Friday, March 9, 2018

Making it Real!!

A lot of work still to do, but this is what I'll be working on for the next 3 weeks....Strange how seeing it printed out makes it more real.....1st in the Heather Baxter series!!!





Thursday, March 8, 2018

International Women's Day - Crime Fiction Style

It seems like a very good day to talk about Irish women writers in the crime fiction genre, and you’re in for lots of treats this year if the start of the year is anything to go by. 
So, for a list of books you may want to dabble into, here you go, and you're certainly spoiled for choice!! And it's only March!!

Patricia Gibney - The Missing Ones

Dervla McTiernan - The Ruin 

Susan Stairs - One Good Reason

Joe Spain - The Confession

Catherine Ryan Howard - The Liar's Girl

Sharon Thompson - The Abandoned

Adele O Neill - Behind a Closed Door

And no doubt I've left some out, but if I have, let me know and I'll add them in!!

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

What's in a name??

Oh God, oh God, I've just spent 3 hours adjusting character names in order to avoid names that end in 's' because you get a double 's' when you use names like Kenny Bowers's, or duplicating names that start with J, like Jim and Jack, and a whole host of stuff (that yes,I know should have sorted first time around), because names often get changed mid-way through a script, and then you end up with issues that might send you quite batty, especially when you have 22 characters (and yes, I know, far too many), and you change the names of at least a third of them, and wonder who the heck is who? 

Monday, February 19, 2018

Mindshift Information Day at the Irish Writers Centre!!

This should be a really informative day at the Irish Writers Centre this coming Saturday for writers who want to pursue their careers both within the self-publishing platform and/or a combination of traditional publishing/self-publishing...

All details via this link here:

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

THE HATE U GIVE - By Angie Thomas REVIEW!!

Girls wear their hair coloured, curled, laid, and slayed. Got me feeling basic as hell with my ponytail. Guys in their freshest kicks and sagging pants grind so close to girls they just about need condoms ...”

This is part of the opening chapter of THE HATE U GIVE. The story begins at a party before gunshots shatter the music. Fleeing, 16-year-old Starr is led to safety by her friend Khalil. Shortly after that, the car they are travelling in is pulled over by police. The unarmed Khalil is murdered – shot at point blank range by the man Starr refers to as “Officer One-Fifteen”. She is the only witness to the crime and her 16-year-old shoulders bear the ferocious repercussions.

What makes this novel so compelling is partly its insights, and the way harsh issues are dealt with. There were times the story chilled me to the bone, and at other times, I had to laugh aloud.  I got to know a host of characters, each brought to life so well on the page that I felt I was a fly on the wall witnessing events as they unfolded.

The Hate U Give is an outstanding debut, offering untold insights into contemporary life for black Americans. The first-person narrative is a joy to read. Rarely has a book captured my interest so much, refusing to let ne go until the very last line.  READ IT! YOU WON'T REGRET IT FOR A SECOND.


One week after it was published, Angie Thomas’s thrilling debut young-adult novel, The Hate U Give, shot to the top of the New York Times best-seller list for young-adult books. The story follows 16-year-old Starr Carter, who lives in a poor, predominantly black neighbourhood and attends a rich, predominantly white school. After she witnesses her childhood best friend fatally shot by a police officer, Starr confronts the reality of racial injustice in America, grapples with how she can continue to straddle two completely different worlds, and is drawn into activism.

Since the book came out, The Hate U Give (named for a Tupac song) has reportedly sold more than 100,000 copies, been widely praised by critics and been optioned for a film, with Amandla Stenberg attached to play Starr.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Library After Dark - Lucan!!

If you're in the region of Lucan on the 24th January, do book early for this!! Numbers limited to the first 15!!

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