Monday, 23 September 2013

Debut Spotlight: Carmel Harrington

Earlier this year I interviewed Carmel Harrington after she'd self-published Beyond Grace's Rainbow but a lot has changed for Carmel since then as she's now signed a book deal with Harper Impulse. 

When Grace is diagnosed with cancer her best chance of survival is to find a bone marrow transplant from a family member. Only Grace is adopted and her one previous attempt to connect with her birth mother resulted in bitter disappointment.

But with her young son, Jack, to think about, and the return of her ex Liam, Jack’s father, reminding her of feelings she’d thought she’d buried long ago, Grace refuses to give up hope just yet. With the help of her friends she bravely embarks on a journey of discovery.

This search will bring her from her home in vibrant Dublin to the unspoilt beauty of Wexford where she must unravel a web of lies and deceit that has spanned over thirty years.

With a wonderful cast of supporting characters and plenty of charm, this will have you laughing and crying at the turn of a page.

Can you tell us a little bit about Beyond Grace’s Rainbow?
Beyond Graces Rainbow is the story of Grace, a young single mother, who finds herself embarking on a quest to find her biological family.  She needs their help because she has been diagnosed with cancer and her best chance of survival is to receive a bone marrow transplant from a family member.

To further complicate Graces life her ex-boyfriend Liam is back in town and he is determined to prove he still loves her and he desperately wants to be a father to Jack.   

Helping Grace through this tumultuous time is her gang of friends – Tara, Sean, Abby, Tom & Gerry. 

Beyond Graces Rainbow is a deeply emotional story that will have you both laughing and crying at the turn of a page as you follow the lives and loves of a group of friends who share a very special bond. 

How long did it take you to write Beyond Grace’s Rainbow?
Graces story initially was written in its first draft over 6 years ago, but I left it in a box under my bed.  When I decided to follow my dreams to be an author, I spent about 3 months rewriting it and getting it to a completed manuscript.

You originally self-published Beyond Grace’s Rainbow, how did the publishing deal with Harper Impulse come about?
After I self-published and Graces story began to get some lovely feedback from both readers and reviewers, I decided it was time to find an agent and in turn a publisher.  In January 13’ I signed with The Trace Literary Agency and then finally in June 13’ Harper Impulse got in touch and said that they loved my book and they offered me a 2 book deal!  Truly the best moment ever!  I travelled to the UK to meet Charlotte Ledger of Harper Impulse, alongside my agent Tracy and as soon as I met Charlotte I knew that I was going to sign with them.  Her vision for the future of Harper Impulse and also for my novel was so incredible.   

Are you able to tell us anything about your current Work In Progress?
Of course! I have finished my second novel actually and it has now been submitted to my publisher.  We are aiming for a publish date of mid-December!   My current WIP is actually a sequel to Beyond Graces Rainbow!  I’m very excited to be back in the company of the old gang to find out exactly what they are all up to now!  

Did you have any exciting plans for publication day? 
It actually happened on 12th September and everyone was invited!  I had a virtual launch party on Facebook and all were welcome.  I had lots of giveaways and we had a lot of fun! 

Carmel Harrington is the bestselling author of the award winning eBook Beyond Grace's Rainbow. Carmel also is popular freelance writer and regular contributor to a number of magazines. She also enjoys playwriting and her debut play 'A Dunganstown Romance' was on stage in June '13 where it received rave reviews.

Carmel's second novel Sleep of Dreams is now completed and will be published later this year.

Carmel is married to Roger with two small children Amelia and Nate, living in Wexford, Ireland.



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