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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Novelistas - Guest Post About Friendship by Louise Marley

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The Novelistas
by Louise Marley

On the second Friday of every month, I meet my writing friends in a little pub in North Wales. We call ourselves The Novelistas and we have a blog called Novelistas Ink. Alongside our writing tips are the photos from our book launches, which make it look as though we spend all our time partying, but, as a writer’s life can be full of rejections and setbacks, we believe it is important to celebrate any success!

How did I become a Novelista? Well, my husband’s work meant we often had to move house. Our first move was to a tiny village outside Bath. I had a small baby, didn’t know a soul and felt incredibly isolated. This was the end of the 1990s, before Twitter and Facebook, so I think if I hadn’t decided I was going to write a book I would have gone mad. I did love living near Bath though, and it was the inspiration for my novel Why Do Fools Fall in Love.

When I moved to Wales the first thing I did was find out where my local group of writers met. After all, no one understands a writer like another writer! As luck would have it, there was a writers’ group who met at a pub just drive down the road. Founded fifteen years ago by bestselling author Trisha Ashley, there are currently twelve of us. We write in all genres, including romantic comedy, family sagas, women’s fiction, historical and crime fiction. We’re not a ‘traditional’ writers’ group because we don’t critique each other’s work, although we’re always willing to help each other with advice.

We try to have a structure to our meetings. If we are not celebrating a book launch, we have a ‘round robin’ where everyone has a chance to talk about their work-in-progress. We also discuss markets and writing/publishing opportunities. We talk about the subjects we plan to cover on our blog, and if anyone has been to a writing conference, or met up with a publisher/agent, they report back on that. And, as Valerie-Anne Baglietto says, we always leave our meetings feeling completely inspired!

Because we are a mix of Sunday Times bestselling authors and newbies, between us we know what it is like to be rejected, traditionally published, dropped, self-published and hit the bestseller lists. We give each other advice, commiserate with bad news and celebrate our successes – hence all those photos of cake!

About Louise Marley

Louise Marley writes murder mysteries and romantic comedies. She lives in Wales, surrounded by fields of sheep, and has a beautiful view of Snowdon from her window.

Her first published novel was Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, which was a finalist in Poolbeg’s ‘Write a Bestseller’ competition. She has also written articles for the Irish press and short stories for UK women’s magazines such as Take a Break and My Weekly.

Her latest novel is Trust Me I Lie.

Find out more at

Twitter: @LouiseMarley

Novelistas Ink

Twitter: @NovelistasInk


  1. Thanks for this beautiful and inspiring guest post. I always love seeing the photos of your meetings, they look absolutely wonderful.

    1. Thank you for asking me, Suze! There seems to be something wrong with this photo I sent you though - there isn't any cake!

  2. What a great writing group. Any I have been to have never been quite as useful. I love this post and hope when I visit that area later this year I get to meet some of you. I love the photos you take if your area xx

  3. Great to meet up with like minded bookish people + become friends