10 – 4 Tuesday

30 Oct

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.

Today I’d like to introduce you to author Kerry Dwyer!  She’ll be sharing her 10, followed by her 4 and then an excerpt of her book 🙂

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.

Share your blurb from Ramblings in Ireland!

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 🙂






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53 responses to “10 – 4 Tuesday

  1. The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

    October 30, 2012 at 11:46 am

    So glad to see Kerry Dwyer here. I read and loved her book, so well written and funny. Anyone that can make me laugh out loud while reading is nothing short of genius in my book. (pardon the pun)
    Paulette Mahurin

    • ChristineWarner

      October 30, 2012 at 2:41 pm

      I love a good testimonial! Kerry’s book does sound fantastic and I love the cover…which I’ve just found out was painted by her mother!

      • Kerry Dwyer

        October 31, 2012 at 3:49 am

        That is right Christine. My lovley mum painted a picture of the bay at Beara specially for my book.

      • The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

        October 31, 2012 at 3:55 pm

        Yes, she is from a talented family.

    • Kerry Dwyer

      October 31, 2012 at 3:48 am

      Thank you very much for writing this here Paulette. There is no better review than a peer review and from such an accomplished author that is praise indeed..

  2. Loralee Lillibridge

    October 30, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    Enjoyed meeting you, Kerry. Thanks for sharing such an interesting post. I’ve only visited Ireland once, but would love to just ramble there for at least a month.

    • ChristineWarner

      October 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by Loralee…and if you ever head back to Ireland, don’t forget to pack me in your suitcase! lol

    • Kerry Dwyer

      October 31, 2012 at 8:50 am

      It is lovely to meet people this way. I hope you manage to get back to Ireland one day Loralee. I would love to go for a longer break too.

  3. D'Ann Lindun

    October 30, 2012 at 1:18 pm

    Nice post! Your book sounds very good!

    • ChristineWarner

      October 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      I agree D’Ann…thank you so much for coming by!

    • Kerry Dwyer

      October 31, 2012 at 3:50 am

      Thank you D’Ann. So far I have some lovely reviews.

  4. Diane Burton

    October 30, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    Nice meeting you, Kerry. I like your “new” law. What a concept. LOL Yet, I do like the ability to “talk” to people all over the world via the Internet.

    • ChristineWarner

      October 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      LOL…glad you came by Diane 🙂

    • Kerry Dwyer

      October 31, 2012 at 8:47 am

      Nice to meet you too Diane and thank you for reading my interview. I agree. I love seeing what all my friends are doing and read what they have to say. I do like being disconnected from time to time.

  5. Callie Hutton (@Calliehutton)

    October 30, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    Great interview, ladies. Best of luck with your book, Kerry. It sounds very interesting.

    • ChristineWarner

      October 30, 2012 at 2:42 pm

      Glad you dropped in Callie…thank you!

    • Kerry Dwyer

      October 31, 2012 at 3:51 am

      Thank you Callie. I am glad you enjoyed the interview. Catherine had the most interesting questions to ask.

  6. Cera duBois

    October 30, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Best of luck, Kerry. Great interview, ladies!

    • ChristineWarner

      October 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm

      Thanks for coming by Cera…glad you enjoyed it 🙂

    • Kerry Dwyer

      October 31, 2012 at 8:51 am

      Thank you for your good wishes Cera. I am pleased that you like the interview. Christine has very inventive questions.

  7. Lisa Rayns

    October 30, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Great interview. I’d love to ramble around Ireland.

    • ChristineWarner

      October 30, 2012 at 5:37 pm

      Me too…sounds like a little piece of heaven! Glad you dropped in Lisa 🙂

    • Kerry Dwyer

      October 31, 2012 at 8:45 am

      Thanks for your comment Lisa. If you like rambling Ireland is a lovely place to do it- in both senses.

  8. Ally Broadfield

    October 30, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    I’ve added your book to my TBR list. I visited Ireland a very LONG time ago when I was 15, mostly to buy a horse. Because we were so focused on horse shopping, I didn’t get to do much sightseeing. I’d love to go back someday. I do remember the crazy directions we got when we had to stop and ask for help. The catch phrase of that trip was “You can’t miss it.”

