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A Final Farewell

Sorry for the overly-dramatic title, (couldn’t help myself) but I’ve been working on some stuff all week, and I’m finally ready to, well, say goodbye, I suppose. I am hanging up my pen. This decision hasn’t come lightly, but a choice had to be made, and while I am upset, I know it’s necessary.

For well over seven years, I’ve had the most amazing, life-changing opportunity, mostly thanks to the complete strangers who read my books. I started publishing the little stories I make up because I needed to do something for my family, and it grew into so much more than that. This is the longest I’ve committed to pretty much anything; this was the one thing that was harder to give up than to keep. However, nothing remains the same, and now my family needs different things from me. I had a great run of following my dreams, but stepping back from this is what’s best for my family right now – it’s time to take care of home and health instead.

I’ve thought a lot on how to go about this. I considered unpublishing my work, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it. Too final for a decision that didn’t come easy! Instead, I’ve decided to set every story of mine for free (which takes time, so do not pay for any of them if you see a price). Going forward, I’ll try to work on the Harbinger stuff and release that for free, too, when the time comes. I don’t currently have a time-frame on that. I might also post the rest of my stuff to Wattpad – cold turkey’s hard and all that.

As for my social media accounts, I’d already pretty much taken a step back from all of them anyway (and my email’s still blocked). I’m not going to close any accounts right now, but that may change, and even if I do use them again, it will probably be in a more personal way, so you might want to unfollow/unfriend anyway. I have a couple of months to decide what to do with this blog, but I am leaning towards shutting it down.

I hope to write again, maybe post to Wattpad, maybe even properly publish again, but if I don’t, then I’ll still have this experience and the readers who took the time to reach out to me over the years to remember. I am beyond grateful to all of you. I’ve never been a people person, so that aspect (you know, actually communicating with humans) was always the hardest for me over the years, but I’ve had incredibly few negative experiences in that time, so thank you for that, too.

The future is unclear. I can’t see past this weekend (which will for sure be spent flaking out on my bed with my kids, playing games and blasting GOT7 songs loud enough to make their poor Dad weep), but life changes so rapidly that I’m still going to hope this farewell isn’t really so final.


No, November, No.

I am currently locked out of my email (I’ll spare you my feelings on that), so if you have been trying to contact me recently, please use instead. Ta, muchly.

So. Remember earlier this year when my little fella went and ruptured his appendix? Yeah, well, his twin decided to try to copy him this month. Thanks to the first fiasco, I was on hyper-alert, and even though he wasn’t really showing signs of anything, I had a gut feeling, so we ended up at the hospital – where they were very unsure but decided to just take the appendix anyway – and had surgery that same night. And then everyone seemed freaked because he was so close to a rupture. One of the nurses said he must have a high pain threshold, and I was like, um, yeah, I’ve been telling everyone who walks in how he doesn’t complain about pain. Thankfully, he didn’t need a draining tube like his twin, so he didn’t have to spend as much time in hospital. Have to keep a close eye on him though because he’s super independent and likes to do everything for himself even if it hurts.

Oh, and while he was waiting to be admitted, we got a call from the school to say my youngest had taken a fall, and they might have to bring her over to the doctor. They ended up bringing three of my kids to us in the hospital where my youngest starting getting dizzy and having blurred vision (and she had an epic cut on her forehead that kept bleeding), so we ended up having to split up in the hospital to have two kids examined. And to top that off, I started throwing up in the hospital bathroom, so I might as well fund a clown school because that day was all-round ridiculous. My eldest came home from school having missed everything, heard the story, and was convinced we were making it up. 😀

Anyway, both twins are now appendix-free, and I’d really like to never go through this again if that’s okay, universe!

Even before all of this happened, I’d forgotten about NaNoWriMo this year, so I don’t know if I can catch up now, but it would suck to miss it. I’ve no idea what to even start on though. I haven’t been getting much of any other work done, and I don’t even care. I’m so beyond done this month. So I’m going to flake out with the kids and hope we can make it through a board game without anyone losing their minds. Wish me luck. 🙂

Edit: Nope, not even one game. *Insert eye-roll here*




Happy Halloween & Harbinger News

We’re all on our holidays this week, so we’re going to spend the day binging the rest of Stranger Things and the usual Halloween-y films we watch every year. Just realising now we’re going to be seeing a lot of Winona Ryder’s face today.

This month, we’ve had a couple of birthdays, an anniversary, and even a wee hurricane. We lost a tree, a trampoline, a fence, a slate or two, and some power, but we gained a couple of days off school/work.

