I’d be delighted if you’d like to sign my guestbook and leave me a message. Just leave a comment below and thanks for dropping by.
Hi Roisin, I just finished “The Restaurant” and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just fell in love with all the characters and I just love your writing style. I’ve gone and purchased some of your books online(8 of them from the book depository). Some older ones are hard to locate but I’ll keep trying. I’m from Abbeyfeale myself so Listowel is only back the road and I teach in Limerick City so was delighted to find a writer so close to home. I hope you are keeping well in this very challenging times. Marina x
Ah Marina, thanks a million, delighted you enjoyed The Restaurant, and hope you like the others. Just bear in mind that two were published in the US and the titles were changed – so Love in the Making is the same book as Semi-Sweet, and The Things We do for Love is the same as Life Drawing for Beginners. I don’t know why they give me that headache, but I feel obliged to point that out all the time! Best, and happy reading – Roisin xx
Just read Two Friday’s in April – not sure how I found it. I expected it to be a ‘nice’ book – pleasant but not special. But I really loved it and intend to read your others. I am a writer of non-fiction. I camecyo writing late after a different career. I dabble in fiction, not too well, but I recognise excellent writing when I read it. Thank you.
Janet, thanks a million. I read your first phrase and was almost afraid to go on! I’m delighted you enjoyed Two Fridays in April, and I appreciate your taking the time to let me know. I came late to writing too – I was over forty when my first novel was published. Never too late! Roisin xx
I have just read Something In Common and loved it. Is there a sequel???
Starting the Anniversary now
HI Mary, thanks very much, delighted you enjoyed Something in Common, the most challenging of my books to write, but the one that gave me the most satisfaction…..I’m afraid there isn’t a sequel, but a character from it puts in an appearance in After the Wedding. Hope you enjoy The Anniversary – Roisin xx
Hi again Roisin, I just finished “The Street Where You Live”, and once again you’ve outdone yourself! In particular, I enjoy getting to know you a bit through your “Author’s Note”. It seems we travel on somewhat similar paths: as a youngster I took piano lessons for about six years, but it turns out I have a fairly good ear and never did learn how to read music properly but can play ragtime by ear after memorizing a piece. (I also play banjo for my own amazement!) Also, I have sung in many community choruses with a fairly decent tenor voice, (so this book really resonated with me), and have performed in many musicals; my favorite – playing Fagin in “Oliver”! I am now looking forward to starting “It’s That Time of Year” and have ordered five others! I say again, YOU’RE THE BEST!! Thank you for making my day!
Don (in New Hampshire, USA)
Don – thank you so much for your cheery messages, and sounds like you’re quite the music maker! I wish I had the talent, but it seems my strength is more in the written word! I can sing though – even more tunefully after a few glasses of Guinness! I love all those old musicals, my father had all the vinyl soundtracks so we grew up with them. Delighted you’re enjoying the books too! Roisin xx
Hi Roisin, once again you’ve done it!! I just finished “The Anniversary” and am about half way through “The Reunion”. And each time I pick up the book, I feel as though I’m coming “home” to places and people that are so masterfully described that I feel I know them! YOU ARE THE BEST! I’m looking forward to starting “The Street Where You Live” and then “It’s That Time of Year”. Then what? I think I’d better “get my rear in gear” and order some more! Thanks a million for instilling a love of reading – of your books, of course! Stay safe, healthy and happy!
Don – once again YOU’VE done it, cheered up my whole day! Thanks so much for your lovely comments, I’m delighted you’re enjoying the books and long may it last! Stay safe and healthy yourself – and of course happy too! Roisin xx
Hi Roisin, I just might be a bit of a read-aholic (ok, more than just might be!) and I have so enjoyed reading One Summer (and I laughed out loud at the unexpected ending!) followed by After the Wedding. I love the way you write – it evokes memories of people such as Maeve Binchy and Rosamunde Pilcher, two of my favourite authors. Looking forward very much to receiving the next books in the Roone series, already ordered of course!. Best wishes Katherine
Katherine – thanks so much for getting in touch, I”m delighted you’re enjoying the Roone series, hope you like the next (and the one after that!) Very flattered by the comparisons to Maeve and Rosamunde, also favourites of mine. Happy reading! Roisin xx
Dear Roisin, I have been an avid reader all my life (I’m now 72) but have never thought about contacting the author. However, I’ve enjoyed your books so much that I felt I just had to let you know. I think I have now read all of them having just finished It’s That Time of Year and although I don’t re-read anything I think your books will be an exception.
Keep up your wonderful work, with best wishes, Margaret .
