Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Merrin writes from Australia
Hey Cora ... or should I say Top of the mornin' to you ! It was lovely to get your reply ... thank you.
I am just reading my last available Burren Mystery, Condemned to Death
have loved every single book ... and I am enjoying the development of the family.
I guess I should have read more slowly .... I am feeling a bit sad about having to wait for each new episode in the life of Mara.

Warmest regards
and thanks again for the joy you give !
Merrin

Mon Mar 14 02:30:37 2016

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
And Brenda, too! I remember replying to your message ages ago!

I'm so very sorry!

And glad you liked my Reverend Mother as well as Mara.

Sat Feb 20 09:16:03 2016

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Such a lovely message. And my website had to develop a fault!

I do hope, Merrin, that you will check back and see how much I appreciated your very kind words.

I love writing the Mara books and think of her as a friend. She is an amalgam of some colleagues of mine when I was a headteacher in Kent, England, or at least she started off like that and then grew into a personality in her own right.

Don't forget about 'Writ in Stone' it's an important one for Mara's life story!

Sat Feb 20 09:10:25 2016

 
Merrin Trewin writes from Australia

Hello Cora ! ... just wanted to say how much I have been enjoying your wonderful books .. The Burren series in particular since I discovered you and Mara and King Turlough and Bran .. well everyone and everything.
Your writing is sheer delight !You have everything that I love:outstanding skills in writing,brilliant description,wonderful character portrayal,murder and mysteries(Agatha Christie would be a fan of yours if she were still on earth)and authentic historical settings.
I borrowed a couple of books from my local library but that was all they had.
So I have just (two weeks ago) organised a kindle so that I could read more of your novels.I have been loving them and I am about to buy my fourth book "Eye of the Law"
Please, please don't stop writing Mara ... ask your publisher to do some marketing ... and I will do what I can !

Thank you for many happy hours. :)

Warmest and Best regards,
Merrin

Sat Feb 20 09:00:20 2016

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Gail.

Sorry for the delay in putting on your message. There was a mal-function on my site.

Sat Feb 20 07:58:43 2016

 
Gail writes from USA
After reading "A Shameful Murder", I sincerely hope you are at work on the next Rev. Mother Aquinas mystery. Can't wait!

Wed Feb 17 14:39:07 2016

 
Brenda writes from Canada
Cora
These holiday greetings are a little late but come with heart felt wishes for a year of good health and happiness. We have been enjoying such a mild winter I have spent much more time outside and my reading has been limited. I did find time however to enjoy "A Shameful Murder". Enjoyed from beginning to end and shared with the other ladies who are fans as well. Take care
Brenda

Wed Jan 27 19:40:55 2016

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Joe.
I was fascinated to read, from a writer who explored the valley of Oughtdara two hundred years ago that there was in the area a vivid awareness of the legends of 'the old people', of the legendary gods of the Tuatha De and it has stuck in my mind as a great possibility for a story.
I finally got down to it to celebrate Mara's fiftieth birthday and my own fiftieth publication!

Tue Jan 19 17:16:55 2016

 
Joseph O'Laughlin writes from USA
Cora,
The USA "Fatal Inheritance" is in my hand as I type! I thought I heard the Banshee scream upon opening it.

When I walked the Upper Cantred the criss-crossed bones beneath my feet were palpable, but mute. Your work has given me a darkly living vision of that time-slice in my lineage's history. - Thank you.

Enjoyably readable, too.

Joseph O'Laughlin

Tue Jan 19 16:54:10 2016

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
You can download a kindle app from iTunes for your iPad and then buy any kindle book from Amazon - just choose iPad for your destination.

I think that you can also get it from Safari, but I'm not sure about that.

Sun Jan 10 18:15:26 2016

 
Simon writes from Ireland
Ah. I'm on iPad and only the first three are available.

Sun Jan 10 15:31:34 2016

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm not sure what you mean by 'download', Simon. They are all, except for the latest, available on Kindle from Amazon.

I'm glad you enjoyed the one that you read.

Sun Jan 10 12:47:53 2016

 
Simon writes from ireland
Cora. Enthralled by the Burren series which I've just discovered. But why can't I get the rest of the series on download?

Sat Jan 9 22:47:41 2016

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
And thank you, Karen, very much, indeed, for going to the trouble of writing to me.

It's very heart-warming for me to have so many messages from fans of Mara who also like Reverend Mother Aquinas.

She, of course, is older than Mara, possibly harder, more cynical, perhaps. Certainly she has seen and heard things which Mara in bright, clean, sparsely populated land of the Burren could never have conceived of. In the clan system real hunger and poverty, such as I describe in the Cork book, just could not occur. In fact, under Brehon law, it was an offence not to give food to a hungry man!
And of course the land is literally littered with stone blocks and riddled with caves so shelter could easily be constructed with help from family and neighbours.

Sat Jan 2 11:10:52 2016

 
Karen J Mitchell writes from United States
Dear Cora,
Thank you so much for sharing your writing talent with us. I read some of the Mara books a few years ago and then kind of lost track of the series. BUT, I found the new Reverend Mother first book and, happily, dug into it. Wonderful, fantastic. Perhaps I love Reverend Mother so much because we are of an age and share a fondness for Thomas Aquinas. Since we have to wait for the next book, it seems like a good time to revisit Mara. Thanks for the hours of reading joy.

