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Hazel Gaynor

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Hazel Gaynor is an author and freelance writer living in Ireland.

Her debut novel THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME (William Morrow/HarperCollins) was a USA Today and New York Times bestseller. Her second novel A MEMORY OF VIOLETS will be published in February 2015.

Hazel was the recipient of the 2012 Cecil Day Lewis award for Emerging Writers and was recently named as one of U.S. Library Journal's Ten Big Breakout Authors for 2015.

Hazel also writes a popular guest blog ‘Carry on Writing’ for national Irish writing website writing.ie. She also writes feature articles for the site and has interviewed authors such as Philippa Gregory, John Boyne, and Sebastian Faulks.

Originally from Yorkshire, England, Hazel has lived in Ireland for the past twelve year

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Hazel Gaynor I go for a long walk and listen to music. I've learnt that sitting, staring at a blank screen getting increasingly frustrated does not help! Stepping…moreI go for a long walk and listen to music. I've learnt that sitting, staring at a blank screen getting increasingly frustrated does not help! Stepping away, doing something else and giving myself space from the manuscript, does. I also try writing with a pencil and notebook for a while, somewhere away from the desk. That can make a pleasant change and get the creative juices flowing again!(less)
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I’m so proud and excited to be able to (finally!) share the great news that I will be contributing to WWI anthology, A FALL OF POPPIES, being published in 2016 by the William Morrow imprint of HarperCollins.The anthology will feature novellas by nine authors, with each story centeringon the events of Armistice Day, 1918.

The contributing authors areHeather Webb (Becoming Josephine & Rodin’s...

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“Now you look here. All your father ever dreamed of for you was to do something you loved in life. He didn't care about fancy qualifications or fancy clothes or cars, just that you were both happy and fulfilled. He was so excited about your dreams for a career.”
Hazel Gaynor, The Girl Who Came Home: A Titanic Novel

“Life is fragile Grace – it is no more than a petal of cherry blossom; thriving and in full bloom one minute and blown to the ground by a sudden gust of wind the next. We shouldn’t take our life for granted and we should do whatever we can to make ourselves happy.”
Hazel Gaynor, The Girl Who Came Home: A Titanic Novel

“Never leave yourself open to regret Grace. We can only make a decision when we know the choices we are faced with. If we shy away, turn our backs and hide, we will simply never know. And that is when you end up old and wondering and regretting. Live a life of hope. Don’t live a life of regret.”
Hazel Gaynor, The Girl Who Came Home: A Titanic Novel

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Hazel Gaynor Juliew. wrote: "Hi Hazel!Thanks for accepting my friend request!Looking forward to reading your Titanic novel.Very nice to meet you!!"

Hi and thank you! I hope you enjoy The Girl Who Came Home! Best wishes, Hazel

Juliew. Hi Hazel!Thanks for accepting my friend request!Looking forward to reading your Titanic novel.Very nice to meet you!!

Pamela Hey Hazel...Thanks for accepting my friend request.

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