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Name: Abbie
Message:Hi Cora, I finished the book gorgeous in my class with the other girls.I found that I could relate to some of the characters. Did you write a sequel? I want to hear about her grown up life! Did she and Kevin get married??
Dated:Thu May 29 22:09:38 2014  

Name: Ava
Message:Hi Cora I am just finished reading your book "Gorgeous" it is in my top ten favourite books, if there was a sequel I would soooooooo read it . I love Ferns story line.Will there ever be a sequel ? Please write back, AVA!
Dated:Thu May 29 19:10:37 2014  

Name: Amy
Message:I hope you do publish it some day, I would love to read more of ferns story!
Dated:Wed May 28 22:19:47 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Dear Amy and Iaoise,
It's lovely to hear from you both - and I do love both of your names. Amy has always been a favourite of mine and Iaoise is so unusual - I've never heard it before.

I'm delighted that you liked 'Gorgeous' - I had planned and I think written some of a sequel to it, but the publisher gave up children's books. Some day I might publish it myself. I would like to finish Fern's story.
Dated:Wed May 28 21:12:24 2014  

Name: laoise
Message: hi , Cora . I am in 5th class in Scoil Chroi Naofa Athenry .
I am just finished your book gorgeous with the rest of 5th and I loved it . hope I can go on reading more of your books . hope you can repile back soon .
thanks,laoise.
Dated:Wed May 28 20:08:42 2014  

Name: Amy
Message:Hiiiiiiii we were reading your book gorgeous in school and we finished it but i want to know why you didnt make a sequel to it?
Dated:Wed May 28 14:59:27 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I'm glad that you liked it, Nessa. Perhaps you might also enjoy my books: 'Debutantes' & 'Debutantes in Love'.
Dated:Tue May 27 19:19:25 2014  

Name: Nessa
Message:Hi Cora
I finish your book Gorgeaous in school.I really enjoyed it.I am now doing a project on it would you recommend any other books like Gorgeous
Dated:Tue May 27 16:28:55 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Well that makes a link between us, Taiane, because, seventy years ago I had very severe asthma which went on until I was about fifteen years old (in 1954). There was very little understanding of the condition in my youth and the only thing that anyone seemed to want to do was to tell me to stay in bed - and so I lay in bed - at home and in hospital - and I read and I read and I read.

I'm glad you have a more enlightened doctor who ordered you to exercise.

You might be interested to read a classic book, called 'Ballet Shoes' by Noel Steathfeild - I think that you would enjoy it.
Dated:Sat May 24 20:01:03 2014  

Name: Taiane
Message:Oh, I'm so happy that they will publish here in Brazil soon! I hope they buy your bookserie "Debutantes" too. I want to read it so much!
I'm really liking learning about Gaphic Design... I'm learning how to make animations! It's so cool!
I always wanted to learn ballet, but my family couldn't pay for me... But I was sick, I have asthma (I think it's how you refer "asma"), so the doctor told us that I had to do some exercise to improve my breathing, so I choose ballet, and we found a place that is cheap to learn!
Dated:Sat May 24 18:46:58 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I'm sorry, Elaine, but I have to say no. I used to do quite a number of school visits, but found myself getting increasingly exhausted (old age!) and last year resolved to give them up completely. Also I am very busy with writing books. I will have my fiftieth book published this year which will be exciting, an, I suppose, pretty good going for a retirement project.

Why don't the children send the questions to my guest book. I promise to answer - even if there are 30 of them. Each child can have an individual message.
Dated:Wed May 21 13:36:49 2014  

Name: Elaine Monson
Message:Hi Cora,
I am a primary school teacher in Athenry.I am currently reading your book Gorgeous to my 5th class who are studying it as a novel.They are doing individual projects on the novel and it is also integrated into our anti-bullying week which is taking part this week.
The children love the book and a lot of them can relate to different characters in the book.I don't know if you do school visits but I know the children would love to meet you and have so many questions to ask.It would be great for them to meet in person the author of the book they are studying.
If this is possible can you please let me know.
Thank you
Elaine.
Dated:Wed May 21 12:28:27 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Dear Taiane,
Yes, of course I remember you - my first fan from Brazil!

And, recently, the publishers in Brazil have bought my second Jane Austen book and during these last few months I have been in correspondence with the translator - who writes to ask me what various things mean - like sprinkling sand over the ink of letter, that has been just written, in order to dry the ink. She is a very nice lady called Dilmo and I am sure that she will make a good job of the second Jane Austen book.

