Welcome to 10 – 4 Tuesday!
10 – 4 Tuesday is a quick way to get to know an author and their latest release. I will ask our guest to share 10 things about themselves and their book and then 4 questions for fun So let’s get started.
Hi Kerry, thanks for joining us for 10 – 4 Tuesday:)
First the 10:
To start out, tell us a bit about yourself.
I am very lucky to live in a very beautiful part of South West of France where I work as a language teacher. I am married to a man from the Vendee and I have a daughter who is at Lycée. Although I was born and raised in the UK I never go back there as my family all live in other parts of Europe now. My parents live quite close to me so I can see them often. Before I became a language teacher I worked in finance. That job took me to all different parts of Europe and also to the USA once or twice. I love walking whether it is just around the vineyards where I live or going further afield and finding mountains to roam in.
What genre (s) do you write?
Ramblings in Ireland is non-fiction. It’s a travel memoir. I write a lot of on fiction, mainly about my life on my blog. I’ve written technical papers when I worked in finance and some papers on Grammar in my current role. I have also written some general fiction, mainly short stories to date but I am trying to complete a novel.
This is not a book about rambling in Ireland.
It tells the tale of one particular walking trip and the memories and musings it inspired.
Exploring the West of Ireland is a time for meditation, spiritual reflection and strengthening the bonds of life. More practically the ability to read a map might have proved helpful. The tourist office in Ireland has all their paths clearly marked. You can’t go wrong if you follow that little yellow man. Or can you?
As British ex-patriate Kerry Dwyer leads Bertrand, her trusting French husband, astray once more, they reminisce and reflect upon accents and accidents, family and friends, love and what it means to be alive. Bertrand doesn’t mind getting lost – he loves Kerry all the more for going off the beaten track.
This is a book about ramblings in Ireland. Walk with Kerry and Bertrand and follow where your thoughts lead you.
If you wrote a book about your life, what would you title it?
‘Autres directions’. This is written on signposts in France meaning ‘Other Directions’ it comes after the signs to all known places.
Where do you prefer to write?
I prefer to write on my terrace which overlooks my garden if it is not raining. I quite like writing on trains as well, there is something very soothing about the movement of trains and the countryside swishing past that I find quite inspiring.
What’s the hardest part of writing for you?
Finding the time to sit down and do it. Currently I am spending a lot of time promoting Ramblings in Ireland that should really be spent in writing my next book. This is probably the biggest downside of self publishing. If you are published by one of the big publishers you have a enormous publicity machine behind you.
What was your favorite part about writing your book?
I loved just writing it. I love writing anyway but once I had decided that it was going to be a ramble in the true sense of the word it was much more fun. I loved writing the dedication to my husband. He didn’t know that it was dedicated to him until he bought it for his kindle. He was so pleased and touched when he read it.
What makes your book different than other books in the same genre?
It is very tangential. It is not a straightforward book about walking neither is it a memoir. It is rambling in the sense of walking and in the sense of letting your mind take you to where it will. It explores culture and language as well as the countryside.
What do you hope readers walk away with when they finish your book?
Firstly I hope they will have been entertained and amused. Then I hope that they will understand that visiting a country and exploring its culture are two different things. Finally that if you let your mind wander you can turn up unexpected things.
Can you tell us a little bit about your current WIP?
I am writing a book about the lives of ex-pats in France and their interactions with the French. It is a work of fiction based on local knowledge and experiences. It follows a year in the lives of four women linked by an English book exchange.
Now the 4:
YAY!!! You’ve just won a contest and are going to appear on your favorite television show as a fill in for one of the main characters. Which show is it and who is the character you’ll be acting for?
I know it’s old but I would love to be in an episode of Allo Allo. I would like to play the part of Michelle ‘of the Resistance’ Dubois replacing Kirsten Cooke. I love her line ‘Listen verrrry carefully, I shall say zis only once!’ I don’t know if I could say it with a straight face though. Whenever I watched that series it just looked as though they were having such fun on the set.
If you could travel back in time, which time period would you choose and why?
I wouldn’t like to go too far back in time unless I was very rich. I loved reading about the Tudors at school but it would have been miserable to be poor at that time, dangerous also under Mary. Most periods too far back were not particularly good for women either. I would travel back just 100 years to before the world became so small and westernized. I would like to travel on a steam train through Europe and Asia and explore those countries before they were used to tourists. There would be no one selling plastic Eifel towers and Hawaiian shirts and MacDonald’s would not be the first thing that you saw in every town.
You were part of a horrific scientific experiment that went wrong. You’re skin is now a flashing neon green, you can’t eat anything unless it’s through a straw and you can only speak five words. Which five words would you be able to speak?
Crikey, I think I would want to hide away and not talk to anyone. My mum taught me that you can travel the work using ‘please’ and ‘thank-you’ so that would be two of them. As I need to speak French and English then the French equivalents take me to four (if I can have – ‘S’il vous plait’ as one). The word ‘straw’ looks like it would come in useful as well, I’m not sure whether to go with French or English though.
The president is calling and wants you to come up with a new law to be followed country wide. What would you make law?
I was tempted to just move another countries law to this country like banning hunting but you said a ‘new’ law. I wonder if people would submit to a law for a screen free day once a week. I think that would be great. We would all be forced to communicate directly with one another rather than via a screen. People would read books or go for walks instead of playing video games. Don’t get me wrong, I am as bad as the next person for overusing my computer but I would love to turn it all off once in a while.
Thanks for being sharing your 10 and your 4 Kerry. Please share an excerpt from Ramblings in Ireland.
I hate to admit, when I am supposed to be navigating, that it is at least 10 minutes since I knew where we were on the map. I get distracted watching the world go by. Seeing the sites is so much more interesting than reading a map and watching out for road signs or counting how many junctions we pass. It’s not often a problem as Bertrand knows, when he is driving in France, where he is going and when to turn off a road.
There was one occasion when we had spent a romantic weekend in Paris. Setting off for home, we went through Paris rather than around it so we could see more of the city. The traffic was horrendous, as it often is in Paris, so we looked for the quickest way to get out. I had driven in Paris before and apart from going round the Arc de Triomphe seven times before coming off at the exit I wanted, I hadn’t done too badly. My nice French colleague assured me it could happen to anyone.
So I was navigating this time and Bertrand driving. I directed him to the underground ring road that joins up the major routes around Paris. It was after we had passed the Versailles turn off the second time that Bertrand began to doubt my skills at navigation.
So excited you joined me for 10 – Tuesday! Before we wave good-bye, let us know if there are any other links you’d like to share so that we can find you and your book online