Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I must confess to you, Joe, that I made up the character of Ardal O'Lochlainn - unlike Turlough Donn O'Brien, he has no historical reality. Originally he was going to be just a minor part of the scenery, but I got involved with him and he has become more and more part of Mara's life. I'm intrigued by him, and am not sure where the story will lead me - sounds pretentious, but it is the way things go.

Trinda: I am trying to look up the point that you raised. The trouble is that it is actually over seven years since I wrote the book, initially. I'm almost certain that there is evidence of a stone circle in the Kilcorny vicinity - as for the name, my memory is that I just made it up.

Sat Jul 16 18:07:11 2011

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA

Here is another dubiosity to conjure with:

"..there are doubts as to whether the present chief of the sept [since 1666?] can be correctly connected to any of the above remote generations."

re: pedegree of O'Loghlens Burren; geneological MS of Duald McFirbis

Sat Jul 16 00:33:51 2011

Trinda McCarthy writes from Australia
Dear Cora Harrison, I have just found and read your first brehon laws tale My Lady Judge. I was interested in the attention to detail and enjoyed that. However on further perusal I am seriously disappointed that you have dragged in a stone circle from Kildare, (like a whole few counties away) complete with name and number of stones, to infuse your story in the Burren. I was excited at first that there might have been such a circle although I hadnt previously, while exploring discovered any mention or remnants of one. I guess my disappointment was that within such accuracy on so many other things, an active fabrication should not go unmentioned say in an introduction. I realise this is a work of fiction but you are playing with accurate historical record and this somehow falls short. I did like the book anyway. Thank you - Trinda McCarthy

Fri Jul 15 15:14:35 2011

David Clark writes from Spain
Dear Ms Harrison,
I've enjoyed all the Burren mysteries I've read so far, but had to skip Writ in Stone as it was previously unavailable. I see that a new large print edition is available, and that the book is also in a Kindle edition. I'm loathe to purchase the electronic version (as it would spoil my collection!) but wonder if there is any plan for a paperback edition to be released.

Thank you for your time, and keep up yhe great work!

Best wishes,

David Clark

Fri Jul 15 11:55:12 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm sure that your wife is right, Joe. There has been a deafening silence from my publishers and that is usually the case when expenditure is concerned.
Oh well...
I wish you'd send some heat over here. We've had rain, wind and temperatures in the low fifties over here for the past month. Today is sunny, but the rain is due to come back within a couple of days - just in time for St Swithin's Day on the July 15.

Wed Jul 13 09:58:29 2011

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
Oh yes, readable. It just blows up the first 6 lines or so of the chapter to double the size. Made me think there was something very significant to that part.

My wife's experience is that when when a production company has made errors preparing a book for the Kindle transformation it will cost herself an additional $300 to make corrections, submit, and see what the result may be. If she has to closely edit the whole text the cost of her time alone may be double that.

I wussed out of the field excursion due to the heat, rattlesnakes, and geriatric exhaustion from getting up and down off the ground, in/out of my backpacking tent.

Wed Jul 13 03:35:52 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I did put your point to the publishers, Joe. They haven't replied as yet, but my agent says that this is very common wherever a font is changed. I haven't anyway of looking at it myself (other than buying a kindle edition) so I don't know how bad it is. Is it readable?

Not sure whether 'My Lady Judge' is the best of the books - what do you think? I suppose I was feeling my way into the character and the environment there and sometimes I think that I overdid the descriptions.
Thanks for your interest. I must go and look at the O'Lochlainn stone at Corcomroe abbey. the Viking symbol is just so intriguing that it will have to come up in one of my stories. I'm just about to sign a contract for two further books about Mara, the Brehon.

Tue Jul 12 14:42:23 2011

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
At your suggestion I read Writ in Stone with pleasure.

Just now in My Lady Judge on the Kindle perhaps you should look at the beginning of the chapter on page 55? I have seen other Kindle books where the font changes in a way the author may not intend.

I'm off to Wyoming to do volunteer weeding in front of petroglyphs!

