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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  

Name: Taiane Sena
Message:Good night, Cora!
It's 10:40 p.m. here in Brazil now.
I miss so very much talking to you! I really enjoy your company.
I've read that you were sick. How are you now? I hope you get recoverd soon. No, I'm SURE you're going to be good very very soon! :)
Best wishes
Taiane.
Dated:Thu Nov 27 00:43:56 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thanks. everyone.
Dated:Tue Nov 18 16:53:05 2014  

Name: Glenann Primary School P7
Message:We are very sorry to hear that. Get well soon.
Dated:Mon Nov 17 10:56:33 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thanks for the message and sorry for not replying before now. I've been in hospital with a pneumonia-type bug and am still very shaky. Will get back to you soon.
Dated:Wed Nov 12 14:28:02 2014  

Name: P7 pupils Glenann PS Cushendal
Message:Hello Cora greetings from the Glens of Antrim. We are currently reading Famine Secret from Drumshee. Our topic this term is the Great Irish Famine. We have read 2 chapters so far and have really enjoyed it. Last year we read Titanic Voyage from Drumshee. It was really enjoyable to read. We hope Famine Secret is just as good. We hope to hear from you soon. :)
Dated:Thu Nov 6 12:21:53 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:That's right, Nessa, 'I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend' comes first.
Dated:Tue Oct 28 23:04:59 2014  

Name: Nessa
Message:is I was Jane Austin best friend the 1st of those books and is I was Jane austins boyfriend the sequel?
Dated:Mon Oct 27 19:29:01 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Which books of mine do you like, Donald?The Drumshee ones, or the London Murder Mysteries?


If you liked 'Gorgeous' Nessa, you will probably like 'Debutantes' or 'I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend'
Dated:Mon Oct 27 09:29:28 2014  

Name: Nessa
Message:Dear Cora

My name is nessa I read ur book gorgeous I loved it I was wondering or u doing a sequel.Im 12 13 soon so can recommend a few books for me thanks
Dated:Mon Oct 27 09:13:59 2014  

Name: donald ducklon
Message:hi i luv readin books especially your books there the bomb.com i just luv em when do you think youll have a new one out yours sincerly donald
Dated:Sun Oct 26 14:21:44 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:The first thing that I have to say is how delighted and thrilled I am that these books have remained such favourites of yours. The second is that I would really love to write a third book about Jane and Jenny - I have literally a shelf full of books about Jane Austen and about the time that she lived in - clothes, furniture, housing, occupations etc.

However, although the books sold well for Macmillan, they did not sell well enough for them (not like 'Fangirl' for instance) to commission me to do a third book, though I have made various suggestions.

So, we'll have to keep our fingers crossed for a film deal - now that would do the trick.
Dated:Sun Jul 27 07:29:22 2014  

Name: Rachel Youds
Message:Hello, I brought 'I was Jane Austens best friend' and 'Jane Austen stole my boyfriend' about two or three years ago when I was 11/12. They are still my favourite books and I still enjoy reading them now.
I looked up the characters and was sad to see what happened to the real Jane (Jenny) Cooper. I was just wondering if you have ever thought what would happen to Thomas and Jenny after they were married and how they would adjust? And if you have ever written or considered publishing a version of their married life? Because although what happened to her was real, I hope you would write your own version? Sorry if you've been asked this before, I've just been curious as to what happens when they are married.
Thanks,
Rachel
Dated:Sat Jul 26 23:49:47 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I'm talking to a publisher about it, Ava, so keep your fingers crossed for me.
Dated:Sun Jun 22 19:23:06 2014  

Name: ava
Message:Hi Cora I was just wondering will you ever write a sequel to the book gorgeous . I love the story line .
PLEASE reply
AVA ! :)
Dated:Sun Jun 22 16:46:18 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:You should try it in English, Taiane. I'm sure that your English is good enough and I found, when learning French, that it helped me a lot to read books where I already knew the storyline.
Dated:Thu Jun 19 11:48:39 2014  

Name: Taiane Sena
Message:I've seen the movie "Ballet Shoes" that is based on the novel!
I was looking for the book in Portuguese, but seems like it wasn't translated :(

Well, soon I'll have a ballet presentation with my friends, then I'll send you the video! :D
Dated:Mon Jun 16 22:59:20 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I got most of my information from books - but there may be some websites. If you do find out about Jane Cooper (Jenny) don't mention it on this website as it might upset some readers.
Dated:Mon Jun 16 22:24:00 2014  

Name: Tinkerbell
Message:Hi Cora!
Ooh I'm really intrigued now as to what happens to Jane Cooper (Jenny); I really hope you write a third book about her! I tried looking for her on the internet but can't find anything, do you know any good websites with info about her on? Thanks! :)
Dated:Mon Jun 16 17:17:00 2014  

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