A Conversation with Author Kevin McManus

This evening in the Library we have ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Kevin McManus, creator of the Ray Logue Mysteries, who has dropped in to say hello and to share some insights into his life as an author.

You are very welcome, Kevin, please introduce yourself:61lGYAKTLTL._UX250_

I am a crime fiction writer from Leitrim in Western Ireland. I graduated from Maynooth university in 1998 with an MA in History and a Higher Diploma in Education. I have worked as a secondary school teacher since then.

In 2016 I was awarded the Leonard Trophy for my writing and in 2017, my third novel: Under the Red Winter Sky was voted the best Crime Novel of the year and 5th best Indie published novel of the year out of 2000 nominated books.

I support Aston Villa FC and I love Classic Rock music from the 70s. I played Bass guitar in Rock Bands for over 20 years.

Did you read much as a child? Are you an avid reader now? Do you prefer books in your own genre or are you happy to explore others?

I started out as a kid reading comics, I had my head permanently stuck in Marvel and Sci-Fi magazines. Later as a teenager I graduated to fantasy and horror books by Robert E. Howard, Harry Harrison, Michael Moorcock and James Herbert. From there on to literary and crime fiction.

Are you self-published or traditionally published?

I am traditionally published with Sharpe Book.

 Which genre do you write in and why?

I write in the crime fiction genre, it wasn’t a conscious decision. My first novel The Whole of the Moon, started out as standard literary fiction but it morphed into crime fiction. I continued that trend for my next three books.

Who has been the biggest influence on your writing?

Jo Nebo, Dennis Lehane, Ken Bruen, Ian Rankin and George V. Higgins.

Has your country of origin/culture influenced your writing?

Absolutely, all of my novels are set in Western Ireland. The storylines are shaped by the culture, music, weather, landscape, dialect and particular sense of black humour.

What part of the writing process do you find most difficult? How do you overcome it?

Finding time to write. I am a full time school teacher. So I only really get time to write during school holidays. It can be difficult then just to turn on the tap and get yourself into writing mode.

Do you have a favourite time of day to write?

Evenings are best for me generally.

What is the best thing about being an author? And the flipside – what is the worst?

Writing is really enjoyable when you get in the zone and everything starts to flow but getting started is difficult. The first four chapters are a chore after that it sort of takes off. Editing and rewrites get tedious after a while. You can only rewrite so many times but you eventually have to just let it go.

Is social media an essential chore or something you enjoy? Which forum do you prefer?

I only realised after I published my first book that you end up spending more time on social media trying to market yourself than you do writing. But It’s a necessary evil.

If you weren’t an author, what would you be up to?

A Rock Star. LOL.

It’s the last day and the earth is facing oblivion – what book would you read?

The instructions of how to build a nuclear fall out shelter.

Please tell us what you are working on at the moment:

My latest published book is New Blood. The second Detective Ray Logue book and the follow up to Death Rains Down. They are both published by Sharpe Books. At present I am working on the very early stage of a third Ray Logue Book which I hope to publish late 2018 or early 2019.

Death Rains Down Final CoverNew Blood Final Cover 2

If you’d like to know more about Kevin and his work, please check out his links below:

 Website: https://kevinmcmanusbooks.wordpress.com/

 Twitter:   https://twitter.com/bassbreeze

 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Books-by-Kevin-McManus-1075444599167606/

Amazon page:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kevin-McManus/e/B01E4GF0GY/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1




The Foundling Hospital


This blog post is about a grim institution of 18th century Dublin and contains details that some readers may find upsetting.

The many commuters who use the Luas St. James’s stop everyday are almost certainly aware that they are very near to the site of the proposed new National Children’s Hospital. It is unlikely though, that they know their proximity to the site of a very different ‘hospital’ for children;.one of Dublin’s most appalling asylums which lasted from early in the eighteenth century to the opening decades of the 19th.

National Children's Hospital An artists impression of the new National Children’s Hospital

A brief history of The Ancient Foundling Hospital (UCD Special Collections 35.F.2/11) by William Dudley Wodsworth, is more than long enough to outline the full horror of the story despite the restraint of the author, a Victorian era civil servant.

A foundling is an infant that…

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An Interview with … Pam Lecky

Thank you Emma for hosting me today

Books and Wine Gums

Today’s guest is Pam Lecky, author of The Bowes InheritanceBowes Cover Aug 2016Her latest novel, No Stone Unturned, is published later this year. Pam has recently been signed by literary agents Herdman & Swainson, and her anthology of short stories, Past Imperfect, will be published on the 6th April. These stories feature settings as diverse as WW1-era Dublin, the sinking of the Luisitania, and a lonely haunted lighthouse.

Hi Pam. Tell us a little about your writing to date.
My father bought me the complete works of Jane Austen when I was eleven, which sparked a lifetime love of period literature. When the urge to write more than angst-ridden teenage poetry (yep – it was bad!), it’s not surprising that I plumbed for historical fiction. My debut novel, The Bowes Inheritance, was published in 2015. It is a Victorian romance and mystery.

The original premise was a…

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Cover Reveal – Past Imperfect: A Collection of Short Stories by Pam Lecky – (@pamlecky )

A huge thank you to David for getting the word out on my new release.

David's Book Blurg

Today I bring to you a cover reveal for Past Imperfect a series of short stories by author Pam Lecky.

You should know the name if you follow my blog as she Is the author of  The Bowes Inheritance and In Three-Quarter Time both of which earned 5* ratings from me.

Whats the new book about I hear you ask..here’s the blurb –

You can never escape the past …

Included in this anthology, by Irish historical fiction author, Pam Lecky, are short stories, a childhood memoir and a Victorian novelette.

With settings as diverse as WW1 era Dublin, the sinking of the Luisitania, and a lonely haunted lighthouse, romance, tragedy and the supernatural await you.

Now to the cover…

My thoughts.. I like it. I feel it fits Pam’s style of writing and gives the reader an easy indication of the type of story you will be reading.

I’d love…

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Jenny Kane Blog Tour

ABIS Neighbour blog tourAbi's Neighbour Blog Tour - Day 2 - 9th May

Today in the Library we have Jenny Kane­, who has dropped by as part of her blog tour to say hello and to share some insights into her life as an author.

Jenny’s Bio:

Jen and Abi's House 1Jenny Kane is the author of the full length romance novels Abi’s Neighbour, (Accent Press, 2017),  Another Glass of Champagne (Accent Press, 2016),  Abi’s House (Accent Press, 2015), the contemporary romance/medieval crime time slip novel Romancing Robin Hood (Accent Press, 2014), the best selling contemporary romance novel Another Cup of Coffee (Accent Press, 2013), and its novella length sequels Another Cup of Christmas (Accent Press, 2013), Christmas in the Cotswolds (Accent, 2014), and Christmas at the Castle (Accent Press, 2015). Continue reading “Jenny Kane Blog Tour”

Waltzing to the Tune of the Past: A Guest Post by Author Pam Lecky



This week I have the pleasure of author Pam Lecky, who has written a beautiful piece about the story and the inspiration behind her latest release, In Three-Quarter Time, a historical WW1 romance.

If you have ever spent time digging around in your family history, you will know how addictive it can be. Like Sherlock Holmes, you start to chase down the tiniest clue you find. Unfortunately, Irish records are notoriously difficult to find back beyond 1880 or so. Our census records were destroyed by fire during the Irish Civil War and although we were technically still part of the British Isles at the time, no copies appear to have been kept in the UK. Every time I think about it I want to cry.

So it was a very lucky break when my only surviving uncle casually dropped a gem of information. My grandfather had first dated my great…

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