At the end of this post — look for a great giveaway to enter!
Welcome to a blog tour! What’s that? It a bit like a virtual “appearance” of an author on another author’s blog. We do this so our readers can find other authors whose books you might like — and I think you’re really going to like Mary Pat Hyland’s fiction. She’s also someone I consider a role model for her prolific, quality writing and knowledge of publishing. And she’s the only person I know who can tweet in Gaelic!
Mary Pat Hyland is an Amazon Top 100 bestselling author and has published
six novels and a collection of short stories. Her short stories have
appeared in the anthologies Seasons Readings and Lost Love Letters: An
Indie Chicks Anthology. In 2013 the Arts Council of Yates County selected
her as an Artist in Residence. She is a graduate of Syracuse University
and has worked in the commercial/fine art, journalism, education and
culinary fields. Mary Pat resides in upstate New York, the setting for her
novels, and enjoys organic gardening, gourmet cooking, visiting the Finger
Lakes and teaching the Irish language.
I’ll be appearing on Mary Pat’s blog today answering my own 20 questions, so come on over and visit! And thanks, Mary Pat, for offering this chance to a debut author.
Today we’re asking Mary Pat 20 questions about herself and her latest book, In the Shadow of the Onion Domes.
1) What’s your name?
Mary Pat Hyland
2) How long have you been writing?
I started writing a novel when I was in my early twenties. Never finished it. My first completed novel took ten years to write. Finished the first draft in 2005, published it in January 2008. I worked as a newspaper journalist for fifteen years, writing columns and editorials. The daily practice of writing for that job helped me immensely.
3) What genre do you write in?
I like to mix it up. I have a three-book chick lit series, a parody, a suspense novel, a family saga and my latest book is a short story collection.
4) What’s the name of your latest work?
In the Shadows of the Onion Domes
5) Why would these stories interest a reader?
The book is like a Whitman’s sampler of my writing styles. There’s drama, there’s humor. Some drift into Twilight Zone-ish magic realism. Others deal with real-life issues in a poignant way. The connecting factor is that each story is set in the same river valley along Upstate New York’s Southern Tier.
6) Where is the book available?
You can get the paperback on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The eBook version is available in Kindle format now. Other formats will be available on Smashwords in late January 2015.
7) Who’s your favorite character in the book and why?
I get a kick out of Rosie, a fearless and spunky 80-year-old barmaid in The Rose of The First Ward. I’m also very fond of Maria and Angelo Caravita, a married couple whose love for each other is strengthened through an unexpected challenge in their lives.
8) What’s your website address?
9) Name three authors who have inspired your work.
Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty and John Irving
10) What do you do to get through writer’s block?
Go for a walk. There’s something about the fresh air and change of scenery that helps re-charge the imagination.
I don’t do recommendations to follow people on social media easily — they have to be quality — but I love following Mary Pat’s entertaining, smart and fun posts, which often include some great music. Find her on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter as @cailinAolain. She’s also on Goodreads.
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