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Shelf life: EVA WOODS

The author of crime and contemporary women’s fiction shares her five favourite reads with Judith Spelman

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Eva Woods grew up in a small Northern Irish village and now lives in London. She runs a writing course for commercial novels and regularly teaches creative writing. As a writer you could say she has a split personality because she writes in two genres under two different names. Eva Woods and Claire McGowan are one and the same person. As Claire McGowan she writes crime fiction and as Eva Woods she writes contemporary women’s fiction. She also teaches, lectures and writes scripts She says she likes to ‘think of myself as being a cross between Jessica Fletcher (only slightly younger), Carrie Bradshaw (only with fewer shoes), and Sylvia Plath’. She offers a free ebook with her tips on writing if you sign up for her newsletter. Eva’s latest book, is How to be Happy, subtitled ‘It’s the small things that make the biggest difference’.

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In this month's issue of the UK's bestselling magazine for writers, we show you how to sell your book, with tips on how to get your book into bookshops and why, and how, you need to assemble a press pack. In the June issue, you can find out how facing up to failure as a writer can be the first step to success. Learn how to use a second person 'you' narrator in your fiction, and explore the opening of seminal adventure novel King Solomon's Mines. Our star interview is Alison Weir, discussing combining historical rigour with fiction vigour in her Six Tudor Queens series of novels. Keep up to date with the latest competitions and opportunities to get into print in the packed pages of the latest Writers News.

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