Margaret, thank you so much for your kind words, I’m truly honoured to be the first author you’ve contacted. Rest assured we love to get messages like yours – it gives us fresh heart to keep going! Delighted you’ve enjoyed the books so far, well done for finding them all. Next up is The Book Club which I’m currently polishing up, due out in June, all going well. Thanks again Margaret – Roisin xx
I’ve just finished reading my first ever book by you – It’s That Time of Year – and it certainly won’t be my last. It is a lovely book, well written, with some lovely characters.
I’ve been a fan of Sheila O’Flanagan, Patricia Scanlan and Maeve Binchy for many years and I’m now happy to say I will be adding you to my list of favourite authors.
It’s interesting that I’ve only just come across you as an author because, I have also just discovered that some of my ancestors came from Limerick. My husband (Phil Flannery) also has ancestors from the area and it is our intention to visit Phil Flannery’s Bar sometime soon.
With kind regards,
Thanks a million Lorrie, delighted you found me! I’m very flattered to join that list of writers. There are two Flannery’s bars that I know of in Limerick, and I know one is Gerry Flannerys, so maybe the other, which is relatively new, is Phil’s. Do let me know if you’re passing through Limerick – I’ll put the kettle on! Roisin xx
I will, thank you. xx
First time reader of your books. Read and lived I’ll be home for Christmas ! Well done, I’ll be getting some of your other stories! Keep up the great characters:)
Thanks Kerri, glad you enjoyed it! That books is actually part of a series about the lives of the islanders….it’s book 3 of 4, so the one that follows it, if you want to stay on Roone, is The Birthday Party. Roisin xxx
Another wonderful book. Just finished It’s That Time of Year, did not want it to end. You really have a gift. I have loved all your books and the characters really grow on you. Thank you, please keep writing.
Thanks so much Karen – delighted you enjoyed it! xx
I just finished reading “One Summer” and enjoyed it thoroughly. I felt like a fish nibbling on something tasty as you slowly reeled me in! I couldn’t put it down. I was especially delighted to read in your comment above that it is the first in a series!! As soon as I finish this communique to you, I’m going to order the other three – Merry Christmas to me from me! Thanks so much. You’re a treasure.
Stay safe, healthy and happy!
Don, thanks so much! Delighted you enjoyed it – and Happy Christmas from me to you! Roisin xx
Hello Roisin ,I finished “That time of year “ yesterday .I loved it and the ending was just what I hoped for .
Please keep on writing ,Kind regards Gillian TAYLOR
Thanks a million Gillian, I have no plans to stop writing anytime soon!
Roisin x x
Have just read your book that time of year, just loved it 😁especially in the times we are living in it’s a little bit of escapism. Great read, gave to my Mum she read it in 3 evenings and keeps raving about how much she loved it. So have her Christmas present sorted ( ordered 3 more of your books 😁) keep up the good work and stay safe . Love Jackie xx
Jackie, thank you so much, delighted you both enjoyed it, and thanks for investing in more! Just a word of caution because it’s not flagged up on the books, but four of them are a series, same characters and same island location. They can be read separately but just in case you ordered more than one, it would be better to read them in sequence, which is One Summer, After the Wedding, I’ll be Home for Christmas and The Birthday Party. Other than that, hope you enjoy! xx
Hi Roisin, you are a new author to me and I thoroughly enjoyed reading The Restaurant! You are clearly someone who has a real interest in people and your story is all about love, kindness and forgiveness. So I was a little surprised at your reference to ‘someone eager to help her to find God or Jehovah’ on pg 243. I thought you might be interested to know about the many kinds of voluntary work Jehovah’s Witnesses do : https://www.jw.org/finder?wtlocale=E&docid=502018515&srcid=share
I’m sure you’re very busy but this link is worth a look. I look forward to reading more of your work.
HI Dana. Many thanks for taking the time to get in touch, and I’m glad you enjoyed The Restaurant. The comment you refer to was spoken by one of my characters, and clearly doesn’t reflect my own thinking….also, the character didn’t actually say anything negative about any religion; the phrase is simply part of her stream of consciousness as she wonders who might be ringing her doorbell. I would be very sorry if you took offence at it, and clearly none was meant. Best, Roisin x
Hi Roisin, its Kim from New Zealand , wanted to write and thank you so much for your latest book, The restaurant , I am half way through reading it and so far, its such a wonderful book, and it even mentions New Zealand in it :),. I have loved reading your books since I found “One Summer” this was the first book I read of yours and since then,, I have read everything I can find that you write, thank you, and hope you are coping through these strange times 🙂
Kim, thanks so much for your lovely message, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed The Restaurant, along with a few more of the books, great to get the positive feedback, means a lot. (Must admit I had to do a search through the book to find my mention of NZ – found it!) I’m managing fine thanks – luckily my working life has changed not at all since covid-19 descended on us all! Stay safe xxx
Hello Roisin, I am not one to write to authors, but I have just spent the last 3 weeks devouring your books, I have read the majority of them & they have kept me from going bonkers during this summer of the Pandemic. Thank you for such great stories. Robin
Thanks so much, Robin – I’m delighted you found the books a help in these surreal times. Thanks for taking the time to let me know – Roisin xx
Haven’t got to read The Restaurant yet but really looking forward to it.
