What is your latest release and what genre is it? Dancing to an Irish Reel is contemporary fiction set on the western coast of Ireland.
Quick description: Hailey Crossan is an American who leaves the record business in Los Angeles and takes a trip to the western coast of Ireland, where she is offered a job at The Galway Music Centre that is too good to turn down, so she stays! It is a story of discovery that sings the praises of the Irish cultural nuances from Hailey’s first person perspective and is also a story of the ambiguity (and often times confusion) of new love, for she meets an Irish traditional musician who is so unbalanced at the prospect of love with an outsider that he won’t come closer nor completely go away.
I am a transplanted Southerner, in that I grew up in Memphis, TN. and now live in Malibu, Ca. In the past five years, two of my novels were published by Vinspire Publishing; one a paranormal mystery in two time periods, set in Carmel-by-the-Sea entitled, A Portal in Time and the other, Dancing to an Irish Reel. My third novel is complete; it is a Southern family saga set in Memphis, and is currently under review. Lastly, I am a 4-time award winning writer, a 5-time contributor to the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, and a frequent contributor to magazines such as Southern Writers Magazine and Celtic Life International.
What are you working on now?
I am outlining another Southern novel.
Claire’s reading recommendation:
Thank you so much for this question. I love to share the work of great writers. I finished a book two days ago by an author named Katherine Clark. The book is entitled The Headmasters Darlings and is so well written and tightly crafted that I wanted to applaud all the way through. Story River Books, which is the imprint of the University of South Carolina’s press, of which the author Pat Conroy is the Editor at Large, released this incredible book very recently. It is a comedy of manners about an eccentric high school teacher in 1980’s Alabama, and a satire of sorts on the staid, upper-crust society of Birmingham Alabama.