Ruth Hogan, author of 'The Keeper of Lost Things' - How to plan your writing year, what to do with the first sentence, and how do you get new ideas?

Ruth Hogan's debut novel 'The Keeper of Lost Things' generated huge commercial success and critical acclaim across the world. Telling the story of Anthony Peardew, a short-story writer who collects treasures and trinkets. The whole story became clear to Ruth after she got a stunning first line, that simply appeared in her head. We talk about what she did next, how she developed one sentence to the rest of the story.


We talk about the huge success of her first story influenced her next two, 'The Wisdom of Sally Red Shoes' and 'Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel'. Ruth has been dubbed the 'queen of uplift', and she discusses what that means for the way she tells stories and plans her books.


There's also a top-writing tip from crime writing behemoth, Ian Rankin.


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