It has been a difficult time for many to look back over the past year and I am sure you are all tired of hearing about it so I thought I would share something nice with you. My writing life has very much been stop and go over the year so to have all the following happen together is a joy. Where to start? I published my 4th novel on the 1st of this month. A very special novel for me as it is inspired by my Nana’s house. Nana was the only grandparent that I knew and she played a big part in my and my siblings’ life. She was a woman before her time, wise and understanding. Her life was not easy, losing her husband while he was a young man (54yrs) and burying 3 of her 5 sons plus her only son-in-law before she died. She also underwent a nine-hour kidney surgery a couple of months after Grandad died. She was gifted when it came to crafts having trained in Limerick Lacemaking, and also gaining a certificate in business studies once finished school. So when Nana died, I wanted to commemorate her home in a book. My family all have fun memories of Cregane, plus when I left home at 18, she was the person I wrote to.
If you wish to read the story I have weaved around this cottage and included also parts of the local village then please follow the link to purchase your copy. To Live With A Stranger is available now.
Next up in my good news is that I am so honoured to be the choice of Buy The Book Readers Club for November. It is always great to be recognised by your own writing peers and you can find out more about the chosen novel, My Husband’s Sin through the following link. The Lacey Taylor Story is a trilogy and a series that has been very well received by readers. In fact, it was the readers who asked for Book 2 and Book 3 to be written.
Following on is the Cork, Holly Bough. This paper is an institution that is eagerly awaited each year worldwide and signals the start of Christmas. I am excited to have a short story in this year’s edition as I have previously and am so grateful to, The Holly Bough team for this. This paper is much more than a newspaper, there is so much packed into it, historical remembrances, artwork, honouring those who have passed, quizzes, plus a host of other wonderful reading material that anyone with Irish heritage loves to receive in the post this time of year. Check it out and go buy a little but really a large part of Cork info that will have you subscribe to this great once a year publication.
There you have it. Three wonderful news snippets that have me smiling as the winter draws in. There really is a silver lining to every dark cloud. I hope you enjoy your silver lining soon and that the end of the year will be a joyous and healthy one.