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The Rise of ‘Up Lit’: The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor

Whatever your opinion of them, publishing trends, genres and sound-bitey tags are as much a part of the industry as the words in our books. Starting with Chick Lit in...

On the Virtue of Perseverance: Dr Jekyll and Mr Seek by Anthony O’Neill
Posted by Anthony O'Neill in > Crime > General Fiction > Interviews

I’ve now written six novels and every one of them was a struggle to get into print. In the mid-1990s, I’d never had anything published – not a short story,...

My Trip of a Lifetime by Monica McInerney

One of the great things about being a writer is it is such a portable occupation. I spend many hours alone in my attic in Dublin writing my novels, but...

Finding Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall
Posted by Kate Mildenhall in > General Fiction > Interviews

I wasn’t intending to write a novel. True, I had finally put fingers to keyboard again after many long years away, and I was throwing myself into a writing course...

The Book I Needed to Write: Shelter by Sarah Franklin

Any writer will recognize this start: as a child, reading and writing were simply the things I always did.  At seven, I filled an exercise book with short stories and...

The Light Makers – Then and Now by Mary O’Donnell

  Back in 1992, I wasn’t prepared for the bewildering rush on sales of my first novel, The Light Makers, when Gay Byrne, interviewing me on his radio show, pronounced...

Believe: The Last Lost Girl by Maria Hoey

I started writing stories at about eight years old and that was also when my dream of writing a book and seeing it on the shelves of a real bookshop...

A Novel is an Iceberg: If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

When you get a book published, you’ll quickly realize how little most people know about publishing. This is not meant to be a criticism of ‘most people’—it’s just something I’ve...

A Brief Guide to Theft: The Weight of Him by Ethel Rohan
Posted by Ethel Rohan in > General Fiction > Interviews

Visitors to my website often reach out by email or social media, particularly in response to this statement on my About page: When she writes, she’s stolen away. Some simply...

A Ghost Story: The Dead House by Billy O’Callaghan
Posted by Billy O'Callaghan in > General Fiction > Interviews

At the beginning of May, O’Brien Press, under their Brandon imprint, published my new book (and, in fact, my first novel, after three collections of short stories), The Dead House....