Hospital Blues

It's been ages since I updated this blog and let's just say I had an interesting year. I finished Our Little Cruelties -UK and Irl Penguin March 2020. The same book will be published under the title Little Cruelties in USA and Canada by Simon & Schuster in August 2020. So I'm looking at advance reviews here and am pleased to see that most people like it a lot.
I had a great summer, interviewing some of my favourite writers about my favourite books of the year-Jane Casey (Cruel Acts), Jane Harper (The Lost Man) Joseph O'Connor (Shadowplay) and Sinead Gleeson (Constellations).
In July, I went to the Harrogate Old Peculiar International Crime Writing Festival and won a Dead Good Award for The Book You Couldn't Put Down for my third novel Skin Deep.
In August, I went to the Bute Noir Crime Festival on the Scottish Isle of Bute and had a fantastic time with fellow crime writers and readers and bloggers.
For three weeks in September and October, I did a tour of New Zealand with events in Auckland, Wellington (where the Irish Ambassador took me to lunch!), Rotorua, Nelson, finishing with the Celtic Noir Festival in Dunedin where I rubbed shoulders with heroes Dame Fiona Kidman, Val McDermid and Liam McIlvanny. My husband and I drove from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island (Obviously, we took the ferry from one island to the other). What a splendid and beautiful country! (Don't worry, all this boasting is leading somewhere dreadful.)
Back in Dublin, on 1st November, I taught a masterclass on character based on the pilot episode of Breaking Bad. A tv crew were due to make a documentary about me the following Monday and I was due to fly out to San Francisco for an Irish Hinterland Festival on the Thursday.
Alas (finally, here it comes), while going to brunch in a friends house on Sunday 3rd November, I tripped and smashed my knee. When I have accidents, I like to do them in spectacular style, so I smashed it good and because of a neurological disorder I've had since a childhood brain haemorrhage (falling down the stairs with *spectacular* results), the knee damage was very severe. I have been in hospital ever since and hope to be able to walk out in about four weeks time. I won't lie, I have been in severe pain, thoroughly depressed, unable to read or write because of heavy medication, but I'm now in a rehabilitation hospital, receiving excellent physiotherapy, occupational therapy and loving care from the wonderful staff here.
I have learned many lessons here:
1. Pride comes before a fall.
2. Say no to more events.
3. Be grateful that I will get out of this hospital (a lot of patients won't).
4. I am the most impatient patient. I ACTUALLY want to run before I can walk.
5. I am blessed with incredible friends who have visited, sent cards, gifts, good vibes, prayers, healing thoughts, remote reiki etc.
6. I am very, very lucky. I know it doesn't sound like it. But it's true.

My next project was to write a play for the incredibly successful Landmark Theatre Co. That has been delayed obviously while I recover and I need to thank that company for giving me the time and space to do that.

Happy new year to everyone, especially those going through hard times. They won't last. xxxx
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Published on January 13, 2020 14:00
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message 1: by Christine (new)

Christine Doran That is just awful and I'm so sorry.

message 2: by Anna (new)

Anna Mulqueen That is a lot of confinement to deal with. I hope 2020 brings you back to full health. Best wishes

message 3: by Bern (new)

Bern Best wishes for a quick recovery, looking forward to the new book.

message 4: by Rosaleen (new)

Rosaleen  Flanagan Every good wish and good health for 2020

message 5: by Maureen (new)

Maureen Grigsby Well, that’s a major bummer! You know you have so many people rooting for you always. Add me to that list!

message 6: by Aisling (new)

Aisling  Doonan Cannot wait to read Our Little Cruelties, sorry to hear you've been through the wringer, wishing you a super speedy recovery

message 7: by Renee (new)

Renee Best wishes for your recovery!

message 8: by Kristen (new)

Kristen This too shall pass. Be kind to yourself! Can't wait for Little Cruelties. :)

message 9: by Michelle (new)

Michelle So glad to hear that you’re on the mend! Looking forward to Little Cruelties and many more books after that one.

message 10: by Gaz (new)

Gaz So sorry to hear about your accident. I’ve spent many months laid up after operations and injury and know how frustrating and boring it is. Take care coming off the meds, it can be hard going! Congratulations on the award for Skin Deep, it’s my favourite so far. Can’t wait to read your next book.

message 11: by Helen (new)

Helen Gaz wrote: "So sorry to hear about your accident. I’ve spent many months laid up after operations and injury and know how frustrating and boring it is. Take care coming off the meds, it can be hard going! Cong..."

Oh no way ! Well u fitted alot in before u smashed them knees and soon u be home again .bet u can't wait ! We love your novels u are one of my faves.u write such clever dark takes of flawed yet magnetic characters and when u feel u ready I for one will be waiting to pick up another of your story's and read of another great character or two x

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