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For the Sake of Research...


Each time I begin a new book, my goal is to write the best book possible, which involves conducting extensive research. I’ve done some interesting things for research, like being blasted with pepper spray, test driving a Vespa scooter—when I’d never driven a motorbike in my life—participating in a Paris puppet show, and touring funeral homes. I'd like to share some of the research for my latest books!

Flying by the Seat of My Knickers

Malahide Castle Ireland
Malahide Castle Ireland

Imitating my book cover at

Malahide Castle.

Researching Ireland's pubs! A brilliant way to get a "flavor" for Irish culture. 

My first Baby Guinness...


Temple Bar Dublin Ireland
Lynch's Pub Cork Ireland

Learning about Irish sports.


Flannerys Ballinrobe Mayo Ireland

Visiting our Flannery

ancestors' homeland.

Enjoying a sunny day in

Dublin's Temple Bar area.

Gogartys Dublin Ireland
Gogartys Dublin Ireland

Asking Santa for a publishing

deal for Christmas... 


Our first Christmas in Ireland.

Powerscourt Estate Wicklow Ireland
Powerscourt Estate Wicklow Ireland

Powerscourt Estate

County Wicklow

Wicklow Ireland

Other settings in the book...

Trying to befriend the sheep at Wicklow National Park. Think it might be my wool scarf scaring them off...

Wicklow Mountains National Park
County Wicklow Ireland

The beautiful but insanely narrow roads in Wicklow. Thankfully we discovered Scratch Gone.

Voila! Wicklow National Park

Glendalough Wicklow Ireland
Glendalough Wicklow Ireland
Glendalough Wicklow Ireland


A monastic site and setting for several films including Braveheart.

The Cliffs of Moher aren't featured

in my book but this was my first

trip to Ireland in 2007 with my parents.


And so the journey began...

Cliffs of Moher Ireland

Paris Research ...

Eiffel Tower Paris France
Eiffel Tower Paris France
The Seine Paris France
Montmartre Paris France
Puppet Show Paris France
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