Oh to have the life of a writer!

Wouldn’t it be just fabulous to have the life of a writer. All glamour, showbiz parties, book launches and signings. So far away from the normality that the rest of us face. I invited writer Carmel Harrington over to do a guest blog for me, to let us all in on what life is really like. And you know what, it doesn’t sound so bad 😉

You may have heard of Carmel Harrington, Author of Beyond Grace’s Rainbow and Freelance journalist, if not find her on her Website, Facebook or Twitter.

I would like to thank Carmel for taking time out of her very busy life to write the following piece, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Over to Carmel:

Ever wondered what the life of a freelance writer is like? How about a freelance writer who is also a mother to two toddlers? I can sum it up in a four letter word for you all. Busy!
Like for example this morning. The H Household was woken up unceremoniously by Nate my 18 month old at 5.30 am. Yes 5.30 am. Now that would have been ok had I been in bed at 9.30 pm drinking my cocoa and watching the Late Late or Alan Carr. God I find him funny. I just have to look at him and he cracks me up, those teeth. And his voice. I think if Alan Carr and I met we could be great friends. Alan if you’re reading this, call me ok? Right, lack of sleep is making me sillier than normal, so I’ll get back to the point – there was no TV for me last night as there was writing to be done.
Just to give you an idea of what I’ve been up to in just one week as a freelance writer, I wrote and submitted two magazine articles to be published in June, did an interview with a book reviewer about my novel Beyond Graces Rainbow, completed my second play which is now on its way to a theatre in UK for consideration and also ran a challenge on my blog to get aspiring writers writing! This challenge has proven to be hugely successful, so much so that the challenge is about to turn into a competition. More information on that to follow on my blog I promise. And I’ve started a writers group on Facebook for all the newbie writers to chat together and support each other. If anyone wants to join incidentally, get in touch, I’m happy to add you. So it’s been busy. Just a tad.

writer housework

I was writing to the wee hours last night cos’ I was on a flow, so when Nate started to holler for attention this morning, I felt like a cast member of the Walking Dead. I simply could not lift my head from my pillow which in fairness was probably a combination of zombie like tiredness and the fact that Amelia, my 3 year old had crawled into bed at some point during the night and had one foot in my rib cage and the other in the crook of my neck. Nice. So Mr H was nudged awake and he brought Nate into bed with us and we all played a game of make believe that we might all get back to sleep. But four in the bed with the little one saying over and over again, ‘Mama, Dada, Juice!’ So at the ungodly hour of 6am breakfast was being served to the smallies and Mr H and I were drinking tea. The tea drinking was in fact further insult to our injured sleep deprived selves, as we had run out of coffee and the nespresso machine on the blink. Bad timing.

mother humour

After breakfast I started to clean the playroom and Mr H started to iron the mountain of laundry that never seems to deplete and we realised that it was in fact only 7 am. We were both probably feeling a bit hard done by. When all of a sudden Amelia shouts to Nate, ‘Come on Nate, lets fly to the moon.’ She plonked a bob the builder hat on his head, a cowboy hat on her own and sat them down side by side in their Mickey Mouse chairs and shouted ‘To the moon!’
And as they both squealed with delight as Amelia kept shouting we are going ‘Superfast!‘ my heart melted and I thought to hell with sleep, this is all that matters. Watching my children’s imagination take them happily to the moon and back more than makes up for every early start and kicked rib cage.
So here I am now at 9.30 am with the ironing done, (thanks Mr H) playroom cleaned, Nate napping because of his early start, Amelia happily playing on the moon, strong coffee in front of me (thanks Mr H again for the dash to the shops at 9am when they opened) and I’m taking the opportunity to write.
That’s how we roll in the H house these days and can I tell you all a secret? I kinda of love it.

Carmel Harrington is a freelance writer and bestselling author of the eBook Beyond Graces Rainbow which recently won The Book Awards in March 2013. She is represented by the Trace Literary Agency where Beyond Graces Rainbow and her second novel Sleep of Dreams are on submission with publishers.
Carmel is also a playwright with her first play A Dunganstown Romance on stage in June 13’.
Carmel lives in Wexford with her husband Roger and two small children, Amelia and Nate.
Please visit Carmel’s webpage at http://www.carmelharrington.com for all the latest updates or follow her on twitter @happymrsh and on face book at http://www.facebook.com/happymrsh



  1. Wow Carmel, am tired just reading all that 🙂
    Life in the H Household sounds really good and hectic. Best of luck with the Play and new novel submissions. I have no doubt you will be very successful indeed. I am a huge fan of “Beyond Grace’s rainbow” and am so looking forward to reading more of your work. Well done..
    I too, love Alan Carr. Him as a dinner guest would be hilarious.

  2. Reblogged this on carmelharrington and commented:
    Tanya Farrell of the Irish Book Reviewers Blog, After The Final Chapters asked me to guest blog for her this morning and here is the result of that collaboration! Thanks Tanya, it’s always fun over here in ATFC. Incidentally guys and gals, if you are looking for inspiration on what to read next you should really follow Tanya’s blog, because she has her finger firmly on the pulse of what is hot and what is not in books at the mo!
    Hope everyone is having a lovely weekend. It’s going to be Eurovision central for us tonight. C’mon Ireland!
    Chat soon, Carmel x

  3. Hi Carmel, I have to say … wow….. I haven’t read a book since before my little son arrived in this world, actually a few weeks before he did as I could never get comfy long enough to focus on anything-ha, but I really want to get back into reading and I can see why Tanya recommends your books, they are def going on my list, 🙂
    Two kiddies under three…my 19th month old has me shattered that most days are like scenes from the walking dead.
    Really enjoyed your guest blog…. the words create should vivid pictures in my mind…. look forward to your book when I get the chance to read it.

    Tanya…. well done, your blog seems to be doing very well, 🙂

  4. Carmel that is so lovely amelia flying to the moon and taking nate with her. Your kids will have fabulous imaginative playtime. Sounds like a wonderful household. Ok, the 5.30am start to the day is a bit hard to handle but a lively family with happy children is a Godsend. Lovely that you shared that with us.

  5. Carmel, that was so lovely to share family life with us. Sounds like a very lively and happy family and how precious that is! Maybe the 5.30am start was a bit hard to handle but so wonderful that Amelia wanted to go to the moon and take Nate. They will enjoy such imaginative play together.

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