Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Publish Date: August 15, 2012
Order From: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: This is not a book about rambling in Ireland.
It tells the tale of one particular walking trip and the memories and musings it inspired.
Exploring the West of Ireland is a time for meditation, spiritual reflection and strengthening the bonds of life. More practically the ability to read a map might have proved helpful. The tourist office in Ireland has all their paths clearly marked. You can’t go wrong if you follow that little yellow man. Or can you?
As British ex-patriate Kerry Dwyer leads Bertrand, her trusting French husband, astray once more, they reminisce and reflect upon accents and accidents, family and friends, love and what it means to be alive. Bertrand doesn’t mind getting lost – he loves Kerry all the more for going off the beaten track.
This is a book about ramblings in Ireland. Walk with Kerry and Bertrand and follow where your thoughts lead you.
Author Interview: Q. How did you come up with the idea for your novel(s)?
The book was inspired by our walking holiday in Ireland. I was so enthralled with the place and the people and the different sort of relationship I had with my husband whilst we were there. We hadn’t been in each other’s company quite so intensely for a long time. As we were walking ideas for the book kept popping into my head. Something would happen or we would talk about something and a new chapter would formulate in my head. The book had almost written itself by the time we got back to France. It started of as a diary or memoir of the holiday and by the time it was finished had grown into a book.
Q. Is there a message in your novel(s) that you want readers to grasp?
The message that to experience a culture is a million times better than hearing or reading about one.
Also the message that using Free association, i.e. letting your mind wander is sometimes a good thing. Readers who let their minds wander may find things in their sub conscious that they didn’t know were there.
Q. If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about the book?
I wrote the story I wanted to write so I don’t think I would change the book. I might make the writing style less formal.
Q. What was the hardest part of writing your novel(s)?
The hardest part was being focused and getting it finished. I am not very good at sitting down for long periods of time with one goal. I didn’t like deleting my first chapter either but it really wasn’t very good. It is hard to erase something that you have put time and effort into.
Q. Did you learn anything from writing your novel(s) and what was it?
It was through writing this novel that I learned how important that holiday had been to our relationship. We discovered so much about each others pasts. The book only talks about mine. Bertrand’s stories are his own to tell. I also learned that I can’t proofread.
Q. Did you have a musical playlist you listen to when writing? If so, what kind of music?
I don’t listen to music when I am writing. I like silence. When I take a break I like to listen to something soothing for a few minutes before getting back to work.
Q. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I was lucky enough to have parents who encouraged any artistic form. They explored with us children; pottery; art; poetry; crafts and writing. I belonged to a poets group when I was very young and won a prize for a poem I wrote about my cat when I was six or seven years old. We even tried to print our own newspaper once as we had this old type set printer in our basement. I have always loved words.
Q. Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
I really like Jasper Fford. What really strikes me is the enjoyment he must have had writing these novels. They are a lot of fun and writing should be fun. They are difficult to describe and not always linear. I can really relate to that.
Q. Tell us your latest news.
I have written the first four chapters and have the outline for the whole of my next book. The working title is ‘The Book Exchange’. This book is fiction based on the lives of expats living in France.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
This book is more that the story of walking in Ireland with a few musings thrown in for good measure. It tells you about how much I loved Ireland, the country and the people. It also explores the cultural differences between the French and the English and Irish not only through my own eyes but through those of my French husband. Our relationship changed significantly due to being so intensely in each others company.