Reading is a Key

Hello, dear friends, I am thrilled to say that my mojo is up and running. I disciplined myself over the last few weeks and gave myself a good talking-to. Which has me leaving my laptop and phone downstairs when I go to bed. I tackled my TBR (to be read) pile and rediscovered the cosy feeling of reading in bed. I must give a shout-out to Rachel Drury who owns the completely Irish-owned site asked for authors to read each other’s books and consider leaving a review. By signing up, I discovered some wonderful new authors.

Above are some of the authors I have enjoyed so far and also I must admit to reading on my Kindle too, (I know, I know, I said no screens but reading is reading). Those on my Kindle were, The Queen of Dirt Island by Donal Ryan, All Her Fault by Andrea Mara, American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins and others. But to my delight, apart from being entertained wrapped up cosy and warm with my TBR pile, it also spurred me into action regarding my own writing. Even though I am not in the company of other writers very often at present, I can be through reading. Surrounding myself with authors I love, has the same effect, creativity is sparked and my mind starts opening itself to new ideas and characters.

So visit your library, bookshop or friends bookshelves and get reading. With the long dark evenings drawing in, it is the perfect time to reintroduce yourself to old friends and discover some new ones. That includes my own novels and novellas if you haven’t yet read them, shameless plug I know, but shure if you don’t try, you’ll never know now, will you? Happy reading and importantly I must add, if possible, please leave a review. It helps the authors enormously.

Thanks for dropping by and yes, I did crochet the double-bed size blanket


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 “Reading is a Key

  1. What a lovely piece of prose as winter creeps in.Celebrating the great joy of been a reader…and a reminder of the hugh debt we owe to writers.Thank you Mary

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