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Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Goodness! Is it as long ago as that. I so clearly remember it. Lovely weather - May, I think, wasn't it. And the picture that you gave me still hangs in my study.
I am most flattered that you want me again, but I don't do school visits any more. I resigned from the scheme quite a few years ago. Old age, I'm afraid. I have had a few bouts of pneumonia and being in my eightieth year do feel a bit fragile at the moment.
However, if I am feeling well and if we decide to go to Scotland in May, well then I would love to drop in to say say hallo to everyone.
Just this morning I've sent off my last book 'Season of Darkness' to my publishers. when it comes out it will be my 60th published book - and Drumshee started it all!
Dated:Wed Nov 14 10:43:13 2018  

Name: Francis Close
Message:Dear Cora,
Many thanks for your replies. It is almost 7 years since you were in the Glens and the pupils of Glenann PS all love to read your books.
I have been asked by my Primary 7 pupils if you would like to come up again to the Glens of Antrim. You would be very welcome!
Dated:Wed Nov 14 09:34:19 2018  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Dear Ellen,

Something that was hugely inspirational and useful to me was finding the original plans for the workhouse in the local library. I was appalled to see that there were separate play yards for boys and girls so this meant that children were not only cruelly separated from their parents, but from brothers or sisters also.
Yes, I like Fions, too.
Dated:Wed Nov 14 08:22:39 2018  

Name: Ellen glenann PS P7 cushendall
Message:Dear Cora
I really enjoyed two of your Drumshee books. The books I read was titanic voyage from Drumshee and famine secret. I really enjoyed both. I have a few questions.
Who is your favorite character in famine secret?
My favourite was fiona.
What inspired you to write about the famine?
Dated:Tue Nov 13 18:36:34 2018  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Alex: I was then and still am a very fast writer. I can write about a thousand words in an hour, sometimes more, but seldom less. That thousand words will fill more than three pages so you can work it out for yourself.

As for the children, I liked them all. But I think Fiona Is the most like me so I will have to give her the prize!

I'm so delighted that you like the books. I wrote the first one nearly twenty years ago and now, this spring, I will have the fun of seeing my 60th book published. My agent is giving a party for me at the Lonfon Book Fair in order to celebrate!
Dated:Tue Nov 13 18:22:20 2018  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:How lovely to hear from Cushendall again. I still remember that lovely May morning when I met you all. Goodness, how long ago was that!

I wrote the book about the Famine because one morning. Living here in my cottage on the hill below the Iron Age Fort, I looke across at the hill opposite and, in the slanting light of the early morning, I saw ridge after ridge, showing where a hundred years previously, the potatoes were planted and I thought of the terrible devastation and despair when they discovered that the potatoes had rotted.
Dated:Tue Nov 13 18:10:40 2018  

Name: AlexMcAlister GlenannPS
Message:Hey Cora,
I really enjoy your books and what you have written. My favourite book is Famine Secret at Drumshee and Titanic Voyage at Drumshee. A few questions are: What inspired you to write books about that Famine?
How long did it take to write?
What’s your favourite book of all the children ones?
From Alex McAlister
Dated:Tue Nov 13 17:53:17 2018  

Name: P7 Glenann PS, Cushendall
Message:Dear Cora,
It has been a long time since we have written to you. We hope you are well. Everyone really enjoyed reading your book Famine Secret at Drumshee. It tied in with our topic of The Great Irish Famine. Our favourite characters were Fiona, Deirdre and Martin. We found out that life was a challenge in the workhouse and also very sad for the inmates. We would like to know who your favourite character is in Famine Secret at Drumshee and we also like to know what inspired you to write the book. Last year we also read Titanic Voyage from Drumshee. We also enjoyed it.
Dated:Tue Nov 13 13:41:30 2018  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Dear Silber,
The name of the book is 'The Girl on the Marble Slab' and it is about Charles Dickens and his friend investigating the death of one of the young girls whom he had rescued from prostitution. I'm hoping it will be published next year some time. It was very interesting researching the two worlds, the well-off and the very poor.

I hope you will enjoy it when it is published.
Dated:Wed Aug 9 11:20:39 2017  

Name: Silber
Message:Hello, dear Mrs. Harrison,

I am sixteen and I like it to read about history and the books about Alfie and the Gang were just great. So I really hoped for a few more books. There are so many stories untold about these guys and the time of these guys. But it sounds very interesting that you have written more books about these historical times, the victorian times. So I would really like to read them. Maybe you can suggest some of your books? I really like your way of writing, so I would love it, to read more by you.
Dated:Tue Aug 8 12:56:55 2017  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Dear Silber

I'm afraid it was just the usual - exploring possibilities, but it all coming to nothing. I suppose the answer is that, although they sold well, and won some prizes, they did not sell well enough to tempt a publisher to go beyond six books.

I am writing a book for adults now that deals with the same time and the same problems, but as it is for adults it can be more open about the life of the poor at that time.

