Kicking off World Book Week

I had an action packed day yesterday, reading in my local Dubray Bookshop in Bray in the morning and in the Rathmines branch in the afternoon. Groups from the local schools came along and were of course brilliant and lovely. As were all the staff. I think we had a ball. I did, anyway! I read from A Crack in Everything. We talked about writing, books, movies, and even my horror of Wuthering Heights being billed as a romance.

Below are some pictures to give you an idea of the day.

(many thanks to Avril Cannon for the Bray Reading Photo and to Martin Shannon for the Rathmines one)


Dubray, Bray

Dubray Bray - Reading

Reading in Dubray, Bray

Dubray Rathmines

Reading in Dubray, Rathmines


World Book Day Week!

As World Book Day (5th March) spreads out we kind of have a World Book week now!

I have a number of events lined up for the week including a number of school visits and author events at bookshops to which anyone came come. Please do!

2nd March

10am – Dubray Bookshop, Main Street, Bray (my local bookshop. Very exciting!)

2.30pm – Dubray Books, Swan Centre Rathmines

5th March

Time tbc – Waterstones Drogheda

I’ll be reading from A Crack in Everything and signing and talking to groups from local schools.

In addition to the bookshops I’ll be visiting a number of schools, doing a workshop and generally squeeing about writing and books. As you do. I’m going to be, as they say, mad busy.

Have a great week everyone.

Paranormal Roadtrip – Spooky Dublin

Recently I was asked to write blog post on the spookiest places in Dublin, as part of From the Shadows Paranormal Roadtrip. Because A Crack in Everything is set in Dublin I already had a number of ideas lined up. Ghost stories are an intrinsic part of folklore and probably the stories we are all most familiar with. Dublin has more than its fair share, but I was only allowed to pick five.


So difficult.

So here they are:

Paranormal Roadtrip: Destination Dublin with Ruth Frances Long

Paranormal Road Trip: Destination Dublin, Ireland with Ruth Frances Long author of fantasy A Crack in Everything

Happy New Year

So lots of new things coming up this year including the sequel to A Crack in Everything. More news when I have it.

On the 12th January I’m part of Paranormal Road Trips at From the Shadows telling you about my Top 5 spooky places in Dublin and their stories. Thanks so much to E. J. Stevens for inviting me to do this. I loved every minute. And as Dublin is old, it has a load of spooky stories associated with it. I only scratched the surface. You can RSVP on Goodreads if you’d like to get a reminder.


Going Dark

New Grange Solstice Sunrise

I’m going to plug A Crack in Everything as a prezzie one last time. Angels, demons and scary fairies in Dublin

I say one last time because I’ll be going dark for Xmas after today. So I might plug it again tonight. But after that I’ll shut up. Maybe.

Of course if you haven’t read The Treachery of Beautiful things you should totally get that too. Or any of my books really. #Buymybooks

That gratuitous self promotion was brought to you by commercialism and the need to pay for my Xmas shopping. No really.

So happy Winter Solstice , Christmas and New Year to everyone. See you all in 2015 for another exciting year and A Hollow in the Hills, where Izzy, Jinx, Dylan and friends (?) will be back to cause mayhem in Dublin again.

Photo from


Two awesome things – A Crack in Everything recommended read & #YAIE

I was in the Gutter Bookshop in Dalkey today and found A Crack in Everything in a proud position as part of their Christmas recommendations for teens. So now they have signed copies. And I have a lovely photo.


In some rather smashing company too.

And on Twitter there is now a hashtag for all things YA in Ireland – #YAIE and an account @booksyaie - thanks to Michelle Moloney King,   and 

Can’t wait for it.

Join us for the inaugural Twitter chat – next Wed (Dec 17), 7.30-8.30pm. Topic: ‘Irish books I wish were written when I was a YA’. #YAIE



A short post about drafts and editing


In pictures (some moving) because I really should be editing.


I’ve just finished the first draft of the next book.

There was lots of this


And now I have a first draft full of all the words. Some of it makes sense. Some of it…

nooooooooot so much.


Hold my purse

It’s time to edit. I have printed it out, I have a notebook to make notes and a pen to decorate the margins in doodles err I mean edit.



I will read through the whole thing and try to make it better. Basically in this scenario there are two me’s. Beckett me and Castle me. (Editor brain and Snowflake brain)

dont ruin my story with your logic

But in the end it isn’t ruined. It’s made better. I hope.

And that is my editing process.


Actually there is a lot more to it than that but this is the basic premise and I should be editing, not doing blog posts about editing.

But blog posts with little moving pictures are sooooooooooo much more fun.

(Oh and I totally stole these gifs and images from all over the internet).