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Irish Fiction Fortnight

Article by Hazel Gaynor © 17 January 2015.
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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.  When I recently attended the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards, I was a tad star struck (Donal Ryan, anyone?) and was in seventh heaven as I embraced my inner-fangirl.

This amazing evening got me thinking about how I could help introduce these fantastic authors to a wider audience via social media.  Hence, #IrishFictionFortnight was born.  The Irish writing community is so supportive of each other, and when I attend book launches and tweet photos, a lot of International followers say the same thing…. ‘Oh, that sounds like a great read, must add to my TBR (to be read) pile’.  By concentrating solely on Irish fiction, for two weeks, I hope to get some Irish author names added to those wishlists and maybe get some new followers of author and publisher twitter accounts.  Social media is a fantastic way of getting your book noticed, and word of mouth is now online.

I will be hosting lots of giveaways along with twitter photos of Irish books, personal recommendations as well as a few quotes from authors, about their favourite Irish book and the memory associated with it.  I started the ball rolling with a challenge to read a 90s title, last week, and some twitter fun was had!  (Seems most of us cut our teeth on Maeve Binchy, Cathy Kelly and Marian Keyes).

The feature is not just for female fiction, rather ANY Irish adult fiction.  While I will blog a couple of times a day throughout #IrishFictionFortnight, I will be tweeting, from the get-go each day.  Twitter pics are great fun, so feel free to thumb through your bookshelves and join in the fun.  Just take a photo of what you find, from any decade, and add the hashtag and/or @margaretbmadden.  If you are an author, or a book blogger and would like to contribute an Irish book memory, just email me at BleachHouseLibrary@gmail.com.

There are many, many book addicts out there.  Let’s give them something to tweet about!”

Such a great idea and everyone at writing.ie wishes Margaret the very best with what looks like a great idea (and a very busy fortnight ahead!)

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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

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