Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Today's The Day!!!

If you enjoyed Red Ribbons, or know friends and family who like psychological crime fiction, then spread the word if you can. 




Friday, April 19, 2013

Thursday, April 18, 2013

World Book Night Reading & Workshop at Tallaght Library - Get booking!!!

I am delighted to be doing a reading next Tuesday evening the 23rd April at the wonderful library in Tallaght, as part of the WORLD BOOK NIGHT celebration. 

The evening will kick start at 7 p.m. with a brief introduction and short reading, followed by a one hour workshop based on 'THE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF CRIME WRITING' which will conclude at 8.30.

Looking forward to seeing some of you there!!

Places are limited, and are supported by the library, so if you are interested, GET BOOKING by phoning (01) 4620073 or email talib@sdublincoco.ie

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Morning Show 'Write a Bestseller Competition' with Poolbeg!

POOLBEG Press are once again running their Write a Best Seller competition in conjunction with TV3′s The Morning Show.

Do you dream of writing a novel? 

Then this could be for you. ‘The Morning Show with Sybil & Martin’ have teamed up once more with Poolbeg Press, to offer aspiring writers the chance of seeing their novel published and on bookshelves around the country.

(This year they are open to non-fiction as well as any genre of adult fiction)

Closing date 26th April 2013!!!!

Entrants must submit a previously unpublished work that is original to the author. This can be adult fiction or non-fiction.
Submissions must be between 100,000 - 120,000 words in length and must be accompanied by a 1 page synopsis of the novel and a completed application form. Click here to download the Application form.
Only completed, printed manuscripts will be accepted. Please also submit a copy of the manuscript on CD in Word format.
Manuscripts must be unbound and typewritten. Please ensure submissions are printed on one side of the page only. Manuscripts must also be double line spaced and all pages must be numbered.
Do NOT send the original manuscript of your work as manuscripts will NOT be returned or acknowledged
Applicants can enter only once.
Closing date for the competition is close of business on Friday the 26th of April 2013; manuscripts after this date will not be accepted.
The winner will be selected by Poolbeg Press and The Morning Show with Sybil & Martin.
The prize is a one-book publishing contract with Poolbeg Press 
Winner will be announced on The Morning Show with Sybil & Martin in June 2013 and published by Poolbeg Press in Autumn 2013.
The winner of the competition must be available for publicity and media engagements following the announcement of the winner of the competition. 
The decision of the judges is final.
The Morning Show Write a Bestseller Competition, Poolbeg Press,123 Grange Hill, Baldoyle
Dublin 13
(Please do not send manuscripts to TV3)

Monday, April 15, 2013

Red Ribbons has gone all Blue!!!

Thrilled with the new look smaller paperback of

Release date May 1st 2013

It will be available in Tesco, Dunnes, and book stores nationwide, as well as via Amazon!

View new paperback trailer HERE

Monday, April 8, 2013


Right - it is done!

On a Bad Day!

The Doll's House second draft is over. 

It was a whirlwind, a love affair, a 'goddamn you write/edit/fix the f##king thing.'

My muse, which incidentally is my alter ego,(the writer who is disciplined, creative, hard working, imaginative & determined) was with me all the way!

We both had a large mug of coffee afterwards, (and some smaller cups in between), then we both had a shower, because the weekend was all about writing - showers, conversations with family members, saying hello to the dog, and practically everything else, went by the wayside.

All 437 pages are resting - quietly finding peace. Recuperating until we reach copy editing stage - which is much more fun!!!

So thanks all for the support. It is a lonely life this writing lark, and it is good to know other human beings exist out there, whilst the half-cracked, crime writer, hides away in her fictional world!!


(no real people were harmed during the creation of this post)

On a good day - calmly doing research

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Progress - The Doll's House

I'm making editing progress - Yippee

Edit Number (???) of The Doll's House is now at 75% or 88,000 words.

There are murders (fictional of course)

There is regression and hypnosis

The subconscious and conscious mind

Psychotic behavior and talking dolls

Lots to look forward to -:)

A Worthy Event


7 p.m. Tonight 4th April @ UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School  
Admission 10 Euro  

Reading by Janet E Cameron from 'Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World'.
and Irene Lawlor 'Discovering Ireland'.

Proceeds to the Brian Lawlor Fund for assisted technology, which will help him continue his education.

Brian is 17. Sadly he had an accident last September and came off his bike. He was left paralysed.
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