The lovely Carolann Copland took time out of her busy schedule – and boy is she busy! wait ’til you read about it – to tell me about her debut novel, Summer Triangle. You’re very welcome Carolann, and thanks for stopping by.
Shona and Majid are living very different, but ordinary, lives on opposite sides of the globe, when both their worlds are shattered. Majid, who witnesses the death of his fiancé, a bomb victim at an Irish/Saudi festival, is so distraught he runs from his problems – right into the arms of Islamic fundamentalists. Together his new allies and he plot to show Ireland exactly what they think of its cooperation in the US war against terror, but will Majid really get the closure he so desperately craves?
Meanwhile Irish teen Shona falls pregnant following a drunken party and stumbles through early motherhood in a haze of alcohol. An overheard conversation about her past leaves her wallowing in the self-pity of betrayal and ripe for falling into the wrong hands. When 08/08 threatens to become Dublin’s very own 9/11 will a chance meeting of the two teenagers hasten their road to self-destruction or help them rise from the ashes of the past? Particularly when there are darker forces at work…
Who are you?
I am the founder of Carousel Creates; a writers’ centre in the Dublin Mountains, offering writing experiences to writers of all ages and lifestyles. I have a Bachelor of Education in English and Drama and have been a teacher for fourteen years.
Although I write mostly novels; I love to dabble with short stories, plays and poetry; writing between Dublin and the South of Spain.
I am from Dublin, and have also lived in the Middle East and the United Kingdom. I am a mother of three children aged ten to twenty two and I teach Junior Infants.
Through mentoring writers of all ages; from all walks of life; I am happiest when I am sharing my passion for writing.
My novel Summer Triangle is published by Emu Ink.
What are you working on?
I am working on editing my second novel Dominoes, which follows a man’s decision to tip the balance of his life in order to expose the politician he believes murdered his girlfriend, twenty-five years before. I am also finishing the third novel, Mosaics, which brings us to Spain, back to the end of The Spanish Civil War and follows a woman’s escape to Ireland where she is haunted by the man she left behind.
My writing is done at six in the morning as I teach Junior Infants full time and run the writers’ centre after school and at the weekends.
What’s your favourite thing in the whole entire world?
Family get-togethers. I have a huge family, over seventy first cousins, and I adore the buzz that goes with that. (They’re great fodder for character research too… but don’t tell them that!)
And most unfavourite?
Seeing a child who is suffering. Carousel’s charity is ISPCC.
Marmalade or marmite?
Marmalade! All my kids and my husband eat marmite and the smell kills me.
If you could be any person from history, film, literature or music, who would you be and why?
Agatha Christie. I am in awe of her talent, her long and interesting life, and her book sales…
And while we’re on about it, what’s your favourite album/book/movie?
Album: Mayhem Imelda May
Book: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Moshin Hamid
Movie: Bugsy Malone
What’s the best thing that has ever happened to you?
Walking into my first creative writing class at the age of forty and discovering the writing buzz.
Any words of wisdom to leave us with?
If you’re a writer… Don’t talk about writing. Don’t think about writing. Write!
Buy yourself a copy of Summer Triangle
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