Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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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

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Scott: yes, you have 'Condemned to Death' which is about the sandy beach of Fanore, north of Doolin; 'A Fatal Inheritance' which is about a steep valley bordering on the road by the coast, between Doolin and Fanore.
And then in November, I think, you will have 'An Unjust Judge' which is, by coincidence all about Doolin itself.

I'm not sure what you mean, Cil. All emails come straight to me and I won't publish them unless you are happy for me to do so.

Wed Jul 6 19:48:07 2016

Hi Cora,

I was just wondering if there was any way to contact you outside of the public guestbook, like an e-mail?

Tue Jul 5 22:57:36 2016

Scott writes from USA-NO CA
It's me again!
Ah, I didn't take a close look but it looked like a photo I took one night on the bridge!!

I hadn't noticed your other series so will take a look as I enjoy reading about areas I'm familiar (enjoy visits to Doolin, connections to Tipp, Cork and other regions) which helps my mental vacation and visualizing while reading :-)

I didn't realize I was so far behind so as you say, who knows what the future holds.

Thanks again,

Tue Jul 5 22:21:01 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
It's a great pleasure to me to get your emails, Scott, and one of the things I enjoy most when writing the Mara books, is this blending of fact and fiction.

Yes, you are right. That is Bunratty Castle and it was, at that time, probably the principal residence of the kings of Thomond. This one will have no sudden gap, but moves on from the one you are reading now. You are a few books behind my production line, and, who knows, the publisher might change his mind and carry on with them.

If not, I wonder whether you might enjoy my series about Cork city in the 1920s. Have a look on the first page of this website, and read the reviews there or on Amazon.

Tue Jul 5 20:03:36 2016

Scott writes from USA- NO CA
It's me again, I just looked up what I think is next for me- Verdict of the Court. I'm sure the cover image is similar to many places but I instantly thought I was looking at Bunratty Castle! Do you have any other books/series that have similar qualities- threads of history, mystery, writing style that puts you "in place"? (if any of this is better off line or boring to others, you can shoot me an email). I'm not aware of any other Celtic series that work in such qualities and I've searched a few times (I've been reading the Fidelma series for a while).
Thanks again!

Tue Jul 5 16:53:19 2016

Scott writes from USA- Northern California
Hi again,
Ah, that's what I've enjoyed- threads of history and reality in the stories :-) Now you are making me look up another character. There had been a gap in my reading so this confirm a bit of my thoughts as I was reading. In the passing of time, Mara's dog had also passed which added a sad note.............ach, who knows about the future, right?

Tue Jul 5 16:45:58 2016

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Just to clarify re Cross of Vengeance, Scott - Yes, it does skip a few years. Sales had gone down and I was anxious to reach the end of the Mara story before the series was finished due to economics.

In the event, that did not happen.

I was very anxious to introduce Mara's grandson, Domhnall, as he was the last Brehon of the Burren and was responsible for collecting old Irish law, Brehon law, and the scripts written under his supervision by his scholars are now in the British Library in London. I was allowed to handle them and I must say that my hands trembled!

Thu Jun 30 18:25:32 2016

Scott writes from Northern CA
Hi again Cora,
I missed your earlier reply and thank you for replying re the demise of the Burren/Mara series. Again, I missed your reply and as I'm still reading Cross of Vengeance my mind pondered the "why". I confirmed that I hadn't missed/skipped a book but it has surprised me to see some students gone and Mara's son so mature between this and the previous book.
Anyway, let me emphasize how I've enjoyed your writing - not just the mysteries but the details of Mara's travels (describing the local characteristics, plant names that have me taking notes, etc. Since I don't see myself traveling for a while, it allows for a "mental vacation".
Do you have other mysteries or know of another that has such detail- the mysteries plus feeling like you are at the location?
Thanks again,

Thu Jun 30 16:01:27 2016

Cora Harrison writes from ireland
I use this email, Mike.

Michelle Duff seems to handle this sort of thing.

It would be lovely if you did stock the Burren series!

Many thanks for your interest.

Wed Jun 22 11:16:35 2016

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