And I made a decision on Sleepwalker. Beta reading didn’t throw up any kind of general consensus (which was pretty amazing – there’s usually something most people can agree on), so I went with my gut, made some changes, and I feel satisfied right now. (That will change in two minutes; I should hurry).

So… Sleepwalker is available now at 99c for a limited time. If it’s not at your usual store by tonight, it will be soon. It’s the first in a trilogy, but the other instalments likely won’t see a release until 2018.

If you helped me with beta reading (thanks!), and you want to read the updated version, then please contact me preferably by email – if not, Facebook – and let me know what file format you would like to receive. I won’t be able to reply tonight/tomorrow morning though.

(Truly terrible) blurb below:

Margo’s got a secret—she just doesn’t understand what it is. But if she doesn’t figure things out soon, she could jeopardise her family’s fresh start.

Dorian’s a weak wolf in a dominant pack, and if he doesn’t find a way to be noticed, he could be separated from his beloved guardians to make room for a younger shifter once he turns eighteen.

Two teenagers are running out of time when a string of murders drags them into danger. If they team up, they might find the murderer—unless he finds them first.



October 2017

I missed September’s post. Not much to report anyway. I will be sending out a free novella in the newsletter within the next week, so if you’re interested in that, make sure you’re subscribed. This one is Magic Thief, and it’s in Ari’s POV. It’s set around the same time as Crossroads, and they share a couple of connections.

I had planned on Ember’s story, Faery Dust, after Magic Thief, but I’m going to either scrap it or put it off. Timeline no longer fits. It’s a shame because I heart Ember & Finn’s family.

I’m still working on the Harbinger trilogy. I’ll have to make a decision on that soon, but I’ve no news right now.

Keeping this short because it’s getting pretty chilly in here. (Not complaining because I totally heart October, too).


Summer’s End

I’ve sent out a bunch of beta reading copies (if you were supposed to get one and didn’t, let me know), and I’m tired of the stuff I’ve been working on, so I thought I’d blog before the kids go back to school next week. I know the beta reading came out of nowhere, but it was a last-minute decision partly based on himself being sick of me whingeing (Why is this word so hard to spell? It never looks right.) about the story forever. 🙂 I should have set it up ages ago, but I kept tweaking details. Even after I announced it, I spent the day messing with the story. Not the best idea!

As predicted, I’m sad that the kids are going back to school. I’m scared for my eldest going to secondary school for the first time. It’s such a long day, and the rest of the bunch will miss having him around. We’re at that stage of the holidays where everyone’s a bit subdued because the thought of school is over their heads again. Overall this summer, I’ve had a lot going on, but I mostly managed to squeeze in writing/editing whenever I could. My youngest will be finished school at the same time as most of the others for the first time this year, so that kind of widens my schedule a little.

I’ve had blue hair for a few months, and I dyed the ends of four of my kids’ hair in various shades, but the haircuts for back to school are swiftly approaching. My kids are so sad to lose their crazy colours that I might get rid of my blue in solidarity. It wasn’t the best colour for the heat we had in June/July. I spent about a month waking up every morning with a blue neck and face, so I’ve been called a smurf all summer. 😀

I changed my blog, by the way. It’s not finished – I think I said that last time and never finished it. :/ I need a nice header, and I have to fill out a bunch of pages, but I’m glad I switched things up because it was hella boring. Not that it’s particularly mind-blowing now, but I think it’s neater.

Just realised the title of this post makes me think of direwolves in the worst way. The vet recently recommended we euthanise one of our dogs, so that’s put a dampener on things lately. Also partly why the beta reading happened – desperately needed a distraction. We haven’t yet decided what to do, and even if we do make that decision, the timing feels wrong. Losing our bunny this year was hard for the kids, I can’t imagine how they’ll take losing a dog they’ve all grown up with. I feel like I grew up with this dog. I work with this dog mouthing on my feet like a puppy every day. I don’t know how to get to that point where I feel ready to let go, but by then, a certain line will have already been crossed, and it will feel too late instead. It’s all a bit shit.

It’s the end of the summer holidays, but technically, here in Ireland anyway, August is the first month of autumn. I hope September chugs along better than we expect. I wanted to start blogging more frequently, but I have a one-track mind at the moment, so I’ll probably continue with a monthly update for the rest of the year.

