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A blog by Hazel Gaynor

Hazel Gaynor is the acclaimed New York Times, USA Today and internationally bestselling author of five novels. Her 2014 debut, THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME, won the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award and THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year. She was also selected as a WHSmith Fresh Talent title in 2015. In 2018, Hazel will release her sixth historical novel, THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S DAUGHTER, inspired by the true story of Victorian heroine, Grace Darling. Hazel's books have been translated into eight languages and are published in 15 countries to date. She lives in Ireland with her husband and two children and 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.

Carrie Brady Guest Posts: Want to be the Next Big Thing in Romance Writing – yes, please!

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 10 October 2012.

This year Harlequin and Mills & Boon joined their mighty forces to launch a global search for the next big thing in romance writing. With nineteen entry categories – from the sweet romance of Love Inspired to on-trend Noctune there’s a place for everyone (vampires included) to fall in love. The on-line Boot Camp contributed to by 50 editors from 17th to 21st September, provided invaluable tips, advice and chat on how to write the...

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Need a Book Doctor? Come along to the Clinic (and bring the Kids!)

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 26 September 2012.

As part of the Children’s Book Festival and kindly sponsored by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, the Book Clinic is coming to locations throughout Dublin during the month of October. BOOK CLINIC AT NO GRANTS GALLERY 6 Oct 2012 12:00 AM – 4:00 PM Location: No Grants Gallery / Culture Box Looking for a new series to delve into? Feeling uninspired by your book shelves at home? Do you need a prescription for an exciting new read? Well,...

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Skulduggery Pleasant – win the entire set!

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 29 August 2012.

To celebrate the launch of Kingdom of the Wicked, the latest installment in the magical world of Derek Landy’s Skulduggery Pleasant series, we are delighted to be giving away one set of the entire series to readers of writing.ie The Skulduggery Pleasant series is hilarious, smart, action packed and full of extraordinary characters – a riotous blend of brilliant storytelling and comic book excitement, it’s perfect reading for kids who are bored of the same old heroes.  Children of nine...

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The World’s Highest Paid Authors 2012

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 22 August 2012.

The Forbes list of the World’s highest paid authors is always keenly awaited – and this year was no exception. While there are still four men in the top slots, this year three female authors are the movers and shakers, with Janet Evanovich in at number three followed hotly by Suzanne Collins (Hunger Games) and JK Rowling. Indeed, Forbes believes next year will present a very different picture for female authors as Alison Flood says in The...

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Three Simple Mistakes…

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 13 August 2012.

I came across this blog post last week viaTwitter, where Jonathan Gunson, on his ‘Bestseller Labs’ blog, shares some thoughts about three simple mistakes which can, ‘kill your chances of having a best seller’. Yikes – better read that, thought I! The advice shared in the post is perhaps nothing startlingly new, but it is definitely worth reminding ourselves of those writing traps we can so easily fall into in our quest to get published....

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Delicious Books!

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 3 August 2012.

You’ve probably spotted the photos of these fabulous book cupcakes doing the rounds on the web – we just had to share them with you, and tell you where you can find them! Victoria Gadson moved to London in 2009, and inspired by a desire to combine her passions for design and baking, had the opportunity to be taught by some of the capital’s best cake decorators. Having then studied cake design in New York,...

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Digging in the archives

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 1 August 2012.

Writing historical fiction is sometimes like looking for buried treasure. Researching locations, ways of life, dress, food and language from times gone by is an exciting, but sometimes exhausting process. ‘Why don’t I just set my novel in the year 2012?’ I whine, when I find that I’m getting bogged down in researching treatments for head lice in the late 1800s or finding out how the very poor in Victorian London disposed of their dead....

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A Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar, by Suzanne Joinson

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 11 July 2012.

The Lady Cyclist’s Guide to Kashgar is a wonderfully exotic tale of family, faith – and feathers. From the very first lines of this magical, mystical novel, I was completely  intrigued and totally entranced. Moving between 1923 and present-day London, the novel carries two very different, and yet inter-weaving stories, which complement and never detract from each other. In 1923, a restless, independent young English woman – Evangeline (Eva) English – and her sister Lizzie, are travelling from...

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Reasons to read ‘The Hobbit’

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 27 June 2012.

There are some books that everyone should read at least once in their lifetime, and I would argue that J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘The Hobbit’ is one of them being, arguably, one of the best loved children’s books of all time. Below, I give my reasons why. If you are convinced, and would like to win a copy of The Hobbit, please send an email to books@writing.iewith ‘The Hobbit’ in the subject line and your name and address in the...

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The Herbalist, by Niamh Boyce

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 20 June 2012.

In more positive news for Irish authors, it was reported this week that Penguin Ireland has acquired Niamh Boyce’s debut novel, The Herbalist, for publication in 2013. ‘Good news!’ Boyce reports on her blog. Good news indeed! Boyce won the Hennessy XO New Irish Writer of the Year award in 2012 and she has been shortlisted for the Francis McManus Short Story competition 2011, the Hennessy Literary Awards 2010, the Molly Keane Award 2010 and...

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