Just wondering if you’ll be continuing the ‘Roone’ series as I really enjoyed each and every one of those books, loved the interesting plot, the depth of characters and also the beautiful island setting.
Please, please don’t rule out another one…..many thanks, you’re an amazing talent.
Margaret Bradley. 😊
Margaret, thanks so much, I’m delighted you’re enjoying the Roone series. I think I’ll be shot if I don’t write another, but it mightn’t be for another while, I need to recharge my Roone batteries! It will come though…….Roisin xx
I just finished The Restaurant. Loved every word and am so sad to be finished with it! I already miss Emily, Bill, Heather, Astrid and more. Thank you for sharing the gift of your writing with us.
Thanks so much Maggie, delighted you enjoyed it! Roisin xx
I have loved all your books. I am reading and loving The Restaurant now. Torn between
binge reading and savoring it so it will last longer. Thanks for sharing your wonderful gift with us readers. I’m sure it isn’t always easy, but please keep on writing–love your books
Thank you so much Karen – I love what I do, and like everything it’s not always easy – butmessages like yours are great to keep me going, and very welcome! xxx
Thank you Roisin for another fantastic novel. I have just finished The Restaurant and I loved it. It has brought so much cheer into my life when all around seems to be doom and gloom. I have enjoyed all your books and I am just so glad I discovered ‘One Summer’ in my local library one summer! I loved the Roone books but I now think we need another trip back to The Food of Love restaurant. Talking about food, have you ever thought about doing a cookery book as I have noticed the lovely mouthwatering descriptions of food in so many of your novels? Great name for Bill’s dog by the way! Can’t wait for your October offering as I usually have to wait for my birthday in June for your latest offering and I love a book at Christmas.
Linda, lovely to hear from you again. I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed The Restaurant – and you’re not the first to request a sequel, so I’ll certainly consider it. A few people have asked me if I’ve thought about writing a book set during the pandemic, but I’m not sure too many would want to read it! I think I’d prefer to offer feelgood escapes from the challenges of life….Happy birthday to you – if you told me the date I’m afraid it’s forgotten, I have the memory of a goldfish! And yes, not long to wait till It’s That Time of Year hits the shelves…..Roisin xx
Hello Roisin I have just finished reading your new book “The Restaurant “ and as usual loved it .I am very pleased that you have a new book that will be published in October ,can’t wait .
Kind regards Gillian
Thanks a million, Gillian, delighted you enjoyed it – and yes, It’s That Time of Year up next! I’m exhausted!!!
The loss of sleep was totally worth it! I just wondered how you plan your amazing writing. Do plan out each chapter or just write and see what happens? Also how long does a book take you to write, roughly? Lauren x
I’d never start a book without a plot. Not very detailed, just a couple of pages with the main plot points, and the ending. The story could change as I wrote, but still wouldn’t start without a plot. I usually write a book a year, so first draft of around 100,000 words would take between 5 and 7 months, and then maybe another couple of months editing and fine tuning. Roughly eight or nine months work in total, in between my editor reading, and the copy editor and proofreader doing their things. I would say too though that you need to read a lot – you mentioned that you don’t, and I think you have to be a consistent reader to be able to write. Good luck!
Ah OK great, that’s so helpful thanks. I used to read a lot more, just struggled for time in the last year or so. But I am getting back into it during quarantine!
Glad to hear you’re getting back in. There are so many wonderful books out there! xx
I wanted to get in touch with you for 2 reasons. Firstly to complain for how much sleep your book took from me! Many nights I said I’d read a chapter or 2 from ‘something in common’ and then before I knew it, it would be 2am. As a 20yr old uni student, I don’t read much but your book kept me off Netflix every night. I felt so attached to the characters that I couldn’t put it down and cried my eyes out. Secondly to thank you. I’ve always liked the idea of writing but never given it serious thought. But your book has inspired me to write my first book. So I am going to be spending the rest of quarantine reading more of your books and writing my own. In fact, I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions?
HI Lauren, delighted you enjoyed Something in Common (sorry about the lost sleep!) Feel free to ask questions, not that I have all the answers, and I’m currently editing my next book so my free time is limited but I’ll do my best – Roisin x
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