I just got an e-mail to say that my newly released romantic comedy, Hot Property has won the Indie Book of the Day award. While this is not exactly an event that will rock the world, it has certainly rocked my day. I was delighted to find that readers all over the world have already enjoyed my story and been transported to this beautiful, timeless part of Ireland through my writing.
I wrote this book drawing on my own experiences of doing up a cottage in the Wild West of Ireland. I fell in love with this part of the country while on a walking holiday about three years ago. We found our dream cottage when we took a wrong turn along a winding country lane: a little house by a a babbling brook, five minutes from miles of long sandy beaches. A dream come true. It turned into a bit of a nightmare when we delved into the trials and tribulations of restoring this ‘gem’. I won’t go into the ‘discussions’ between my spouse and me, but will just say that two years later, we both know it was all so worth it.
Inspired by the stunning setting; the mountains, the vertiginous views of the blue ocean and the wonderful, quirky people I met there, I created a fictional world, where my heroine inherited an old wreck of a house. I added some peculiar, unusual characters, a villain, two handsome hunks, some mystery, a family scandal and a little hot romance. This Irish ‘stew’ has proved to be a tasty dish that many want to enjoy.
I feel that the house has brought me good luck and so has the book. I am already working on a sequel that promises to be even ‘hotter’ than the first. And-who knows? I might even write a third. I don’t seem to be able to leave this place.