Desert Islands and Fictional Characters…

“If you had to be stranded on a desert island with three fictional characters, who would you choose, and why?”

I love this question, posed by book reviewer Emma Moyles on her excellent blog, BOOKS AND WINE GUMS

My reply? There’s a character in my novel, Lady Beth, called Roddy (no spoilers!) and he fascinates me, so he would have to keep me company, along with Dorian Gray, so we can discuss the pros and cons of eternal life, and Mary Poppins, because she is magic, and could dig into her carpet bag for food! You can read the full interview HERE

So, with thanks to Emma for the question, who would you choose, and why?

 

Not in all me born days!

When I was a kid, Eason was a bookstore that held treasures I wasn’t privy to. When I was a teenager, working on the other side of O’Connell Street in Madame Nora’s (I know, sounds like a brothel, right?), Eason was a bookstore that held treasures I could rarely afford. When I was a young mother, Eason was a bookstore to lose myself in. To browse in, to inhale that new book scent, to flick through the pages of text, to marvel at the most beautiful cover art and read the blurbs and author biographies, but rarely to buy. In the days before I became a Librarian, before books would become extensions at the ends of my fingers, I even fantasized about working there, but not in all me born days, did I ever think that my book would find a place on those shelves. In Eason. But there it is.

https://www.easons.com/lady-beth-caroline-e-farrell-9781533698599

 

Now, Eason is a massive company, with a warehouse that bulges at the seams with thousands and thousands of books, huge boxes shoved around by forklifts on pallets to be transported, processed and distributed. I would expect that it takes some journey for one little book to find its way out to the company owned stores and franchisees, but the journey has begun, hallelujah, so here’s hoping the little book also finds its readers there!

Positive Feedback. Shouting it Loud!

This won’t be the first time I’ve referred to the writing process as a solitary one, as any writer will attest to. As an Indie Author however, the journey through publishing, marketing and connecting with readers and reviewers can also mean wearing many different hats, simultaneously! It is exhausting, it is time-consuming, though I am not complaining. It is my chosen path for now, and it is also most rewarding, especially when the feedback you receive is encouraging. Which is why, with no apologies, I shout it loud when the good vibes come my way!

Like this review, from book lover and reviewer, Cathy Brown and her brilliant blog 746 BOOKS

“Lady Beth is a perfectly paced page-turner of a novel which keeps the tension taut at all times. The darker side of Dublin city is perfectly judged, with well-rounded characters filling out the scenes around the titular Beth. Beth herself is a fantastic character moving seamlessly from unassuming office worker to avenging mother with an impressive lack of melodrama. Caroline has a filmic eye and the book swirls with a wonderful noir atmosphere as Beth digs deep into her past in order to build herself a future.”

This is what keeps me going, keeps me motivated, keeps me inspired – and keeps me juggling those hats!

You can read the full feature HERE, with thanks and appreciation for the magic, Cathy Brown!

 

LADY BETH is available from Easons, Dubrays, O’Mahony’s, Alan Hanna’s, Amazon and Kennys.ie

It is also available to subscribers of Kindle Unlimited. 

Lady Beth featured in Top Picks for 2017!

What an honour to be featured by author Louise Phillips in her top picks for 2017!

Some fantastic novels listed here…

https://www.writing.ie/guest-blogs/my-top-crime-picks-of-2017/

Happy New Year to You, with all good and magical things for 2018!

 

Lady Beth is available from bookstores, EASON, DUBRAY, O’MAHONY’S, KENNY’S, ALAN HANNA’S and AMAZON Worldwide. Also available on KINDLE

 

Lady Beth Novel

Nice little mention in the Irish Times for my novel, LADY BETH – and some wonderful words from author, Louise Phillips!

 

LADY BETH is available from selected bookshops nationwide and online from Kennys.ie and Amazon stores worldwide.

Reviews are very welcome!

 

On Writing: Moonstruck in make-believe… and carrying on regardless.

I was very happy to be invited to write a feature for the fabulous blog, Swirl and Thread.

 

Read it HERE

Many thanks to Mairead Hearne. Check out her wonderful Blog!

 

LADY BETH  (Best Novel 2017 CAP Award) is available from AMAZON, Kennys.ie, O’Mahony’s Bookstores in Ennis, Limerick, Tralee and Alan Hanna’s, Dublin.

IN RIBBONS: Going Public!

It’s been over two years since we released IN RIBBONS onto the festival circuit, and we have enjoyed the many accolades and awards that it has gathered along the way. It has been an amazing journey, and we are delighted to announce that our film is now available to view at this link:

https://vimeo.com/95428913

We hope you will check it out and let us know your thoughts. An Independent production, IN RIBBONS is written by Caroline E. Farrell and directed/edited by Marie Valerie Jeantelot, with line production and set design by Tom Dowling, sound and music by Neil Horner and cinematography by Basil Al-Rawi. The theme of the film is resilience and through a highly visual and sensory narrative, tells the story of a little girl’s journey to an orphanage in 1960’s Ireland.

Once again, we sincerely thank everyone who got involved in helping us along the way. We could not have made IN RIBBONS without our talented cast and crew and our many supporters who contributed to our Indiegogo Campaign. We would also like to thank Kildare County Arts Service for the 2013 bursary that helped enormously to get our production up and running.

Huge appreciation to the many, many festivals (over 35 of them!) that screened, and awarded our film with such coveted accolades, including the Jury Prize at the Worcestershire Film Festival 2015. Best Experimental Film at both the Los Angeles Cinefest, February 2016 and The Seadance Film Festival, Spain 2016. Best Director [Marie Valerie Jeantelot] and Best Sound [Neil Horner] at the Wolves Independent IFF in Lithuania, 2016. Merit Award for Best Short Film at Indie Fest Awards, 2016. Merit Award for Women Filmmakers at Indie Fest Awards, 2016. Semi-Finalist for Best Short Film at Swedish Film Festival, 2016. Nominated for Best Experimental Film – London Film Festival, 2016. Nominated for Best Experimental Film – Lisbon International Film Festival, 2016. Finalist for Best Short Film at London Film Awards, 2015. Merit Award for Best Drama – International New York Film Festival, 2015. Nominated for Best Connection of Sound & Image. Braunschweig International Film Festival, Germany, 2015. Also selected for Dingle FF, Cork Indie FF, Belfast FF, Fastnet FF, Waterford FF, Clare Island FF, Sky Road FF, Underground FF, Richard Harris FF, Seattle Irish Reels USA, Castellaneta FF, Italy and many more! It was also the only Irish film to feature in the Arts and Cinema Corner at the Women Deliver Global Conference in Copenhagen, 2016.

Most of all, we are grateful to the following for their collaboration, commitment and expertise in helping to tell this story:
Our Cast: Patrick O’Donnell, Geraldine McAlinden, Melissa Nolan, Sinead Monaghan, Rebecca Waldron, Tara Maher and our extras, Jason Cullen, Ollie O’Brien, Molly Byrne and Ava Haskins.
Our Crew: Basil Al Rawi, Neil Horner, Tom Dowling, Stewart Lambert, Adrian Moylan , Elga Hick, Amy O’Neill, Errol Farrell, Lee Farrell, Senan Farrell, Caitriona Costello and Brendán O’Meachair de Búrca. Thank you all so very much!