Hello from Ireland! I’m meeting up with my lovely publisher tonight, so in the meantime to keep you busy I have another Tirgearr writer to entertain you. Don’t forget, too, that we’re celebrating Alexa Day’s release Turnabout Day, a steamy steampunk erotica short. Stop by the Lady Smut Facebook page and Alexa’s page for more!
And now take it away, Mary!
I love family. It has always been something that is very important to me, even from a very young age. I recall always loving my parents and never wanting to cause them hurt. So I was always well behaved and never rocked the boat. It was the way we were reared as they say. I was born in the sixties and into a very different Ireland to what it is now. I had a happy childhood and my early teens were unexciting. It was when I left home at 18 that I learnt just how cruel the world can be.
It was one of the reasons I started writing. Here was a diverse world that I was unaware of while young and living in a small town, but now with living in our capital city, I saw a very different life. I wrote small pieces about stuff that happened around me and to me. Then, once I married and later had my children, I wrote about the funny amusing things the children got up to daily.
So writing and family goes hand in hand for me, just like the usual horse and carriage. My writing work involves all aspects of family life. It includes all the emotions, the joys, the heartaches and the celebrations and the failures, births and marriages and deaths. So when I did get around to writing a novel, it was no surprise to have it centred on, yes you guessed it, family.
I took an everyday situation and asked the ‘what if?’ questions and soon I had my novel My Husband’s Sin. The family unit is important in our society, but what happens when that unit, the secure rock that has been your anchor is whipped from beneath you unexpectedly? This is what I explore in my writing the book. I take a family like yours or mine, ordinary working, could be your neighbours, your relations, and give it a challenge, an unexpected revelation and watch what happens.
This is the beauty of writing. I find it doesn’t have to be complicated and high brow, a simple regular story made extraordinary. So if you are thinking of taking the plunge in to writing, you need not look too far from home for your inspiration. Happy writing.
My Husband’s Sin is the debut novel from Mary T Bradford. She is an Irish author, married and mother of four children. She has been writing short stories for many years with which she has enjoyed publishing success in Ireland and abroad. While working on a story it happened that the story kept getting longer and the word count continued to climb, resulting with Mary having her novel. My Husband’s Sin is being launched today, the 22nd August with Tirgearr Publishing. Follow Mary on Twitter and like her on Facebook.
Thanks Mary! Be sure to stop by and wish Alexa a happy release day and get a copy of Turnabout Day and tell all the Lady Smut crew what you think. Follow us here and on Facebook because you won’t want to miss a thing.