Bore da! It was Sue Moorcroft who first introduced me to the lovely Adrienne Vaughan – and told me “you’d love her books!”. I’m quite sure I would – they all look thoroughly lovely, and I will catch up at some point, I promise. Since we met, Adrienne has been a wonderful supporter of Being Anne, and it’s a real pleasure to welcome her today with the second part of our feature on Celtic Roots.
If anyone ever decries social media, I reply hand-on-heart it changed my life! Particularly as it brought my dear chum and writing buddy Lizzie Lamb and I together, immediately discovering a shared and irreverent sense of humour, a passion for fiction and a strange, indefinable otherness ‒ the sure sign of a Celt!
While Lizzie’s heart is in Scotland, my writing soul is happiest in Ireland and as we’re both married to ‘Rutland boys’ and reside in middle England, our friendship was embedded in our very roots!
When we took the decision, with June Kearns and Mags Cullingford, to form an indie group – New Romantics Press ‒ and publish our debut novels, who knew that only four short years later, Lizzie would be crowned an #AmazonBestSeller for her award-winning third novel Scotch on the Rocks, and I’d be publishing Fur Coat & No Knickers – my short story anthology ‒ in time for Christmas, making it my fifth book. (Congratulations Adrienne – kindle edition launched yesterday, paperback due next week. And this special edition includes a bonus festive story, A Visit at Christmas.)
Talk about rollercoaster ride – but if there’s one thing the Celts are good at, it’s determination and once the opportunity to fulfil our long held dream presented itself, we clasped it with both hands and have been writing like bejaysus ever since!
Born in England I was brought up in Dublin, attending my mother’s former convent school ‒ complete with nuns – close by. Everyone could say the rosary in Irish and Latin and knew each of the Holy Mysteries by heart, I was aghast ‒ talk about baptism of fire!
But making lifelong friends, discovering athletics ‒ I ran for Ireland as a schoolgirl ‒ and finally being granted a place at the ground-breaking Dublin College of Journalism, all combined to ensure I was definitely having one of the best times of my life!
I write romantic suspense, so it came as no surprise that my first three novels, The Hollow Heart, A Change of Heart and Secrets of the Heart feature a feisty campaign-driven journalist and a remote Irish isle, where she takes on not only the suspicious locals but a reclusive movie-star escaping Hollywood, his love-life and an all-consuming career. Meld this with illegal gun-running, a ‘babies for sale’ scam and a wildly eccentric postmistress – and I’m thrilled to say each standalone book, has been recognised with a Festival of Romantic Fiction award.
Having completed my fourth novel, Scandal of the Seahorse Hotel – set in London, Ireland and New York ‒ currently with my literary agent, the renowned Lisa Eveleigh, I’m writing a historical thriller A Most Deadly Affair, featuring a beautiful Dublin socialite, who inherits the family funeral business in the 1950’s, taking on her embittered brother as he sets up a rival firm.
I don’t deliberately set out to write Irish stories, so far that’s just where my characters take me, writing can’t be forced and I would soon be told if anything came across as ‘plastic’. But it does mean I can layer my stories with the language, humour, food, music and irreverent fun for which the Irish are so famous and when anyone compares my work with the late, great Maeve Binchy well, it certainly makes my Irish eyes smile, that’s for sure!
Adrienne, thank you so much – I’m really looking forward to your new one, and catching up on your gorgeous looking trilogy…
About the author
Adrienne Vaughan has been making up stories since she could speak; primarily to entertain her sister Reta, who from a very early age never allowed a plot or character to be repeated – tough gig!
As soon as she could pick up a pen, she started writing them down. No surprise she wanted to be a journalist; ideally the editor of a glossy music and fashion magazine, so she could meet and marry a rock star – some of that came true! And in common with so many, she still holds the burning ambition to be a ‘Bond Girl’.