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Name: Padger
Message:Thanks Cora
Dated:Wed Apr 29 22:39:01 2015  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I'm so delighted to hear that. The Drumshee books were the first that I wrote and I am so fond of them.
The descendants of the children in 'The Famine' turn up in 'Titanic' and I think you might enjoy this. The books are well out of print, now, but you can get them quite cheaply from Amazon.
Dated:Sun Apr 12 08:53:23 2015  

Name: padger
Message:hi cora love the drumshee timeline series I ve read 3 so far my fav is the famine secret I am trying to get all of them
Dated:Sat Apr 11 13:49:43 2015  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Yes, I'm afraid that I now have two series going for adults: the 'Mara' books set in the Burren and the 'Reverend Mother' books set in the city of Cork in 1923 so I won't revert to young adults for at least a year. I would love to do a third Jane Austen, and some more about the 'Debutantes', but sales, though respectable, were not outstanding - most young people tend to borrow from library or friends and that doesn't pay the publisher's bills!
Dated:Tue Mar 10 08:17:25 2015  

Name: Sienna
Message:Hello,
Do you have any plans to write a new historical series for teenagers now or in the future, or are you concentrating on the Burren mysteries?
Sienna x
Dated:Mon Mar 9 18:39:23 2015  

Name: h
Message:Thank you!
Dated:Fri Feb 27 17:47:38 2015  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Hope all goes well with your writing, Hamilton. I thought you were an adult because your style is so mature.

Nessa: If you read my author's note (too long to reproduce here) you will see why the title was used.
Hope you enjoyed the books.
Dated:Wed Feb 25 09:34:52 2015  

Name: Nessa
Message:hi cora i read your book i was jane austens best friend and jane austen stole my boyfriend 1 question why did u call the sequel jane austen stole my boyfriend wen it has nothing to do with the book
Dated:Tue Feb 24 17:49:16 2015  

Name: Hamilton
Message:Thank you for that great idea - the cogs in my brain are already wurring around thinking about the plot! It would be good to see the language and dress now compared to the the twenties! Just out of curiosity, what made you think I was older than I am?
Dated:Wed Feb 11 20:36:59 2015  

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  

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