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Guest Post : Breakfast with Ali.

I’m very happy today to be welcoming author Ali McNamara to my blog as part of her blog tour for her new novel Breakfast at Darcy’s.

Over to Ali…

I think one of the most commonly asked questions of novelists is “Where do you get your ideas from?’

And it’s one of the hardest to answer, because usually they spring out of nowhere. What sometimes seems like a great idea when you first think of it, might never actually lead anywhere. Sometimes you don’t even know you’ve had an idea until it keeps banging away in your mind as if it’s trying to tell you it needs to escape and become something else. And sometimes an idea hits you so hard in the face you feel like you’ve been hit by a clown throwing ‘idea’ shaped custard pies.

‘Breakfast at Darcy’s’ was the latter of three. One year I was on holiday with my husband, in a momentary fit of insanity I’d agreed it would be a good idea to take a touring holiday around Ireland in a motorhome, I have no idea why now to this day. The luxury motorhome I hired with my husband was not quite the home-from-home we were promised over the Internet, I actually christened it the ‘dustbin on wheels’ it was so bad. But however as we trundled about Ireland, with fellow motor home enthusiasts giving us the caravaner’s wave as we passed each other on the roads, (and me hiding under the dashboard in acute embarrassment every time they did) one night when we parked up amongst spectacular scenery in County Kerry, directly opposite the island of Great Blasket, a casual chat about the beauty and remoteness of the island led to one of those random conversations about how you might go about trying to live on an island as isolated as that, and the seed of an idea was immediately planted in my brain for a new novel based around such an island.

So you could say the idea for ‘Breakfast at Darcy’s’ pretty much came from a wheelie bin…

You can find all the details of the other stops on Ali’s tour here. Ali has also been challenged to eat 30 different breakfasts in the 30 days leading up to the publication date for Breakfast at Darcy’s, you can check out the different breakfasts she’s tried over on her blog.

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