Sat Jan 2 01:34:15 2016

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
It's funny, but only today I was looking at the lovely picture that you gave me.
Frank and I are hoping to go across to the Highlands in Scotland this May - traveling from Larne to Toon - and if we do, well, yes, I would love to drop in and say hello to you and your pupils. I often think what a lovely school it was, in the glens. My grandson is going to a school near London which has 2,000 pupils! How much nicer to be one of a small number and valued for all that you can contribute.
Wishing you and your pupils a very happy Christmas,
Cora.

Tue Dec 8 17:34:31 2015

 
Francis Close writes from Antrim
Hello Cora. Greetings from Glenann PS, Cushendall in the Glens of Antrim. My pupils are currently reading Famine Secret at Drumshee and are thoroughly enjoying it. I will get them to contact you when we are finished. All good here and I hope you are keeping well. If you ever make it back to Cushendall you know you are very welcome to call. Take care and have a happy Christmas.

Tue Dec 8 15:00:07 2015

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I'm glad that you are looking forward to the next 'Reverend Mother' book, Su. It should be out some time next autumn, I think. I know that I have finished it and sent it off, but after that things slow down with a very busy publisher.

No, the flaming red hair is belonging to Dr Munro (Angelina had chestnut hair). Dr Munro put on a face mask and 'now only the flaming red hair and the eyes were visible'.

And Cork is flooded again as I write! We, here in the west of Ireland, are completely cut off from our market town, but luckily our old cottage has been built on a hill and so we are quite safe, though our river has burst its banks and our low-lying meadows have turned into lakes!

Tue Dec 8 10:05:40 2015

 
su bennett
I look forward to reading the next Reverend Mother Mystery...

In a Shameful Murder I do have a question regarding a detail on page 231. It first states that Angelina 'her hair had been shaved'. The next paragraph states 'now only the flaming red hair.....were visible'. Is this a proof reading error or have I missed something?

Tue Dec 8 06:52:55 2015

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thanks, Marilyn.
I find it very easy to write my Mara series. I look at a map of the Burren - I have a wonderful one from 'Folding Landscapes' and I find somewhere that intrigues me - perhaps a name, perhaps a certain land formation, then I visit it, even if I know it well. I take photos, look it up on Google Earth sometimes, just to get a 'bird eye' view. And then I read up about it, try to find out as much as possible about its past, and all the time while I am doing that ideas are welling up. My latest book 'A Fatal Inheritance' is about a small valley just south of the place which you have just been reading about.

Fri Nov 13 09:04:30 2015

 
marilyn miller writes from toms river, nj/usa
hello cora, this is my second message since I goofed with the first. I read the latest book about the law school & was so upset when the student took his own life. I get caught up in the plot as if it was real & I'm right there !!! my last visit to Ireland was with my grand daughter erin & we took the van tour from limerick city which included caherconnell. the driver shared that his daughter was part of the student archaeological team the summer before. I really hope I can at least go one more time to clare were my grand father james murphy was born. thank you for sharing your knowledge of early Ireland.

Thu Nov 12 21:34:00 2015

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I suppose that I have an advantage in that I live in the area about which I am writing, Jodi. I think that I would find it very hard to write about 16th century Canada. Once one knows the area, one can interpret a lot about daily life from such books as the Gill History series, and K.W. Nicholls: 'Gaelic and Gaelicized Ireland in the Middle Ages'. I find the books on the law and on its interpretations in books from the 'Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies' very useful. Also, though I think it's out of print, 'Dress in Ireland' by Mairead Dunleavy.
In fact, I have two shelves full of reference books, but I select those which deal with something pertinent to my area and my subjects. The Internet is of course, invaluable and perhaps Kenny's online bookshop in Galway might be useful also.

Fri Oct 2 08:33:21 2015

 
Jodi McIsaac writes from Canada
Hi Cora,
I've been reading your Burren series as research for my forthcoming novel set in 16th century Ireland (I should say I started reading them as research and am now reading for pleasure!). I'm wondering if you could share with me some of your sources for life in 16th century Ireland, as most of the sources I have found so far focus on the politics and not the everyday lives and customs. Thank you for any advice you can give.

Thu Oct 1 20:20:02 2015

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
If you are an O'Brien, Jan, well, you've certainly got Irish ancestry and probably your forebears came from somewhere in the midwest of Ireland.
I hope you like the portrayal of Turlough O'Brien. He was a real person and there are a few mentions of him in the Annals of the Four Masters, a book which summarized previous historical works. He was very war-like and loved by all except the English! If you read my book, 'Verdict of the Court' you will get a description of one of the best preserved O'Brien castles.

Mon Sep 21 11:04:00 2015

 
Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Thank you, Ellen. I think that I am lucky to be living so near to a still mainly unspoilt place like the Burren. It's very easy to go to places that probably still look just like they did in the sixteenth century. and up to fairly recently, certainly in the memory of the older men and women, farming practices would have differed very little. it is wonderful to watch someone build a drystone wall, no mortar, minimal use of tools, just instinctive skill, handed down through the generations. And the people here always dig the grave of a deceased neighbour which is something which goes right back to the Brehon laws.

Mon Sep 21 10:57:20 2015

 
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