. (CT)
Next #WritersWise is with Caroline Busher on 5th April.

March 1st with Celeb @Chefbrianmcd. Brian McDermott – ‘Writing a Cook-book!’


Brian McDermott is an award-winning chef who has built a national reputation as a chef on one simple belief – that tasty, healthy food based around traditional recipes and local produce is something every family can make and enjoy.  As one of twelve children growing up in Burt in County Donegal, the focal point of the family was always his mother’s kitchen table, and that childhood memory of the family coming together and connecting over her home cooking continues to inspire Brian as he shares his own love of food with others.

Fans of Brian McDermott will already be familiar with that passion for local food, which has made him a regular on the Irish food festival circuit.  He runs his own cookery school at his home in Moville, Co. Donegal, and is in demand for both cookery demonstrations and as a host and compere – for example, as MC at the prestigious Taste of Dublin festival and as the National Dairy Board’s official chef demonstrator at national events, including Bloom in the Park and the National Ploughing Championships.   He is also well known as a television and radio chef – he is a regular on RTE’s The Today Show, has a weekly slot on BBC Radio Foyle and appears monthly on BBC Radio Ulster, as well as featuring on Highland Radio, RTE’s Nationwide, and the local and national press.

Brian is one of few Irish chefs to hold a Culinary Arts Degree, and is currently general manager of the North West Regional College’s Foodovation food development centre – the only one of its kind in the north and west of Ireland – and is a food consultant to some of the biggest names in Irish food.  He is also a food advisor to the Donegal GAA and gives cookery classes and provides nutritional advice to the Senior Football team.   His second cookery book, Brian McDermott’s Donegal Table, is published in March by O’Brien Press.

Brian lives in Moville, Co. Donegal with his wife Brenda and daughters Niamh and Aoife.

Questions for the chat –
Introductions and hullos.
T1 What makes a good cookbook do you think?
T2. What do you think is most challenging in writing cookbooks?
T3. What other cookery writers inspire you?
T4. What advice would you give other aspiring non-fiction writers?
T5. Any other links and closing thoughts.
The next #WritersWise is the 5th April with @CarolineBusher as her new book The Girl Who Ate the Stars will be launched by then.
Join us on March 1st to learn about non-fiction writing – and all about cookbooks!

Kelly Creighton Talks Vlogging. 15th Feb 9-10pm GMT

#WritersWise is delighted to welcome guest-host Kelly Creighton on Thurs 15th Feb.


Based in Newtownards Kelly Creighton is a novelist and short story writer whose books include Bank Holiday Hurricane and The Bones of It. She is the founding editor of The Incubator literary journal, co-founder of the Square Circle Writers and secretary for Women Aloud NI. Kelly teaches creative writing to community groups and is a 1:1 mentor.







The Irish Times: ‘The 16 stories are by turns gritty and moving. Creighton has a poet’s eye for imagery and a novelist’s understanding of the value of a good plot.’


The Irish Times: ‘Blackly comic in tone. An engrossing tale of the consequences of living a life steeped in a culture of violence.’

Kelly’s website

Topic for our chat is Vlogging for writers.


T1. What is vlogging? What (writing) vlogs do you follow?

T2. Why do writers vlog?

T3. What tech/apps do you use to vlog?

T4. What do we want writers to vlog about?

T5. Share your vlogs with us – especially take note of Kelly’s.

Closing thoughts.

Our next #WritersWise will be March 1st with Irish, Celebrity-Chef Brian McDermott @chefbrianmcd on Writing best-selling Cookbooks. 


Attend an online book launch for #TheAbandoned with @sharontwriter. 25th Jan 9-10pm. ALL WELCOME. 

Our co-founder Sharon Thompson is hosting the first #Writerswise for 2018 on Jan 25th.


We aim to start a new writing year off with a bang on the launch date of Sharon’s debut novel “The Abandoned”.

Kindle 🇬🇧🇺🇲 

Paperback 🇬🇧️  🇺🇲 

Www.sharontwriter.com is all about our co-founder and here’s the cover for her book published by Bloodhound Books UK on 25th Jan.

