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Name: micheal
Message:i love your books especially millenium at drumshee,the secret of 1798 and good night mr.tom!they inspire me so much that every chance i get i start writing.will you be bringing out a sequil to goodnight mr.tom
Dated:Mon Feb 23 20:34:18 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: Just sent in Chapter 2!
Dated:Mon Feb 23 20:14:49 2009  

Name: RIONA
Message:how many books have u wrote in total???
Dated:Mon Feb 23 17:41:16 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Riona: The place is not important - people normally email their typescript (the finished book) to a publisher - in Ireland they are mostly in Dublin, though there is one in Cork.
BUT..
There are a couple of vital steps to be taken before you even look for a publisher
1. You must have an excellent story that you think about ten thousand people will want to read so much that they will be willing to spend money on buying it.
2. Your story must the right length for the age group (at least 30,000 words for over-tens)
3. Your story must not be an imitation of anyone else's story (no Jacqueline Wilson plots)
4. The spelling, punctuation and the storyline must be as perfect as you can make it.
Dated:Sun Feb 22 19:06:06 2009  

Name: RIONA
Message:is there anywhere in co.roscommon where you can get books published?:-]
Dated:Sun Feb 22 13:35:56 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: Yes, unfortunately you are reading the books the wrong way around!
Dated:Sun Feb 22 11:43:05 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: I'm going to work on chapter 2. Sorry for the delay.
In 'Murder At Drumshee', Do Ita and Mahon want to be married?
Dated:Sun Feb 22 11:00:03 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thanks, Liam.

Kristine: You are such an excellent writer that I think the more experience you get in writing in different styles and on different themes, the better for what I hope will be your future. Do what you feel is best and I will give you my thoughts on it.
Dated:Sun Feb 22 10:51:03 2009  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I'm looking at my chapter plan right now, and I've decided to make this story shorter than originally planned. I don't like a lot of the ideas that I had for the plot at the start now, so I think I'm just going to tie up the current loose ends and try and bring it to a good conclusion. It's wierd - I love the characters in this one, but the plot seems empty to me. However, I've never been one to leave a story unfinished so I'm going to try to finish it up well. I have a few ideas up my sleeve.
Dated:Sun Feb 22 01:13:18 2009  

Name: Liam
Message:I love Heidi and her owner! You are so imaginative it is great how you can express your imagination into words! I can never do that, it is such a gift!
Dated:Sat Feb 21 21:03:41 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: I'm so pleased you didn't guess. Have you read 'Murder at Drumshee'. That is about the same characters, but a year earlier.
Liam: How did you like the dog, Heidi? She is based on one of my favourite dogs. We bought her in England and she came to Ireland with us. I was heart-broken when she died.
Riona: At the moment my books are published in London, by Macmillan Press, but the Drumshee books were published in Ireland.
Sarah Patton: I have been hard at work on my book 'I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend.' I have a problem. I'm wondering how much to include about Jane Austen's handicapped brother.


Dated:Sat Feb 21 18:31:57 2009  

Name: Sarah Patton
Message:How are you Cora??What have you been up to???
Dated:Sat Feb 21 18:25:04 2009  

Name: RIONA
Message:Where do you get books published?
Dated:Sat Feb 21 18:06:53 2009  

Name: Liam
Message:I think all of your books are all factual! I am so nervous writing this message because you are my idol!Will you continue on writing books about Millenium at Drumshee and To Kill a Mockingbird?
Dated:Sat Feb 21 18:04:48 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: I didn't guess the murderer at all! Or the way, it turned out! Great twist!
Dated:Sat Feb 21 14:51:08 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: You could set it in the time of St Patrick - they definitely had slaves then and you probably know plenty about that time.

Did you guess the murderer in 'Murder Strikes Again?' (don't say the name!)

You probably found 'Rainbow' easy because you had planned it well beforehand.
Dated:Sat Feb 21 14:19:08 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: I don't find writing in that time at all hard.
I can plan out the scene with no problem. With rainbow, It was easy, because after a while, as soon as I started writing, Ideas just poured out.
By the way, I just finshed 'Murder Strikes Again.' I loved It!
Dated:Fri Feb 20 21:19:21 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Aoibheann: I don't think that there was slavery in Ireland after about the eleventh century (1000). There were African slaves in Britain and in America up to the end of the eighteenth century.
Don't rush - take your time and think about what you are writing. It's quite difficult to write about a time when you haven't lived. Perhaps that's why you were so successful with Rainbow - everyone knows a bully and everyone is occasionally tempted to be a bully - even for a little while.
Dated:Thu Feb 19 16:43:41 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: Sorry Chapter 2 is taking so long, I have some of it done, But I'm a bit busy though.
I'm reading 'Murder Strikes Again.' I'm on chapter 7. It's Really good! I'm wondering who killed Cetterick, I have a feeling it was Mara.
Dated:Thu Feb 19 16:20:53 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Cora: I haven't really imagined a date.Mabye around 1920? I'll send in chapter two soon.
Dated:Tue Feb 17 17:46:55 2009  

Name: sarah patton
Message:What are you up to for the mid term, everyone!!!
Dated:Tue Feb 17 17:43:13 2009  

Name: Kristine
Message:Cora: I've read that series, it wasn't the sort of stuff that I usually read, but I did like it, I thought it was really imaginative. It made me think about how, when you're writing fantasy, it really is totally limitless, you can literally write whatever your heart desires. When I write fantasy, however, I always find myself pulling back on my ideas, thinking, "No, that's totally ridiculous!", but 'Northern Lights' really showed me that you don't have to do that and that fantasy can be whatever you want it to be.
Dated:Tue Feb 17 00:23:51 2009  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Sarah: I think I was inspired by living in a place where people have lived for over two thousand years. I wanted to tell their stories as I imagined them.
Aoibheann: Have you got a date for your story? I was wondering when you imagined it taking place.
Kristine: Have you ever read 'Northern Lights'?
Dated:Mon Feb 16 21:02:40 2009  

Name: sarah
Message:
what "inspired u to be an auther
Dated:Mon Feb 16 20:15:19 2009  

Name: Aoibheann
Message:Kristine: Thanks!
Sarah:I have read all her books, she is one of my favourite authors.
Cora: It might take a while, I have a story on my mind, one I usualy make up myself, but i don't write it down. I think I might use it.
Dated:Sun Feb 15 13:04:11 2009  

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