Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Una. It was very good of you to go to so much trouble.

I suppose that I have to admit that Severn House have all the arguments on their side. Unless a series of books make an acceptable profit for them, well, then, they're not worth doing.

I've been an amateur historian for many years and now all the pieces of information churning around in my head are being filtered into stories.

Not at all like doing a Ph.D.

Something I would have loved to have attempted, but now I am too old.

Thanks again for trying.

I hope you enjoy 'The Cardinal's Court'.

I am fascinated by that era.

And by all of the unanswered questions about Anne Boleyn.

Why was she still unmarried at the late age of twenty-five?

Many thanks for your efforts.


Sat Mar 4 18:31:08 2017

Una writes from Berkshire
I put forward a strong case for continuing with the Burren Series but I didn't really get anywhere with Severn House which is such a shame. I see that you have a new series starting in April. Looking forward to that as I really enjoy the historical novels. You are a very prolific writer - I doing a PhD in Classics and wish I could write as quickly as you!

Sat Mar 4 17:50:09 2017

Cora Harrison writes from ireland
Thank you, Joe, my faithful fan!

Sun Feb 5 19:44:03 2017

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
The Unjust Judge is due to arrive here tomorrow.

Glad that we are not yet severed from this series.

Sun Feb 5 19:21:48 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Norma,

Thank you for your concern. It's very heartwarming.

However, I have to be reconciled to the fact that Severn House ( will only publish if there is sufficient demand to ensure a reasonable profit for them. Libraries are the big clients and it appears that orders have fallen off from them. I wonder whether your local library orders the books. That would certainly be a way that would help - if all fans would badger libraries!

Still, looking on the bright side, I did get as far as number 14. Am sad not to go on, though, as I have lots of ideas.

Thank you again for a very encouraging letter,

Sun Feb 5 19:01:32 2017

Norma Holland writes from Cornwall
Have not been to this page for ages and I am shocked and horrified to hear that the Burren series may be ending.
Have I understood that correctly?
I too would be happy to write and complain but I am not sure of where to send it....could you advise?
I just love Mara's world and would be bereft without it.
I also read Peter Tremayne's Fidelma series but they are not a patch on yours and you are a much better fictional writer.
There must be a way...(assuming you want to continue, of course!)
best wishes

Sun Feb 5 18:03:07 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Una,

It's very nice of you to be concerned and to go to the trouble of emailing Severn House. I'm very grateful to you. I love writing the Mara books, and would like to go on with them as I have lots of ideas.

Mostly my publisher deals with libraries and both American and UK libraries have suffered from reductions in funding.

Let's hope, though, that Mara is spared.

Many thanks,

Wed Jan 11 10:15:43 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Louise.

Wed Jan 11 10:11:16 2017

Una writes from Berkshire, UK
I've just read that Severn won't publish any more Mara books and I'm very upset. I have loved this series. I emailed Severn telling them this.

Tue Jan 10 19:04:59 2017

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm sorry to have offended you. I should, perhaps, have been more careful.
On the other hand, it is probably impossible not to offend someone, at some stage or other. I could imagine that my views on law and order, and on capital punishment might upset some people, but a writer has to put down what is in their mind as the story flows.
Oddly, I can't remember either instances, but I'm sure that you have been careful with your facts. I suppose it shows that writing for me is not in any way a dictatorial process, just an effort to experience whatever the character I have created may be experiencing.

Tue Aug 23 17:54:14 2016

Chuck writes from USA
Dear Ms. Harrison,
Why do you dislike the Holy Rosary? Both Mara and Mother Aquinas have called it an "interminable prayer": when in reality, it is a beautiful way to briefly step into Heaven and out of life's sufferings. Maybe, give it another chance. A rosary takes less than s half an hour to say, an infinitesimal fraction of eternity.

Tue Aug 23 16:12:38 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
It took a long time for the acute poverty in Cork to be relieved. Even in the 1940s things were very bad for the 'have-nots'.

And it took another twenty years for free secondary education to arrive.

Wed Aug 10 20:49:26 2016

Joseph O'Laughlin writes from USA
Hi Cora,

Seconding your 2nd Cork book.

A society tortured into unstable behaviors as citizens try to progress toward civility.

How good it is that you are "with us; NOT agin' us"


Tue Aug 9 22:47:22 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Joe. That's a heartwarming thought.

