Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison

Mullaghmore mountain on the Burren, County Clare, Ireland

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Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Oh, how stupid of me!

I'm afraid that it is only the big publishers, these days, who can afford the meticulous editing. I blame myself. I am a very careless person - but I did think that I had felt myself into early sixteenth century Burren. I must be more careful and probably slow down. I had five books published last year and it's too much!

I'm glad that you enjoy them nevertheless and ,no, it's not nit-picking - but a very important point.

Fri Mar 2 07:23:51 2012

jj ferriter writes from usa
I am entranced by the Burren mysteries series. The action, locale and dialogue seem authentic and well reseached. I was suprised when an off note hit my ear. I'm reading the Severn House 2010 edition, On page 97 Dalaghis described as being "galvanized" into action, which reminded me of a previous quote by Mara (page 61) citing Ardal " Hope I'm not nitpicking but the idea of "animal electricty" was not posited by Luigi Galvani for another 200 years. Love your writing and am just hoping the editors will tighten up. Thanks for your works! JF

Fri Mar 2 03:42:11 2012

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
I wonder whether you visited the city of Galway when you were in Ireland, Sally? Galway was a strange place in the early sixteenth century - iit was surrouned by Gaelic Ireland, but it was an English city whose inhabitants spoke English and wore English clothes and, most interestingly, from my point of view, were governed by English laws- laws that would see a man hanged for theft of an article worth more than a shilling.
My next book, 'Laws in Conflict' sees Mara visit ther city in order to help a poor, slightly crazy man from her own kingdom who was rfaced with the death penalty for the theft of a pie. While there a murder occurs...

Fri Feb 24 23:12:42 2012

Sally H writes from USA
Hello Ms. Harrison..
Just a quick note to say that I have so enjoyed all of the Mara, the Brehon, books. Just finished "Deed Of Murder". Living in a fishing area (Cape Cod, MA) I was trying to imagine our fishermen going out in those "curraghs" - hard to imagine. We were in Ireland a few years ago, I remember "The Burren" and how fascinating the landscape was. We took the boat out to the Aran Islands, so I could just picture that kidnap attempt of King Turlough. I will be looking forward to the next book. Thank you for those wonderful stories.

Fri Feb 24 21:03:44 2012

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Not at the moment, Amy. I'm just doing a new series for Macmillan called 'Debutantes' - it's a bit 'Downton Abbey' and will be out in the summer. It's about four your girls, daughters of an earl, but not of a rich earl, as in Downton but of a quite poor one.

Sun Feb 19 19:18:32 2012

Amy writes from USA
You must get this question a lot but will be any more Jane Austen books? I loved the first 2! i plan on reading them again but i have to ask, will there be any more Jenny Cooper??

Sun Feb 19 15:16:00 2012

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Sissy: Have you clicked on 'Burren' on my site - lots of lovely photographs taken by my talented son-in-law (and webmaster). Fachtnan is, according to Google, pronounced F-AW-C-N-AH-N

Scott: Thanks for that - I do try to visualise the place when I write - sometimes I even do a little writing on my pocket computer when i am at an especially beautiful spot - like Mulloughmore Mountain in May.

Wed Feb 8 09:05:27 2012

Scott writes from California, USA
Hello again,
Not your best book/ are teasing! What I have stressed to others is how some writers can make you visualize an area and this book (My Lady Judge) does that- what a waste when they don't make you visualize the landscape and/or feel the warm people! I haven't had success in reaching a B&B I stayed in my last visit to Doolin (and no reply from O'Connors:-( ) but I hope to visit later this year.


Wed Feb 8 05:39:10 2012

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Lynn: I've just checked on and found 'Scales of Retribution' in a Kindle edition at $11.55

Like you, I am a great convert to e-books - so light and easy to read in bed and as I live in a small cottage which is already overflowing with books- none of which I wanted to throw out - well, my Kindle is a life-saver.

Hope you enjoy 'Scales of Retribution'. I thought it came off fairly well, myself - and few seem to guess the mystery

Sat Feb 4 08:52:15 2012

Lynn Calvin writes from Chicago, Illinois, US
I'm another US Mara/Burren fan - and an ebook reader. I'd ordered one or two of the books in hardcover from the UK, but I was hoping for US ebook editions (I have both a Kindle and a Nook, or would happily buy from Smashwords or any source.

Any ideas on how to get ebooks? I only need book six... but would happily buy the ones I have in paper. (Amazon UK won't let me buy the UK kindle editions.)

Sat Feb 4 03:30:21 2012

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Miriam: I will do that - lovely frosty morning today - the Burren looks beautiful in weather like this.

Adrienne: I'm pleased that I can help you to picture the Burren. Like you, I first saw it on a holiday a very long time ago and loved it so much that we bought a holiday cottage quite near.

Sissy: You're going through my books quickly. You'll be pleased to know that I have just finished book 8 - 'Laws in Conflict'. It should be out in the summer.

Scott: Actually there have been quite a few men write to this website, but not recently. I think, on the whole, women are better at letter-writing. I'm delighted that you are enjoying 'My Lady Judge' - though I don't think it is the best of the books.


Thu Feb 2 08:32:09 2012

Scott writes from California
I thought about not writing because I was only seeing ladies having comments but in my early reading of my first Burren book, it doesn't seem to exclude my likes from enjoying:-)

I'm early in the book but the characters seem to be well developed and the writing makes you feel like you are in the Burren! This might seem obvious but many novels miss out on so much by not succinctly writing so you feel the communities, the landscape, etc.

