me as your guest today. It’s a pleasure to be on the RNA blog again.
became a contender for the Joan Hessayan award, I had no inkling of what was to
come. You know that old saying; you wait ages
for a bus and then three come along at the same time. That’s the best way to
describe what happened next. Two more books followed in quick
concession. Her Father’s Daughter in June 2013, and Shadow Across the Liffey
came out in paperback. Galway Girl was released in May of this year, followed
by paperback of Her Father’s Daughter. Where the Shamrocks Grow, my recent
novel, was released as an eBook this month. All published with Tirgearr
Publishing who have mentioned doing paperbacks of Galway Girl, and Where the
Shamrocks Grow, next year. If that wasn’t enough excitement, Magna
have taken all four books for library large print and audio. Audio is scheduled
for 2015. This is a dream come true for me, and to say I feel fortunate, is
putting it mildly. These four books went through the new
writers’ scheme where the feedback was invaluable.
funded by Arts Council England. I also appeared on the TV show Food Glorious Food
in 2012. Nowadays, I write novels set in 19th century Ireland, depicting the lifestyle and hardships of families in those days,
together with the emotions of her characters when they become wound up in
intricate criminal plots.
began your writing career with short stories and articles. What made you decide
to move to novel writing?
etc., I embarked on writing my life story. Just for my family. It turned out to
be 90,000 words. It was then that I realised I wanted to write novels and
joined the RNA NWS in 2002. I still write
the odd article and short story, but mainly stick to writing novels.
Ireland help in the setting of your novels?
childhood and teenage years in Dublin, Ireland during the 1950s/60s, it gave me
plenty of ideas. I write my stories around things and events of the rimes I
remember, without having to do too much research.
Shamrock Grows’, has recently been released. Is there another in the planning
romantic suspense set in the 60s Dublin. I’m half way through writing it, and have
given myself a deadline to finish it by February 2015.
work? Do you prefer to ‘wing it’?
get away with “winging it!’ I’m a
planner. The story is usually in my head long before I start to write it. I
need to know where I’m going and work out a chapter chart and then I follow it
like a map. It works for me.
writing round your family life?
especially with grandchildren. I have quite a few, so birthdays and Christmas
can be expensive. My eldest granddaughter lives in Perth, Australia, and my son
and his family live in New Zealand. Even so, I still have enough grandchildren
here to keep me busy. My husband is amazing and gives me space to write. As a
writer who loves writing stories, I will always find time to do what I love.
Life is too short not to.
writing do you most enjoy?
there is a certain amount of satisfaction in editing the finished manuscript. I
enjoy researching especially when it takes me over the sea to Ireland. One of
my favourite places in the world.
War, Jo Kingsley is transported from her turbulent childhood to the
sophisticated life at the beautiful Chateau Colbert. She meets Jean-Pierre,
grandson of her employer Madame Colbert, and discovers the desire of men.
experiences more than dreams of becoming a music teacher.
the shamrocks grow
Thank you for joining us today, Cathy