I was prompted today to remember a very special anniversary. This day last year, when I pushed LADY BETH out into the world of Indie Publishing! It’s been a truly amazing year, so time to thank every one who bought, borrowed, read, liked, praised, reviewed, awarded, stocked, shared, placed on your bookshelf, sent me photos and recommended it to others. You are THE business and I send you heaps of gratitude!
What an honour to be included in BooksbyWomen.org recommended reads!
“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.” 746books.com
‘Just finished reading Lady Beth. What a fast-moving story, very well researched, written with a lively imagination and I personally would love to see it made into a film. That storyline has Oscar written all over it.’ Mary Malone. Reader
Caroline E Farrell is the author of the novels, Lady Beth and Arkyne, Story of a Vampire. She is also the writer and director of the short film FRAMED and writer and co-producer of IN RIBBONS and ADAM.
“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?
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.
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!
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.
What an honour to be featured by author Louise Phillips in her top picks for 2017!
Some fantastic novels listed here…
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