My Exciting November News

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.   

nana's cottage

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. 

Carmels story holly bough

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.

My Novel is based on my Nana’s cottage.


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.

2 thoughts on “My Exciting November News

  1. Congratulations Mary on a wonderful month. Good luck with ‘Living with a Stranger’
    I absolutely loved it, read it in one sitting not getting to bed until almost one o clock in the morning. It was well worth the bleary eyes the following day.

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