A Quickie with Anna McPartlin

Tell me about your latest book and why we should read it?

I’m currently working on the follow up to The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes, it follows a grieving family in the two years after her death. More love, loss and laughter is on it’s way…

If someone was to write your life story what would the title be? 

Are We There Yet?

What’s the strangest fan question or request you’ve received?

An American lady asked if I would call to her home in Alabama and read to her from one of my books. I respectfully declined.

If you could co-write with anyone in the world (alive or dead) who would it be?

Marian Keyes. I LOVE her.

Tell me something nobody else knows about you (yet!).

There is nothing that nobody knows about me. I’m an open book 🙂

Finally please recommend 3 books that you have recently read and tell me why you’ve chosen these.

Lying in Wait – By Liz Nugent because it’s thrilling with incredible characters and it scared the shite out of me.

Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walker because it’s a beautiful book.

The Day I Lost You by Fionnuala Kearney because it’s a heartbreaker.

Who is Anna McPartlin?  Anna’s debut novel Pack Up The Moon was published in January 2006, it went on to be a best seller both here and abroad.

Since then Anna’s written five more best selling novels, The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes being her latest work.

In the early nineties, Anna ran an alternative cabaret called Tales of the City in a run down bar on Capel Street. The show comprised of a Dutch torch singer, a folk rock band, an ancient alcoholic queen of monologues, and a waitress in drag … not to mention comedy. Anna was a stand up comedienne for four years and it is her experience writing sketches that ignited her passion for storytelling.

Friends and family are Anna’s inspiration. Given the amount of upheaval and tragedy Anna has experienced in her life from a very young age, it is no wonder friends and family are what she cherishes most and evidence of this is in all of her work. It tickles your funny bone, tugs at your heartstrings, and reminds you to never give up on love.

Anna’s lived many kinds of lives in her short lifetime. Surviving much loss has inspired Anna to write about the darker side of life but because she has been lucky enough to be surrounded by joyful people, her work and life is brimming with hope and laughter.

Anna is married to Donal and  lives in Wicklow with their four animals.

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