Cathy Mansell with her romantic suspense novel, Shadow Across the Liffey (A Guest Post)

The Blurb:

Shadow Across The LiffeySet in 60’s Ireland, life is hard for widow, Oona Quinn, grief-stricken by the deaths of her husband and five-year-old daughter. Struggling to survive, she meets charismatic Jack Walsh at the Shipping Office.

Vinnie Kelly, her son’s biological father, just out of jail, sets out to destroy Oona and all she holds dear. Haunted by her past, she has to fight for her future and the safety of her son, Sean. But Vinnie has revenge on his mind . . .

Shadow Across the Liffey will be released in paperback on 25th February, and is already available in eBook format.

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A Guest Post from the Author:

Where did I get the ideas for the novel Shadow Across the Liffey?

This is a good question.

The idea for the novel came out of the blue really.  I usually draw on my own experiences, or things I’ve heard happen to other people.  When I started to write Shadow Across the Liffey, I was thinking of a woman who had, many years ago, lost a child in tragic circumstances.  And I drew on my own experience of bereavement to understand how Oona would feel when she lost her husband and little girl in a car accident.

So, once I put the two together, the story evolved in my imagination.

When my first husband died from Leukaemia, I had a baby and a five year old son to bring up.  So, through experience, terrible as it was, I knew just how Oona would feel left to bring up her son without a father.

It was an emotional story to write, but it also was a joy writing about Oona finding love again. As in most novels, there is a fly in the ointment, and Shadow Across the Liffey has a big, black shadowy one, in the form of Vinnie Kelly, who is determined to ruin Oona and all she holds dear.



Author bio

Member of Leicester Writers’ Club, Just Write workshop, Life President of Lutterworth Writers’ Group, Member NAWG, Member Romantic Novelist Association and past president of Riverside Speakers club.

Cathy is an experienced writer of romantic fiction. Her early work was competition short stories and articles published in national magazines. She was Editor in Chief of the Leicestershire Anthology, ‘Taking Off’, a book promoted and supported by Arts Council UK.

In recent times, Cathy has turned to writing full-length novels that are set in Ireland/England. Her debut book, Shadow Across the Liffey, a 2013 contender for the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Joan Hessayon award was published in February 2013 by Tirgearr Publishing.  Her Father’s Daughter, Cathy’s second book, has been contracted by the same publisher.  She was a recent contestant on the TV show Food Glorious Food.

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