So, yeah. I know this post looks long, but I deleted another 1,000 words of it. I think that might be a sign I need adult conversation. 😀




Beta Readers – Aug/Sep 2017

I probably should have posted this sooner, but I’ve been having a hard time judging whether this story’s even ready for beta reading – and there’s been a lot going on around here – but I’m just going to throw it out there. So… I’m sending out a call for beta readers for a new story in the Evans Pack world. New main characters, still a young adult paranormal romance type of thing, and, erm, it’s not in the best shape of all time right now, but I’m too close to it to figure out whyyyyyy.

I’m looking for a limited number of readers who are willing to give relatively detailed, honest feedback on the plot, preferably within the next three weeks, and are capable of side-loading a file I send them onto their ereader. Some apps apparently can’t do this, so be aware of that. I need a mixture of people who have read the original Cursed series and those who have not. I’m hoping to be sending copies of this thing out by the weekend, but we’ll see how it goes. If you’re interested, then please either email me or private message me on Facebook, and I’ll get back to you during the week.

I’m not interested in editing/proofreading, or anything like that. I just want personal opinions, what works for you, what doesn’t, that kind of thing. If the thought of offending me or hurting my feelings (you won’t, I swear. I don’t even have feelings) stresses you out, or you’re one of those lucky people who loves everything they read, then this might not be for you. 🙂 I was thinking of getting some kind of group thing going to see what a bunch of you might come up with together (sometimes it’s easier to be critical when somebody else starts), but it might be simpler to stick to the standard routine, so… thoughts?

It’s mostly a wolfy story, as teen-y as Cursed, called Sleepwalker, and if this actually goes okay, then it’s the first in a new trilogy called Harbinger. Terrible last-minute kinda-sorta blurb below!

Margo has a secret – she just wishes she could remember what it is. When she sleepwalks, she wakes up next to things she shouldn’t, and if she doesn’t figure out what’s happening, then her family’s fresh start will have been for nothing.

Dorian’s the most submissive member of his pack, and he hasn’t done anything to secure his place. The pack is over-crowded, and once he turns eighteen, he fears he’ll be one of the werewolves selected to relocate to a place where his guardians can’t protect him.

After a Halloween prank divides the town, pack members start to go missing, and Margo’s scent in the wrong place at the wrong time puts a target on her back. Together, Margo and Dorian must work to uncover her secrets and earn his place in his pack by tracking down a murderer before he/she finds them first.



August 2017

Squeezing in a quick post before the rest of the month runs away on me. Spoiler alert: My progress sucks.

I’m a little busy, so I’m not getting as much editing done as I’d like, but I should have expected that! I’ve had a couple of lock myself away weekends in an attempt to catch up, but now my brain is all squishy and in desperate need of a Netflix binge.

We’re over halfway through the holidays, and we haven’t gotten too sick of each other yet. Although if I get asked who would win in a fight – seven random Marvel characters vs seven random DC characters vs seven random characters from random universes – one more time, I might cry.

Lately, when I sit down to work, my youngest will usually have left little scribbled messages on my notes. I can’t get mad because they’re cute and sweet. Anyway, the other day I was looking through some old notes for research I’d forgotten, and she’d actually corrected my handwriting with a red pen. A future editor, perhaps? 😀

By the way, I have a teenager now! I kind of can’t believe how quickly time has gone by. It doesn’t feel so long ago that I couldn’t wait for his due date so I could finally meet him, and now he’s my height.

Aaaaand now it’s time to feed the constantly ravenous animals children again (because when they feed themselves, they make five times the mess). 😀


July 2017

So I might be a little bit stressed out right now. Small, tiny, wee bit more than usual. Maybe? Perhaps.

Work stuff defo contributed. For those who have been asking for a million years, (sorry!) some more of my stuff is now available in paperback. I do not like them, but they’re there. Six individual books in the Chaos series, and then one giant monstrosity bundle for the three Lost Souls books. It was not a fun experience, but here’s hoping I learned something for next time 😀

For the audiobook lovers, I continue to feel sorry. Irish writers were recently allowed to dabble in the audiobook production thing, but from what I can gather, there’s a serious lack of Irish accents. I know I’m picky, but just no. It’s not worth it right now.

I did get my Evans Pack series bible done though! That wasn’t fun either, but the fact that it’s over for now puts a bit of a rosy glow on the whole thing (until I remember I still have to finish Ava’s, and that’s going to be much harder). I made a bunch of notes for Harbinger, and I did a pass on Sleepwalker with the changes, and I’m starting to feel a little less like it’s the worst thing I’ve ever read. But only slightly. 😀

In non-work stuff, I took my eldest out of school before the end of term because I was sick to death of him being bullied, like, every day for fucking years. He’s an easy target because of his particular needs, and I’m less than impressed with the way it’s been handled. I’m rolling up my sleeves, (highly recommend not getting me to this point) but that’s a tale for another day. In the meantime, he’s had a break away from the torment, and his smile is back. I missed his smile. And the singing to himself when he thinks nobody’s listening. You can almost see the weight lifting off his shoulders. He’s going to officially turn into a teenager very soon (although he’s the only child of mine who doesn’t act like they’re already one), so I’m highly motivated to make sure he can say goodbye to the bullshit for good.