“The Abandoned.”

What makes a woman decide to walk down a dark path? Can Peggy ever get back on the straight and narrow? Or will she have to pay for her crimes?

Set against the backdrop of Ireland in the 1950’s The Abandoned tells the story of one woman’s fight for survival.

Pre-order for kindle and print copies is available from 11th January. Links to follow shortly. Book launches will be happening locally and online during #Writerswise.

Topic “Attend an online book launch!” 


Introductions. Say hi and what you like to write and sip some virtual wine. 😉

T1. Do you attend book launches?

T2 Are book launches necessary? Reason for answers.

T3 What do you enjoy/not enjoy about book launches?

T4 How is this online launch going for you? What are the advantages of online book launches?

T5 Are there any other book events you’d like to promote now? Please share.

Closing thoughts ( + obligatory links to purchase Sharon’s book while also tweeting about local book signings etc.)

Sincere thanks in advance for celebrating Sharon’s debut novel launch with us on #Writerswise.

We wish every success to “The Abandoned” and hope you can all join us on 25th Jan 9-10pm. Thank you.

Please spread the word and we are always looking for guest hosts. It’s easy to do a slot and we help you for free with all you need to promote yourself and your writing on our chats. Get in touch. 

14th Dec 9-10pm GMT SELF-PUBLISHING and BEYOND with Kate Dowling/@waveatthetrain

 Transcript of entire tweet chat on Self-publishing-and-beyond with Kate Downing. 

Info about our guest-host. 

The University Letters is Kate Dowling’s self-published book. 
Kate hopes that our friendly chat will be supportive of those who are thinking through self-publishing and that writers will ask any question they like from someone in the same boat. 

Her own book The University Letters is available now on Amazon. Click on the blue link. 

Her topic is Self- publishing and Beyond

Questions are;

T1) Why might you choose to self-publish?

T2) What are the benefits of self-publishing?

T3) What are the pitfalls of self-publishing?

T4) How might you move beyond publishing by yourself?

T5) How do you motivate yourself to keep writing and querying?

CT)Closing thoughts. 

We may tune in to have an informal gathering nearer Xmas but the next official #Writerswise is 25th January which is the release day of our co-founder Sharon Thompson’s debut novel “The Abandoned”. One not to miss! 

Catherine Tinley @catherinetinley and The Unlaced bookclub chat with us on 23rd Nov. 9-10pm GMT

20507544_1490382174355434_6255312720535526421_oCatherine Tinley writes witty, heartwarming Regency romance stories.

Her debut novel, Waltzing with the Earl, is out now! Published in 2017 by Harlequin Mills & Boon. #HarlequinHistorical

Find info on Catherine on http://www.catherinetinley.com

Here are a few buy links:

Amazon UK paperback

Amazon UK kindle

Amazon.com paperback

Harlequin site (including e-book)

Barnes & Noble


The UnlacedBookClub will also be co-host. Check out this link for info about them.

Topic and Questions. 

1) Why is romantic fiction so popular?

2) Does having to deliver a HEA limit your creativity?

3) How do you write sex scenes?

4) How did you get a contract with Harlequin Mills & Boon?

5) Does being limited to historical fiction make it even more challenging to find inspiration?

Closing thoughts

Here is the transcript of the chat –  https://storify.com/drlfarrell/writerswise-romantic-fiction

12th Oct @Lizzienugent yes – LIZ NUGENT!

One of our all time favourite writers Liz Nugent is our guest host on 12th Oct. We are talking “Writers supporting writers” at 9-10 pm GMT under #WritersWise.

Click on www.liznugent.ie for all her details.
Questions for our chat. 9-10 pm

T1 How can writers support each other?

T2 Any supportive websites or services people found particularly supportive?

T3 Why should we support each other? How can readers support writers?

T4 What are the most supportive things other writers did for you?

CT. Closing thoughts.

We will probably cover lots more if the usual #WritersWise is anything to go by.