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Name: Hamilton
Message:Just a question, what made you think I was older than I am?
Dated:Wed Feb 11 17:19:34 2015  

Name: Hamilton
Message:Thank you! Yes, I definatley will listen to my friends and how they speak - it would be good to see what the language and dress is now compared to the language and dress in the twenties! That would be quite a good idea for a novel thank you! I think it would need a catchy title though.
Hamilton :-D
Dated:Wed Feb 11 17:18:39 2015  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Goodness - I am surprised.

Well, in that case I would be inclined to study your friends, listen to the way they talk and get in the habit of writing little conversations and your notes on them. Perhaps a little bit in the way that Rose would do. Make it funny. What might work very well for you would be to do a 'back into time' book. Start off with the 21st century and hop back into the twenties with the same characters.
You l know you have an opportunity that I don't have, which is to be listening everyday to a gang of girls talking. The main thing that every agent and editor looks for is a writer who can make the characters seem real.
Dated:Wed Feb 11 16:59:01 2015  

Name: Hamilton
Message:Why thank you, Cora. I'm only fourteen!
Dated:Wed Feb 11 16:38:44 2015  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Hamilton: Would it be rude to ask how old you are. You sound very adult, but I just wondered as this came on the children's guestbook.
Dated:Wed Feb 11 16:15:37 2015  

Name: Hamilton
Message:Thank you! I desperately want to become a writer and your advice was helpful!
Hamilton :-)
Dated:Wed Feb 11 16:12:01 2015  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I'm sorry about that! My mind slipped a gear - overworking, at the moment. Of course, the research for Debutantes was done mostly through reading, though the house was based on one that I knew as a child.

I'm afraid that I resolutely refuse to read anyone's writing, even that of friends. I really am far too busy. In any case, opinions vary so much. To be honest, the only people whose opinions matter are your agent's and then, if you get that far, your editor's. Tastes differ tremendously in literature, but a good agent will be able to fit a book to a publisher if s/he likes it.
Dated:Wed Feb 11 07:00:02 2015  

Name: Hamilton
Message:Thank you for your reply, Cora. I would've loved to be there! But I was not asking about I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend, I was asking about Debutantes. Could I possibly have your email address? I would love to email a few chapters to a real author who is interested in the same genera as me!
Hamilton
Dated:Tue Feb 10 21:07:58 2015  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I'm delighted that you enjoyed it, Hamilton. There is, as you have noticed, a lot of research behind it. Nothing, however, substituted for my visit to Bath. It was wonderful to wander around the Assembly Rooms, to see where Jane's rich aunt and uncle lived, and to visit the baths.
Good luck with your novel.
Dated:Tue Feb 10 18:48:08 2015  

Name: Hamilton
Message:Hi Cora!
I thoroughly enjoyed your books Debutantes and Debutantes: In Love from start to finish, as I love the 1920s. I'm writing a historical fiction book at the moment, though I plan to set one in the 20s and your books are packed full of detail and I can pick up new vocabulary of houses and the clothes. What was your favourite book to write in the Debutantes series? I would love it if you could write another book in the Debutant series, maybe on Rose as she experiences her debute, or on Great Aunt Lizzie as a child or Mary Derrington and Elaine as children?
Hamilton
Dated:Mon Feb 9 21:14:37 2015  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thank you, Sienna. I'm quite a bit better, though still not back to normal.
I would love to write a third book - you don't have to persuade me - just my publishers!
Dated:Sat Jan 31 11:08:24 2015  

Name: Sienna
Message:I have just seen your previous message - please, please, please write a third Jane Austen book! I would definitely buy it and I know loads of other girls who would too. Please!
Sienna x
PS, I hope you're feeling better now.
Dated:Sat Jan 31 10:49:09 2015  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I'm so pleased to get your message, Charlotte. I always judge a book by whether I want to reread it and so am delighted that you like to reread my Jane Austen books.

Yes, I did, originally plan three books - the third would have been about Jenny as a young married woman trying to give good advice to Jane who was in the middle of a love affair and meeting opposition from everyone at home.

However, the publishers, Macmillan, preferred to leave it as just two books and to go on to something new - 'The Debutantes'.

I still would like to write a third book, so if they change their minds, then I will certainly do so.
Dated:Fri Jan 30 10:22:00 2015  

Name: Charlotte
Message:Hi Cora, I am absolutely loving your books, In particular the Jane Austen Series. I do have an enquiry though. Throughout the books it says that Edward-John Has given Jenny three journals, So far you have written two wonderful books, but May I ask that you are going to be writing a third book? I am engrossed in reading the other two continually! I hope that you will! :)
Dated:Wed Jan 28 22:52:50 2015  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thanks, Conor.