Thu Jul 7 04:08:23 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Sorry for delay in answering messages. I was away for a few weeks and came back to find deadlines hovering!

Joan: I felt like you about the Kindle, but I must say I don't regret getting one. A lot of books are cheaper and then there are all the out-of-print books suddenly popping up on it!

Dolores: Like you, I love Glendalough, but the Burren is unique - try to see it on a sunny day in late April or early May and it is like a gorgeous rock garden.

Aice: I would love to write another 'Jane' book but it won't be for a year or two, I'm afraid. I have five books lined up to do first!

Joe: Do you know, I did not realise that was what it was. How marvellous! You have really triggered my imagination. After Mara, my heroine, I think that I am most interested in the character of Ardal O'Lochlainn.
By the way, 'Writ in Stone' number four, is set in Corcomroe Abbey and I think it is my favourite so far as the mystery is concerned.

Sun Jul 3 11:24:55 2011

Joe O'Laughlin writes from USA
Hi Cora,
I've just discovered your latest O'Lochlainn related mystery on Kindle, and haven't read the whole canon yet. GREAT !

Paul Clements mentions a Yggsdrasyl carving on the O'Lochlainn tomb in Corcomroe Abbey? Some early Viking Silkie married in to the O'Conners and splitting the heritage?

I can't pull up a picture of it just now. Saw the tomb and Abbey years ago, but did not twig on it.

Please advise.. but not to interrupt your writing,

Regards from Joe O'Laughlin

Sun Jul 3 00:04:11 2011

Alice writes from USA
Dear Cora,
Please write another Jane Austen book. I really enjoyed the first two!
Thank You,


P.s Can you recommend any of your Novels?

Sat Jun 25 13:38:11 2011

Dolores Sierra writes from USA
I've just finished the third in the Burren series, which I'm reading on my Kindle. I love them. I've wanted to know more about the Brehon laws for a long time, and find your introductions to each chapter to be most informative. As another reader wrote, I feel that the characters have become as real people I know and like. I'm ready for "Writ in Stone" now, but wanted to thank you for this wonderful series of books. I'll be purchasing paper copies for a friend soon. I don't know if this will seem like a good comparison to you, but I find this books to be as enjoyable and informative as Morgan Llywellyn's books. We visited the Burren briefly when we were in Ireland several years ago. Unfortunately, I was not feeling well that day, so didn't get to see as much as my husband did. He loved it though, and still talks about it as one of his favorite Irish places. (though he didn't see Glendalough, which is one of my favorite places.) Thanks again for this wonderful series!

Thu Jun 16 02:12:25 2011

Joan Evans writes from England
Hi Cora,
No I cannot yet bring myself to get a kindle,apart from the expense the idea simply does not appeal to me, tho' I must admit when I saw Writ in Stone was available on Kindle I did toy with the idea for a moment. I shall have to think of some other way.
Thank you for your reply,

Tue Jun 14 01:28:42 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Do you have a Kindle, Joan?

All of my 'Mara' books, including 'Writ in Stone', 'Eye of the Law' & 'Scales of Retribution' are now on Kindle with both Amazon Uk and

Sun Jun 5 10:12:27 2011

Joan Evans writes from England
Hi again Cora,
I got several other books from the Tara Book Shop.My grand daughters are now reading all about Alfie.I received very nice service but sadly they do not have a copy of 'Writ in Stone'. I am still looking ...there some hard back copies available at a high price.I am in Limbo with Mara as I don't want to proceed out of sequence. Guess its worth the wait tho,unless you know of anywhere that might sell copies.Thanks again

Sat Jun 4 22:49:26 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Could you give chapter and verse for your assertions? I have been through Egerton 88 (the Domhnall O'Davoren mss) in the British Library and I did not get that impression.
In any case, I am writing about a time almost sixty years earlier.

