Fridays 5 with Cearúil Swords

I'm alive and well and feel that under the circumstances and when the rest of humankind (both past and present) is taken into account that this state of affairs is both a decent achievement and worthy of recognition.
Other than that, well I was born in Dublin. The one in Ireland, not California. I have never been to the Californian namesake though the public library looks nice in a photo I saw ;) I have lived in several other countries including Canada, Scotland and Spain. I recommend them all.

1.) When did you first get serious about writing?

A.) I finished a diploma in entrepreneurship. Something that stuck with me was the advice that we should be involved in something we knew well. I decided to work on a project to help students with the transition out of school and into the wider world. In order to gain some creditability with schools I wrote a book (in fact I wrote two) and sent it to schools. It was kind of my calling card. It helped me get a few gigs talking to the students. The fiction I write developed out of needing some time to myself during my campaign for local elections in 2014.

2.) What is the hardest part for you about writing?

A.) The ideas come thick and fast. The problem is more about completing them. I have several that I was really excited about at different stages but unless I see them through quickly there is a good chance they won't be finished or will have a much longer waiting period before completion.

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Tales of everyday magic have been in short supply but this collection of short stories makes heroes of the hitherto ignored men and women on the ground. So forget Goldilock, Sleeping Beauty and Rumplestiltskin and prepare to enter the real(ish), modern and still magical world of Bedtime Stories for Grown Ups.  

3.) How did you feel upon publication of your first completed project?

A.) I was probably like “well that's done, what's next?”
I think other people were more impressed than I was. I was there so I knew all the bits and pieces that went into it and somehow that made me less in awe of it. Maybe something about it being easier to pull off than people understand. Of course I learned that most of the work takes place after you finish writing ;)

4.) What is more important to you, story, or character? Why?

A.) I had hazard to say you can still have a story without a lot of character development. But, it's harder to have characters without something for them to do. I might try test that out someday. I kind had a thought like that before. There I go again starting a new story without finished what I'm doing right now :)

5.) What is a typical day like in your world?

A.) Lately long nights with a few hours sleep followed by efforts to promote the material I have already published. I am also trying to sort out a new job for myself. Wish me luck :) Or better yet help me make writing my job ;)

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