Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
have you read Hilary Mantel's books I'm rereading at the moment Bring up the Bodies is my favourite.

Thu Feb 14 18:23:30 2013

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
I'm glad Mara is living during the rise of the first Cromwell, Thomas, - and won't live to see the destruction wrought by Oliver Cromwell's armies.

Thu Feb 14 18:18:27 2013

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I think that the greatest change in the last five or six years has to be the invention of the Kindle - not sure how I would manage without mine now. As I live in quite a small cottage there is a limit to the amount of bookshelves that I can fit - currently six floor to ceiling ones - so the Kindle is a godsend - and whenever we get some sun here in the west of Ireland I can read with pleasure out on my terrace. I wish they could use the same technology for the screens of laptops.
And, of course, it's marvelous, to have complete editions of Shakespeare, the king James bible, all of Dickens, Trollope and other classics, just lying in the drawer next to my bed - add to that a light for reading if I wake up in the early hours and can't get back to sleep - well the Kindle has to take top prize for inventions.

Mon Feb 11 08:43:55 2013

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
"..'th times they are a'chain'gn.."

Sat Feb 9 22:10:15 2013

Kristine Niland

I'll definitely make sure to check the library for that book, thanks for telling me about it, I'll let you know what I think!

I'm from Tuam but I'm in Dublin now, I miss the country sometimes but in general I absolutely love it here!

Thanks for all of your advice over the years :) I completely understand how busy you are, I find it amazing that you can keep up with yourself - I know I'm too much of a procrastinator to be able for it even though I'm a lot younger!

I hope one day when I'm an author that I can run a story club and help younger writers the way that you have! You really did help me to find my voice and style and I can't thank you enough :)


Thu Feb 7 09:23:05 2013

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
It's lovely to hear from you, Kristine, and, yes, I do remember you - was it Tuam, or somewhere in that direction?

Yes, I do still do the the Story Club, but only just. I keep thinking of giving it up as it is time-consuming and I am, for an elderly lady, terribly busy. I have had ten books published during the last two years and this year looks like being as busy.

I do, I'm afraid, have a rule that I don't read or criticise anything written by adults - time is one issue and lack of expertise is another. I only have my own taste to go by and that would not be everyone's.

I would recommend, though, if you are serious about writing, that you buy or borrow from the library Carole Blake's 'From Pitch to Publication' - it is excellent and should be read by any aspiring writer.

It's lovely to hear from you and i wish you all the luck in the world.

Thu Feb 7 09:13:16 2013

Kristine Niland writes from Ireland
Hi Cora,

I've tried to post this message a couple of times but my compute won't seem to let any case, I'm sorry if the message has been sending and I'm just bombarding your inbox!

You probably don't remember me, I used to post you stories on the story club board...I almost posted on the children's guest book out of habit, but I suppose I've grown out of that a bit!

The last couple of years have been hectic what with the leaving cert and starting college, but now that I'm in second year, I feel like I'm starting to get the hang of time management, and I'm starting to make time for writing again!

I realize you're a very busy woman, but I notice that you still run the story club, and I wonder if you'd be interested in having a quick glance at something that I've written? I totally understand if you haven't got the time, but I always found your advice so inspiring, and after a 2-year-long writer's block, now I feel like I can't stop!

Also, it's been years since I read one of your books, but I picked up 'My Lady Judge' from my college library and can't wait to start it!

I hope you and your family are well,
Kristine Niland.

Wed Feb 6 23:21:49 2013

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
That is a fascinating piece of information, Joe - something that I think I might try with my 'Drumshee' books - Irish historical novels for children.
I think, though I would have to check with my agent, that all of my Mara books are still under contract. They are all (except the latest probably) available on Kindle.
Hope you enjoy 'Chain of Evidence' - my cattle raid book. My agent and editor think it is one of, if not the best.

Mon Feb 4 08:29:00 2013

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
Hi Cora,
It may be possible to keep your books available through Print On Demand. You have to own the unencumbered rights to a book to do this.
Amazon's CreateSpace has a template and you have to WORK to get your book text into it. However my wife just did it with one of her books by submitting a pdf file.
She was able to set the price of the resulting paperback 30% lower than her original publisher would allow.

