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Name: Tinkerbell
Message:Thank you so much for answering all those!
Dated:Fri Dec 6 19:41:58 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:1) What do you like about writing? I love the way that you can make up your own world. When I was writing ‘Debutantes’ I made up a house and a park for the four sisters to live in and that house became so real to me that I could find my way around it blindfolded. In 'I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend' I had all the fun of imagining a beautiful gown and then of going to the Assembly Rooms to dance and meet young men.

2) What made you go down the fiction road instead of the journalism route? I never even thought of being a journalist. I was a teacher and then a headteacher and only started writing when I retired.
Dated:Fri Dec 6 19:21:59 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:3) Do you have any advice for the budding authors reading? Make up your ending before you start to write the story. So many people get discouraged and give up. I think if they knew where they were going, then the road wouldn’t seem so long to them.

4) Do you prefer writing for kids, teens or adults? That’s impossible to answer. It depends on my mood – on the book – but I must say that I like the character of Mara in my book for adults very much indeed and feel as though she is a friend of mine.
Dated:Fri Dec 6 19:19:31 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:5) You wrote the 'I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend' books, but which was your favourite Jane Austen book? I love ‘Emma’. That is definitely my favourite book and my favourite Jane Austen heroine.

6) Is there any music that helps give you inspiration for your books? I am not very musical so I don’t think music inspires me, but beautiful landscapes do – and people, of all ages, inspire me.

7) Would it be ok if our readers sent in some questions for you to answer in a few months? Yes, of course. I would be delighted

Dated:Fri Dec 6 19:18:19 2013  

Name: Tinkerbell
Message:Hi Cora! Thank you for letting us talk to you today! So, into the questions:

1) What do you like about writing?

2) What made you go down the fiction road instead of the journalism route?

3) Do you have any advice for the budding authors reading?

4) Do you prefer writing for kids, teens or adults?

5) You wrote the 'I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend' books, but which was your favourite Jane Austen book?

6) Is there any music that helps give you inspiration for your books?

7) Would it be ok if our readers sent in some questions for you to answer in a few months?

Thank you!!!!
Dated:Fri Dec 6 16:53:45 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thanks, Freja.

Yes, of course, Tinkerbell. I would be delighted. Write your questions here - take two message forms if you wish - and I'll answer them as soon as possible.
Dated:Wed Dec 4 18:11:03 2013  

Name: Freja Smith
Message:Yes I would really love another Jane book, but I think that Debs In Love will be a good one to read because it was that series which got me into your writing in the first place! Fingers crossed that more books of yours will be published!
Dated:Wed Dec 4 17:43:08 2013  

Name: Tinkerbell
Message:Hi Cora! I've got Myalgic Encephalopathy and am a volunteer for a charity that helps children like me with it, I write for a magazine they do. I was wondering if I could ask you a few (5-10) questions about writing and your books to 'publish' in there?
Dated:Wed Dec 4 17:37:21 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Sarah: You could, if you wish, get them from Tara Book Company in Galway. They have a website and I think that the proprietor bought up all the remaining copies of my Drumshee books - she would post any book that you wanted to you - worth a look, anyway.
Dated:Wed Dec 4 13:13:58 2013  

Name: Sarah
Message:Such a pity your Drumshee books are out of print. I'd love to buy them for my niece and nephew from England, as I think it would be a lovely way for them to get to learn about their Irish heritage. Here's hoping they'll be republished in the future!
Dated:Tue Dec 3 23:18:02 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Have a look on the first page of this website, Freja and see if there is anything that catches your fancy. I suspect, though, that you would prefer to have a Jenny & Jane book - and I will do my best to get a third one out there quickly!
Dated:Sun Dec 1 14:05:34 2013  

Name: Freja Smith
Message:Hi!
Thank you for replying so quickly! I can't wait to find out more about Jenny and Jane! Are there any books of yours that you would recommend reading in the meantime?
Dated:Sun Dec 1 12:57:40 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thank you, Freja, for such a nice message. I would indeed love to write a third and have suggested it to my publishers so we will have to wait patiently until they make up their minds. As soon as they do I promise that I will start work immediately. There is so much more to write about!
Dated:Fri Nov 29 18:56:48 2013  

