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Tis the season to be jolly…..

ImageOn the Eve of Christmas I would like to thank you all so much for your kind support throughout the year, it is greatly appreciated as I tap away on the keyboard, hoping to God something decent comes out!

I wish you peace, harmony and plenty of laughs over the festive season, and let’s hope we all enjoy health and happiness in 2014 and beyond.

Roisin xxxx

Ta dah!

ImageWell, here we are – the cover of my next offering, sitting patiently in some quiet corner till April 2014. Have to say I do likee very much – not too pink at all (right?) and lovely contrast between the colours (yes???) And just to clarify, the wedding in question is NOT the one that featured in One Summer. So there. But we will be getting the ferry back to Roone, and it’s summer again so pack your suncream and swimsuit, and a good book. Oh, hang on……………..

In other news, I’ve all but finished the book that comes next. I know, I know, it sounds like I’m churning them out, but I’m not really – I’ve been working on this one for about four months now, and it’s quite a bit shorter than the others, only about two thirds as long. But I’m quietly pleased with how it’s turning out, and will be dying to see who I can get to a) read it and b) publish it. Watch this space.

In the meantime, Christmas is speeding towards us. Have I mentioned the five – yes, FIVE – cakes I baked this year? Two have been iced and sent off to their respective homes, the other three are awaiting icing. And my tree is up, a little fake one with flashy lights. Cat doesn’t know what to make of it. And I have a little crib, and a few Christmassy candle holders and the like. Oh, and I saw these cute little snowman-shaped salt and pepper cellars in a shop that just had to be bought. And a red tablecloth. And I’m on the hunt for extra kitchen chairs so I can seat my seven (maybe eight) guests on the 25th. All go.

And now it’s dinnertime and the hunger is on me, so I’ll sign off. Will be back before Christmas to wish you all a good one, hopefully having got to The End in the next bestseller.

Roisin xxx

Out with the Old, In with the New…

ChristmasWell, 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.
Roisin xxx

Second draft…..grrrroan……

worker.thumbnailAh no, I don’t really mean it – crafting the second draft is fine, the hardest part is already done, and what I need to do now is develop areas that need developing, fine tune character traits, tighten up plotlines, polish dialogue, take out unnecessary description….come to think of it, a second draft isn’t that easy at all! But it’s all part of the wonderful process of creating a new book, and I love it. Title-wise, I think it’s sorted – how does ‘Something in Common’ sound? Briefly, it concerns an unusual friendship between two women – that’s really all I want to say at this stage, in case I’m accused of spoiling anything later!
In non-writing news, I’ve been having my house renovated – well, phase two of a process that began earlier in the year – so things have been a little unsettled. In fact, I spent most of October living with my lovely parents, who thankfully still allow us kids to crash there when the need arises!
And of course Christmas is coming….not a thing done to prepare, and I have five (yes I said five) cakes to bake this year for various relatives and friends; have earmarked this coming weekend to make them, so hopefully that will happen. Then it’s just a matter of buying presents, decorating the house, hosting the usual little get-togethers – can’t wait! And I’ve just realised that today is Thanksgiving, so a very happy one to all my friends across the Atlantic…
Roisin xx