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

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...

 

Learning about Irish sports.

 

Visiting our Flannery

ancestors' homeland.

Enjoying a sunny day in

Dublin's Temple Bar area.

Asking Santa for a publishing

deal for Christmas... 

 

Our first Christmas in Ireland.

Powerscourt Estate

County Wicklow

Other settings in the book...

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

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

Voila! Wicklow National Park

Glendalough

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...

Paris Research Coming Soon...

Ireland is where strange tales begin
    and happy endings are possible.
          --Charles Haughey
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