Podcast of Romantic Novels Discussion on Sean O’Rourke Show

Yesterday, my dear friends, I was on Irish national radio RTE with novelist Cathy Kelly discussing romantic novels, their readership and critical opinions of same with presenter Keelin Shanley, while discussing our books. We are both passionate people, and let our feelings be known, as you can imagine 🙂 I really enjoyed meeting Cathy Kelly, whose generosity to a newbie in the novelist world really warmed my heart.

Listen to the podcast here

(Listening back, you can tell I was audibly nervous. There’s quite a high listener figure to the show!)

I just learned this morning that the Hennessy Book of Irish Fiction 2005-2015 is out. I got shortlisted three times in that period but didn’t make it on there, alas. Don’t worry, I’m not about to put on a tinfoil hat and start conspiracy theories 🙂 but I might link to a Hennessy-shortlisted story I’m rather proud of as a supplement. And have a read of the rest of the great stories!


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Photograph taken by Noelle Grace, Dubray Books Kilkenny

Hello! I’m Susan Lanigan, author of WWI novel White Feathers. This story of passion, betrayal and war has been shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2015, and is published by O’Brien Press Brandon imprint. It has also received many favourable reviews. I am represented by Svetlana Pironko of the Author Rights Agency.

Thank you for dropping in and happy browsing!

Romantic Novel Awards Update

No cigar for me this time, alas. The winner in my category was Hazel Gaynor, for her Titanic novel, The Girl Who Came Home. Strong Irish contingent for this one as she was in this category along with me and Stephen Burke (far right) while Ciara Geraghty was also shortlisted in the Contemporary category. Hazel and I are in the centre, she looking resplendent in green.

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A World War I Evening in Carlow, 11 March

My weekend in Donegal was lovely in spite of Biblical rain. Thanks to Maureen Curran who hosted me, bought me lunch, and conducted a wonderful interview in Cafe Blend in Letterkenny. Her questions were the kind you always love answering because they really engage with the book. The following day I ran a writer’s workshop in a garden terrace in a beautiful house on the River Swilly. Authors, if you are looking for a great place to talk about your book and meet like-minded people, I cannot recommend North West Words highly enough and I hope I will get to come back sometime soon – I’ve left with really happy memories. See the last post for links to their site.

And no sooner am I back than I’m off again – this time to my hometown, Carlow, where I’m joining Paul Maguire of the Carlow Military Museum and other historians, giving a talk on the real life influences and events behind White Feathers. This is taking place in the Seven Oaks Hotel at 8pm and copies of the book will be on sale. Many thanks to Mona McGarry for organising this event. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking to Paul on the phone and I can tell he is a kindred spirit  – and what he doesn’t know about the period isn’t worth writing on the back of a postage stamp.

Then on the Friday morning, I will be on Today with Sean O’Rourke on RTE Radio 1, discussing all things romantic novel. This is in preparation for the gala night in London next Monday where the winner of the Romantic Novel of the Year 2015 will be announced – I’m really looking forward to meeting Hazel Gaynor and the other Irish shortlistees. Happy to meet non-Irish shortlistees too, of course 🙂