Last year was an exciting year for Awards. Sofi's Bridge won the RWA Readers Choice Award, and Finding Sarah Finding Me won Canada's The Word Guild and was also a finalist for the Selah Award. But this August 2018 ....
I'M GOING TO IRELAND
Yes, whooohooooo!!!!! I'm going to Ireland for the entire month of August to research my current work in progress.
For a long time I've wanted to write a book set in the beloved land of my birth--Ireland. More accurately, Northern Ireland. Lots of people have no idea that Ireland is similar to India in that it too was partitioned into two separate countries. There is the Republic of Ireland which fought for and was granted independence in 1922, but at a cost. The six counties in the north remained part of Great Britain and were called Northern Ireland. The reason for this was that the population at that time in those 6 northern counties wished to remain part of Britain.
As an person born in N. Ireland, I've struggled with the question--am I Irish? Or am I British? The truth is, I am both. This personal dilemma sets up loads of great plot ideas for my characters from the time of the Irish Rebellion against England in 1916 and up to present day, including the many different Irish "Troubles" over the decades.
The premise of this book is about a woman who sees the face of her former love in the features of her grandson, a young man who has no idea that she is his biological grandmother. Yes, my readers of Finding Sarah Finding Me will note that this too harkens to my personal story. But I hope with a different slant.
The book will have two time-lines, one in the past, and one in present day, that will gradually unfold a family mystery. All I'll say in addition to this is, the book will have loads of historical detail about the Irish struggle for independence, it will have a mysterious cache of diamonds, a murder, and plenty of romance.
I plan on making this into a series. My working title is The Curlew Calls. A curlew is a bird in Ireland that makes a mournful sound in the winter, but during the summer this bird's cry changes to a happier tune.