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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  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Glad you liked it, Rea.

I would love to write another Jane Austen book, Phoebe, but my publishers (Macmillan) are not sure that there would be a market for it.

As for a film - well, that would be the answer to a dream.
Dated:Mon Apr 21 11:46:35 2014  

Name: rea
Message:i will read the book as soon as posibbel
Dated:Mon Apr 21 11:06:45 2014  

Name: Phoebe Davies
Message:Hi Cora, I absolutely love your Jane Austen books- I love anything Jane Austen! Was wondering if you were planning on publishing another? Or perhaps have the books made into a film? Phoebe
Dated:Fri Apr 18 18:09:42 2014  

Name: Rea
Message:Well Cora I am now finished the book FAMINE SECRET AT DRUMSHEE so i will read REBLES AT DRUMSHEE soon.
Dated:Mon Apr 14 07:53:05 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thank you, Rea. It's lovely to be someone's favourite author.

I have written a book called 'The Drumshee Rebels' which is about the 'War of Independence' in the beginning of the twentieth century. You might get the chance to read it some time.
Dated:Wed Apr 9 08:45:04 2014  

Name: REA
Message:Hi Cora Harrison. I love your books.In school we are reading The Famine Secret At Drumshee. We are on chapter twelve.I love history. I think that is why i love your books.I think i will read ;Titanic Voage From Drumsee. mabey you could write a book about a war in ierland [for kids].CORA YOU ARE MY FAVOURITE AUTHOR EVERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!
Dated:Wed Apr 9 08:14:24 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Goodness, Rachael, that must be a very long time since I have been there.
How old are you now, and where do you go to school?
Dated:Sat Mar 15 19:28:06 2014  

Name: rachael
Message:scoil mhainchin lahinch
Dated:Sat Mar 15 15:59:14 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Yes, I would love to write another Jane and Jenny book - it's just a matter of finding the time and interesting the publisher!
Dated:Sun Mar 9 20:02:34 2014  

Name: Eve
Message:Hi cora,
I love your books! i was wondering whether you were planning on writing another book in the series 'jane austen stole my boyfriend'? thanks!
Dated:Sun Mar 9 19:30:19 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:It's so difficult to know - I don't want to sound discouraging but it's very hard to get in on publishing. I think I had the luck to hit on a fairly original subject first - the Drumshee books telling the story of Ireland through the ages and all based in one obscure spot. Once one is published everything becomes easier.
Still, don't give up. You're about sixty-three years younger than I so you have plenty of time.
Dated:Sun Mar 9 15:03:37 2014  

Name: Conor
Message:Aww! I would love a little puppy! We just have one MASSIVE sheepdog named Lucky, who keeps us very busy!
No worries about the time limit, I don't mean to sound demanding, I'm just curious about what you think...
Even rereading my old draft, I can't decide if this style is better or not, but I guess I'll see when it's finished!
Dated:Sat Mar 8 20:41:46 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Give me until March 31, Conor. I have to submit by that date a book which has a good contract already signed. Life is terribly hectic at the moment what with one thing and another - and I have been mad enough to get a new German shepherd - a puppy named Storm, who is not yet three months old and is quite a handful!
It's hard fitting in my schedule of two thousand words a day as well as amusing and feeding that little handful!
Dated:Sat Mar 8 18:48:20 2014  

Name: Conor
Message:Hi Cora, I was just wondering when the Story Club would be open for people to post stories again? I'd love to hear your feedback on what I've written in my redraft! :)
Dated:Sat Mar 8 17:07:32 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thank, Molly. Yes, I like that book, too. I was so pleased to write about Daisy and Poppy - and how everything worked out for them.

Yes, I'd love to write a third book, and this time it has to be about Rose!
Dated:Mon Feb 24 19:04:46 2014  

Name: Molly
Message:Hi Cora, I am reading your second Debutantes book, I love love love it!!! It is too, too, awesome. I wanted to know if you were going to write a third one.
Dated:Mon Feb 24 18:28:52 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:It's lovely to hear from you, Rachel. Which school in County Clare was it?

Well, I think I have now had 48 books published altogether, so I suppose that my goal must be 50. And who knows after that!

However, I was born in 1939 so you can guess that I am getting a bit on the old side to be working as hard as I worked during the last five or six years, so perhaps 50 will be my limit.

So what are you doing with yourself, these days?
Dated:Fri Feb 21 11:49:21 2014  

Name: rachel
Message:hello i haven't talked to you in awhile i was just wondering do you have any news you came to my school once if you remember in county clare.You probably dont though because it was a long time ago i would like to ask you a question and that question is how many books have you wrote and what is your goal of how many books to write if you do have a goal.i would like to say thank you for all the books you have wrote because i love to read your books so thank you very very much goodbye [ttyl] talk to you later if you reply i hope you do thanks i said thanks alot so ill STOP goodbye
Dated:Fri Feb 21 11:42:46 2014  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:I'm afraid that I am not accepting any stories, for the moment, Sarah as I am snowed under with my own book-writing projects.
What does 'yopui' mean?
Dated:Mon Jan 27 11:06:06 2014  

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