March, Part Two: Great Expectations

March’s Inspiration Diaries are now live for your reading pleasure. I took myself to the London Book Fair (again!). Catch up with myself, Tric Kearney and Casey King’s writing adventures below…

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In Part Two of our March diaries, our three intrepid writers knuckle down, and this time, it’s getting serious! Amazing to see how much has already happened in the first three months of 2019. Cheering you on all the way, ladies!

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On paper it looked straightforward. A carefully curated day in London. Book research at St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Charles Dickens Museum, Buckingham Palace and the V&A, all intricately scheduled around the reason for my trip – the chance to pitch my novel to an agent at the London Book Fair. My bleary eyes and sore feet perhaps tell a more chaotic tale today, but I needed those lovely distractions in case it all went horribly wrong.

It’s a tricky thing to master, to sell yourself and your work in ten precious minutes. The worry that you’ll forget your pitch, that stage fright will set in and they’ll think…

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February, Part Two: Stepping Stones.

February’s Inspiration Diaries are now live! I feel like I’ve joined a band of superheroes. These women take my breath away – Tric Kearney, Casey King, Hazel Gaynor, Catherine Ryan Howard and Carmel Harrington. I salute you!

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IMG_0736Hugely inspiring stuff this month from our three writers. We are cheering you on all the way, ladies.

Casey King (@Letstalkcrime) – Don’t Look Back in Anger

Imagine asking someone who’s laying in their hospital bed: ‘What good are you now that your injuries are such that you can’t perform your job properly?’ You’d think – among other things – What a wagon or (insert relevant expletive). This was said to me. Not by a stranger, not by a friend, but by me to me. How destructive was that? Very, I can tell you.

With over a decade under my belt as an active, productive and ambitious member of the Irish Police Force, I suddenly found myself injured in the line of duty. As the physical injuries healed slowly, but surely – still not fully – that little voice, questioning my worth, remained. I needed help! It arrived in the…

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January, Part Two: New beginnings

I’m so thrilled to be part of this new blog series The Inspiration Diaries, following a year in the life of three bestselling authors Carmel Harrington, Hazel Gaynor and Catherine Ryan Howard; and three writers hopefully on our way to publishing success, Casey King, Tric Kearney and me! Follow it for monthly updates detailing the highs and lows of a writer’s journey. February piece coming next week!

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For Part Two of our January updates we are so delighted to introduce our three former Inspiration Project attendees – Casey King, Clare Daly and Tric Kearney – who will share monthly musings on their writing year. We have three words to say to these ladies: GO, GO, GO!

Casey King (@letstalkcrime) – Parking My Dreams

It is close to the date, my self-imposed deadline to call a halt to my writing pursuits in the face of rejections. I wasn’t firing my laptop out of the window – though there were many times this did seem like a logical option – nor was I abandoning all writing ventures, no, I was going to complete the project I was working on then shelve my ambitions for the time being, and, as such, park my dreams. It had the effect of clearing my mind.

I went to events and festivals, not with…

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Short Story: Little Miss Ashleigh

I posted this story for a time before Our Destiny Is Blood came out, but I thought given it's almost Halloween, it might be nice to throw a little moon dust over it again. It features a supporting character from Our Destiny Is Blood - Ashleigh Boudreaux. She's a Southern belle and a piece of... Continue Reading →

Book Two: Title Announcement!

I knew quite early on that my first book, Our Destiny Is Blood, would be a series. If for no-one but myself, I knew I couldn't let Evelyn, Michael and Sasha go after just one book.  And the truth is, when I wasn't writing about them, I missed them. I missed their company and I... Continue Reading →

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