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  • Interview: Rosemary Gemmell, Novelist

    If the mind is a well of creativity, the trick is figuring out how to tap it.

    For some writers, like Scottish novelist Rosemary Gemmell, the solution is as simple as a pen.

    It becomes the conduit between thought and reality. As the ink flows, so do the ideas, and characters and story begin to take shape.

    Today, Rosemary takes a little time to share how pen-and-paper work for her.

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  • Interview: Writer Femi Martin

    Femi Martin is a storyteller.

    She's created fiction inspired by Charles Dickens novels, shared her struggles with illness in the Achalasia Diaries on BBC 4, and captivated UK festival audiences with performances of her short stories about love, relationships, and stolen chocolate bars.

    Her stories always start at the point of a pen, and Femi was kind enough recently to share with us how writing by hand guides her creative process.

    Tell us a little about yourself.

    I write fiction but am an avid reader of non-fiction. I am particularly interested in the body, especially the brain. As I am prone to over-thinking I have to carve time out of my day for switching off. I do this by either going to the gym, meditating, or watching reality TV. My favourite reality show is Project Runway but I mostly watch anything to do with love and relationships. Oh, and Judge Judy, of course. Continue reading

  • Interview: Amanda Miller, the Chalkboard Lady

    Art comes in all forms.

    It can be a pen-and-ink drawing. Or a watercolor painting. Or a delicate pencil sketch.

    Or sometimes, it can be a simple chalkboard menu written in a flowing hand.

    Meet Amanda Miller, known as the Chalkboard Lady to her clients.

    Please tell me a little about you.

    I live in the East Yorkshire village of Cottingham with my husband and two Labradors.

    Please tell me a little about your work.

    I produce chalkboard art and wall-art for businesses and homes across Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. My clients range from major pub chains to small independent shops and cafes. I trained as a ticket writer in the artroom of a supermarket chain producing all point-of-sale by hand. This eventually lead to me writing chalkboards. I've been doing so for 18 years now! Wall-art is very popular at the moment and I do quite a lot of that from family trees to favourite quotes, all written freehand.

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  • Interview: Novelist Zoe Sumra

    Pens are one of the most basic tools that writers can use, so when whole worlds of imagination flow out of them, it seems magical.

    And maybe it is – the story inside a writer's head comes to life when the words hit the page.

    That's why, even with all the technology available to writers today, some still prefer to start their work with nothing but a pen and paper to hand.

    Novelist Zoe Sumra is one of them. The London-based writer recently some time out to answer some questions from the Tiger Pens Blog.

    Tell us a little about yourself.

    I decided to become a novelist when I was three - I'd just learnt that the youngest published author was four and a half, and realised I had eighteen months to beat that. I didn't quite manage it: I actually started writing novels when I was twelve. Since then I have written an epic fantasy trilogy - firmly in the trunk - and quite a lot of space opera in what is now a fully developed story universe. When not writing or reading, whether for pleasure or research, I spend most of my spare time fencing, in the gym as an adjunct to fencing, or rehabilitating ankle injuries. My day job is as a print controller in the advertising industry. Continue reading

  • Interview: Ruth Stephens, Child Occupational Therapist

    The brilliant thing about pens is that, while they're capable of producing great art, they also provide one of our simplest, most effective means of communication, aside from speech.

    That's why we love to hear from  people who put their pens to that most fundamental task, connecting people through the handwritten word. Especially when they're helping to pass that skill on to the next generation.

    Today, we introduce you to Ruth Stephens, an occupational therapist and pen enthusiast in West Sussex.

    Please tell us a little about you.

    I am a mum of 2, who loves baking, coffee and making a difference in children’s lives

    Tell us a little about your work.

    I work in private practice assessing and providing therapy to children of all ages who have coordination and sensory issues. My areas of expertise are working with children who have handwriting difficulties and children who are adopted (both very different I know). My working life never ever has a dull day!

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  • Interview: Pen-And-Ink Illustrator Rob Turpin

    While we all love pens in their various incarnations, ultimately, they're just the tools that channel the creativity of craftsmen, both artistic and practical.

    Here at Tiger Pens, we're all about those craftsmen, the pens they use, and what they choose to do with them. So it's always exciting for us when one chooses to share his story with our readers.

    Today, it's Rob Turpin, an illustrator known for his sci-fi and fantasy-inspired drawings done in pen and ink.

    This is our interview with him.

    Please tell us a little about you.

    Originally from Yorkshire, but now living in the suburbs of southwest London, I trained and worked as a graphic designer before making the leap in to illustration. I’ve just completed my first book illustration project, and I’m working on another about robots. Continue reading

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