01 Roisin Meaney

514AGhEqPBL. SL500 AA300 Rosin Meaney is the author of nine best-selling books, including Semi-Sweet and One Summer, and has been translated into six languages. She lives in Limerick, and on the internet. Roisin has kindly consented to be my first author on Literary Love Fest, and is here to share the story of her latest novel, Something in Common.

1) What is your name? What is your quest?

Roisin Meaney, quest is to provide a few hours of escapism for readers.

2) Okay, tell me about your book.

Something in Common is the story of two women and an unlikely friendship that spans over two decades. It was inspired by my mother and her penfriend, and also by an experience I had last year when I came upon a very unhappy woman who was a stranger to me. It was a most challenging book to write, lots of hair got pulled out in the process, but I'm very happy with how it finished up.

3) What was the most difficult bit to write?

No bit in particular - the big challenge for me was getting the seventies and eighties details right: I lived through them but my memory is non-existent.

4) What surprised you about writing it?

How hard it was: I hadn't really been expecting it to cause me so much grief. Probably just as well, or I might never have started it.

5) First line:

'Our lives are written by other people.'

6) What's the next project?

A sequel to my last novel, One Summer. About halfway through first draft as we speak.

7) Your three main characters are trapped in a barn during the zombie apocalypse. What's the outcome?

Good lord - probably run a mile, clutching onto my coat tails (if they could catch them).

8) Your book's been made into a movie. What's playing over the opening credits?

This took me so long to decide - but let's go with Janis Ian's 'At Seventeen' for its sweetness and poignancy...and there's a reference to it in the book too.

9) When and where is the book available?

All over Ireland from May 1 in hopefully any bookshop you try, and on Amazon in every format imaginable around that time too.

For more information on Roisin Meaney and her books, click here

My two cents: I finished Something in Common this morning and was sad to turn the last page. Sarah and Helen had become real people to me - they are vivid and believable characters and it was easy to get caught up in the story of their parallel lives. I'd recommend this book to fans of Maeve Binchy (in other words, pretty well everybody). My favourite bits were Sarah learning to drive, and the right person getting a punch in the face.

Here's that Janis Ian song. I agree that it goes very well with Something in Common.

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