Love the BBC and of course the Sweeney names comes from my husband, but I'm a Hart and have plenty of Irish on my own. In fact my brand new granddaughter arrived with red hair, surprising the hell out of my son and his wife. Didn't surprise me at all!!
New York's my favorite town too, Pat. Just got home from dinner, a movie, and fireworks in Central Park at midnight--all in walking distance from home. Not sure if I'll be in town for Thrillerfest--I might still be on the road with my book tour for Death Will Get You Sober. :)
Hi Pat, I am so pleased to meet you. With my 2nd and 3rd books (one contemporary, one historical, both mystery/thrillers) just out this month I'm sorta meeting myself coming and going, so I was a little slow to respond. I like the description of THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL. The "Machiavellian schemes" sound way too realistic these days.
I love Ireland and the Irish. Visited there some years ago. I hope the booming economy hasn't spoiled it.
Do you know Warren Murphy, the Destroyer series author? You should. You even look a bit like him. (Sorry to make the post so long, can you tell I'm part Irish?)
Good to hear from you, Pat. yes, let's be friends. Already I am envious - a third novel! I've almost finished my second - but neither has found a publisher. We have only 12 literary agents in Australia and six of those concentrate on non-fiction. The other six seem to be happy to coast along with their lists of established writers, so it ain't easy acting on the advice to "get yourself an agent". But I'm plugging away. We have just fionished wallowing in 10 days of the Melbourne Writers' Festival which, like most festivals, had its highs and lows - chief among the latter being a very disappointing so-called "masterclass" with a leading UK crime writer. Keep those words rolling out. - Tony
Pat, great to meet you! Clifden is a lovely place. I was there years and years ago. THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL sounds like a terrific book. It would have been great to have you at the book signing Saturday. I'm sure I'll get a chance to meet you at the Poisoned Pen in the future.
Thanks for that info on the Accident Man' word-of-mouth. It's great to hear because, as my publishers and agent keep telling me, word-of-mouth is the key to selling thrillers. So here's hoping ... (and speaking of hope, I hope you enjoy it!)
Pat, not sure when you were here, but a lot of things have changed, but Sloppy's & the Pier House are here! I use the gym at the Pier House (not enough) but do my social drinking and meeting at the Hog's Breath, I also do some of the bar's PR. Love it here because of the sailing and closeness to Havana.
Thanks for the friendship. I've been so busy lately I haven't spent much time on Crimespace and it's nice to be back. I have a book coming out next Tuesday: Blood Poison by D. H. Dublin is a forensic crime thriller from Penguin Books. Read more at www.dhdublin.com.
Pat, great to meet you. I am Irish-American, from Boston, and have always read the old Irish writers - 1916 - but am now enjoying the modern Irish mystery writers and look forward to getting to your books.