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Name: Liya
Message:I really loved your book I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend. I was so absorbed in the book and just couldn't put it down! I can honestly say that it's my favorite book so far.
My friend introduced me to the book and suggested I read it asap. She seemed to really adore the book, so I began it straight away and instantly fell in love!
But it got better... then my friend told me that you had written a second one! I was so excited and couldn't stop jumping with excitement. Right now i'm reading Jane Austen Stole My Boyfriend and wanted to cry with happiness at every page.
I guess I just want to say thank you for writing such fantastic books!
Dated:Wed Mar 27 06:02:27 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Liya: That was a lovely message - thank you very much for all the nice things that you said. You know, I really enjoyed writing those Jane Austen books. I did a lot of research and somehow when I read the funny stories that Jane wrote when she was young - well she really came alive to me as a character.
I'm so pleased your mum liked them too!
Dated:Tue Mar 26 21:15:04 2013  

Name: Liya M.
Message:Um, I apparently have too many words so I have to send my message to you via Story Book, hope that's not a problem :-)
Dated:Tue Mar 26 19:34:55 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Just send it here, Liya.

If you want it to be private then just send it to the Story Club. Then only I read it.

However, most of the people who write in here are interested in other people's ideas and points of view, so unless it's something very private, I would prefer if you would write your thoughts here.
Dated:Mon Mar 25 18:39:38 2013  

Name: Liya M.
Message:Hi Cora!
I don't know where to begin... first of all, I think this guestbook is a fantastic idea and second of all, I was wondering what your e-mail is so that I can send you a proper letter. I can't find it anywhere on the website. Thanks :-)
Dated:Mon Mar 25 18:35:38 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Caolan: I'm sure that you are looking forward to the holidays - they'll soon be here. I'm looking forward to them, also, although it's a long time since I have retired, but I look forward to having my grandson from London come and stay with us.

I've certainly written and had published more than 45 books - I stopped counting when I got to that number.
Dated:Mon Mar 25 08:23:21 2013  

Name: Caolan
Message:Thank you Cora for your reply. My Mum and Dad picked the name out of the newspaper a few days before I was born :) I will definitely buy the book and read it in my holidays! My sister and I were wondering how many books altogether you wrote? I like writing myself...maybe Ill do it when I get older.
Dated:Sun Mar 24 18:29:49 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:What a very unusual name you have Caolan - I've never heard of it - and i think it sounds lovely.

'Wolf in the Midnight Forest' is another book that I wrote about dogs. It is about a beautiful dog that I owned, called Wolf and it is about him when he was a puppy.
Dated:Thu Mar 21 17:07:31 2013  

Name: caolan
Message:hi cora in school i'm reading your book two mad dogs so far i like it. what other good books did you write ? I had 2 dogs too but one died and the other disappeared and noone knows what happened to him.Happy Easter
Dated:Thu Mar 21 16:53:55 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Rhys:
You and Conor, a boy who also sends stories to this website, will have to get together and form a publishing company - not that difficult, really if you publish to e-book format.

It's very, very difficult to get published. I would be treating you like a child if I pretended that it wasn't.

I remember your story - and I remember being struck by some bits of excellent writing.

How long was it? A book would have to be about forty thousand words long at minimum and even then the chances of getting an agent - and normally you have to get an agent before you get published.
I've read that only one in thousand people who send a book to an agent have a hope of being accepted - and after that a publisher has to be c
Dated:Wed Mar 20 11:52:56 2013  

Name: rhys
Message:i talked to you ages ago about my story "the night i saw a visitor" and have took note of your feedback and wondered about if i finished a book how would i get it published if i wanted to?
Dated:Wed Mar 20 09:41:10 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Thanks for the nice, long message, Monica.

What's next?

Well, next is DEBUTANTES: IN LOVE and that is all about Daisy and Poppy and the fun they have in London and the parties and the boys they fall in love with.

Violet doesn't come into this much it's mainly about Poppy and Daisy, but Rose, of course, is her usual self.
Dated:Tue Mar 19 08:27:14 2013  

Name: Monica Leyland
Message:i really loved your book Debutants! It really captured my heart. I loved the description and your story plot was fab! I loved the way i just had no idea what was going to happen next. My favorite character was most definitely Daisy!!! she is so like myself. I also want to produce films like her and since reading the book have been going round the house with my video camera with my younger sisters.
I also read Jane Austen was my best friend and Jane Austen stole my boyfriend. i read these extremely quickly because they were real page turners!
Thank -you for the inspiration and for giving me so much pleasure!!!
Your books are amazing!!!
What's next???
Dated:Mon Mar 18 21:18:41 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:One day when I came home from school (I was a teacher then) I found my two dogs, Arno and Muna were missing. I searched and searched for them and then took the car and went out to a wood about a mile from my house - a place where we used to take them for walks - and there the two of them were, looking for me! They probably thought that when I went out every morning that I was having great fun running around the wood by myself!
Dated:Fri Mar 15 14:22:06 2013  

