I blogged a while ago about what lead me to self-publish Ideal Girl in the first place. Not for me the unhappiness at being rejected more times than a fussy man’s ironing pile, although that’s true enough – No; more the sense of desperation I felt on one particular day that made me fling my little voice out there to be heard. There was no cover reveal or book launch. There was no champagne and canapés – there were no blog tours – there was nothing other than my words, or as Janet Emsom coined it in her recent blog – It was the launch of a quiet book.
The quiet book, the quiet man…. I’m truly honoured. I love that movie. John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara at their deliciously Irish best. He the epitome of the alpha male, she the perfect flawed heroine, with more hang-ups than my washing line. For me the movie was about the plot and the characters, just like writing in fact, and like The Quiet Man I too set Ideal Girl in Ireland.
I share the proverbial blog hot seat on Janet’s From First Page to Last blog with fellow Dublin writer, Daniel Seery who’s book A Model Partner has received rave reviews across Ireland and beyond. In fact I’m a little in awe when I see The Irish Times is mentioned as one of his reviewers – I too have appeared in The Irish Times: a wedding notice – mine.
The Model Partner
Tom Stacey has a lot to think about these days. The bees for one. He hasn’t seen any but he keeps hearing them, buzzing in the fridge at work, in the overhead lights, in the test equipment in the factory where he has spent the last fifteen years of his working life. They seem to be getting louder and more insistent. Then there is his search for Sarah McCarthy. Sarah was his first love when, as a teenager, he travelled around the country in the back of a horsebox with his grieving grandfather. But perhaps it isn’t the bees or the past which is the problem. Perhaps it is his loneliness. Twenty-two dates with Happy Couples dating agency and nothing to show. Relationships are all about the details and there are just not enough boxes to tick on the agency’s personal profile form. Armed with a wax model and a list of criteria, Tom sets out on a quest to create a personal profile to find his ideal match. On his journey, he meets people just like him, warm but unable to show it, lonely and unable to remedy it, the lost, the misplaced and the damaged.
Thanks Daniel, another book to add to my TBR pile! If you’d like to find out more, you can find Daniel’s book here.
Thanks Janet for including my book, and finally thank you Adele (Kraftireader) for the nomination.
About Jenny O’Brien
Jenny O’Brien was born in Ireland a very long time ago. She always wanted to write a book but decided to hone her life experiences first. One husband, three children and numerous cats later she finally went out and bought a notebook and pen! She now divides her time between Wales, France and Guernsey.She writes for both children and adults with a new book coming out every six months or so. She’s also an avid collector of cats, broken laptops, dust and happy endings – two of which you’ll always find in her scribblings! You’ll find her Amazon Author’s page here.