New York Times and international bestselling historical novelist Hazel Gaynor lives in County Kildare with her husband and two children. Her debut novel The Girl Who Came Home won the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year award and hit the New York Times and USA Today bestsellers. A Memory of Violets was also a bestseller and a 2015 WHSmith Fresh Talent pick. The Girl from the Savoy was shortlisted for the 2016 Irish Book Awards and a bestseller in Ireland and Canada. Hazel’s 2017 release The Cottingley Secret was a USA Today bestseller, and Last Christmas in Paris (co-written with Heather Webb) is currently a finalist in the Women’s Fiction Writers Association Star Awards. Her latest historical novel The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter will be published this autumn. Hazel is published worldwide and her work has been translated into nine languages to date.
Outside her fiction, Hazel has written feature articles for publications including TIME, Salon, Irish Times, Writer’s Digest, and the Huffington Post. She has completed two US book tours and has extensive media experience in the US, UK and Ireland, including appearances on RTE’s Ryan Tubridy Show, TV3’s Elaine, and the BBC World Service. She is a popular speaker at literary festivals and has also taught creative writing at a number of schools.
Before stretching her literary wings in 2009, Hazel was a Training and Development Manager for professional services firms in London, Sydney and Dublin. Her claim to fame is John Cleese tweeting how much his wife loved Hazel’s book.
Hazel’s favourite writing advice:
Stop talking about writing the book and write the book.
The #1 book about writing Hazel thinks you should read:
Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic.
The novel(s) that inspired Hazel to write:
A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner, Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre and Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl.
Irish Sunday Times bestseller Carmel Harrington writes issue driven commercial fiction. From Co. Wexford, she lives in a small village with her husband Roger and two young children, Amelia and Nate. Carmel began her writing career as a self-published author before landing a book deal with Harper Collins. Since then she has published six novels, won two writing awards – Kindle Book of the Year 2013 and Romantic eBook of the Year 2013 – and was shortlisted two years running for an Irish Book Award in 2016 and 2017. Her books are published worldwide, regular chart toppers and are translated into eight languages to date. Her seventh novel, A Thousand Roads Home is out in October 2018. Previous books include – the official ITV novel and UK Top 20 bestseller Cold Feet: The Lost Years (Hodder & Stoughton) and The Woman at 72 Derry Lane (Harper) which remained in the Irish Top 10 for twelve weeks and is an Amazon US and UK no. 1 bestseller.
Carmel has vast media experience, as a regular panellist on TV3’s Elaine and Midday. In addition, her TV appearances include WNDU-TV in US, BBC in UK, The Today Show, IrelandAM and The Morning Show in Ireland. She has been interviewed many times on radio, on shows that include BBC Radio Ulster and RTE’s Ryan Tubridy Show. If that wasn’t enough to make the juggle struggle real, she is Chair and Curator of Wexford Literary Festival, which she co-founded. She has given author talks and workshops in schools, libraries and festivals, throughout Ireland, UK and US.
Before writing, she was a Sales and Marketing Manager for an American multi-national and if she ever stops writing, she has notions of becoming a Broadway star. Sadly talent does not always match ambition!
Carmel’s favourite writing advice:
Get out of your own way! Stop making excuses, start writing today.
The book that Carmel believes every writer should read:
On Writing by Stephen King.
The novel that inspired Carmel to write:
As a child, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. As a teen, To Light a Penny Candle by Maeve Binchy. As an adult, Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes.
CATHERINE RYAN HOWARD
Catherine Ryan Howard is a crime/thriller writer from Cork. Her debut thriller, Distress Signals (Corvus Books/Blackstone Publishing) was an Irish Times and USA Today bestseller, shortlisted for the IBA Crime Novel of the Year 2016 and the CWA’s John Creasey/New Blood Dagger 2017, and optioned for TV by Jet Stone Media. Her second thriller, The Liar’s Girl, was published on both sides of the Atlantic in March 2018. Rights have also sold to Germany, Sweden, Denmark and Poland.
Catherine began her writing career self-publishing non-fiction: two light-hearted travelogues, Mousetrapped and Backpacked, followed by the obligatory ‘how to’, Self-Printed: The Sane Person’s Guide to Self-Publishing. Known for her pragmatic approach to all things publishing DIY, she has delivered workshops and seminars on the subject for the likes of Faber Academy (London), Guardian Masterclasses (London), Irish PEN, Publishing Ireland, the Irish Writers’ Centre and The Inkwell Group.
Before writing full-time, Catherine stapled things together in various offices in Cork, worked as a campsite courier in France and was a front desk agent in a Walt Disney World hotel. Having returned to college as a mature student, she graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a BA (Hons) in English Studies in May 2018 and is currently working on her third novel.
Catherine’s favourite writing advice:
Write the book you want to read but can’t find on the shelf.
The #1 book about writing Catherine thinks you should read:
Save the Cat by Blake Snyder. (It’s a screenwriting book but for plotting it’s fab!)
The novel that inspired Catherine to write:
Two-way tie between Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park (the imagination!) and Patricia Cornwell’s debut, Postmortem.
Find out more about Catherine on www.catherineryanhoward.com or say hi to her on Twitter or Instagram at @cathryanhoward.