It was lovely to hear from you - please do keep in touch. I love to hear from my fans as they are growing up. Graphic design sounds so interesting - and as for ballet, I would love to have have learned it when I was young.
Dated:Tue May 20 18:36:33 2014  

Name: Taiane
Message:Olá, Cora! Como vai?
I wonder if you remember of myself. I'm the brazilian girl. Yeah, I know, a long time ago that I have written to you. I'm sorry!
I'm doing lots of things. Learning english, guitar, ballet and graphic design. But I didn't give up on my dream of writing a book! I'll begin to work on it.
I miss you, Cora! I wonder if I could send you a letter.
See you later!
Dated:Tue May 20 18:07:42 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Well, that's wonderful! I'm so glad that I inspired you and I think your achievement is greater than mine, because I had no tv, no computers, i-pads etc.

I love 'Emma' by Jane Austen, also - in fact I like all of her books except, perhaps, 'Mansfield Park' - though many people rate that book very highly, but the main character, Fanny, gets on my nerves - she's a bit too goody-good.
Have you tried 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte - I loved that
Dated:Fri May 16 11:36:16 2014  

Name: Sienna
Message:Thanks Cora for your answers. They will be really useful for my Arts Award.
In the 'about the author' at the start of your books, it says about you reading Pride and Prejudice when you were twelve. So that inspired me to read it before I turn thirteen next week, I've just finished it!
Dated:Fri May 16 11:25:07 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I'm afraid that there is no sequel to 'Gorgeous', Marta, but I'm sure that if you enjoyed that one, you will like 'Debutantes' - and that does have a sequel which is 'Debutantes in Love'.
Dated:Tue May 13 16:03:56 2014  

Name: Marta
Message:Hi cora again! i was wondering if you have the sequel of your book gorgeous? Because im currently looking for a book or a novel to read. It doesnt have to be the sequel from gorgeous it can be any book of yours so if you do let me know. Thank you!
Dated:Tue May 13 15:58:53 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:What made you want to become an author?
I WANTED TO BE AN AUTHOR WHEN I WAS ABOUT TEN AS I LOVED READING SO MUCH. THEN I FORGOT ABOUT IT AND ONLY TOOK IT UP WHEN I RETIRED – AND I WILL HAVE MY 50TH BOOK PUBLISHED THIS YEAR.

Where do your ideas for stories come from?
A HARD QUESTION! I READ A LOT, AND ALWAYS HAVE DONE SO PERHAPS THAT IS IT. SOMETIMES I GET AN IDEA FOR A STORY BY LOOKING AT A MAP OF A PLACE AND BEING INTRIGUED BY A PLACE NAME.
Dated:Tue May 13 11:48:05 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:
Did you study creative writing at college or university?
NO, I STUDIED FRENCH & GERMAN AT UNIVERSITY.

What advice would you give to someone who is unsure whether to pick writing as a career?
DON’T! QUALIFY FOR ANOTHER CAREER – SUCH AS TEACHING OR LIBRARIAN AND DON’T GIVE UP THE ‘DAY JOB’ TOO SOON AS IT CAN BE VERY HARD TO GET PUBLISHED. SOME TEENAGERS HAVE WRITTEN BOOKS DURING THEIR SUMMER HOLIDAYS AND I THINK THAT IS GREAT – ESPECIALLY IF THEY MANAGE TO GET DOWN ON PAPER WHAT IT IS TO BE YOUNG.
Dated:Tue May 13 11:47:19 2014  

Name: Sienna
Message:Hello Cora,
Here are the questions for my arts award. Thank you so so much!
Sienna x

What made you want to become an author?

Where do your ideas for stories come from?

Did you study creative writing at college or university?

What advice would you give to someone who is unsure whether to pick writing as a career?
Dated:Tue May 13 10:29:54 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thanks for your message, Rebecca.

I've been thinking about a third book - it would be about Rose, of course and her three sisters would be married ladies. Still, I think that Rose has enough personality to 'hold' a book so it might be rather fun - perhaps she is working as a journalist and a writer at the same time.
Dated:Fri May 2 07:31:01 2014  

Name: Rebecca
Message:Thanks so much for writing the debutante books, I really love them and I especially like how all the Derrington girls have their own unique things that are passionate about, it makes them so much more interesting! I was just wondering if we devout fans can be expecting a third debutante novel anytime soon...?
Dated:Fri May 2 04:41:17 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Send them here, Sienna, and I shall answer as soon as possible.

I'm delighted that you like my books - I had fun writing them. I love going back into time and exploring how young people lived their lives then, what they wore and how they had fun!
Dated:Mon Apr 28 14:10:53 2014  

Name: Sienna
Message:Hi Cora,
I have both Jane Austen books and Débutantes books and they are my favourite four books of all time and I know them inside out! You have definitely inspired me to write my own regency romance books. I would love to become an author one day.
At the moment I am working on a Silver Trinity Arts Award in creative writing. For part of my project I need to research career paths and wondered if you would be able to answer a few questions via email?
Many thanks!
Sienna (aged 12)
Dated:Mon Apr 28 14:08:25 2014  

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