How old are you, Silber? I wondered if it might be suitable for you if it gets published. You sound very grow-up.
Dated:Wed Aug 2 10:26:17 2017  

Name: Silber
Message:Hello, dear Mrs. Harrison, was your talk with your agent successful und good for Alfie and the gang? The book you mentioned about Oliver Twist was good, but I like your stories about "The London Murder Mysteries" better, because they are more thrilling. It was very interesting to read about the terrible situation for kids then. How they were treated and that they had do to lots of things to survive. Is it true that they had to endure physical abuse, beatings and such regulary? And that even prostitution was common in these days for young girls? It is good that these things are in your books, because it is important to know about and not only to read about the bright sides of life. It makes your books so vibriant, credible and informative.
Dated:Tue Aug 1 12:40:08 2017  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:i always think of writing a book as like a journey from the opening to the ending, where you are describing everything that happened, everything experienced, felt seen, all described so as to hold the attention of a reader/listener.
Dated:Mon Jul 10 22:36:34 2017  

Name: Taiane
Message:Yes, I do have and end to the story! I also think that's important when writing because then you already know where you want to go with it
Dated:Mon Jul 10 22:14:17 2017  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I must look on the Internet to see the cover.

Have you thought of an ending for your project? I don't allow myself to start before I've thought of an ending.

Though sometimes I do change it if I think of something more interesting
Dated:Fri Jun 30 09:53:36 2017  

Name: Taiane
Message:Oh, I forgot to tell you. I'm starting a new book project. Maybe it's something, maybe it isn't but I'm pretty excited about the ideas.
Dated:Thu Jun 29 19:11:23 2017  

Name: Taiane
Message:As soon as I read it I'll tell you about the translation.
I wonder why they waited so long to release it here... Anyway, have you seen the book cover? It's quite different from the original but also pretty!
So glad that you still remember me!
Dated:Thu Jun 29 19:09:42 2017  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:How lovely to hear from you, Taiane.

And I had nearly forgotten about that book. You must tell me how you think it translated. I had lots of messages from the translator quite a few years ago asking for explanations of some of the expressions I used, particularly the 18th century expressions. She seemed very nice and very intelligent.
Do keep in touch.. I love to hear from you.
Dated:Wed Jun 14 09:14:00 2017  

Name: Taiane
Message:Hello Cora! How do you do?
I'm thrilled! Your book "Jane Austen stole my boyfriend" just came out in Portuguese! I can't wait to buy it and read!
Taiane
Dated:Mon Jun 12 23:28:38 2017  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:well, I'd really love to do a third one, and about Rose, who is my favourite of the sisters.

However, and now you know what I'm going to say, publishers don't print books to please writers, they print books to sell thousands of copies, and Macmillan are not convinced that they will sell thousands of copies of a third 'Debutantes' book.
And so...
Dated:Tue May 2 23:41:05 2017  

Name: Kylee
Message:I think I know the answer to this, but I have to ask anyway. I've been thinking about the Debutante series which I read a few years ago, and completely LOVED. I'm thinking about re-reading them, but what I'd really love is a third book. Is there any chance at all you'd write a third, perhaps focusing on Rose?
Dated:Tue May 2 12:41:08 2017  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:You know, Silber, you fill me with enthusiasm for doing some more of these books. I am a great enthusiast for Dickens and his stories of Victorian London and his books, especially Oliver Twist, inspired me to write about my own 'Fagin's Gang'.

I think that I will have a chat with my agent on Monday about the possibility of doing another set of these books. I did so enjoy writing them and lots of kids have told me that they enjoyed reading them. In fact, they won some prizes where the judges were children - always the most worth-while awards, in my view.
Thank you so much for going to the trouble of writing.
Dated:Sun Apr 30 08:11:18 2017  

Name: Silber
Message:Hello, dear Mrs. Harrison,
yes, I read them in English. I like the language a lot. Unfortunately they are not translated into german. It would be a shame if you would not continue such a fantastic and very thrilling series. I keep my fingers crossed for you, that you found very soon a new publisher for Alfie and his wonderful gang. Every book was like being part of the gang and I had the luck to read all six books in a row last year. But now I am out of this great stuff and that is the reason why I asked you. And do you have already ideas for the next books? I know, you write a lot of books, but please, find some time for Alfie. I like the way you describe the time and all the small informations about daily life back then.
Dated:Sat Apr 29 15:48:58 2017  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:thank you for writing, Silber. I'm delighted that you liked the books. Did you read them in English?

Yes, I'd love to write some more, but the original publisher went out of business. So I must look for another publisher.

By the way, did you read them in English, or were they translated into German?

And I must say that you write excellent English!
Dated:Sat Apr 29 14:49:43 2017  

Name: Silber
Message:Hello, dear Mrs. Harrison,

I am from Germany and a huge fan of your London Murder Mysteries series. I read all six books in the series and I really want to know when you finally have the next books written and published for everyone who likes these books like me. I always ask myself what will happen with Alfie and the gang. It would be very kind of you to answer my question and I really hope for some good news.
Dated:Sat Apr 29 13:57:23 2017  

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