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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.

Knitting for Beginners (or How to Write A Book)

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 14 May 2015.

I am currently writing my fourth novel. Yes, fourth. One is under the bed. Two have been published, and this one will be published next year. You’d think it would get easier but alas, no. Experience undoubtedly helps, and kind reviews and awards are always wonderful and very very welcome, but it is still tough going. Why? Because something curious happens when it comes to writing books which I will now attempt to explain with the help of...

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Make an appointment with the Book Doctors!

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 7 May 2015.

Are you stuck in a reading rut? Suffering from reader’s block? Feeling the effects of a dreadful book hangover after finishing something brilliant? Don’t worry – the Book Doctors are here to help! As part of the International Literature Festival Dublin special ‘clinics’ will run in Dublin bookshops, where you can have a personal consultation with one of the highly trained book doctors who will prescribe a new book, guaranteed to be just what you need. Running over both weekends...

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Authors for Nepal

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 5 May 2015.

Following the devastating earthquake in Nepal, a fantastic initiative has been started by author, Julia Williams, to bring together the writing community and raise much needed funds to help those affected by the disaster. Authors for Nepal is now up and running as an eBay auction site where authors, illustrators, agents and editors are offering everything from signed copies of books to manuscript critiques and mentoring. Donations from the writing community have come in from...

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Stars in my eyes at the RoNA Awards!

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 24 March 2015.

There are certain days in this crazy unpredictable experience of life which have an ability to surprise the heck out of us. Monday 16th March 2015 was one such day for me. It was the day the Romantic Novelists’ Association revealed the winners of their annual awards. I had been so excited earlier in the year to learn that THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME was shortlisted in the Historical Romantic Novel of the Year category. This was amazing...

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On never giving up

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 24 February 2015.

Five years ago (almost to the day), I went to an Inkwell Writers Workshop called Writing Women’s Fiction. It was brilliantly run by Vanessa O’Loughlin and the wonderful speakers, Sinead Moriarty and Monica McInerney, left my mind reeling and stuffed with inspiration. On the day, I sat next to a lovely lady called Maria Duffy. Over coffee breaks and lunch we shared our writing history (and our woes). We stayed back at the end of the...

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RoNA Awards 2015 – shortlist excitement!

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 10 February 2015.

For the last few years I have watched the announcements of the Romantic Novelists’ Association annual RoNA Awards with awe and excitement for the nominated authors. Previous winners have included Jojo Moyes, Freya North and Joanna Trollope so this really is an award to be coveted, and certainly not one I expected to be associated with anytime soon. Imagine then, my levels of hysteria, when I was told that THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME has been shortlisted...

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HarperCollins Romance Festival

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 21 January 2015.

Love is in the air! Following the huge success of their first event last June, HarperCollins will be running another online Romance Festival on 7/8 February 2015. The event combines a professional development day for established and aspiring authors (Script Doctor sessions with editors, advice on getting reviews etc) and a second day for romance fans with author interviews and online chat and discussions. Full details of the event and how to get involved are...

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Irish Fiction Fortnight

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 17 January 2015.

Book blogger extraordinaire and all round wonder woman, Margaret Madden, has started a fabulous initiative this week to promote, discuss and celebrate Irish Fiction. All the details (including plenty of great giveaways from participating authors) can be found on social media, using #IrishFictionFortnight and on Margaret’s blog at BleachHouseLibrary.Blogspot.ie Margaret explains why she started this initiative. “As a book blogger, I am fortunate to be living on an island that is renowned for its talented writers. ...

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When was the last time you visited the library?

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 17 November 2014.

This week is Library Ireland Week, an event run by the Library Association of Ireland. The aim is to raise the profile of libraries across the country, encourage people to visit their local library and give librarians an opportunity to showcase their wonderful range of services. I am a firm believer in the importance of local libraries, but sadly we are seeing more and more libraries suffering from local council spending cuts, This is a very sad...

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NaNo NaNo

Posted by Hazel Gaynor on 3 November 2014.

There can’t be many people who aren’t either growing a mustache or participating in NaNoWriMo this November. While the former task may not appeal to us all, the latter certainly appeals to many, and my Facebook and Twitter timelines are filled with NaNo fever. If you’ve never heard of it, NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month, where writers sign up to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. This breaks down to 1,667...

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