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Name: Cora Harrison
Message:This actually connects up with the 'Famine from Drumshee' - her husband was the oldest boy in that book.
The other thing that inspired me was that when we bought this farm about 20 years ago there was something in the deeds that said that Annie MacMahon, presumably the grandmother, was 'entitled to a seat by the fire and a bed in the west chamber'. I found this evocative and inspiring.
Dated:Fri May 7 17:57:53 2010  

Name: Emma
Message:Hi Cora
What was your inspiration for old Annie in your
Titanic Drumshee?
From
Emma
Dated:Fri May 7 16:57:31 2010  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I'm looking to meeting you all on the 18th.

Is there any book in particular that you would like me to talk about - perhaps a book where you wondered where I got the inspiration to write the story?
Dated:Fri May 7 12:35:19 2010  

Name: Pupils of Sliabh a Mhadra NS
Message:You will be coming to our school soon. We really like your books.
Dated:Fri May 7 11:58:47 2010  

Name: Emma
Message:Yes thanks.
Dated:Mon May 3 11:39:47 2010  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:When I created Tabitha and Robert I wanted to explore the effect on two children of the death of their mother and their removal from their own home into the home of an aunt whom they had not known previously.
Both children react to this, but in different ways. Tabitha is sulky and uncooperative, whereas Robert is attention-seeking and wanting approval.
I think that underneath both are nice kids.
Does this make sense?
Dated:Mon May 3 12:24:13 2010  

Name: Emma
Message:Hi,
In your titanic drumshee Robert is very confusing I dont know whether he is an attention seeker or a nice little boy.
When you created him what way did you want him to come across?
Dated:Mon May 3 11:08:24 2010  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I'm not sure that I will write any more Drumshee books as my publishers now are based in England and they are not interested in Irish history. Shame - but there are 17 of them!

At the moment I am finished the editing of the second London mystery - the sequel to The Montgomery Murder - and I am also editing book two of 'I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend'.
Dated:Sat May 1 16:04:57 2010  

Name: shauna
Message:Hi Cora,
i was at the book club with you on frieday i was wondering if u could answer this question, what is ur next book that u wil write and ar u writeing any more drumshee books?
Dated:Sat May 1 15:57:19 2010  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I noticed that box when I was watching the film and I was so caught up in the film that I thought it would be a good place to get into and to hope that it might float.

When I came to write the book I decided to use this.
Dated:Sat May 1 11:39:23 2010  

Name: Emma
Message:In the Titanic Drumshee when Kitty saves them by putting them in a lifejacket box.
Where did you get that idea
Dated:Sat May 1 12:13:25 2010  

Name: Emma
Message:Yes loads thanks Cora
Dated:Sat May 1 11:48:17 2010  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Nora: I'm so pleased that you enjoyed my visit to the library. I enjoyed it immensely myself.

No, I haven't put any of my family into my books, though I may have used some character traits from children that I used to teach - they are all adults now!
Dated:Sat May 1 11:29:27 2010  

Name: nora!!!
Message:I was at your visit to watchouse cross library it was really good. have you put any of your family into the books as in their personality?your books are great!!!
Dated:Sat May 1 10:58:55 2010  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Emma: I think that was one of the most interesting questions that I have ever been asked - perhaps the most interesting one!
I think it may be that the plots of my Drumshee books are fairly straightforward, but (I hope) the characters are well-drawn and realistic so that although you, as a reader, can guess what will happen, you do get yourself under the skin of the character so the outcome still comes as a surprise.
Does that help?
Dated:Sat May 1 09:13:45 2010  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Alisha: I hope you enjoy 'I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend'. I so loved writing that book, especially all about the gorgeous ball gowns they had. Everything was so romantic in those days.

Daragh: It was a pleasure to sign your book.
The ancient necklace that was found in the Burren in the nineteen-thirties was The Glenisheen Collar of Gold. You can see it in the National Museum if you go to Dublin.
Dated:Sat May 1 09:09:52 2010  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Daryl: yes, all the stories I told you were as true as I could make them.

Lisamarie: You'll just have to read the book.

Chloe: Does <3 mean a heart ('love')? I've never seen that symbol before.
Dated:Sat May 1 09:06:09 2010  

Name: Alisha!
Message:im going to read the jane austin books they sound realy good i was at the library when u came today i realy enjoyed it thank u.
Dated:Fri Apr 30 21:45:13 2010  

Name: Emma
Message:Hi Cora, I am the girl from the book club meeting in Limerick today. You told me to ask this question again so here it goes.
In your books you use a writing technique where the reader knows what is going to happen but when it actually happens it is a surprise. Talk soon, Emma.
Dated:Fri Apr 30 19:58:46 2010  

Name: lisamarie
Message:u want to my school on thursday of pril will ya tell me who child the teacher ? ? ?
Dated:Fri Apr 30 20:46:35 2010  

Name: Daragh
Message:Dear Cora, it was nice meeting you today. Thanks for signing my book. What was the name of the ancient necklace that that person found? I think you're a good book writer.
Dated:Fri Apr 30 19:46:53 2010  

Name: ChLoE ...
Message:wel <3 ur bks .... :)
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Dated:Fri Apr 30 16:03:55 2010  

Name: Daryl Harris
Message:You were in my school Thursday 29th of April. I Would like to ask your are the story's true ? Thank You.
Dated:Thu Apr 29 14:51:13 2010  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Nell: I think I agree with you. The Drumshee books are very special to me. 'Gorgeous' was fun to do, though.

Maebh: Yes, give it a try. I think you will like it.
Dated:Thu Apr 29 06:56:17 2010  

Name: Meabh!!
Message:I read the extract and I'm going to read it. The extract was really good!!!!
Dated:Wed Apr 28 19:23:03 2010  

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