Name: 1st class Killeeneen N.S.
Message:Thank you for writing back to us! We are really excited! We will write back to you if we have any questions. We can't wait to find out what the dogs did!
Love from 1st class, Killeeneen N.S.
Dated:Fri Mar 15 14:16:29 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Katy: Thanks for your message. I'm glad that you liked 'Debutantes'.
I'm just doing the final edit of the second book, 'Debutantes: In Love' which is all about how Poppy and Daisy find the man of their dreams - as well, of course, as having fun going to parties and being presented at court.
I do think that the research is important - I have a shelf of books about the 1920s - but also I think DVDs and films add tremendously to your 'feel' for the era.
I love the clothes for the 1920s and, as well as books, DVDs like 'House of Elliott' give you great insight into the era.
Dated:Thu Mar 14 17:56:28 2013  

Name: Katy
Message:Hi Cora. I've just finished reading Debutauntes (instead of revising for my exams, oops...) I thought it was amazing, and was wonderig how you find out all the information about the clothes, setting, etiquette, etc from the 1920s, and does it matter if I don't have all the historical details correct? Thanks
Dated:Thu Mar 14 15:55:28 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Conor: I live in Ireland, but my agent is in England. We mostly communicate by email, occasionally by telephone and meet for lunch in London about once or twice a year.
There is at least one agent in Dublin - put "literary agent" "Ireland" into Google and see what you get.
Dated:Thu Mar 14 07:06:40 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Hi, Cora.
I have done as you suggested and got a copy of the writers and artists year book, but any publishers or agents that accept fantasy are all in England, so I may have to skip getting an agent...
Thoughts?
Dated:Wed Mar 13 20:37:08 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:How lovely to hear from you and to receive such a long, well-typed and well-spelled message.

Do you know that you are the first people to have noticed about the mistake in the dogs' names!

Now this is what happened.

When I wrote the story first I called the dogs Pirate and Panda, but the illustrator said she couldn't make the eyes right when she was trying to make the dog look like a Panda with dark circles, so the name was changed to Perky.

I've never had dogs with those names, but everything that was done in that book was done by one or other of a pair of puppies, named Muna and Arno, that I owned a long time ago. Or, at least, all except one thing. When you have finished the book you might tell me what that on
Dated:Tue Mar 12 13:39:25 2013  

Name: 1st class, Killeeneen N.S.
Message:We are 1st class from Killeeneen N.S. in Galway. We are reading your book, 'Two Mad Dogs', in class. We all have a book each. We got them from Patsy in 'Tara Book Club'. We love your book, it is really exciting and it has nice words in it.
We have a question: The title of chapter 1 is 'Pirate and Panda', but the dogs' names are Pirate and Perky. We would like to know who Panda is! Did you name Pirate and Perky after your own dogs?
We would also like to know why there is a picture of a ball in the corner of the front cover.
We typed this message on our SMARTBoard so we could all see it together. Please write back to us, we would love to hear from you.
Thank you. Love from 1st class in Killeeneen N.S.
Dated:Tue Mar 12 13:27:48 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:Bethan: I used to think that Rosemary Sutcliff wrote very good historical novels.
There are also the historical novels of Georgette Heyer which are set in the Jane Austen era. Although they were written for adults there is nothing in them that would make them unsuitable for teenagers like yourself.

Conor: That sounds a good idea. I think that there is a little else that I can usefully suggest - and I am very, very busy at the moment so cannot possibly go through your story again. I wish you the best of luck.
Dated:Sun Feb 17 19:34:13 2013  

Name: Conor
Message:Hi Cora. I've read all of your suggestions and I have an idea about where I could put in Rueben. I'm thinking of making him one of Darrylstien's old apprentices, and Darryl feeling incredibly guilty about someone dying in his care, and that's why he's an inventor, trying to make something to keep people safe, always searching for the perfect invention. Also, could you tell me what parts of the book bother you most so that I can tweak them a bit?
Dated:Sun Feb 17 11:39:03 2013  

Name: Bethan
Message:I have really got in to historical stories (like yours). Can you recommend any?

Thanks
Dated:Sun Feb 17 09:28:07 2013  

Name: Cora Harrison
Message:You don't pay an agent, Conor. He (or she) pays you. I'm always getting cheques from my agent!

An agent takes 15% usually of the money the publisher offers and then sends you the rest.

To get an agent, it's best to get The Writers & Artists' Year Book (from the library probably) and find one - or else try the agent of a book that is like yours. Put his/her name into Google with the words 'literary agent' attached and you should find it.
Or else you could try O'Brien Press in Ireland who take submissions straight from the author.
But don't get too hopeful.
My own agent gets about 200 submissions a week and he only takes on about 3 new clients A YEAR!
Dated:Fri Feb 15 13:50:10 2013  

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