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Name: aoibhe murphy
Message:OK CORA MY MAM OS HELPING ME NOW I STILL TIPPING

Dated:Mon Nov 7 18:45:21 2011  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Belive it or not - and I taught in England for a long time so I, too was amazed - Irish secondary school teachers have holidays from the end of May until the beginning of September!
Dated:Mon Nov 7 17:30:48 2011  

Name: Minnie
Message:Whoa!! Longer holidays that 6 weeks? In England we think that's generous! How long do you have?
Dated:Mon Nov 7 17:17:35 2011  

Name: Kelly
Message:Dear Cora,
Thanks for putting my story on the website and thanks for the comments. I will definitely think about writing a series.
Dated:Mon Nov 7 15:40:50 2011  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibhe: Try getting a grown-up to help you. Or else, if it's short send it to the message board and I'll copy it in.
Cora: Lovely to hear from my namesake again. Glad you like 'Famine' - as well as jane Austen, of course.
Minnie: Yes, the combination of teacher and writer might work - especially in Ireland where the holidays are so long. In England it's a bare 6 weeks in the summer for secondary as well as primary.
Kelley: Thanks. Have you tried 'Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend'. It's the sequel. You might get it at your library.
Dated:Mon Nov 7 14:06:50 2011  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kelly: I've just put your story on - it's great.

Questions:
what is your favourite book and author, why? author is probably Charles Dickens because I read first when I was seven and am still reading him 65 years later.
What is your favourite book that you have wrote and why?? or do you like them all the same?
I find it very hard to pick out a favourite book - they are all my children!
Dated:Mon Nov 7 14:01:13 2011  

Name: aoibhe murphy
Message:Hi Cora
thays strang! because i sent it and i will try again kk
Dated:Sun Nov 6 21:11:18 2011  

Name: cora
Message:hi i havent been on since july but while i havent been on i read the book called the famine secreat it was brillent but im still mad about jane austen and jenny
Dated:Sun Nov 6 15:32:15 2011  

Name: Minnie
Message:Maybe, but I'll still be a writer. I want to be an English teacher and a photographer too. I think I will still be a writer, but on top of that I could work part time as something else perhaps.

Well I sent you the other part of my story, and sorry this story is so long. There will be two other parts after it, and then Lorna and Joey's journeys shall end. Will their paths meet again? Or will Lorna run to another house?
Dated:Sun Nov 6 12:36:49 2011  

Name: Kelley Zuck
Message:Hi! Cora Harrison,
I just wanted to say that you are the best author ever! I have just finished reading "I Was Jane Austens Best Friend." It was the best book in the world and I could NOT put it down.keep up the awesome work! and keep doing what you do best.
Dated:Sun Nov 6 00:58:01 2011  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:No, Aoibhe, it didn't come.

Kelly, I'll look at your story to-morrow. In the meantime, you might want to look at the biography and see if some of the questions are already answered.
Dated:Sat Nov 5 19:48:02 2011  

Name: aoibhe
Message:HI CORA
Today i sent you the story again at 2.o clock
Dated:Sat Nov 5 17:31:57 2011  

Name: Kelly
Message:Dear Cora, I was just wondering did you my story 'The Miraculous Journey'??
Dated:Sat Nov 5 14:58:28 2011  

Name: Kelly
Message:Dear Cora, what is your favourite book and author, why??
What is your favourite book that you have wrote and why?? or do you like them all the same??
Dated:Sat Nov 5 13:57:19 2011  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Yes, I did, Aoife - I thik probably my favourite time when I was a child was the medieval era. I found this very romantic with knights and castles.

Liked your story!
Dated:Sat Nov 5 11:47:28 2011  

Name: Aoife
Message: Dear Cora, when you were a child did you always love history and if so what was your favourite area?
Dated:Sat Nov 5 11:43:29 2011  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Minnie (continued):
I'm not sure that if I were a young girl I would aim at that.

On the other hand, you might just hit the jackpot. To do that you have to be truly original - and very, very lucky.

I feel myself lucKy because I earn a reasonable sum of money and do enjoy writing - but I think you should aim at a career and keep writing for a part-time occupation - until you hit the New York Best-Selling List!
Dated:Wed Nov 2 21:16:16 2011  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Dear Minnie,
I must be very honest and say that I don't think it is a career that any young person should aspire to. Normally, if you are lucky, you get a £10,000 advance on a book - if it does well it goes on to earn you about £6,000 or £7,000 a year aferwards - if it's a flop, well, that's that.

Of course if it's a wonderful best-seller, well that's a different matter entirely, but that's like winniing the lottery. Everyone hopes it might happen, but realistically the chances are very small.

I became a writer after retiring from a successful career as teacher & headteacher (school principal) so you could say spending three to four hours work at a computer is an interesting alternative to watching TV for a woman of nearly
Dated:Wed Nov 2 21:14:26 2011  

Name: Taiane
Message:Muito obrigada, Cora, por responder as minhas perguntas. Foi de grande ajuda para meu trabalho.
:)
Beijos e Abraços.
Dated:Wed Nov 2 19:34:22 2011  

Name: Minnie
Message:3,000 words! Woweee that sure is a lot of work to be doing! Thanks, Cora. It is great to get constructive criticism on my work from such a talented and established writer. Seeing your comments always makes my day. Thankyou so much :-).

Can I ask a question regarding writing as a career? How would one get out of the house more often if one's main job was to sit at the computer to write? It's been puzzling me for months, seeing as I am quite lazy, and want to be a writer, I'd just like to know.

Thanks Cora!!
Minnie xx
Dated:Wed Nov 2 18:42:26 2011  

Name: C ora Harrison
Message:Taiane:
I wrote the book about Jane Austen because, having enjoyed her books so much myself I hoped that a story about her as a teenager would lead other teenagers into reading her great books, like Pride & Prejudice, for instance.
When I read what Jane herself had written as a teenager (the Juvenilia) it gave me an impression of her character and it inspired me to write the diary from the point of few of someone who may have been a great friend to her at that time.
Dated:Wed Nov 2 16:08:53 2011  

Name: Kelly
Message:Cora, I love your books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dated:Wed Nov 2 13:35:39 2011  

Name: Taiane
Message:Cora, what was your purpose in writing his book "I was best friends with Jane Austen?" I'm doing a paper on this book and would like to know directly from you what was your purpose for this book.
kisses,
Taian, 11 years, Brazil.
Dated:Wed Nov 2 08:10:31 2011  

Name: Taiane
Message:Cora, qual foi seu objetivo ao escrever seu livro "Eu fui a melhor amiga de Jane Austen"? Estou fazendo um trabalho sobre seu livro e gostaria de saber diretamente de você qual sua opinião para com seu livro.
Beijos,
Taiane, 11 anos, Brasil.
Dated:Tue Nov 1 21:47:35 2011  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibhe: No, that didn't come, either!

Minnie: No problem - your new one has just come through. Will put it on tomorrow. I stopping work now - have written 3,000 words today and am so tired!
Dated:Tue Nov 1 18:05:29 2011  

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