A little bit more about Carmel

Hello lovely readers

Whether you are a fan of my books or just having a nose, thank you for stopping by. I know how busy life can be, so take five minutes and sit back to read some useless facts about me!

  • My childhood nickname was Cam.
  • My adult nickname is HappyMrsH, which has become my username on social media!
  • My first job was pumping fuel in a petrol station when I was eleven. I pretty much hated that, the smell being the worse. And in my memory, it always rained when I was working, my hands were always cold. I also worked as a waitress, babysitter and groom on a part-time basis while I was in school to earn pocket money.
  • I won my first writing award when I was twelve years old, in a national writing competition that my school principal, Master O’Shea, encouraged me to enter.
  • I have been on a diet for fifteen years. Fact. I’m not terribly good at diets. I am good at yoyoing. The life of a yo-yo dieter chronicled in the photographs throughout this website! But I live in hope that this is the year that I finally slay this.
  • My favourite drink is a Gin & Slimline tonic. I’m going to share a tip that will change your life. It’s THAT good! Pop frozen raspberries into gin. Genius and delicious, plus it’s your five a day sorted. Sliced oranges are also delicious.
  • I met my husband Roger aka MrH in Ron Blacks, a bar in Dublin, probably drinking a gin. He won me over with his cheeky wit and old-world gentlemanly charm. We love each other a lot.
  • We have two children, Amelia and Nate. I also have a 15-year-old stepdaughter, Eva. I work hard not to be one-bit evil. These three are my life.
  • I was born in London but moved to Wexford when I was ten years old. I also lived in Dublin for nearly twenty years and loved it there. It’s where I met MrH! But the pull to return home was strong and we’ve been back in Wexford since 2010. Read more about this here.
  • I write around my children’s schedules, so often survive on five or six hours sleep. I’m really only 21, it’s the late nights that have me looking like I’m in my 40’s!
  • I’m not the famous Dr Carmel Harrington – Sleep Specialist. But would one day love to meet her. I’m sure she would have much to say to me about my bad habits. Rightly so.
  • I worked for Aer Lingus for ten years and during this time travelled the world.
  • I survived an earthquake on the 27th floor of a hotel in Manila in the Philippines. Won’t lie, it was terrifying.
  • I am severely allergic to Mercury. As in swollen lips, tongue, eyes, the works. I am also intolerant to many other things … bulls*t being top of that list.
  • I once stabbed my thumb with a hook and eye from my skirt. I ended up in A&E to get it removed. Three doctors came in to examine the eejit who had done this to themselves and valiantly tried not to laugh at me. True story. Not my finest moment.
  • I wear my heart on my sleeve, you wouldn’t want me on your poker team.
  • I learned how to drive and passed my driving test all in the space of two weeks.
  • One of my New Year resolutions is to write a children’s book.
  • My playlist includes a lot of  Ed SheeranSpandau Ballet, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Buble, Adele, Eva Cassidy, Niall Horan & Paul Young.
  • I spent my childhood horseriding. My pony was called Mr Bojangles, named after one of my favourite songs. I now live on the exact same road I trekked on every evening after school. I like that a lot.
  • My favourite family holiday destination is Orlando, Florida.
  • My favourite city is New York.
  • I am wicked impatient.
  • I self-published Beyond Grace’s Rainbow because I was too impatient to wait out the slush pile. See?
  • I sing a lot. Not necessarily well, but in my head, I’m a broadway star. My children think so too.
  • I credit my father for my imagination. His motto in life when telling tall stories is – never let the truth get in the way of a good tale.
  • I credit my mother for my love of books, who always read to me and my siblings as children.
  • I think Wexford is the most beautiful county in Ireland. Okay, I might be biased.
  • I love Tayto crisps, or indeed any cheese and onion crisps. But Mr Tayto stole my heart first.
  • My favourite motto is – all that matters is family.
  • I once did a parachute jump to raise money for the National Council of the Blind. Loved it.
  • I flew around South Africa in a two-seater Cessna aircraft. I wouldn’t do that again.
  • I have two sisters and a brother – every childhood memory I have includes these beauties.
  • I always dreamed of being a writer, but never pursued this until I married Roger, who encouraged me to take a chance and give it a go. Seven years on, I’ve never looked back. He likes that he was right. So do I.
  • I’m 5′ 10″, so I’m used to people’s first reactions to me going something like this, ‘Oh you’re really tall.’ That never gets old.
  • I have an eye disease called Scleritis, which when it flares up is both painful and not very pleasant to see.
  • My favourite TV shows are The Walking Dead, Stranger Things & Grey’s Anatomy.
  • My favourite movies are Frankie & Johnnie, It’s A Wonderful Life & Pretty Woman.
  • I cannot resist buying pretty notebooks – if they have an inspirational quote on the front, all the better.
  • My place of zen is Curracloe Beach.
  • I read a lot – I usually have a paperback, audio and kindle book on the go at the same time.
  • I have a thing about rose gold, with my favourite piece being my grandmother Maggie’s wedding ring, which I wear every day. She’s my guardian angel.
  • My favourite restaurant is Cistin Eile in Wexford.
  • I adore Oprah. She’s a clever one.
  • Annie, Fiona, Sarah, Gillian, Davnet, Siobhan, Catherine and so many more … If Carlsberg did friends …
  • My friend Elaine Crowley, from TV3’s Elaine Show, said that if I was an emoji, I would be a hug. I do give good hugs.
  • I smile a lot.

Silly trivia, I know. But all true, I promise you!

For those of you who have read my books, thank you for your support. I love hearing from you and always read your lovely reviews too. When you take the time to write one, it’s like giving me a little hug. If you haven’t read my books yet and you are interested in finding out more you should head over here next!

Oh and if you are an aspiring writer, I know how hard it is to get that first break, to get noticed by an agent or publisher. But honestly, I’m proof that it’s never too late to chase your childhood dreams and catch them. I’ve never worked harder than I have since I started to write, but I’ve also never been happier.

Whatever your dreams are, don’t let them slip away.

Sending love to all,

Carmel

xxx

 

 

 

9 Comments

  1. Hi Carmel, a new follower here. Was recommended by the lovely ‘Looking for Blue Sky’ blogger and started snooping around your page as us inquisitive females can do at times and so far liking what I see 🙂 Just in the middle of setting up my page as soon aim to be no longer a blog virgin!
    Bye for now, Congrats on the book and I’ll be back soon! Best regards, Ruth

    • Hey Ruth, thanks for stopping by! Oh I remember only too well what it’s like in the early days with blogging! It can seem daunting can’t it? When you are up and running, let me know and I’ll pop by! Thanks for the congrats and look forward to seeing you around 🙂
      Oh and thank you ‘Looking for Blue Sky’ x

  2. Hi Carmel. Love the new look! What a surprise when I clicked on the link today!

  3. Hi Carmel really enjoyed meeting you this evening at Enniscorthy Library – you are a fascinating lady with a real feel good story to tell – I so enjoyed being in your company and I am really looking forward to keeping in touch with you on facebook etc
    Maria Nolan

  4. eileen deloughery

    Carmel, I just finished Beyond Grace’s rainbow, it was beautiful

    • Eileen
      Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know. And thank you for reading Graces story, Im thrilled you enjoyed it.
      If you had a moment, I’d really appreciate a review on amazon if you could.
      Hope you are having a lovely morning. Wet and grey here in Wexford. Carmel.

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