Author Susan McGovern first approached us through The Write Space Workshop in Dundalk. It was a case of getting to know Susan as she told me from the beginning that she had never attended a Creative Writing Class and this would be a first for her.
While Susan may have been a tad apprehensive at first, the warm welcome from the other students, and myself (I hope!) was enough to make her feel at home.
The Write Space Adult Workshop which continues to meet every Friday morning, soon took Susan under its wing. Other members on that first day, which is now almost two years back, included Roger Molloy, Ronan Sweeney, Margaret Breen, Sally McArdle and Pia O’Brien.
The group now includes Claire Keane and its doors are always open for new members.
Pia has since gone on to also publish with us. Her book “Linka-Mor”, was launched in November 2014 and is now a hit with her friends and family not only in Drogheda, but also in her native Sweden.
“Vanished” was a book born out of a simple exercise in the Workshop. Or at least that may have seemed to have been the case. Susan took part in an exercise to interview her fictional main character. From that details emerged about a young girl, who had decided to run away following a tragic incident.
From this – Lucinda was born and subsequently Yvette and Tony. Each Friday Susan had the opportunity to read out written extracts which had become part of her week’s work. In fact Susan was so dedicated to her writing she even wrote chapters and scenes while travelling on buses, trains and planes!
She recounts being asked while travelling abroad, if she was a writer. It was only when she replied that she was, that Susan began to feel even more determined to finish her book.
And from then on, and with many travels behind her, the book began to take shape.
Most authors feel they have created something like a ‘baby’ at the final stages of writing and as all good parents they only want the best for their child. With this in mind, The Write Space while taking on the responsibility of Editor also worked in some other in quasi function as surrogate baby-minder!
Susan then decided to voyage ahead with us, “The Write Space Books” being an imprint of PubliBook Ireland, and some months later “Vanished” was officially launched by Senator Mary Moran on 7th October at the Dundalk County Museum.
It was a wonderfully warm and welcoming night. The large crowd in attendance provided a great response to Susan’s endeavors. As I watched this new author arrange a well-deserved table – laiden with her books – I could only feel proud that she had achieved her dream.
Speaking a few words I congratulated Susan and tried to entice any other would-be writers into the new clan. Even compare Harry Lee was asked if he would finally get around to writing his memoirs – and for once Harry was lost for words.
Then it was the turn for Senator Moran who outlined how writing a book was a major endeavor and praised Susan for following her dream and making it a reality.
She also commended us at The Write Space Books (imprint of PubliBook Ireland) for its local appeal and for the continuing venture into the local and wider writing community.
Susan also voiced her thanks. “The Write Space is thee Write Space,” she said and mentioned Friday was now her favorite day of the week.
(Brenda Woods – Editorial Director PBI – Director TWS)