Fri May 27 16:02:03 2011

Conor Shinkins writes from Ireland
In your book My Lady Judge, you write that The Brehon had 6 students under her at her Law School, when in actual fact a learned Brehon was more likely to have many more students than that. We know this from surviving Brehon Legal Manuscripts such as that written by Domhnall O'Davoren and his students between the years 1564 and 1569 at his Law School at Cahermacnaghten in County Clare, now in ruins. This is the problem I have with writers writing fictionalized books based on true events, they very often don't have the expertise to write about about these subjects and fill in the gaps based on guess work, which is quite often incorrect.

Fri May 27 14:10:48 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Tony & Mary: the name, of course, was orginally de Burgo - it's of Norman origin, rather than Irish, though the Burkes, or Bourkes of Galway became more Irish than the Irish themselves.

Glad you enjoyed the books.

Thu May 19 17:15:50 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I think that 'Titanic - Voyage from Drumshee' is out-of-print, Anna. Wolfhound Press were taken over by Merlin who then went out of business. I got the rights back, but haven't done anything about getting it reprinted.
I'd say that the book is mainly suitable for Primary School children.
Yes, I was born in Cobh and lived there until 1942 when we moved to Cork because of the problems for my father trying to get ot work on a train that was fuelled by damp peat (turf).

Thu May 19 17:12:07 2011

Anna Keating writes from Cork (Cobh)
Hi Cora
I am a Home School Liaison Officer at Carrignafoy Community College (secondary) in Cobh where you were born a fact I was amazed to learn. As next year will be the anniversary of the Titanic disaster I am planning a 'One Book One Community' event hopefully starting with the reading of a book around about October with various other activities based on the chosen book and the historical event itself. I was hoping to choose a book on this topic. At the moment I am reading various texts on the Titanic and currently reading your book from the Drumshee Collection and thoroughly enjoying it. I would valueyour opinion as to its suitability for both adults and children. And I would love to know if you have been involved in a similar activity anywhere else in the country. I am also wondering if it will be possible to buy a substantial number of new copies of this book as the copy I have is pretty worn out and if I want people to read it obviously it would be nice to have a perfectly new copy.
Looking forward to hearing from you Anna

Thu May 19 14:10:54 2011

Tony and Mary Bourke writes from Australia
My husband and I have written before after reading My Lady Judge and The Michaelmas Mystery. We have just read The Sting of Justice which you promised had a Bourke in it.My husband Tony worked in Ireland in 2003,2004, as a chemist and was told that it was spelt Burke in Ireland to which his` response was that he spelt it the way his father did(as did Clanricarde,Earl of Mayo,Gov.Richard of N.S.W.,and Mary Robinson etc. We also very much enjoyed Writ in Stone. We believe the mysteries would make a good series or movie. There is alot of interest in Irish history in Australia. Thank you for the great stories. Mary Bourke (Nee McNamara)

Thu May 19 09:11:09 2011

Joan Evans writes from England
Thanks Cora ,will do -Joan

Wed May 18 14:31:15 2011

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Ron & Joan:

You should be able to get what you want from a bookclub in Ireland.

Patricia Lyons deals with books for children mainly, but has all of my books for adults, also.

You could email her at this address:

Hope this works. Let me know if there is a problem

Tue May 17 22:53:34 2011

Joan Evans writes from England
Hello again Cora,
Its good to see that so many people are enjoying your books.I,however,am a lady-in -waiting as I don't want to skip a book and read out of sequence.I am trying to obtain a copy of "Writ in stone".I have been waiting months for an order from two very well known sources and now been informed its unobtainable.
Is there a way I can purchase from your website? I shall go mad wondering what is happening to Mara.I must not move on to the next book until I've read this one.
Thanks for your time,

Tue May 17 21:25:20 2011

Ron writes from USA
I have copies of all of your books because I have enjoyed reading each. I collect only authors I personally enjoy and wish to share with my nieces and nephews. My collection is my legacy to them.

I have difficulty getting signed copies of your books. Other than bringing them to you in Ireland (which I'm sure you would not want), how can I purchase copies you have signed? Do you travel out of Ireland to book signings?

Tue May 17 20:35:55 2011

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