The writing scene in Ireland is vast and filled with amazing opportunities for those wishing to forge a career penning the next best seller. Writers can attend events, conferences, and more but unfortunately, many of these tend to be geared more towards traditional publishing.
Make no mistake about it, there are hundreds of independent authors in Ireland too and the Irish Independent Authors’ Collective is a new group that is being formed to help indie authors promote their books and take their place on the Irish writing stage.
This group came into being after a discussion in Irish Writers, Editors and Publishing Professionals group on Facebook. We identified the need for indie authors to promote their books more vigorously and decided to create something to help. One of the first thoughts was to hold an annual book fair where readers from around the country could join award-winning, five star independent authors for a day of readings and more. The group is also looking at other possible ways to promote independent authors including linking to the CAP awards and the Dublin Writers Conference.
The traditional publishing scene in Ireland is huge with annual events for authors to speak such as the Limerick Literary Festival, Doolin Writers’ Weekend, Eigse Poetry Arts and Literature Festival, Cuirt International Festival of Literature, Wexford Literary Festival, International Literature Festival Dublin, Listowel Writers’ Week, Dalkey Book Festival, Belfast Book Festival, Dromineer Literary Festival, Allingham Festival, Dublin Book Festival, and more. We hope that we can bring independent authors into the spotlight with many of these festivals and events too.
The aim of the Facebook group is to support Independent Irish Authors. Membership is open to Irish residents who have self-published a book in paperback or hardback and to Irish independent authors living abroad who are willing to travel to Ireland for promotions and events. The link to the group is here.
The inaugural meeting for the IIAC will take place on Sunday 20th of May to discuss things further and all are welcome to attend. The location of the meeting has yet to be agreed but if you are interested, please request to join the Facebook group for more information.
Some of the members of this group include, Catherine Kullmann, Pam Lecky, Denise Doyle, Amanda J Evans, and Paul Carroll. Below is a brief bio for each of our admins.
Catherine Kullmann was born and educated in Dublin. Following a three-year courtship conducted mostly by letter, she moved to Germany where she lived for twenty-six years before returning to Ireland. She has worked in the Irish and New Zealand public services and in the private sector. Catherine’s debut novel, The Murmur of Masks, received a Chill with a Book Readers Award and was short-listed for Best Novel in the 2017 CAP (Carousel Aware Prize) Awards. Perception & Illusion received a Chill with a Book Readers Award and a Discovered Diamonds Award. Her new novel, A Suggestion of Scandal, will be published in August 2018. Catherine’s website is www.catherinekullmann.com
Amanda J Evans is an award-winning writer of paranormal and fantasy novels as well as children’s stories. Amanda lives in Oldcastle, Co. Meath, Ireland with her husband and two children. She was published in several journals and anthologies in 2016 and 2017. Her first novel Finding Forever won Best Thriller in the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards and her second novel Save Her Soul won Silver for Best Paranormal in the Virtual Fantasy Con Awards 2017. Amanda has a publishing deal with Handersen Publishing and her first children’s book, “Nightmare Realities” was released on the 25th of September 2017. Her latest story, Hear Me Cry, a fantasy romance telling of the old Irish myth of the banshee releases as a standalone novella in May 2018. Amanda is currently putting the finishing touches to a new paranormal romance with an Angels and Magic theme. It will be released in an anthology in June 2018. Amanda is also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012. You can find out more on her website www.amandajevans.com
Pam Lecky is an Irish historical fiction author, writing crime, mystery and romance. She is a member of the Historical Novel Society and has a particular love of the late Victorian era/early 20th Century. Her debut novel, The Bowes Inheritance, was awarded the B.R.A.G Medallion; shortlisted for the Carousel Aware Prize 2016; and long-listed for the Historical Novel Society 2016 Indie Award. Her short stories are available in an anthology, entitled Past Imperfect, which was published on 6th April 2018. She is currently working on her next novel, a Victorian mystery/crime story, entitled No Stone Unturned. She has recently been signed with the Hardman & Swainson Literary Agency in London. Find out more at www.pamlecky.com
Denise Doyle’s favourite genre is horror. As a child, she loved watching old hammer horror films and became addicted to reading all the stories Stephen King has written over the years. She enjoyed writing short stories and poetry in school and was in awe of Shakespeare’s metrical patterns as well as his melodramatic scenes. When Denise made the decision to do something she always loved… she started to write her first book, The Celtic Curse: Banshee, using her pen name D.J. Doyle. Irish history and mythology are strong elements in this book and that theme will continue for at least another two books. She lives in Co. Kildare in Ireland and is an Associate Manager in a large global consultancy firm in the Business Operations dept. Her dream is to write full-time, to be able to share all the stories in her head with those who want to read them.
Paul Carroll is a writer and comic creator from Dublin. Between a day job and running the Geek Mart, he writes supernatural stories, including ‘A Death in the Family’, and reimaginings of Irish folklore in The Rebirth Cycle. His first book was written and published during a week-long live stream in 2012. When he isn’t writing prose, he works with a number of comic creators in Ireland to tell stories of superheroes, killer cats and the supernatural. Website: paulcarrollwriter.com
(c) Amanda J Evans