There are many skills that an author needs to learn in this business of pub, patience being the most important. Patience with yourself, as the magical story in your head makes its way stumbling and lurching onto the page with all the grace and skill of a toddler. Patience with the world when it doesn’t… Continue reading Patience Is A Virtue
A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another. Rebecca Solnit A very strange thing is happening as my new book, The Story Collector, takes its first tentative steps into the world. Advance review copies are winging their way to people and for the first time in my… Continue reading The Author Is Dead, Long Live The Reader
With the Oscars coming up, I’m reminded of one of my favourite speeches by composer Michael Giacchino for (coincidentally) one of my favourite animation features, UP. Of all the things he could have said, he spoke about the pervading myth/belief that doing something creative is a waste of time. Sure, we honour those at the… Continue reading Be Creative – It’s not a waste of time
So I’m in the kitchen, opening a packet of Chia Seeds I bought in the health shop (because Omega 3, right?) when I notice a rather unusual claim in bold print: ‘Chia seeds, ancient food of the Aztecs.’ And I thought to myself, um…. they died. All of them. It was a wipeout. I’m… Continue reading The Big Sell
What started out as a hypnotherapy session with the ‘dreadlocks guy’ from the local five-a-side football team, quickly turned into so much more… It’s not your typical ‘meet cute’, but this is how my debut novel, The Heirloom, starts out. Set in my hometown of Galway, it follows the story of Amanda, a young woman… Continue reading The Story Behind The Story
I sometimes wonder what kind of advice would have helped me five years ago, before publishing my first book. Or if I would have heeded any of it. With that in mind, here’s a little checklist for anyone starting out on their writing journey… Get a good chair. I have done my best to ignore… Continue reading So You Want To Be A Writer…
Up until this week, my novel was a manuscript bound by little more than hope and a dream. But now, The Story Collector has been enveloped by a design that I have to say, I love! So without further ado, here it is… I am not exaggerating when I say my publisher (Urbane Publications) was… Continue reading My Book Has A Face!