Category Archives: authors

Thursday Doors – a Town, a Poet and a Book.

This week’s Thursday Doors will explore the connection between the town of Dundalk, the Scottish poet, Robert Burns and an old book that’s been in our family for generations. Remember that green copper spire that could be seen in the … Continue reading

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Thomas Hardy

On 11th January 1928, the poet and novelist, Thomas Hardy died at the age of 87 in Dorset, England. He was cremated and his ashes interred in Poet’s Corner in Westminster Abbey but his heart had been removed and was … Continue reading

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The Latest Book

At last, the seventh book in the series is finally ready to be unleashed on the public. I had some help designing the cover and finding props to use as a setting – thank you Rob and Megan. These were … Continue reading

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Self-Publishing Advice

You don’t have to struggle all on your own. There’s plenty of advice available from independent authors and self-publishers – and the following video is a good place to start. Joanna Penn chairs a panel of seven experienced indie authors … Continue reading

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Not so ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’

I have always loved Thomas Hardy’s historical romance, Far from the Madding Crowd, so you can imagine my exquisite delight to find three of my own books alongside his, in the top 100 Victorian romance books on Amazon UK. Most of … Continue reading

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Foam Therapy

Agatha Christie is supposed to have said that doing the dishes is a good time for planning a book. Even the actor Liam Neeson, in an interview for Vanity Fair, quite a few years back, admitted to finding washing up … Continue reading

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Terry Pratchett’s Nomes.

Such a sad loss, Sir Terry Pratchett (1948-2015). Anybody remember this TV serial based on his novel Truckers: The First Book of the Nomes?

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Charles Dickens and TV Soaps.

So what exactly does Charles Dickens have in common with television soaps? He wrote about the everyday life of the ordinary man in the street, The Pickwick Papers was the Coronation Street/Days of Our Lives/Fair City of his day. At … Continue reading

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Front Line

We have had some beautiful autumn weather here in Ireland, a bonus after an unusually long summer. As I walked along my local beach taking photos, the sound of the waves pounding on the shore reminded me of war for … Continue reading

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How to Kill One of Your Characters

The problem with developing your characters and making them as realistic as possible is that when you have to kill one of them, you hesitate. I’m at a point in my latest book where I need to write a death … Continue reading

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