And best of luck. Do let me know if you win anything, but, as I said, don't be disappointed if you don't. Keep your eyes on the long haul. These competitions prove very little!
Dated:Thu Jan 15 19:00:32 2015  

Name: Conor
Message:I'm very sorry to hear about your illness Cora :(
Just take it easy for a while, don't push yourself too hard.
And about the writers block, I'm definitely not the qualified to give you advice but I think you should just wait it out, those things usually pass for me. Don't get too stressed over deadlines and all the ideas will come back to you :)
Dated:Thu Jan 15 17:27:52 2015  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thank you for your lovely message, Millie.
I'm afraid that don't have any book plates - don't go in for that sort of thing much - but if a few sticky labels would do you, I could send these.
I do remember signing lots of book plates that were sent to me by a book shop in Bath - they were for 'I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend'.
I'm delighted that you like that book - I had such fun writing it and still have a shelf of reference books which I used.
My address is Cora Harrison, Kilfenora, County Clare, Ireland.
By the way, I do have some bookmarks for the 'London Murder Mysteries'. I don't know whether you have read these, or whether they would be your sort of thing.
Dated:Thu Jan 15 11:01:12 2015  

Name: Millie
Message:Hello,

First of all, can I start off by saying that I absolutely love your books! They never fail to make me feel so good inside - no matter how bad my day is going. My favourite is Jane Austen's my best friend - one of the best books of all time! Thank you for writing fantastic book and I hope there are many more to come!

My name is Millie and as explained before, I am a massive supporter of your work. I was just wondering if it was possible if you could send me a signed bookplate for my books or any other book swag you have? It would be an honor to have some of your amazing stuff! If it is possible, I will send you a letter including a self addressed envelope and stamp.

Thanks for your time.

Best Wishes
Mil
Dated:Wed Jan 14 19:10:00 2015  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Lovely to hear from you, Conor, and yes, of course I do remember you. And hope to hear great things of you in the future.
I haven't been too well over the last six months - broke my ankle badly in August and then got double pneumonia in October/November. I'm still very shaky, and, what's almost worse, for the first time in my post-retirement writing career, I seem to have writer's block. A horrible feeling. Usually the story pours out as fast as I can type, but now I'm really struggling with the book that I am meant to be writing this spring.
I shall look out for you on the Clare Champion.
Dated:Tue Jan 13 09:47:42 2015  

Name: Conor
Message:Hi Cora!
It's been a long time since I've come on here, and I hope you are in the best of health. I also hope that you've not forgotten me, but for the sake of this message, I'll assume you haven't :)
I've entered a few more short story competitions, and even a few poetry ones as well, so I'm expanding my horizons a bit. I certainly haven't lost my love for writing though, so I guess that's a plus!
I still reread your Drumshee series from time to time, they really helped shape my own writing style, and gave me an appreciation for Irish history, which is the basis for my Clare Champion short story competition entry. All things going well, you'll be able to see it if I get anything!
~Conor
Dated:Mon Jan 12 21:14:30 2015  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Any letter or card will find me at Kilfenora, County Clare, Ireland - nice short address, no postal codes or zip codes - our postman knows everyone here in this country place.
You must be quite a young lady now. I remember loving that video that you made of yourself.
Dated:Thu Dec 18 06:16:00 2014  

Name: Taiane Sena
Message:I'm glad to hear that you're getting better!
I'm 14 now.
Oh, that's amazing! I'd like to send you a letter or something with a postcard from Rio. Is that possible?
Dated:Wed Dec 17 16:49:35 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thank you, Sienna, I'm getting better slowly, but surely, and hope to be well for Christmas.
That's an interesting question - first time that I've been asked it, I think.
Editors vary. Some ask for a huge number of changes, and I hate that. Others confine themselves to a few suggestions - mainly to make some matters more clear, usually, with me, at the end of a book where I tend to rush the conclusion. My present editor is very good and asks for the minimum. None of them actually make changes, by the way. The norm is to ask for changes.
Dated:Sat Dec 6 14:05:55 2014  

Name: Sienna
Message:Hello Cora.
I really hope you're feeling better now!
I would just like to know whether, when you send your books to your editor, how much gets changed? And do you like the changes?
Happy Christmas!
Sienna x
Dated:Sat Dec 6 13:57:53 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thanks, Taiane. I've been missing you, too. You were something exotic on my message board. I used to imagine Brazil and how beautiful it is. And now, the son of a neighbour, and his partner, have been to Brazil and have shown me some beautiful photos.
How old are you now, Taiane?
I'm beginning to feel a little better, but am still very weak. I can walk around for about ten or fifteen minutes but then begin to feel ill so go back to lie on my bed. It's good luck that I love reading and that I have a book to write as otherwise I would be bored and miserable.
Dated:Thu Nov 27 07:33:18 2014  

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