A Conversation with Author PJ Connolly

Today in the Library we have ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­PJ Connolly, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into his life as an author.

You are very welcome PJ, please introduce yourself:

AuthorPicA child of the forties I was born before the outbreak of the Second World War and one of my earliest memories is the drone of German bombers over Dublin and the terror of my parents as they watched the night sky lit with flames.  Later I fled the moral dangers of the world, hiding away in monastic silence while I trained for the Catholic priesthood.

When I abandoned that dream I settled into a lifetime of counselling, working as careers advisor in a convent school just outside Dublin. A Conversation with Author PJ Connolly

A Conversation with Author Eric McFarlane

Today in the Library we have Eric McFarlane who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into his life as an author.

You are very welcome, Eric, please introduce yourself:

MeHello Pam and thanks for the opportunity to take part in your interview series. I trained as a chemist and worked for too many years in the pharmaceutical industry before succumbing to an attack of redundancy. A few other similar jobs followed before I decided to turn a hobby into an opportunity and set up an on-line business selling stamps to philatelists. That’s how I now make a few pennies, not from my writing – at least not yet. A Conversation with Author Eric McFarlane

A Conversation with Author Jessica Norrie

Today in the Library we have ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Jessica Norrie, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into her life as an author.

You are very welcome, Jessica, please introduce yourself:

Jessica 2I studied French at Sussex University and then trained as a teacher and translator. I still do a bit of both, though I’m hoping to leave schools behind me soon after many years at the chalkface. I live in NE London with my two grown up children, one a translation trainee, the other a teaching assistant (so I must have done something right). I’ve published textbooks and teaching resources, and written a few short stories and thoughts, but “The Infinity Pool” is my first completed novel. A Conversation with Author Jessica Norrie

My Writing Heroes: Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849)

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“Thady begins his memoirs of the Rackrent Family by dating MONDAY MORNING, because no great undertaking can be auspiciously commenced in Ireland on any morning but MONDAY MORNING. ‘Oh, please God we live till Monday morning, we’ll set the slater to mend the roof of the house. On Monday morning we’ll fall to, and cut the turf. On Monday morning we’ll see and begin mowing. On Monday morning, please your honour, we’ll begin and dig the potatoes,’ etc.

All the intermediate days, between the making of such speeches and the ensuing Monday, are wasted: and when Monday morning comes, it is ten to one that the business is deferred to THE NEXT Monday morning. The Editor knew a gentleman, who, to counteract this prejudice, made his workmen and labourers begin all new pieces of work upon a Saturday.”

― Maria EdgeworthCastle Rackrent

My Writing Heroes: Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849)

A Conversation with Author Wendy Lou Jones

Today in the Library we have Wendy Lou Jones ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into her life as an author.

You are very welcome, Wendy Lou, please introduce yourself:

2013more 147 - CopyI was brought up on the south coast of England, trained to be a doctor in Birmingham and settled in Herefordshire, where I now live with my husband and 2 boys. A Conversation with Author Wendy Lou Jones

A Conversation with Author, Christoph Fischer

Today I am delighted to have Christoph Fischer in the Library who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into his life as an author.

You are very welcome, Christoph, please introduce yourself:

922159_10151345337037132_1303709604_oI’m a German ex-pat living in West Wales with my partner, dogs, fish, birds and sheep. An avid reader and fan of the arts, I used to work in museums, libraries and the British Film Institute. Only when my employment with an airline provided me with spare time in transit or hotel rooms did I start writing myself. A Conversation with Author, Christoph Fischer

A Conversation with Author Phyllis Goodwin

Today in the Library we have Phyllis Goodwin, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into her life as an author.

You are very welcome, Phyllis, please introduce yourself:

PhyllisI was born in Bath, United Kingdom and spent my childhood in Argentina. I returned with my parents when I was twelve and attended a Grammar School in Bath. After working in London, I married and moved to the Midlands with my husband. In Southampton, I attended the University as a mature student whilst my two children were growing up. I now have four grandchildren and live on the Isle of Wight. I started by writing articles and a column in a Dog Paper. A Conversation with Author Phyllis Goodwin

Creating Characters Your Readers Will Love

It’s all very well to have a great story but it’s your characters who are going to tell it for you.

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Georgette Heyer – One of my Writing Heroes

Besides an overdose of historical detail (which can come across as patronising), a common irritant for me as a reader are characters that are so wishy-washy that you want to slap them … very hard. I have a dread of mousey heroines or nice heroes. One of my favourite authors is Georgette Heyer. But I find that the Heyer novels I read over and over are the ones with at least one strong protagonist, and more often than not, two, and they are usually at loggerheads for most of the novel. Creating Characters Your Readers Will Love

A Conversation with Author Sharon Booth

Today in the Library we have­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Sharon Booth, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into her life as an author.

You are very welcome, Sharon, please introduce yourself:

Thank you very much for inviting me onto your blog. What do you want to kn10712956_653943188056257_811863997951666501_now about me? Hmm, let’s see. Well, I write contemporary romance—”feel good fiction with heart”—and I’ve had two novels and a pocket novel published, as well as a short story in an anthology called Winter Tales, which was sold in aid of The Teenage Cancer Trust and The Cystic Fibrosis Trust. I live in East Yorkshire, with my very patient husband and our German Shepherd dog. When I’m not writing, I work for the NHS. I love Sherlock, Doctor Who, Poldark and The Musketeers. I eat too much sugar but I rarely drink alcohol. (I’ve been known to get up on the kitchen table and sing Abba songs into a hairbrush when I’ve had a couple of glasses, so best avoided, I think!) I’m one tenth of the Write Romantics. A Conversation with Author Sharon Booth

A Conversation with Author, Mary Grand

Today in the Library we have Mary Grand, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into her life as an author.

You are very welcome, Mary, please introduce yourself:

Mary Grand3I was born in Cardiff and have retained a deep love for my Welsh roots. I worked as a nursery teacher in London and later taught Deaf children in Croydon and Hastings. I now live on the beautiful Isle of Wight with my husband, where I walk my cocker spaniel, Pepper, and write. I have two grown up children. ‘Free to Be Tegan’ is my debut novel. It is to be the first of a series of novels set in Wales. The second will be set on the spectacular Gower Peninsula. A Conversation with Author, Mary Grand