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Emma's story a novel experience

Margaret Roddy

Published 07/08/2013 | 05:20

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Novellist Emma Carolan and right; her book ‘Leap of Faith’.

Emma Carolan sat down last August planning to write a short story. By the time she had finished writing, she found that four months later, she had penned a novel.

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Emma Carolan sat down last August planning to write a short story. By the time she had finished writing, she found that four months later, she had penned a novel.

Now, 'Leap of Faith' has gone on sale internationally and she is busy working on a sequel.

Originally from Muirhevnamor, Emma now lives in Blackrock with her boyfriend.

'I always liked writing and have written a number of poems and short stories, but this is my first novel,' she says. 'I hadn't planned to write a novel and had actually started writing a short story and ended up with 600 pages!'

Emma enjoys writing so she didn't find it a chore, and fits it in her spare time when not working in eBay.

'I see it as a hobby, not work and sometimes I'll wake up at 3 o'clock in the morning and start writing.'

Emma then set about looking for a publisher for her work, and undeterred by rejection slips, kept going until she found American based Creative Flight Publishing.

'I got a package which suited me, signed the contract and the book is now on sale in Ireland, America and Europe through Amazon.'

She is hoping that it will be stocked in local book shops and it will also be available as an ebook in the near future.

'It's a romantic novel that's set in an Irish town but it's not a typical love story,' she says.

It tells the story of two strangers whose paths cross, Katriona Warnock and Jason McCormick. Katriona, who lost her mother when she was just a young child, comes into an inheritance which she feels she doesn't deserve.

She is a dedicated career woman with no time for romance. Can Jason change her mind?

'Everyone who has read the book has enjoyed it so I've started a sequel,' she says.

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