As for everything else? My eldest dog is going senile, the car is being… problematic, the gas for the cooker just ran out (so dinner will be… erm…), the heating oil is no more, my laptop battery needs to be replaced, and after a delivery was missing an item, the company needs ID, a written report, info on the safety of my location, the name of my first crush, the colour of my underwear, and probably what’s left of my soul before they’ll even let me get past an automated response.

So, yeah, maybe there’s a little stress happening up in here. 😀

On the plus side, the real world stress makes it easier to retreat into fake world stress, so Firestarter, here I come. Have a better week than me!


June 2017

It’s June. It’s hot. It’s two weeks out from the school holidays. I am nervous. My children hate their school more than each other right now, but even so, I may not survive this summer. 😀

This month, I’ve gotten some work done on the Harbinger trilogy. I have a beginning, middle, and end in each book (I know, slow clap), and I’m about to get stuck into hard-core editing. For some reason, the second book is what’s slowing me down, which is weird because I like it best. I still have to go through the original Cursed series and deal with details that need to go into a series bible, but I’m starting to feel like I’m actually getting somewhere. Edit: I wrote that part yesterday. Today I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing, so…

I’m about 35k into the first draft of a weird new story that veers a little too close to reverse harem territory. It’s loosely inspired by Slavic mythology, and like most stories I’ve written this year, I have no idea who would want to read it because it’s not like any of my other stuff. Woe is me and all that. 🙂

Right now, I have no plans to publish this summer. With the kids at home for the next two months, I won’t have any uninterrupted time, so there’s no point promising anything. I might (might) look for beta readers for Sleepwalker in the summer, but I won’t be releasing that until all three books in the trilogy are ready to go. I don’t feel comfortable with this trilogy, and I’m not sure why. Maybe I’m getting too old to be writing about teenagers. 😀

Speaking of getting old, my kids aren’t toddlers anymore, so I desperately need to write a new bio. (My baby is going to be seven this summer, and my eldest will be a teenager. I am officially ancient). The only thing worse than writing a synopsis is writing a bio. Just. Yuck. It’ll have to be something like Claire Farrell writes every day and yet magically never manages to finish anything. 😛

Just checked the time and had a mini heart attack. The kids will be home soon. I seriously need to stop using this blog to procrastinate. By the way, does anyone have any recommendations for a new series to obsess about? I’m overwhelmed whenever I try to look for something. Fantasy or urban fantasy, preferably a finished series with a female POV (or joint if it’s not too cheesy/sappy – black-heart here, and second-hand cringe has been destroying my life lately).

Ooh, or gothic romance if you really want to spoil me. 😀


May 2017

It’s probably a bit early for an update, but I can’t see me magically doing anything of note for the rest of the month *cough* new Fire Emblem game *cough*, so here we are.

I’ve been editing Sleepwalker this month, mostly adding new scenes based on changes to the rest of the trilogy, but I wanted to write a bit to break up the day, too. A couple of years ago, I had a dream that inspired a story (loosely connected to Chaos), so I got up, went Yaaas, let’s file that in our folder of random ideas that we never look at again, and tried to forget about it. The idea never went away, but I couldn’t figure out the ending, so I didn’t touch it. Because I didn’t have an ending, I thought the story would be a quick novella that I’d blast out whenever I got stuck on editing. That was three weeks ago, and I now have the longest first draft I’ve ever written on my hands. Thanks, brain.

And I’m not the only one writing in the house right now. My kids always write stories and stuff anyway, but kid #2 is taking it very seriously right now. It’s a werewolf novel, with chapters, and word count targets, and she’s completely devoted. She gets extremely irritable if anyone disturbs her because she’s desperate to know what happens next. It’s adorable. She came home today all excited because there’s a writing competition at school. “I don’t really want to win first place because you only get a trophy. But if you come in second, you get book vouchers. Book vouchers.” She’s so my kid.

Kid #4 is about as sad as I am over Chris Cornell’s death, (Can’t Change Me is one of his favourite songs), so we’re going to spend the rest of the day listening to his music.

Stay well, and enjoy your weekend.

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