Episode 33 – Intro to Season 2

We’re back after the summer for our second year of podcasting. In this episode we finally talk about the writers retreat we had back in May and then get on to the business of the writing update.

Kate talks about a new challenge in a new format as she moves to screenwriting, Cathy tells us about her phoenix edit and Maire has some positive news.

Presented by Máire Brophy, Kate Mulholland and Cathy Clarke. Produced by Máire Brophy.

Episode 32: Interview with Catherine Ryan Howard

On this week’s episode we meet with author Catherine Ryan Howard, whose debut fiction novel Distress Signals was released last week. While this is Catherine’s first fiction publication, she is an experienced writer with three self-published non-fiction books under her belt already. She talks us through her writing process, the experience of working with publishing house editors, and the importance of passion for what you are writing.

Presented by Kate Mulholland, Cathy Clarke and Máire Brophy. This episode was produced by Máire Brophy.

Episode 31: Inspired by Roland

In this episode we get inspired by Roland Evan’s conversation and talk about how we want to incorporate his simple but brilliant advice and creative retreats into our own writing process. We also comment on names and their significance, and how some names would just be tough to have going through school.

Presented by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy. This episode was produced by Kate Mulholland.

Episode 30: Conversation with Roland Evans

This week we have the privilege of hearing from Roland Evans author of The Marshland Chronicles, a dystopian fantasy and coming of age novel. Roland was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2010 which gave him incentive to finish his book. We talk about how environment and life experience play key roles in his story and world-building, and how a weekend retreat could end up in an idea for a story. He touches on coming up with names, and gives us real gems on editing that you don’t want to miss!


To get a copy of Roland’s book, The Marshland Chronicles, go to the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association website. The book is available from the IMNDA shop for 15 euro at http://www.imnda.ie . All proceeds go towards the IMNDA as to Roland’s request.

Presented by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy. This episode was produced by Kate Mulholland

Episode 29 – Rethinking Novellas

This week we reconsider what we’ve been told about writing novellas – that is not to do it – and examine what novellas are, how to write them, where they can be published and who likes to read them.

As a result I’m much less freaked out about the idea that I might be writing one!

Presented by Cathy Clarke, Kate Mulholland and Máire Brophy. This episode was produced by Máire Brophy

Episode 28 – The Joanne Clancy Affair

This week we talk about the story that’s afire all over the writing world. Eilis O’Hanlon published an article in theIrish Independent about how she discovered her published novels were stolen and available for sale on kindle under the name Joanne Clancy. A very little digging finds that “Joanne Clancy” has 26 novels to her name and claims to go from start to finish writing a novel in just 6 weeks. We’re agog and aghast and also other words, which we’re afraid to write down lest they be stolen! But just how far does the conspiracy go?