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A blog by Hazel Gaynor

Hazel Gaynor is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME (for which she received the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award) and A MEMORY OF VIOLETS. Her third novel THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY was an Irish Times and Globe & Mail Canada bestseller and was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards. Hazel's books have been translated into a number of foreign languages. In addition to her latest release, THE COTTINGLEY SECRET, Hazel will also release LAST CHRISTMAS IN PARIS (October 2017, co-written with Heather Webb). Hazel lives in Ireland with her husband and two children. She is represented by Michelle Brower of Aevitas Creative, New York. For more information, visit www.hazelgaynor.com

You can follow Hazel online, on Twitter and on Facebook.

On blank pages and being inspired.

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 30 January 2018.

Just over six years ago, I wrote my first blog post for writing.ie. My blog was called Carry on Writing. My post was called ‘A Beginning and an End.’ If you’re writing/hoping/dreaming/gnashing your teeth, you should read it. Back then, I was struggling. My days were a cycle of rejection and despair. I knew nobody in the writing community while everyone else seemed to know everyone. I’d never been to a book launch. I couldn’t...

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Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 24 October 2017.

Introducing a new style of creative time-out International bestselling Irish authors, Hazel Gaynor, Carmel Harrington and Catherine Ryan Howard launch a writing retreat with a difference: THE INSPIRATION PROJECT. The Inspiration Project is a new concept in writing retreats, offering what the founders call ‘creative time-outs’: weekend events which focus on delivering practical advice about the publishing industry and developing a career as a writer, while also giving participants the time, space and inspiration to...

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That time I wrote for TIME …

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 3 August 2017.

The process of writing a book can throw up all sorts of unexpected opportunities, many of which are not about writing the actual book. Being asked to write an article for TIME magazine on why a nation was so easily fooled by two girls and their fairy photographs, and what we might learn from the events today, was certainly unexpected, and more than a little daunting. “You mean, actual TIME magazine?” was my exact response. Isn’t...

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Unpublished? So was I.

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 9 July 2017.

There’s something about Sunday mornings. That quiet hour before anyone else is up, with the sun shining and the first coffee of the day. This is my meditation time. My thinking and calming time. This is when I feel purposeful and energised and ready to DO STUFF. This is also the time when I read articles and blog posts about the business of writing. I am constantly curious to learn how other people do it,...

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Authors for Grenfell Tower

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 20 June 2017.

Authors for Grenfell Tower is an online auction to raise funds for all those affected by the devastating Grenfell Tower fire. A stellar list of authors, editors and agents are offering amazing ‘lots’ to bid on, and myself and Carmel Harrington are offering afternoon tea for two with our good selves in a luxury Dublin hotel, plus a signed copy of our latest books. The winning bidders will be thoroughly spoiled, and can ask us...

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Francis Ledwidge Creative Writing Award 2017

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 11 May 2017.


Call for dlr Writer in Residence: June 2017 – May 2018

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 4 March 2017.

Call for Writer in Residence June 2017 – May 2018 Closing Date: 13th of April at 12 noon Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council invites applications for a writer in residence for the period June 2017 to May 2018.  This writer in residence is managed by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office and is grant-aided by the Arts Council. The residency is open to writers working in script-writing in any form (e.g. writing for stage, TV or film). ...

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Lonely book seeks someone to love …

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 14 February 2017.

I saw you across the room. Your gaze settled on me for a wonderful moment as you took a sip of your coffee and pushed your hair behind your ears. I longed for you to come over, pick me up, take me home, but you walked right past and all I could do was sit and watch as you interacted with the others at the table: looking, touching, admiring. I envied them all. You would...

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Running to Write (aka How to banish Writer’s Arse)

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 4 January 2017.

I’m not sure who came up with the phrase (was it you Catherine Ryan Howard?) but whoever it was, ‘Writer’s Arse’ is definitely a thing, and possibly even more of a thing after the festive season. I, for one, sat down to eat stuff way too often. What you may be surprised to learn, however, is that Writer’s Arse isn’t just a physical thing. It is also a state of mind. The state of mind...

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Are You Sitting Down?

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 4 November 2016.

A couple of weeks ago my editor rang me from London. ‘Can you talk?’ she said. I’d just arrived at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig to work on edits of my fourth novel. It was my first time there and I was determined to work hard and make every minute count. I stepped outside where the phone reception was better. Then she asked that question: ‘Are you sitting down?’ I wasn’t, but I soon...

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