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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.

Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival 2016

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 3 February 2016.

The full programme for the 2016 Mountains to Sea Festival dlr Book Festival has just been released, and it’s a cracker! Running from Wednesday 9th to Sunday 13th March, there are dozens of events to choose from, and something to suit everyone whatever age or reading preference. Highlights include Sir Michael Parkinson, John Boyne, John Irving, Donal Ryan and Nuala O’Connor, Cathy Cassidy, Kevin Barry, Patrick Ness, Louise O’Neill and Cecelia Ahern, Sophie Hannah and many many...

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European Residency and scholarship applications

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 13 January 2016.

Please see details below of two very tantalising residency/scholarship opportunities for Irish writers. 1. The Danish Centre for Writers and Translators are very pleased to announce H.A.L.D. 2016 [Housing Authors & Literature, Denmark], the eighth International Summer Residence Program for foreign and Danish authors to take place at the old Hald Manor House outside the city of Viborg in the very heart of Denmark from June 1 to 27, 2016. The announcement and links to information on...

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Dear writer, how are you?

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 14 December 2015.

Dear writer, Hello. How are you? Did you have a good year? Yes? No? Can’t say until your agent gets back to you on your latest submission? Gah, the waiting. ALL the waiting, and the inbox refreshing and the procrastinating on Twitter. So much of writing is waiting, hoping, wondering, twittering … but we must be patient. Always patient. Good things come, and all that. So, tell me. Did you get the news you were...

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Found in Translation

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 9 November 2015.

It was 8.30pm on 29th April, 2014 when I first heard that THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME was to be published in Hungary. I’d just come home from my first pilates class and the news more than made up for my sore limbs. This was my first foreign rights deal, and I was giddy, even though the Hungarian translation wasn’t due for publication until 2016. Foreign rights are a thing of intrigue and mystery to most authors. We don’t fully...

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Join the Historical Writers’ Association

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 7 September 2015.

The Historical Writers’ Association has had a makeover! The fresh site historicalwriters.org is designed to strengthen the relationships between members, give publicity to their books and to showcase new talent. “It’s wonderful to have the chance to deliver even more value to members of the HWA,” says Manda Scott, the HWA chair. “This website gives us a platform to really celebrate the talented authors in the HWA, and to assist publishers in getting the word...

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A Princess and a Peer at Harrogate History Festival 2015

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 10 August 2015.

A Princess and a Peer Headline at the Harrogate History Festival The Harrogate History Festival will take place 22-25 October 2015 at the Old Swan Hotel, Harrogate. Celebrating the authors and genre of historical writing, this unique weekend allows readers and writers to meet, discuss and discover historical writing from fact though to fiction. A princess and a peer are among a line-up of legendary writers set to appear at the Harrogate History Festival this...

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Historical Fiction Week on Goodreads

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 5 August 2015.

And about time too! As a writer and reader of historical fiction, I’m thrilled to see that Goodreads are running a week dedicated to the genre of Historical Fiction, and it’s already making for some fascinating reading in itself. But what is Historical Fiction? When you say the words, people tend to think of Kings and Queens, Roman soldiers and war. Not that there is anything wrong with any of that whatsoever, but if Kings...

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Writer Residency opportunity in Berlin

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 27 July 2015.

Ireland Literature Exchange invites Irish fiction writers to apply for a one-month residency at Literarisches Colloquium Berlin. The Colloquium has been at the heart of the German literary scene for over fifty years, and now serves as an event forum, a workshop and an artist retreat for authors and translators. This is a great opportunity for an Irish writer to engage with the vibrant arts scene in Berlin and have a chance to spend time developing...

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Debut Crown Award for Historical Fiction

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 1 July 2015.

There’s exciting news from the Historical Writers’ Association (HWA), who were delighted to announce the six books that have been shortlisted for the 2015 Debut Crown Award in new historical fiction. The shortlist was announced at the HWA’s annual general meeting on 17th June 2015. The Spring of Kasper Meier by Ben Fergusson, Wake by Anna Hope, The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson, The Winter Pilgrims by Toby Clements, The Good Italian by Stephen...

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Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 18 June 2015.

Here are two facts about writing: The best thing about writing a novel is writing THE END. The worst thing about writing a novel is writing THE END. There is something undeniably liberating about finishing a novel. I have just finished my third and believe me, this is a minor miracle. So often, over the past year, it has felt like an impossible, unlikely, insufferable task. How can I possibly write that number of words...

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