Pam Lecky’s Vintage Treasures: A conversation…

I was delighted to be invited to chat with author, Pam Lecky on her lovely blog, Vintage Treasures.

Check out our conversation at the link below:

A Conversation with Author Caroline E Farrell @carolineauthor

 


 

 

On Writing: Fictional characters are anything but…

To write fictional characters, we must know them, inside and out, before we can feel empathy for them, and before we can understand why and how they will do the things that we will make them do, and say the words that we will make them say.

In other words, we must believe that they are real flesh and blood, with all of the wonders and foibles that go along with that. Only then, can we really write them in any meaningful way. This is nothing new to any writer worth their salt, right? And of these knowing writers, who does he/she choose to analyze the most? The writer’s self: as Confucius say – no matter where you go, there you are.

We are not just students of the human condition. We are our own subject matter. How we operate. How we relate, articulate, disseminate the world, our lives, our wants, our needs. And what of our secret selves? The histories, the pain, the faded and vivid memories, the disappointments, the yearnings, the unchartered dreams, the joys? The stuff that shapes us, the stuff that we never show and tell? Our interior lives – where the most fascinating secrets dwell to influence how we choose to live and the paths we take.

Stories of self can come to life in three-dimensional worlds that make meaning of experience, and hopefully generate empathy and connection with others. Removing the shield of author, and stripping away the mechanisms that hide the fragility of a human being alone, we know what we experienced, and we know how it felt. How we looked out at the world and the people in it, how we continue to do that.

The difference between being a child as opposed to being an adult is that, as the former, we are powerless to our fate, and powerless to change anything. Becoming the latter enables empowerment to not only steer our own course, but more importantly, to change our ways of thinking, reacting and of just being.

The fictional life is no different. And it is the challenge for the writer to pick away at those layers of being until exposing that space between what is seen in the character’s exterior life, and what is hidden in their interior one. The secret place of the human condition that exposes the reasoning behind our every action, and towards those surprises and discoveries that will lead us to chart a compelling arc for our character.

 

This article first appeared in Writers And Authors

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I am a writer and filmmaker from Dublin, Ireland. Author of the award-winning novel, LADY BETH, I have recently written and directed the short film FRAMED (2018). I am also the screenwriter and co-producer of IN RIBBONS (2015) and ADAM (2013)

Events: Creative Librarians… and their secret lives!

I’m hitting the road to Cork to appear as a guest of Cork County Library and Arts Reader’s Day, focusing on creative librarians. I’ll be chatting with Dermot Bolger (also a former Librarian) mid-morning in Cobh Library, this Saturday, April 14th.

Guests include author, Colette Caddle and poet, Thomas McCarthy, and a number of current Cork County Library staff will also read and speak about their published works. Elizabeth Desmond, Mallow library, has been shortlisted in the “From the Well” short story competition and has published in a variety of anthologies. Micheal O Flaherty of Charleville library, has worked in Cork County Library since 2003. He has had two westerns published and was also shortlisted for the 2013  RTE Guide / Penguin Ireland short story competition. Kristin Gleeson of Bantry library is originally from Philadelphia. She lives in West Cork, where she writes, works as a librarian, plays the harp and sings in an Irish choir. She has written a historical biography and several historical novels, her most recent being , In Praise of the Bees in 2015.

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I am a writer and filmmaker from Dublin, Ireland. Author of the novels LADY BETH which won the award for BEST NOVEL at the Carousel Aware Prize and ARKYNE, STORY OF A VAMPIRE, I have also written several feature-length and short screenplays including ADAM [2013] and the multi-award winner, IN RIBBONS [2015]. I have recently written and directed FRAMED, due to begin a festival journey in 2018. I am a member of the Writers Guild of Ireland, the Irish Writers Union and The Irish Film and Television Academy.

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!

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.

On Writing: A Heroine’s Journey – writing through the dark tangle

Honoured to be featured in booksbywomen.org with my piece on writing a heroine’s journey.

READ HERE

@womenwriters @CarolineAuthor