I'm early into My Lady Judge and so far, so good!

Mon Jan 30 21:22:40 2012

sissy writes from oregon, usa
fell in love with the burren when we visited in 2008. loving the burren books! started reading them at christmas and am on the 5th one and january isn't finished yet.. and i am NOT a reader. i would love to know how to pronounce everybody's name.... Fachtnan?

Sat Jan 28 17:40:45 2012

Adrianne Carr writes from US
Cora, I was recently introduced to Mara and I cannot put her down. I absorb your stories like a sponge. Years ago we were in the Burrens on our way to visit relatives in Donegal. I remember the wild beauty and mystery of the place. It is wonderful to be able to picture what I have seen as I read.

My great love in the 3rd grade was Bernie O'Brien.
I hadn't thought of him in years until I began reading your books.

Thank you for your glorious imagination and marvelous way with words.

Sat Jan 28 14:32:49 2012

Well Cora, if you are ever up in Noughaval again feel free to call to the two story house across from the market stone. My mother is a big fan and would love to meet you. Also if you want any more local histroy - you would be in the right house if both Dad and Mam are there!

Thu Jan 26 13:22:21 2012

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
And thank you, Evelyn, for going to the trouble of contacting me. It is much appreciated, I can assure you.

Misty morning here today and I am just settling down to work on the first draft of my eighth book - it's called 'Laws in Conflict' and in it Mara visits the city of Galway where English laws prevailed.

Wed Jan 25 08:52:39 2012

Evelyn Kennedy writes from United States of America
I am almost finished with "Eye of the Law". I am enjoying it very much. I love historical novels. Just picked this from the new book rack at the library and have really enjoyed it. Somewhere in my family history on my mother's side, Stephens, is some Irish background.
Thank you Cora for hours of enjoyment of reading.

Wed Jan 25 04:46:48 2012

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Scales is a name I know well. The bus company that takes the children around here to school is run by the Scales family and I do remember, quite some time ago, giving a prize to someone of that name for a book review.
I'm delighted that y
ou like my books and that it reminds you of a very beautiful area.

Sun Jan 22 17:48:01 2012

Alice Donahoe writes from New Jersey, USA
My mother, Mary Scales was born in Carnane, Doolin and we have made a few visits to that area so I love the books and will introduce them to my grandchildren who have also visited the burren area.
I love the books and reading about the old Brehon laws which were so much more human than what we do today.

Sun Jan 22 02:30:21 2012

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
No, I didn't, Miriam.
I wonder where the word 'Bandel' came from.
I had read something about a measuring line on it, but couldn't find it when I went to look. On my website is a picture of my grandson, as he was then, on the day that I visited it - he's now almost nine years old, so it must have been quite a few years ago. I wish that you had been around to give me all the info.

Wed Jan 18 10:05:10 2012

Yea Cora that market stone is well known to me. Did you know is also known as the Bandel stone. The Bandel was a well known unit of measuring up to the early 1900ís. The bandel stone measures 72 inches (or 2 yards) in circumference. Each of the eight units is exactly 9 inches. The bandel stone was also used as a hitching post for the horses during mass. (just a little potted history taken from my father)
Looking forward to the next book

Wed Jan 18 09:59:26 2012

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Lesley: Your message seems to have slid on without me being aware of it - have only just picked it up.
Many thanks for your praise - I do enjoy writing about Mara and speculating on what the lifestyle must have been in Gaelic Ireland at the time. I think it helps that there is so little known as then I can use my imagination and common sense.

Kevin: I hate to have to say it but the paperback editions of 'Writ in Stone' book 4 & of 'Eye of the Law' book 5 have been and gone and 'Scales of Retribution' book 6 is teetering on the brink of going out-of-print. I have argued with my publisher about this, but it doesn't do any good. The only advice I can give is to buy as soon as they become available. Some copies of these books are fetching very large sums on the Internet.

Tue Jan 10 15:13:12 2012

Kevin Walford writes from England
Please can you tell me when the paperback of "Writ in Stone" will be available ? I have really enjoyed the first three Burren mysteries, but there seems to be a delay with the fourth.
I realise I could buy it from America, but I stubbornly refuse to do so. The kindle editions for books 4, 5 and 6 have been released !
Surely there is a danger of losing some loyal, "traditional" readers ?
Many thanks for the wonderful stories so far.

Tue Jan 10 10:07:18 2012

Lesley Cookman writes from England
I have just finished Scales of Retribution, and look forward to being able to read Deed of Murder when it is released for Kindle. I love Mara, her scholars, her friends and servants, and I've learnt so much about the history of the west of Ireland - as everyone who reads the books must!

I admire you for writing so many series, I've only managed one so far. Thank you for all the enjoyment.

Wed Jan 4 08:09:30 2012

Cora Harrison writes from Ireland
Dear Miriam,

Have you read Michaelmas Tribute? That is very centered on Noughaval - in fact if you look at the photographs of the Burren (on this website) you will see one of my grandson just by Noughaval cross - taken when I was reaearching that book. It's a beautiful place and I love the road that stretches across towards Kilnaboy from there.

Yes, I have just completed the eight Mara book - called 'Laws in Conflict' - expect it some time in the summer. As others have found these books seem to go out of print very quickly, but the publisher, Severn House, doesn't feel that there is sufficient demand for a second edition!

I'm so pleased that you like the books and am glad that they remind you of your childhood home.

Tue Jan 3 15:38:33 2012

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