Q. Can you give us five (more if you like!) reasons why you set this story in Ireland?
1. I’m working through the list of locations I’ve fallen in love with to set my books in. Ireland was up there in the top three.
2. I love the unique take on life of the Irish people. Deeply religious, hugely superstitious, fun loving, friendly.
3. I was keen to get to know a particular village in County Tipperary. The fictitious village is called Timpelaire, modelled on the real place my great-grandparents lived. That farm is still owned and worked by cousins. What better way to get to know someone or somewhere than to write a story about it?
4. I love the ancient history, the abundance of ruined churches, cathedrals, and castles. I love the ice-age Burren, and the ancient megalithic Dolmens that dot the countryside. The Dolmens date back to the Neolithic period (4000 to 2500 BC), a testament to the age of this little green island.
5. I love the Irish craic!
Q. I know you have travelled in Ireland. What is so appealing about the country?
· It’s so green!! Even after a good drenching, Australia (where I live anyway) never looks that luminous.
· The Irish accent, their humour, their proclivity to superstition and proverbs.
· I think Australians and Irish share a similar humour and outlook. Not surprising given how many Aussies have Irish blood.
· I’ve been a fan of Irish traditional music all my life.
Q. Did you kiss the Blarney Stone? What ‘tourist’ things did you do that you were able to incorporate into Honor’s Debt?
· Sadly I didn’t get to Blarney Castle. But many have said I already possess the gift of the blarney. ;-)
· The Rock of Cashel. I loved visiting that intriguing place that sits atop a huge lump of rock in the middle of the quaint little town of Cashel.
· Doolin, a little village of colourful cottages on the west coast cliffs, famous for its music.
· The majestic and mighty Cliffs of Moher.
· I could go on but I’ll stop there.
Q. This is the first book in a trilogy. Who can we expect to meet in the next book?
· Honor Quirk will be there, but she’s in more of a cameo role this time. Three years have passed since we last spoke to Honor and those years have been exquisitely happy.
· Liam Cullen, the eldest of the Cullen siblings, takes the starring role. All other members of the family have found happiness except him. Book two will be Liam’s journey.
· Bryan, Derm and Cherry, Mrs. Cullen, Tom. Even sexy Sean returns for a visit.
Q. I recall reading a wonderful post about Irish whiskey (see, I even remember how they spell it there!) http://www.noelleclark.blogspot.com.au/2014/11/the-people-who-put-e-in-whiskey.html
What is your favourite tipple?
A. My drink of preference is white wine, either a Chardonnay or a Sauv Blanc. However, on occasions I’ve enjoyed a Jameson’s whiskey with ginger ale; and the occasional G and T.
Q. Quick round: Your favourite ____ in Ireland. Ready?
a. County - Tipperary
b. Place - Doolin, Co. Clare
c. Song - Fields of Athenry http://youtu.be/NLZRWNdGCUc
d. Pub - The Ritz, Lisdoonvarna
e. Memory - Listening to Irish music in pubs everywhere
f. Irish movie - Sorry, can’t choose one. Secret of Roan Inish; PS I Love you; Ryan’s Daughter. Many more.
On a quest to make amends for a long-ago indiscretion, Honor unexpectedly discovers the one thing she’s been missing in her life.
Honor Quirk arrives in Ireland excited—and a bit anxious—about meeting up with the estranged family of her late great-grandmother. The welcome from the residents of Robinhill Farm, Dermot and Bryan, is confusing and far from comforting. One is warm, the other aggressive. The outwardly antagonistic Bryan makes it very clear he doesn't want her there, branding her a gold digger.
Dermot, on the other hand, is delighted to meet her.
But Honor is no pushover and stands up to Bryan, letting him know that his bad attitude and trail of baggage have nothing to do with her. Despite their confrontational and hostile relationship, an undeniable attraction to each other creeps insidiously into the house on Robinhill Farm. They both desperately try to stifle the sparks, but living under the same roof makes it impossible. Unable to cope with the turmoil of living with Bryan, Honor runs away, straight into the arms of a charming newfound friend, Sean, who offers her a home—and love.
Shattered, Bryan finally takes control of his irrational belief that all women are evil, and fights to bring back the woman he loves. But is it too late?
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