Monday, October 20, 2014

In Conversation with Niamh O'Connor - Kildare Readers Festival!

It was a great afternoon on Saturday talking with fellow crime writer Niamh O'Connor about true and fictional crime, why women kill, and the challenges in the publishing industry today. Plus, it's always wonderful to get feedback from readers. Thanks to everyone involved with the Kildare Readers Festival‬ 2014, and to all those who attended - Queens of Crime Irish Style!

It's a Crime Scene!!

Looking forward to this Thursday at the Irish Writers Centre .... First detective visit to crime writing group...and we'll be talking all things crime scene!!

Friday, October 17, 2014


I'm giving a presentation about creative writing (specifically about creating fictional characters) to a group of a hundred 16-year-old schoolgirls next week.....

I thought it would take me an hour or two to put together.I mean I only had to amend some existing presentations
5 Hours later, I'm still working on it!!

Romance is in the air!!!

People often ask me if I'm tempted to switch genres! And sometimes I do wonder if the temptation would increase if I had more time??

Anyhow, I've been asked to write the opening paragraph of a Romance Novel....I'll fill you in on more details in a few weeks, but for now, wish me luck as I dip into the dangerous zone of fictional love!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014


The 'WRITE THAT NOVEL' workshop in Carousel Creates, kicked off last night, and this evening, I'm off to the Irish Writers Centre for the 'CRIME FICTION WORKSHOP'.

I haven't worked with so many writers at the one time before, (twenty four in total) but I have to say it is inspiring. Both groups are great, and I'm looking forward to my weekly visits away from the fictional world of novel number 4, which for now, fingers crossed, is bubbling away nicely!!

Booking Info for Kildare Readers Festival!!

Link to Book Queens of Crime Irish Style
& other FREE events as part of the 
Kildare Readers Festival

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Novel Fair - CLOSING DATE 24th OCTOBER 2014!!

See below short YouTube clip of what the Novel Fair is all about!!!
Click on picture to view!!

Following the great interest and success of the Novel Fair the past three years, we are happy to announce the launch of the 2015 Novel Fair.

The Novel Fair is an initiative by the Irish Writers’ Centre launched in 2011. It aims to introduce up-and-coming writers to top publishers and literary agents, giving novelists the opportunity to bypass the slush pile, pitch their ideas and place their synopsis and sample chapters directly into the hands of publishers and agents.
The 2014 Fair was attended by representatives from: Curtis Brown, Diane Banks Literary Agency, Hachette Ireland, Jonathan Williams Literary Agency, Liberties Press, Lilliput Press, Lisa Richards Agency, Marianne Gunne O’Connor Literary Agency, New Island, O’Brien Press, Penguin Ireland, Poolbeg Press, The Book Bureau and Transworld Ireland.

The Prizes
Twelve shortlisted entrants will be anonymously selected by a judging panel to take part in the Irish Writers’ Centre Novel Fair on 21 February, 2015. Each writer will have a stand at the Fair where they will present the synopsis of their novel, the finished novel itself and biographical material. Top Irish publishers and agents will be invited to the Irish Writers’ Centre to meet these writers in person. To fully prepare them for the day, the winners also receive a place on a seminar on ‘How to Pitch Your Novel’, two weeks in advance of the Fair (7 February, 2015).
This year we are extending the prize to those who make the longlist. Twenty-four applicants who are longlisted and who do not proceed to make the shortlist of twelve will have their work evaluated and critiqued by the judging panel.

Entry Details
The entry fee is €45 (€40 for members) and can be paid by PayPal, cheque, postal order, credit or debit card or cash (paid in person) at the Irish Writers’ Centre.
The closing date for entries is 24 October, 2014.
There is no limitation on style, genre, or target market, the only requirement being that the writer has not published a novel before.
To enter, you will need to send a synopsis and up to 10,000 words of a novel.
Before you submit your work, you should familiarise yourself with the Terms and Conditions overleaf. If you meet all the conditions you should send us two copies of your sample work along with three copies of a synopsis and an entry form which is available www.writerscentre.ie/novelfair. 

Best of luck!


Monday, October 13, 2014

IPG Ratings North America!

LAST KISS at Number 1 with RED RIBBONS at Number 5 and THE DOLL'S HOUSE at Number 12 in IPG Ratings North America! 

Do Women Write Better than Men??

Grammarly (grammar checker) conducted a study with 3,000+ participants to settle an existential question that has been plaguing mankind for centuries: “Which gender has the better writers?” And here are the results!!

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