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Behind the Bestseller - Conversation between Catherine Ryan Howard, Hazel Gaynor and Carmel Harrington

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What makes a book a bestseller and what does it take to write a bestselling book? Get a peek behind the creative curtain with three full-time writers of popular fiction, crime, up-lit, and historical all enjoying success both at home and abroad. Covering everything from ideas to deadlines, agents to TV options, six-figure deals, and number one bestsellers, this dynamic discussion will reveal the reality of writing full-time. A conversation between Catherine Ryan Howard, Hazel Gaynor, and Carmel Harrington about their lives as successful writers, being classified under a certain genre of fiction, defining moments in their career, and reasons to keep writing.

Catherine Ryan Howard is an internationally bestselling crime-writer from Cork. Her fifth novel, the lockdown thriller ‘56 Days’, was a No 1 bestseller, won Crime Fiction Book of the Year at the Irish Book Awards, and was named as the best thriller of 2021 by the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Irish Times.

Hazel Gaynor is a New York Times, USA Today, and Irish Times bestselling historical novelist from Kildare. Her debut, ‘The Girl Who Came Home’, was awarded the 2015 RNA Historical Novel of the Year, and her subsequent work has been shortlisted for numerous awards. Her next novel will be published in spring 2023.

Carmel Harrington is a USA Today, Irish Times, and Amazon bestselling novelist from Wexford. Her debut novel was awarded Kindle Book of the Year and Romantic Novel of the Year and her books have been shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards, Popular Fiction Book of the Year. Her tenth novel, ‘A Mother’s Heart’, was released in May 2022.

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