    • ChristineWarner

      October 30, 2012 at 8:59 pm

      LOL…love that catch phrase! What a terrific memory Ally…how lucky to have gone to Ireland horse shopping at 15! I hope you get to go back 🙂 (and take me with you…hehehe)

    • Kerry Dwyer

      October 31, 2012 at 3:54 am

      Hello Ally. Thank you for coming her to read the interview and to tell us your story. Horses are still very popular in Ireland and we say quite a few people riding when we were out and about. You should go again if you get the chance. Yes – you can’t miss it – a very scary phrase.

  9. Brenda

    October 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    Very interesting.

  10. Calisa Rhose

    October 30, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    How exciting you live in France, Kerry! Your book sounds fun and like a trip I take might. LOL Congrats and good luck.

    • ChristineWarner

      October 30, 2012 at 9:00 pm

      Glad you dropped in Calisa!

    • Kerry Dwyer

      October 31, 2012 at 3:56 am

      I love living in France Calisa. The temperature and the way of life suit me well. I hope if you do take that trip you won’t get lost quite as often as I did.

  11. Sharon Cullen

    October 30, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    This sounds really interesting. I would love to visit Europe. Some day maybe…

    • ChristineWarner

      October 30, 2012 at 10:26 pm

      We can go together Sharon! lol

      Thanks so much for coming by 🙂

      • Kerry Dwyer

        October 31, 2012 at 3:59 am

        You must come too Christine. If you are every in south west France I have a spare bed.

    • Kerry Dwyer

      October 31, 2012 at 3:58 am

      It is such a long way to come and there is so much to see here. I found the same when I went to America. I saw a fraction of what I would like to see in the US and only popped into Canada for one day. Hope you make it Sharon.

      • ChristineWarner

        October 31, 2012 at 10:32 am

        I love that offer Kerry! You might end up with an entire household piling into your extra bed! lol

      • Kerry Dwyer

        October 31, 2012 at 10:44 am

        That could be either really lovely or very very bad.

  12. Cait

    October 31, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Sounds like fun, Kerry. After growing up in the south west of Ireland, I’m really looking forward to reading it now 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      October 31, 2012 at 6:41 am

      This would be right in your line wouldn’t it Cait….how fun to read about a place you are so familiar with! So glad you came by 🙂

    • Kerry Dwyer

      October 31, 2012 at 7:40 am

      Thank you Cait. I am sure you will recognise some of the lovely places we visited. My favourite place was Sheep’s Head – magnificent place and lovely people. 🙂

  13. ChristineWarner

    October 31, 2012 at 6:41 am

    Thank you so much Kerry for coming on 10-4 Tuesday…it was great getting to know more about you and your book!

    • Kerry Dwyer

      October 31, 2012 at 7:42 am

      Thank you for the opportunity Christine. You are very inventive with your questions and that made it a lot of fun for me.

      • ChristineWarner

        October 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

        I’m glad….I try and keep it fun 🙂

  14. Melissa Limoges

    October 31, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Ha, what an interesting book. Wonderful interview, ladies. 🙂

    • Kerry Dwyer

      October 31, 2012 at 10:21 am

      Thank you Melissa. I enjoyed the interview too. The town of Limoges is not far from my home. 🙂

    • ChristineWarner

      October 31, 2012 at 10:33 am

      So glad you enjoyed the interview Melissa!

  15. Kerry Dwyer

    October 31, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Reblogged this on Kerry Dwyer and commented:
    An interesting interview with Christine Warner.

  16. Joel D Canfield

    November 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

    Kerry, I can’t picture you with green neon skin, but flaming hair? That I can do.

    So glad to see your book getting the attention it deserves. There aren’t enough gentle books in the world. Looking forward to the book exchange stories!

    • Kerry Dwyer

      November 1, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Thank you Joel. I only set my hair on fire once, it was an accident – could have happened to anyone.

  17. Kerry Dwyer

    November 15, 2012 at 3:26 am

    Christine, thank you for being a great host. It was a pleasure.


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