library journal review
carmel ... on writing books
“I often ask myself ‘Am I living my best life?’ And this question is the thread that connects the stories in each of my books. I like to push my characters to their limits, so that their true selves can be revealed. Because I believe that it is only in our darkest moments, we realise how strong - or weak - we are.
When I write, my characters become real to me. I hear their voices throughout the day, whispering their truths. And they always seem to know their own path, which is often different to the one I set them on, in the opening chapters!
I’m a heart on my sleeve type of gal and my books are like that too. They will make you cry and laugh. I do both when I write them! When a storyline involves any hurt inflicted on children, you can be guaranteed I sobbed while writing it!
For me, my books are a little like this: sometimes in life it rains, sometimes the sun shines. But when you have both, a rainbow appears. My hope is that my readers see all of the colours, by the time they get to ‘the end’ of my books.
For the last couple of months, Catherine Ryan Howard (Distress Signals, The Liars Girl), Hazel Gaynor (The Cottingley Secret, Last Christmas in Paris with Heather Webb) and me have been working on an idea, that began to take shape, following an evening sipping gin together. My nan always said no good…
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