My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. How do you know you can't do something until you actually try?
Q. What do you regret most?
A. You mean, apart from starting this questionnaire? Not sticking with playing an instrument, probably.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. Wastefulness -- well, that, and lazy language and bad grammar. Don't get me started on the misuse of apostrophes.
Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
A. It's a tie between being funny and playing the fiddle.
Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?
A. Those fleeting moments when the words on the page begin to come together and take on a life of their own. Those moments are rare, but there's no feeling like it in all the world.
January 24, 2013The Book of Killowen
Erin Hart. Scribner, $26 (352p) ISBN 978-1-4516-3484-6
Hart combines powerful insights into human nature and pristine prose with history and archeology in her stellar fourth crime novel featuring Irish archeologist... see more
November 26, 2012Thrilled to find THE BOOK OF KILLOWEN included in Library Journal's prepub alert, a listing called "What's Hot" for March 2013, with fellow crime writers Rhys Bowen and Paul Doherty, among others!
Feeling like an awful tease, since it'll be another 3+ months until the book is out. I am so sorry. (Okay, not really.)
Here's a link to the full article at the magazine's website.
June 01, 2012People ask me all the time whether artifacts (or artefacts, as they spell it in Ireland) really turn up with such regularity as they do in my novels. All I can say is that I don't have to make anything up!
Take this piece, for instance, a 3,000-year-old gold torc discovered in 2009 near Corrard in County Fermanagh by metal-detecting enthusiast Ronnie Johnston. Mr. Johnston thought the piece was a vintage car spring, so he washed it and stuck it in the back of a drawer. Only after seeing pictures of another gold torc did he realize that he might have found something extremely rare and valuable.
When Mr. Johnston discovered what he had, he... see more