Name: Freja Smith
Message:Hi Cora!
I recently read your Jane Austen/Jenny Cooper books and really enjoyed them. I was hoping that you would write a third, I would LOVE to know what will happen in the rest of Jenny's life! Please could you write another book as the series are my favourite and I really love the historical facts in them- I learnt so much and now want to visit Bath! I also can't wait to read 'Debutantes in love'. Thank you for writing such great books!
Dated:Wed Nov 27 19:45:50 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:the dear old Drumshee books! They are out-of-print, now and their original publisher no longer in business. From time to time, though I am very busy with books for adults and for older children, I think about these books and resolve to see if they can be republished one way or another as so many people seem to have an affection for them.
The name 'Drumshee' is imaginary, but the place is real and I live there in the little cottage to the south of the huge iron age fort that stands on the hill behind and stops us receiving mobile (cell) phone signals!
Dated:Fri Nov 15 09:01:42 2013  

Name: Laura Bice
Message:I came across your books while trying to find children's literature for an Ancient Civilizations class. I have now read nine books of the series to my daughter and we can't put them down. We have no Irish heritage and are not sure of the pronunciation of some of the people and places, but I am recommending them to everyone. We by coincidence visited the Connemara region when my daughter was five. Now she is dying to return and visit some of the places where the books take place. Is Drumshee a real place? We have looked up County Claire and see the River Fergus and an area called DrumCliff, but no Drumshee. Thank you for these wonderful stories.

Laura
P.S. My daughter has named her hamster Fergus.
Dated:Fri Nov 15 02:11:05 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Yes, it's interesting thinking back over people that you know when they are young and wondering what has motivated them.
Dated:Mon Nov 11 18:04:58 2013  

Name: Kylee
Message:That's a really good point. I haven't thought about it like that before!
In all though, I really love the diversity in the characters, and even though they're very different, I like them all!
Dated:Sun Nov 10 15:36:33 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Yes, I agree - it's a hard question.

I think that when i was writing book 2 Poppy came across as the most appealing character, but when I sit back and think about it - well, I think that I approve of Daisy more.
Poppy is very centered on herself and Baz, whereas Daisy has compassion and affection to spare for other members of her family - her father , and even her elderly great-aunt.

And, of course, Rose is great fun and I love her wit and her cleverness.
Dated:Sat Nov 9 20:44:25 2013  

Name: Kylee
Message:That's a hard question! I liked Daisy the best in Debutantes but in Debutantes In Love, I think my favorite would be Poppy. I love her relationship with Baz and her spirit. Though I still loved Daisy! Who out of the four girls did you like the best?
Dated:Sat Nov 9 16:42:43 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Kylee: I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed Debutantes in Love.

i'd be interested to know which girl you liked best: Daisy or Poppy?
Dated:Fri Nov 8 20:04:26 2013  

Name: Kylee
Message:Cora,
I've just finished your amazing sequel, "Debs In Love" and I must say it was amazing! I loved who you paired together in the end and all the little stories weaved into the main ones. I hope you write more young adult books like these!
Dated:Fri Nov 8 18:45:26 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:It's a terrible thing to say, but I'm afraid that I never lend books that I like. I've had so many of them ruined or lost that I've decided never to do that again and just suggest that they buy their own, or borrow from the library!
Dated:Thu Oct 24 14:58:19 2013  

Name: Amie
Message:Hi Cora!
Your two Jane Austen books are the best things I've ever read! When I leant one to my friend and she ruined it I literally cried! So happy to hear you have plans for another!
Based on those books, which others of your books would you recommend?
Dated:Thu Oct 24 14:37:34 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thanks, Sooty - yes, I have definitely got plans for a third 'Jane Austen' book and so far as the 'Debutantes' are concerned - well, it would be lovely to give Rose, the youngest sister, her own voice and her own story.
Dated:Sat Oct 19 18:22:21 2013  

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