Wow! 2016 was a busy year – my busiest yet. It is always lovely to look back at this time of year and reflect on everything that has happened, although this was such a busy year I’ll have to keep this short or you’ll be here forever!
The big news this year was the publication of my third novel THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY. In June, the book was released in ebook, paperback and audio formats in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Ireland (where I had a fabulous 1920s-themed launch with gin cocktails served in teacups!) with the UK paperback release following in September. It was amazing to see the book go on to be a Top 10 Irish Times, Globe & Mail Canada and Kindle ebook bestseller, and I even got that tweet from John Cleese to say how much his wife had enjoyed it! Thank you, readers!
Earlier in 2016, I spent several days in the USA for the launch of FALL OF POPPIES – Stories of Love and the Great War. This was such a wonderful book to work on – an anthology of nine short stories by nine authors with each story touching on the events of Armistice Day in November 1918. My short story HUSH (which is also available as an individual ebook download) closes the collection which we were all so proud to see hit the shelves in March, and had such fun promoting in the US.
I had such a great time working on this collection with fellow author, Heather Webb, that we decided to write a book together! I’ll have lots more news about this in early 2017 …
This year I also signed contracts for Romanian and German translations of THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY, a Turkish translation of A MEMORY OF VIOLETS and a Slovakian translation of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME. With the Hungarian edition of THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME already published, it is very exciting to have more foreign language editions to come. I can’t wait to see them over the coming months.
I met lots of amazing readers and loads of talented writers at various events in libraries, schools, bookshops and at writing festivals this year which took me as far afield as Connecticut, USA and as close to home as the local secondary school. I’m always so grateful to everyone who comes along to hear me speak at events, and the work some of the school pupils did after reading my books was so impressive. Thank you to all the festival organisers, especially Carmel Harrington and the Wexford Literary Festival, Bert Wright and the Mountains to Sea team, Anna Fox and the Dalkey Creates team, Sarah Webb at the DLR Lexicon and Vanessa O’Loughlin and writing.ie
Of course, the year ended on the most amazing high with THE GIRL FROM THE SAVOY being shortlisted for the BGE Irish Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the Year, along with Graham Norton and Cecelia Ahern. It was such a huge honour to be nominated and the evening was a fabulous (and very glamorous) celebration of Irish writing. Although I didn’t win, I felt like I did! Thank you to everyone who voted for me. It was hugely appreciated.
It has also been a very very busy year of writing and I have TWO new books coming your way in 2017 – all will be revealed early next year! If you’d like to be the first to hear all my latest book news, you can subscribe to my new Book Club which I’m very excited to be launching in 2017. It is free to join and as a subscriber you’ll receive a regular newsletter straight to your inbox with all my latest news, Book Club exclusives and competitions. To subscribe, click the link below, add your email address and confirm your subscription when the email arrives.
For now, I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Christmas/Happy Holidays, and to thank you for all your amazing support in 2016. I couldn’t do it without you!