* Exclusive Interview with Cora Maguire *

Top wedding dress and fashion designer, Cora Maguire grants a rare interview from Chester, UK where she resides. Read on to find out what Ms. Maguire has to share on motherhood and being a business woman to the stars and celebrities.

Mary: Thank you, Cora for giving us some time out from your busy day. It is a trying time for us all with the Coronavirus escalating by the hour. Are you taking precautions?

Cora: Hi, Mary. Yes, I’m staying indoors and doing all the sensible things, like hand washing and keeping calm.

M: I’d like to ask you, Cora, with Mothering Sunday coming up next week, March 22nd, what are your thoughts on it? Is it just another gimmicky day or is it a time to reflect on what our Mums mean to us?

C: Well, any chance for the shops to make a quick pound and they will but it is good to remember the strong women who are doing an amazing job.

M: Is it fair to say you were late to motherhood, although you had your daughter in your early twenties?

C: Yes, I had Lacey when I was young. she was raised with her father.

M: She went looking for you, did she not?

C: It is well documented, Lacey’s journey and I meeting. She was 24 or 27 when we rekindled our relationship, some age like that. I’ve never claimed to be Mother of the Year. There was a lot of fuss becuase of my standing in society and anyone who knows me, knows, I keep my private life private.

M: Yes, I will leave a link below for anyone who needs to read about Lacey’s search, the book is My Husband’s Sin. Plus we do thank you for this rare chance to speak with you. What is your relationship with Lacey like now?

C: Lacey and I are too very different people, she is more her father. But we have our time now and are making our own memories.

M: But am I right in saying, you once said and I quote, “Business before family always.” How does that work for you and Lacey? Was motherhood ever a part of your plan for life do you think?

C: And I would still say it. I was a young mother starting out in my career and back then there was no support or very little of it for women who wanted to work and have a family. Lacey was better off with her Dad. I have no regrets in life, I don’t allow it. Wallowing in what could be stops one from progressing. What I have built up, my business, my shops, all that will be hers, Laceys, so even though she wasn’t with me, she will benefit. Motherhood may have been if I had remained with Lacey’s father but if I was to be honest I should say, no, I didn’t go looking for motherhood.

M: But surely, having you in her life as a child would be a million times better for Lacey than what she did have? Would Lacey agree with your sentiment you’ve expressed here today? Have you asked her?

C: Now you’re refering to that book that was written about our relationship. well I’ve said what I’ve said and I stand by it. Relationships are complicated, life is.

M: Yes, the book, Don’t Call Me Mum is a best seller and I shall leave the link for our readers just above and again below this interview. Cora, one last question. How will you be spending next Sunday? Mothers Day?

C: Having a breakfast of poached egg on toast with a strong coffee and a leisurely read of the Sunday papers, like every other Sunday.

M: Cora Maguire, designer to the stars and celebrities of the world, thank you for your thoughts and wishing you continued good health during this troubled time.

C: Thank you.

The links to the books, Cora Maguire mentioned for you to read about her daughter’s journey in finding her and their relationship since follow below. Both are best sellers, giving an insight to the life of a daughter abandoned and how she forged a relationship with a mother, who lives in the public eye.

My Husband’s Sin Lacey’s journey

Don’t Call Me Mum Lacey and Cora, how it worked out

Photo used shows the River Dee that flows through the historical city of Chester ©


Published by marytbradford

Family is important to Mary and her writing reflects the ups and downs of it all, and what people go through daily. She has been writing short stories for several years and enjoys success with her fiction in magazines, newspapers, and anthologies both in Ireland and abroad, namely Germany, India, and the US. Her stories have been both short/long listed in various competitions. It was because of this success, Mary took the plunge and self-published her first collection of stories titled, A Baker’s Dozen (2012). When one of her stories kept growing she ended up with her first published novel, My Husband's Sin. This novel turned into a trilogy, with book 2, Don't Call Me Mum, and book 3, No More Secrets following it. Her latest novel, To Live With A Stranger, is based on her Grandmother's country cottage and is a firm favourite with readers. Mary continues to write novels, novellas, and short stories, dabbling too in playwrighting. In 2019, Mary attended the University of Limerick and studied for a MA in Creative Writing, receiving First Class Honours. When taking a break from writing and reading Mary loves to crochet. Living in County Cork, Ireland, she is married and is a mother of four children. Having overcome open heart surgery in 2008, Mary made the decision to dedicate more time to her writing. With her children raised and starting to spread their wings, this became possible. Now, Mary is also a Nana, a role that brings her happiness and lots of love.

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