Waiting for "Chain" to be available here in the USA.
Joe O'Laughlin

Sun Feb 3 22:42:48 2013

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Prish, I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

As always I'm eager to know whether you guessed the murderer - though personally when I read a crime story I just rush through it without too much thought!

Thu Jan 24 20:09:47 2013

Prish Hawkes writes from England
Another great murder mystery in Chain of Evidence! Mara and her scholars delving into an intriguing mystery,facinating information on Irish Law and wonderfully detailed description of the Burren. i am always sorry to get to the end of a Mara mystery Thank you Cora ..a fantastic read!

Thu Jan 24 12:26:53 2013

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm delighted that you like them, Marianne.

Yes, you are right. Tom Lefroy was a relation of people who lived near to the Austens. Some biographers and researchers think that Jane was in love with him, but I don't think that, myself. I think she was only joking when she wrote about him in her letters. I feel that there is much more evidence for Jane being in love with a different man - and I write about that in book 2 of my books.

I would love a film!

And to write a third book about Jane and her love problems!

Wed Jan 16 09:25:17 2013

Hi Cora, I absolutely love your series about the young Jane Austen I was gripped to the story lines and never put the books down! I was wondering if the 'Lefroy' mentioned in the books is the same as in the film Becoming Jane? Will you be releasing any other books in the series I and i am sure you have been asked this many times but will there be a film? Marianne

Tue Jan 15 22:25:37 2013

That's a shame about the books maybe they need advertising a bit more?

Fri Dec 28 10:44:13 2012

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
For a new book I would be reliant on an invitation from Pan Macmillan of London to write one. I'm not sure if they think that the books sold well enough to produce a third one - though I get dozens and dozens of messages pleading with me to write another.
A film, of course, would be stellar!

Fri Dec 14 16:51:15 2012

hi Cora I have read both Jane austen was my bestfriend and Jane Austen stole my boyfriend. Like so many others I wonder if you will be writing another edition to the series? I also think you should make the books into a film!

Fri Dec 14 16:25:56 2012

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Ella: That will have to be a secret until I write the book - I shouldn't have said it - forget it!

Thu Dec 13 18:03:18 2012

Ella writes from United Arab Emirates
Hi Cora,

Just replying to your last message. Thank you for your quick reply, I think that it is great that you reply to your fans so quickly! Just curious as to your reply, ummm what do you mean by "the ending would be sad"? Still hoping you will write another book

Thu Dec 13 17:21:19 2012

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I haven't come across it, Carla, but will have a look when I have finished the book that I am writing (about a very different time). I always have to immerse myself in a historical period when I am doing a book, and so try not to allow another time to intrude.

They do sound fun.

Thu Dec 13 10:05:51 2012

Carla Clements writes from USA
I was wondering if you are a fan of the Youtube series "The Lizzie Bennet Diaries"? It is a surprisingly charming modern day adaptation of Pride & Prejudice with a large fan base who either already love all things Austen, or are being introduced to her books through the series.

Thu Dec 13 01:20:30 2012

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
It would be interesting to write about Jenny's married life - though the ending is sad.

Wed Dec 12 18:05:42 2012

Ella writes from United Arab Emirates
Hi Cora,

I have read both "I was Jane Austen's best friend" and "Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend". I am desperate to know if you will be writing anymore books in this series about Jane and Jenny after they are married?! My friends and I are really hoping you will write another book in the series because it is gives you so much insight as to how Jane Austen lived and how she meant her character's in her books to be portrayed and understood. Please please please please please please please write another book!
My Best Wishes and Seasonal Greetings

Wed Dec 12 14:10:31 2012

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Hayley. I do hope that my portrayal of Jane as a teenager is reasonably accurate. Her writings in her teen years suddenly inspired me.

I would so love if they were made into a film - it could be very pretty and fun, but so far there have been no nibbles.

Fri Nov 16 09:40:48 2012

Hayley writes from England
Hi, Cora!
I would love to let you know that I read "I was Jane Austen's best friend" and "Jane Austen stole my boyfriend".
I loved them and I keep thinking about them. I imagine that this portrayal of Jane as a teenager is the most accurate!
I love the fun adventures the girls and boys went through.
I was thinking how amazing these books would be as movies. Is there anything in the future that could suggest that they will become films???
Thank you :)

Fri Nov 16 08:03:13 2012

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Charlotte, I very much appreciate your comments.

Thu Nov 1 19:35:43 2012

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