I'm late AGAIN with my blog. This is becoming a bit of a habit. Sorry :-( I have great news though!
I've been out signing copies of Perfect Wives and people have been so encouraging and lovely about it! Thank you to all who bought a copy. I've been flooded with letters, emails and messages from people enjoying it. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It's always nail biting when a book comes out and it's incomprehensibly fabulous when readers actually like it!
I was on TV radio and all over Ireland during the past few weeks. I met Simon Delaney who was standing in for my pal Ryan Tubridy on 2FM. He was such a lovely guy and yes I bribed him. This tour I made chocolate biscuit cake. For those you might not know, every time I release a new book, I bake. I bring tasty treats for the folks in radio stations, TV stations and book shops. This chocolate biscuit cake is to die for... I think Simon enjoyed it!
I also got to meet Evelyn O'Rourke who I've admired on radio for many years. She's smily and bubbly and such a fantastic woman.
My big BIG news is that I am joining the team at Headline! This is a massive jump for me as all my fiction will now travel and be published around the world! I was in London last week to meet the team and I cannot wait to get started! I got such a warm and fantastic reception. It was a total pinch-me moment. This is such an amazing opportunity and I really hope folks around the world will enjoy my books.
Driving Home for Christmas (paper back/ smaller size) hits the shelves in October both in Ireland and abroad, so it's going to be such an exciting time.
Meanwhile I'm busily writing the next new novel. I'm nearly finished and I'll tell you a little bit about it next time...
I had the worst flu which lasted over two weeks. Not fun. I told my 13 year old son that I hadn't been that sick for years. He laughed out loud and shook his head saying, 'eh I think that's a bit of a lie Mum!'
So I had to rephrase it to - that's the worst flu I've had for years.
We were all very sad to loose our faithful furry friend Molly the dog last week. She was fine one day and limping and very poorly the next. It turned out she had a horrible aggressive disease that literally sapped all her energy and vitality. Poor pooch went to sleep on Friday 3rd May. She arrived chez nous when my daughter was 3 weeks old. We all miss her terribly and it's always heartbreaking when a pet dies, but we couldn't have expected her to go on the way she was. Her brother is still with us and although he looks a bit sad and confused he's doing well. How do you explain to a dog that his sister is gone? Awful.
Anyway, let's not get all sombre and depressed. On a lighter note, it was summer here in Ireland. We had two whole days of sun. People crawled out from houses all over. Like little squinting and peeping confused bunnies we all removed our Uggs and donned flip-flops. It was fantastic.
It's over now. We're back to rain, high winds and coats.
Hope this finds you all well. I'd better go and do some work. I'm very nearly finished the next book and it's at a point where I'm trying to tie up all the ends and make sense of the various story lines. It's fantastic fun. I absolutely love the writing process. It offers me such freedom and escapism.
I might see you some time on Midday on TV3 with Elaine and the ladies. It's such a fun program to be part of and it gets me out from behind my desk from time to time!
Bye for now!