Just back from a walk through the lanes. The verges are overflowing with wild flowers and we saw a pine marten (like a very large cat with an immensely furry tail) slip across the road in front of us and disappear into a hazel copse.


Sat Jul 30 21:20:05 2016

Joseph O'Laughlin writes from USA
Ah.. but it is a cheap way for me to get the information!
Having you research it, and compose a narrative presentation that's a pleasure for me to walk through!

An mil thankyouse,


Sat Jul 30 20:06:59 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Two copies! That's impressive for such an expensive book.

I think that I must be the last person in the western world to understand about Pokeman. I'll have to ask my grandson to explain it. Incidentally he's been climbing on the cliffs at least Ballyryan, one of the place names in 'A Fatal Inheritance'.

Fri Jul 29 22:28:54 2016

Joseph O'Laughlin writes from USA
Hi Cora,

Tell your publisher I just bought my 2ND copy of "A Fatal Inheritance" !
I've misplaced the previous copy, but want to sleuth out some of the placenames perhaps findable on the "Map of the Burren".

Perhaps the Pokemon craze could be persuaded to pop up some of the old names as one cruises the Burren?

(I got the Assasination also)


Joe O'Laughlin

Fri Jul 29 21:28:55 2016

Prish Hawkes
Thank you Cora for wonderful work and giving such a lot of reading pleasure!

Thu Jul 14 08:32:14 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Many thanks, Prish. The stories that my parents told of the 1920s and my own experiences of the 1940s 1950s have given me some great material for stories. Memories of the fogs and the floods are very distinct in my mind.

Tue Jul 12 18:33:53 2016

Prish Hawkes writes from England
Dear Cora
Just to say how much I enjoyed the "Shocking Assassination"so it was so exciting and excellently written .. ,in addition, as in the"Mara" novels ,there is so much history of Cork, wonderful descriptions and fascinating insights into those difficult and turbulent times! Thank you very much indeed.

Tue Jul 12 17:07:38 2016

George Quinn writes from Ballyvaughan
Hi Cora,
we would love to sell your books in our Craftshop in Ballyvaughan. Can you contact is if you are interested?
Best regards
George Quinn

Mon Jul 11 17:42:04 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
That's great that you did see it. I wanted Severn House to put it on the cover, but it is very difficult to photograph.

De Gaulle, of course, adopted the 'Cross of Lorraine' as his symbol and I read somewhere about a group of French soldiers who lined up in front of the little church and saluted it.

Kilnaboy is interesting as it is marked on a late medieval map of Ireland, one of the few places marked, and that was probably because, like Cashel and Aran Islands, it was on the pilgrims' route. I had an idea in the back of my mind about doing a book about the connection between Aran Islands and Kilnaboy, but, alas, 'Mara' will come to an end with the book that will be published in the autumn. My publisher finds that the demand for the books has dropped off.

Sat Jul 9 11:46:12 2016

David Cartwright writes from England, (Leeds)
Yes we did see the two armed cross on the church, although it was difficult to see at first and we would probably not have spotted it if we hadn't been looking for it. We also saw the fertility symbol above the door and thank you again for the inspiration to visit The Burren and its awesome sights and beautiful scenery. We look forward to more of your wonderful books. Anne and David.

Sat Jul 9 11:38:10 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm so delighted to get your message, David. I suppose it is what every writer hopes for - to have a reader that shares the view of a created world. I love the Ellis Peters books and had a great visit a few years ago to Shrewsbury and to the surrounding countryside. I still remember how much pleasure that gave me and am so delighted that you and your wife enjoyed your trip. I hope you noticed the two-armed cross on the gable of Kilnaboy church.

Thank you so much for writing. You've given me a lot of pleasure

Fri Jul 8 21:49:45 2016

David Cartwright writes from England, (Leeds)
Dear Cora
My wife, Anne, and I have just returned from a week in the Burren, having completed a "Mara Trail". We were inspired by your books and visited many of the locations mentioned including Pulnabrone, Cahermacnaughton, Lissylisheen, Fanore, Galway and Kilnaboy. We also flew into Cork so that we could see some of the locations in your new Reverend Mother series on the way. We love your books and find it fascinating to see the places thst you so well describe with our own eyes. We are looking forward to your next book in the autumn. Please keep writing to give us more reasons to revisit. David

Fri Jul 8 11:05:10 2016

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