Mary Carter is my guest on today’s “A Book and a Chat”. She started writing at the age of four, with her first story being, The Boy and the Mouse. Then in third grade she won a story-writing contest, this time her work was about a boy and a muskrat. I’m sure there must be some deep underlining reason for this early creativity around boys and rodents that would fill pages on a psychiatrist’s report…
From this early start Mary went on to graduate from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, which is part of the Rochester Institute of Technology A background that has definitely helped her in her writing process.
In 2004 Mary decided she wanted to write a book after years of essays, letters, journals, poems, plays, and a screenplay the result of which was her first novel “She’ll Take It” a story about Melanie Zeitgar. Aspiring actress-turned-bored temp. The Queen of Divine Quips… And a total kleptomaniac. For Mel, stealing is a lot like love: she knows the right thing when she sees it...
This was followed by “Accidently Engaged”, “Sunny Side Blues” and “My Sisters Voice”. All covering different subjects yet penned with the same style, characterization and wonderful storyline that keeps her readers asking for more.
Mary’s latest book is called “The Pub Across the Pond” , Mary says about this latest book…
“Like Carlene Rivers, the main character in The Pub Across the Pond, I’ve always had a fascination with Ireland. I was also dating an Irishman at the time. And hanging out a lot in an Irish pub. I used to see advertisements for the contest Guinness used to run to ‘Win a pub in Ireland’. Basically it was a wish-fulfillment project, how amazing I always thought to just pack up your life and go run a pub in Ireland. So cool. I guess I’m always jealous, so I funnel it through my writing."
Amongst the comments made by readers of this great book is the fact that it is not your “typical Irish romance novel”, you know… big castle on the hill, etc, etc. It is a story written about Irish people, their humor and magic, friendliness including depth and warmth of their hearts and loyalties as a community.
About “The Pub Across the Pond”:
Carlene Rivers is many things. Dutiful, reliable, kind. Lucky? Not so much. At thirty, she's living a stifling existence in Cleveland, Ohio. Then one day, Carlene buys a raffle ticket. The prize: a pub on the west coast of Ireland. Carlene is stunned when she wins. Everyone else is stunned when she actually goes.
As soon as she arrives in Ballybeog, Carlene is smitten, not just by the town's beguiling mix of ancient and modern but by the welcome she receives. In this small town near GalwayBay, strife is no stranger, strangers are family, and no one is ever too busy for a cup of tea or a pint. And though her new job presents challenges--from a meddling neighbor to the pub's colorful regulars--there are compensations galore. Like the freedom to sing, joke, and tell stories and, in doing so, find her own voice. And in her flirtation with Ronan McBride, the pub's charming, reckless former owner, she just may find the freedom to follow where impulse leads and trust her heart--and her luck--for the very first time.
It is a book that all will enjoy, and will touch your heart bringing a smile to your lips and a tear to your eye.
So listen now and share an interesting and entertaining show as I spend thirty minutes sharing "A Book and a Chat with Mary Carter"... I even managed to find the clip of me singing that I promised during the show... well sort of singing...Barry singing Gypsy Rover
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