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Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Cathal: No, I don't think that I will write any more Drumshee books - there are 17 of them already!

Ciaran: I'm having a rest at the moment so I am not writing anything.
Dated:Tue Sep 24 10:50:41 2013  

Name: Ciaran Sharpe P6
Message:Hi Cora
Are you wrighting a book
Dated:Mon Sep 23 18:50:51 2013  

Name: cathal mc donnell
Message:are you going to write more drumshee books because i like titanic voyage from dumshee already.
Dated:Mon Sep 23 18:46:01 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Taiane: Here you are - and thank you for asking me!

(1) I used to want to be an author when I was about ten years old, but then forgot about it until after I retired from teaching I had a very serious illness and it was when recovering from this that I started writing to pass the time. I was lucky enough to get a publisher for that book and then went on to write others – soon I will have achieved 50 published books!
Dated:Mon Sep 23 14:03:24 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:
(2) I was inspired to write ‘Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend’ when I found a book of the stories Jane wrote as teenager. These stories seemed to show such a wonderful sense of fun that they inspired me to depict her character as fun-loving and humourous.
(3) I was very excited when I heard that ‘Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend’ was to be published in Brazil – first of all because I knew that I had a very good fan (called Taiane) in that country and secondly because Brazil is such an exciting country that I would love to visit sometime. I would so love to see the wonderful beaches and the rain forests.
Dated:Mon Sep 23 14:02:14 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:(4) The message I wanted to pass on in my books about Jane Austen is firstly what a wonderful writer she is – her books and the characters in them are as relevant nowadays as two hundred years ago and secondly to allow others to share in my love of history – to allow them to submerge themselves in the past.
(5) What I would say to anyone who wants to write is to persevere – it’s not easy to write a whole book, but unless you do some every day – or every weekend – then you won’t achieve it. Secondly listen carefully to people talking and make little notes perhaps of things that they say which bring out their personality.
(6) I love reading historical novels.
Dated:Mon Sep 23 14:00:12 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:
(7) The hardest part of being a novelist is waiting to hear whether your publisher likes your book. The most rewarding part is when you get to a point about three-quarters of the way through the book that you are writing – the last quarter is like going downhill very fast on a bicycle.
(8) I think the best piece of advice that I can give a would-be author is to imagine (or even write down) your ending before you allow yourself to begin on the first chapter.
Dated:Mon Sep 23 13:58:03 2013  

Name: Taiane
Message:Ok, you can send the awnsers in English, no problem! :D
When did you start writing?
What was your inspiration to write "I was Jane Austen's best friend"?
Recently we knew that your book "Jane Austen stole my boyfriend" will be released in Brazil. How did you feel when hear this news? Would you like to come to Brazil?
What was the message you wanted to pass on your books?
What would you say to anyone who wants to be a writer?
What kinds of books do you enjoy reading?
What is the hardest part and the most edifying of being a writer?
After this, you can say anything you want :)
Dated:Sun Sep 22 18:51:11 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Taiane: Yes, indeed, I'd love to do an interview on your blog - in English, please. I've picked up a bit of Portuguese from you, but 'a bit' is not enough! I suppose you could translate my answers for me, would you do that?
Dated:Sat Sep 21 16:50:42 2013  

Name: Taiane
Message:Hi, Cora!
Você aceitaria fazer uma entrevista para o meu blog? Eu faria perguntas sobre o seu livro, etc.
Dated:Sat Sep 21 16:47:29 2013  

Name: Ciaran Sharpe P6
Message:Hi what are you doing today I am now reading the Famine Secret on my own and it is really good so far to chapter 3
Dated:Fri Sep 20 14:40:58 2013  

Name: Ciaran Sharpe P6
Message:oh I better tell Sir your reply. He will be pleased. You will be surprised about somethings we put up you might like
Dated:Thu Sep 19 19:34:37 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Ciaran: I suppose because I like making up stories.
Dated:Thu Sep 19 10:33:39 2013  

Name: Ciaran Sharpe P6
Message:Why did you start to become an author
Dated:Wed Sep 18 16:25:44 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:No, because that results in a lot of wasted time and unfinished stories. I much prefer to plan.
Dated:Wed Sep 18 08:32:35 2013  

Name: Ciaran Sharpe P6
Message:Have you?
Dated:Tue Sep 17 20:04:16 2013  

Name: Ciaran Sharpe P6
Message:Have you ever thought of doinging your work in a completely different way like making up a story and going along with it
Dated:Tue Sep 17 17:23:34 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Actually, Ciaran, I am an author of nearly 50 books - 17 Drumshee books and another 8 children's books published in Ireland. Published in UK: 6 London Murder Mysteries, 4 for teenage girls, 12 books for adults - and I'm still writing. I used to feel excited when I saw my books in shops in London, but now I am used to it.
Dated:Tue Sep 17 17:06:10 2013  

Name: Ciaran Sharpe P6
Message:Hello me again and I have a question What is it like to be a author of like 12 books and where did you get the inspiration to wright and when did you start?
Dated:Tue Sep 17 15:56:16 2013  

Name: Ciaran Sharpe
Message:That's interesting ill maybe talk to you to tomorrow bye
Dated:Mon Sep 16 19:20:59 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Well, in my book, 'Murder at Drumshee', the teacher at the school is found murdered, and one of the boys - someone who hated him - is suspected of being the killer.
Dated:Mon Sep 16 18:48:40 2013  

Name: cathal
Message:yes we do have hurling at our school
Dated:Mon Sep 16 17:29:05 2013  

Name: Ciaran Sharpe P6
Message:What happened to them
Dated:Mon Sep 16 15:42:48 2013  

Name: Ciaran Sharpe P6
Message:Yes we did it last year and I think we are doing it this year too. A lot of people do hurling and football. We have a league going in school. There are 5 teams in it and you start with the kick off or you can ask Sir to just kick it and of you go. Maybe you could make a book with some people at a school and are playing football when a flood happens to come and they have to survive when the P1s and 2s have gone missing and we could use it as a book at our school or other schools about Ireland. While I was on holidays in Spain I met a person from Liverpool and he was class at ping pong. But he sounded like a broken radio.
Dated:Mon Sep 16 15:37:09 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thanks, Ciaran and Cathal, for your messages.

Oh, and I wanted to ask whether you play hurling at your school? In 'Murder at Drumshee' I write about the boys playing hurling and that is set about sixteen hundred years ago - in the time of St Patrick - so hurling is a very old game.
Dated:Mon Sep 16 14:23:45 2013  

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