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Happy New Year.

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I know, I’m a week late and various dollars short. I have no excuse except to say I’ve been horrendously busy.

So what am I up to now?

Well the new book, ‘Fair Game’ (working title) is in the editing phase and will be done this week. As I mentioned before this is the first of my novels to be set Stateside. Why? Geography. Without a vast landscape where a person is unlikely to bump into another person the premise of the new book just wouldn’t work. I tried remote areas in Ireland, and we certainly have some of those, but each and every time I met humans– a farmer, German tourists (!) and dog walkers– in numbers.  So I took myself off with my friend Kriss to traipse up and down heavily wooded areas in the states, learned the true meaning of the word wilderness and that other word that eludes us here, remote.

I’ve been catching up on some reading the last few weeks too, something I neglect when writing. Guardian angel Joe Long sent me a box of books before Christmas and I have been devouring them with gusto, including the very excellent The Glass Rainbow by James Lee Burke. I won’t lie, the blasted book had me teary-eyed and anxious in equal measure but that is the emotional roller-coaster a person signs up for when you open a Burke tome. I am currently nose deep in Dennis Lehane’s new book, great to see Patrick and Angie tackle the mean streets again.

Naturally once this week draws to a close I shall declare some time off, grow bored by day two and crack on with the next book.  I’ve had a number of interested parties asking what happens with Johna and Sarah. Truthfully I don’t know yet, but I do know John needs to find her ASAP, and with that in mind I think we can expect another QuicK adventure on the not too distant horizon.

Take care, thanks for all the emails.

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Arlene

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About the Author:

Arlene Hunt is the author of 7 novels. The latest, 'The Chosen', is published in paperback and ebook by Portnoy Publishing.

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  1. nola farrell  January 20, 2011

    Arlene of course I remember you! You were such a characterI have often spoken about you to my friends and the old teachers from Loreto Abbey
    . I have read one of your books and I meant to write to you several times to wish you well and share some of the memories from Loreto Abbey and Sister Brendan and Sister Olive and all the antics that amused us all. I showed the email to LiZ Byrne I had to share it with someone from Loreto – you know the old collective/communinal memories that only have meaning when we have lived them together! She mentioned the grad tickets! I remember you called your first child Jordan the only Jordan I knew then was the river Jordan and King Hussein of Jordan (I did not knoe him personally but you know what I mean!)Katie

    Hello Arlene. Of Course I remember you – you were such a character!
    I have often spoken about you over the years with the teachers from Loreto. They remember me bringing your essays into the staffroom and remarking on how brilliant they were. If I had only known that you would become an author. More power to you as the say down this way! I’d love to keep in touch with you and would love to invite you to the Community School to speak to the students. I’m a Guidance Counsellor now but I have the occassional rant about the importance of poetry and the love of language. Loreto Abbey is gone now but the memories live on
    I hope Jordan is in good form and as beautiful and talented as your self!

    Le gach dea ghuí Nola Farrell

    I would love to keep in touch with you and you are welcome anytime to come to the Community School to speak to the students. Noreen , Marie T and Agnes O’Keeffe are all retired. Bert Murphy is still here Mr O’Donohue is retired. Keep in touch and thanks for getting in touch. I’m a Guidance Counsellor now but I have the occassional rant about the importance of a love of poetry and language. My own English
    teacher used to call me Mrs Malaprop as I used words out of contest!/context so often I just loved the words! Le gach dea ghuí Nola Farrell

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