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Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Ciara: My two favourite Drumshee books are 'Treachery at Midnight' and 'A Life for a Life'. These are from the Drumshee Chronicles. My favourite Drumshee timeline books are 'Viking at Drumshee' and 'Drumshee Rivals'
Dated:Wed Aug 19 13:46:07 2009  

Name: Ciara Kate
Message:Dear Cora 19.08.09

I think you are very pretty!
I have had a great summer,have you?!?
I am about to go in to 6th class.
It will be pretty boring because I was in
a mixed class with 6th so all the work we
did last year I am doing again next year.
BBBOOORRRIIINNNGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

When I said "What are your two favourite
childrens books?" I meant the Drumshee
books that you wrote? So would you
answer my question please?!?

Kind Regards:
Ciara Cahill
Dated:Wed Aug 19 13:13:18 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: If I get a minute, I'll read it through from start to finish - so far it's all been in chapters and I'd like to get an overall impression. It may not be for a while. I'm in the middle of a Victorian murder mystery for ten-year-olds and I'm frantically busy.

Bridget: I remember a time when there were two Bridgets coming on the website - one from Ireland and one from US. Are you one of these?
Dated:Wed Aug 19 09:31:24 2009  

Name: Bridget
Message:Okay. My computer must have been having problems too, because I haven't been able to get on for about three years. It's nice to be able to, though!
Dated:Tue Aug 18 21:48:36 2009  

Name: Kristine Niland
Message:Cora: I probably will revise it. There's loads of things that I can do with it. I might go through it this evening and make some notes to see what I can do. I read "Jane Eyre" last summer, and I loved it, too. I thought the ending was beautiful.
Dated:Tue Aug 18 15:22:20 2009  

Name: Ciara Kate/Cora Harrison
Message:Dear Cora!! 17.08.09
My two favourite books so far are
The Voyage from Drumshee and
The Viking at Drumshee.
What were your two favourite
childrens books?!?

(I moved your message from the adult guestbook as that is really only for my Burren mysteries books - your answer is below. CH)
Dated:Tue Aug 18 08:51:13 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kistine: I think this story is very, very worth revising - 36,000 words is a bit short so you have loads of scope. My YA book 'I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend' has ended up at 80,000 though it started off as less than half of that.

I lLOVED 'Gone with the Wind' when I was about your age and read it loads of times since then. I'm not a huge fan of Emily Bronte, but she's definitely got something - it's what would be called Gothic horror nowadays, I suppose. I prefer Charlotte Bronte - I loved 'Jane Eyre'.

Bridget: There were a few bugs in this message board etc. system. Pete discovered and remedied them this summer. I couldn't get on my self for a week!
Dated:Tue Aug 18 08:47:14 2009  

Name: Bridget
Message:This website hasn't been working on my computer for a while, so I'm just checking.
Dated:Tue Aug 18 05:53:49 2009  

Name: Kristine Niland
Message:Cora: I like revising stories, but it takes a lot of time. Between school and everything, it can take me about a year to start and finish a story. I think (and this is a rough estimate) that it's about 36,385 words long.
I've never read Wuthering Heights. There's a copy of it in my house though, and I'm not reading anything else, so I might as well give it a go. I recently read the book of "Gone With the Wind" - I love the film, and I thought the book was just amazing.
Dated:Mon Aug 17 21:34:19 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Tara: I suppose I visit it at odd times - I don't set aside a time.

Ciara Kate: I think my favourite children's books are 'Wolf in the Midnight Forest' & 'Treachery at Midnight'.
Dated:Mon Aug 17 19:39:56 2009  

Name: Tara
Message:cora, do you come on to your site at certain times, or do you just come on at any time?
Dated:Mon Aug 17 17:45:52 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kristine: I love most things about being a writer but I really hate revising - though some writers that I know say that they love it!
Like it, love it or hate it, it has to be done and it usually improves the book.
Above all, though, you must not lose the claustrophobic atmosphere - that's one of the things that makes this book great. (how many words is it, by the way?)

I was in Hughes & Hughes the other day and was amused to see 'Wuthering Heights' by Emily Bronte with a cover almost identical to Stephanie Meyer's books. Apparently it is Edward and Bella's favourite book and now this hundred and fifty year-old classic is being marketed for the young.
Have you read it by the way? I think you would like it
Dated:Mon Aug 17 09:17:38 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: Im working on the 5th...going through different scenes, and re-writing other parts.
will try and finish it soon
Any news about twice as gorgeous
Dated:Sun Aug 16 22:26:52 2009  

Name: Kristine Niland
Message:Cora: That's one of the things that I'd like to change. I got sort of caught up in the dramatic side of it, and neglected to add any kind of normalcy.
Dated:Sun Aug 16 20:23:05 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:the thing is that there is also loads and loads of really exciting, excellently-written stuff.
But I think I would be happier if it were a bit more rooted in the place. There was nothing about Galway in it - nothing about school or any sort of normal teenage life - but then perhaps that claustrophic atmosphere is what makes it so different.
I just don't know. I'd leave it for a week and then go back and read it through.
Dated:Sun Aug 16 20:08:30 2009  

Name: Kristine Niland
Message:Cora: I know what you mean. There's a lot of things about this story that I feel really uneasy about, myself, I'm just not sure how I would change them or even what half of them are!
Dated:Sun Aug 16 19:59:22 2009  

Name: Kristine Niland
Message:Cora: I've just sent in the final chapter! I might add a short epilogue, but the story is finished.
Dated:Sun Aug 16 17:54:34 2009  

Name: tara
Message:building a bonfire sounds fun, but can it be a bit dangerous?did any of your clothes burn?
Dated:Sun Aug 16 17:38:54 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Tara: That sounds fun. When my children were young - ages ago - we had a camper van and had holidays in Mayo. We camped by beach called Streedagh and as all our clothes were wet, on the first fine day we built a huge bonfire of drftwood in order to dry them.
Dated:Sun Aug 16 15:21:31 2009  

Name: Tara Coleman
Message:hi cora sorry i've not been writing to you lately
i've been so busy during the hols
i went up to mayo in a camper van and i went for a swim on achill island in the pouring rain!!!!!
Dated:Sun Aug 16 12:34:29 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Laoise: I think that might be a bit too far for me to travel. I'm getting old!

Mariiyam: Thanks for finishing the story so well! I'll start a new one in September
Dated:Fri Aug 14 15:39:49 2009  

Name: Laoise
Message:Cora,
would you be able to come to my school? if you are able ask for Ms. fitzpatrick's 5th class room 5.S.N. Naomh Eoin Co.Laois
Dated:Sat Aug 8 14:35:41 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: Swimming mostly. i sent in the next chapter neverless.
Dated:Fri Aug 7 18:35:31 2009  

Name: Laoise
Message:Thanks Cora
Hopefully your advice will help!!! (and by the way I love your books)
Dated:Fri Aug 7 18:15:20 2009  

Name: sarah
Message:do u visit schools anymore
Dated:Fri Aug 7 17:25:11 2009  

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