LADY BETH at WOODBINE BOOKS

It was lovely to visit WOODBINE BOOKS this week and I am particularly proud to see LADY BETH in some fabulous company!

A cosy haven for booklovers, with friendly staff and a welcoming atmosphere, Woodbine Books is situated in the heart of the picturesque town of Kilcullen in County Kildare. Winner of the Ireland Independent Bookshop of the Year 2018, the shop and cafe is a firm favourite amongst the local community and far beyond.

Stocking an eclectic selection of books including bestsellers, school books and children’s material, the shop is a huge supporter of local authors and regularly hosts book launches, book clubs and events. Well worth a visit and open Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am until 6:00pm: Lower Main Street, Kilcullen, County Kildare | 045 482 777 |

Woodbine Books featured on RTE


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Caroline E Farrell is a writer and filmmaker from Dublin, and author of the independently published novel, LADY BETH, winner of an Eric Hoffer Award 2019 (Mystery/Thriller Category) and Best Novel at The Carousel Aware Prize Awards 2017. Writer and Director of the short film FRAMED [2018] currently screening at festivals worldwide, Caroline has also written several award-winning feature length and short screenplays including ADAM [2013] and IN RIBBONS [2015].

 

 

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.

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.

Lady Beth wins Novel of the Year!

I am thrilled to share some great news!

LADY BETH has won the CAP Awards NOVEL OF THE YEAR 2017

The CAP Awards, launched in 2016,  aim to provide a platform to showcase the cream of Irish Independent Authors, bringing them to the attention of book shops, distributors and the media in Ireland and abroad. All money raised goes to AWARE, a charitable organisation that undertakes to create a society where people affected by stress, depression, bipolar and mood disorders are understood, supported, free from stigma, and are encouraged to access appropriate therapies. Learn more about AWARE at aware.ie

Here is what judge, Louise Phillips, had to say about the novel… “A very worthy winner of the C.A.P. Novel Award 2017, LADY BETH by Caroline E Farrell is a thrilling journey into a dangerous world fueled with tension and high stakes. It delivers exceptional characters and terrific prose within a page-turning unrelenting story that digs deep into the underbelly of our capital city.”

It was such a thrill to accept this award, and to meet some lovely people, including my fellow shortlisted and winning writers. I am very grateful for the opportunity – and the fantastic outcome!

LADY BETH is available from Kenny’s Bookshop with free shipping worldwide. Also available from O’Mahonys in Limerick, Ennis and Tralee and from Alan Hanna’s Bookshop in Dublin and from all AMAZON Stores. See it on Goodreads too!

Book Lovers Day!

It’s Book Lovers Day today – and no better time to spread the book love! I have some review copies of my novel, LADY BETH to give to readers / reviewers / bookbloggers in return for an honest review.

If you are interested you can contact me via this blog, on TWITTER, on FACEBOOK or by emailing me at Farrell (dot) caroline (at) gmail (dot) com.

You can read some of the reviews I have been receiving on the book on GOODREADS HERE.

Happy Reading to all my fellow Book Lovers!!

On Writing: The process and importance of book reviews…

My novel, LADY BETH is out there…seeking honest reviews…and here’s why!

My book is finally published, and I curl up in a quiet corner to rest, sleep, ruminate on the exhausting, though hopefully, exhilarating process I have just experienced in the writing – the editing – the formatting – the cover design – the launch!

And then I remember – I ain’t finished yet. Not by a long shot!!

Next I have to market my baby, get it out there, get it SEEN, get it READ, get it ENDORSED, get it REVIEWED!

I am not complaining. I am proud of my work and I enjoy the process, all of it. And I know what my goal here is. Simply, for my work to be READ.

It might seem obvious to say that book reviews engage readers. Worth repeating though. Book reviews, when they are honest, constructive and hopefully, positive, give kudos to a book, and therefore, allow potential readers to have confidence to know that the book is quality. That it is worth the spend of their hard-earned cash, and their precious time.

An interesting point to note also is that all reviews do not have to be 5 Stars – as long as an average of 3.5 stars or higher can be achieved, and that the reviews are from genuine and discerning readers, it is the quantity of reviews that count, no matter how short or long those reviews are.

Book reviews on Amazon are tied in to that lovely system of algorithms – Amazon rank books according to their popularity, the more reviews the book gets, the more the book gets seen! The more the book gets seen, the more potential readers…

If you are reading this, you are a reader. If you’ve recently read a book that you’ve enjoyed, consider giving it a review – you’ll be supporting, not just authors, but readers too. Share the good word!

LADY BETH is available from AMAZON Stores.


 

Lady Beth: The Perfect Antithesis to Valentine’s Day!

Excited to announce the ebook release of my novel, LADY BETH.

(Paperback release date to be confirmed soon!)

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Beth has been keeping secrets from her beloved son, refusing to tell him who his father is. When an unforeseen tragedy takes him from her, she is compelled to face the demons she has been running from all these years. She has come full circle, and with nothing left now but her memories and her knowing, the need for revenge scratches inside her veins.

Available from Amazon Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

First off, as this story originally came to me as an idea for a screenplay, I would like to thank the original members of The Kildare Screenwriters Group for the initial sparks of encouragement to keep going with it. Also from the film world, deepest appreciation to Michael Kinirons, Dermot Tynan, and Ozzy and Gabriel Villazon. To the late Gill Dennis – my eternal gratitude for the confidence instilled in me through his kindness and support. I would like to thank The Attic Studio Actors for the public script reading that almost scared me to death, but ultimately was hugely helpful and inspiring: Geraldine McAlinden, Joe McKinney, Sinead Monaghan, Michael Bates, Blayne Kelly, Laura Way and Melissa Nolan – your collective feedback was invaluable, then and now. To The Writers Guild of Ireland and the amazing group of writer friends I found there: for the readings, the feedback and the laughter! BIG THANKS! To my wonderful soul friend, Julie Luttrell. To my editor, Averill Buchanan, for putting some manners on my scribblings. To the amazing Lindsay J. Sedgwick for her support through the blood, sweat and tears proceedings, and to the lovely Celine Broughal for the constant encouragement. Special thanks to Mike Murray ( www.13thdoor.net ) for the beautiful cover design, and to actress and producer, Sinead O’Riordan ( www.sineadoriordan.com ) and photographer, Anita Kulon  ( www.facebook.com/Anita-Kulon-Photography ) for permission to use the stunning image. To my readers: what good is a storyteller without you? And it goes without saying: to the most patient man on the planet, my better half, Errol, as always.