Well, it’s the day before the day before Christmas, and my house is like a bomb hit it, unwrapped presents, dust balls, cat hairs, grubby floors, clutter, the lot….so a day of cleaning and wrapping awaits – great! I’m cooking turkey for my parents and two brothers, a nice small crowd, and hopefully I won’t poison anyone – my culinary skills are sort of limited to baking; it takes me a day to produce any kind of an edible dinner!
On the writing side, I’ve completed the second draft of Something in Common, just need to give it a final read-through before sending it back to my editor in the New Year, and then it’ll be time to start thinking about the next – always a scary time, trying to nail a plot, create characters etc…..nothing as terrifying as a blank page, or screen! Fingers crossed that I’ll be inspired. I am considering a sequel to One Summer, which would make life a little easier in terms of characters, but which of course would still require a brand new plot…..we’ll see!
I wish everyone a very happy and peaceful Christmas, and thanks so much for your support, it means more than I can say. All the very best for 2013, let’s hope it’s a good one, as poor John Lennon once sang.
Well, I’ve just got back from a very busy week travelling around the libraries of Cork and Kerry, meeting young people to talk about writing books and to tell stories, two of my very favourite occupations! I’ll be killed if I don’t say hi to the girls of St Mary’s school in Dunmanway, who demanded a mention, or else! So bossy! But they were lovely, as were all the classes I met – hi to everyone, and hope to see you sometime in the future. Lots of future writers with lots of questions for me, I really loved all the sessions. And the fact that my car broke down on day one and I was forced to hire another car to get me around for the rest of the week was a minor blip! The accompanying picture to this blog post is of me in full flow in Cahersiveen library in County Kerry!
On the adult writing front, I’m getting back into the swing of it, revisiting a book I’m in the process of writing, in the hope that some publisher in the UK will fancy it. I feel it’s high time I broke into that market – most of my books are travelling to other European countries at this stage, and of course two of them have gone in the other direction to the US, but for some reason I’ve failed to get published just across the Irish Sea – well, I have plans to change all that: watch this space! And my next Irish book is on the way too, it’s currently with my editor who will be chatting to me this week about it. Publication date sometime in the spring, more information when I have it.
Nice autumnal weather here, leaves covering the paths, crisp mornings and evenings with a gratifying amount of blue skies and sunshine in between, and blessedly little rain – just the way we like it! Hope you’re enjoying the season, wherever you are.
Good news – Cupcake Club, my Italian translation, is number six in the Italian bestseller list of foreign titles this week, still hanging in there! Did I mention how much I love Italy? I got four copies in the post today – first time I’d seen it in the flesh – and it’s just gorgeous, all hard cover and chunky and just fab. Now all I need is to find three Italians living in Ireland who’d each like a copy, because I only need one for myself….tell you what – first three Italian immigrants to get in touch can have ’em!
In other news, still busy on the next book, hope to have first draft finished in the next few weeks, watch this space. And wouldn’t you know it, the schools have just reopened after the summer holidays (which were pretty much a washout here in Ireland this year) and the sun is shining. Typical! Hope it’s shining wherever you are too.
Newsflash – I just heard that Cupcake Club, the Italian translation of The Things We Do for Love (see two entries below) has gone into the Italian bestselling foreign titles list at number five! LOVE being in a bestseller list – the excitement of waiting to see which way it will go the following week is killing, but in a good way! Watch this space (and please cross your fingers while you’re at it!)
In other news, the book I’m working on (working title Helen and Sarah) is almost there, another few weeks should do it – well, the first draft at least. This one has been challenging, not least because it spans over thirty years, and involves two separate main storylines….but hopefully the effort will be worth it. I will breathe a huge sigh of relief when I hand it over to Ciara, my trusty editor at Hachette – and take at least a week off!
I’m heading up to Dublin at the weekend to take part in a big girly festival. Most of the events will involve fashion and beauty, but there’s a masterclass section where authors take to the platform and talk about their writing lives, and give tips to aspiring writers. I love these events as they get me away from the laptop, and this one in particular will give me an excuse to get dressed up, which I rarely do. I’ve borrowed a pair of divine pink shoes from a shoe-mad pal, and I have a dress that I bought in a little boutique in Italy when I was there in June. I can’t wait to ditch the jeans and let my girly side out!
Hope you’re having a lovely summer, wherever you are (or winter, if you’re in the southern hemisphere!)