Hey, Author!

Hey, Author! is my new place to find out things about my favourite authors that other blogs just don’t ask. The nitty-gritty. The dirt. The skinny.

Not stuff about their forthcoming books, or their writing process, none of that high-brow shenanigans thank you – no – Hey, Author! is about getting to know the person behind the bestseller.

So let’s get to it.

The next author in my Hey, Author! roll call is Aimee Alexander from Dublin in Ireland, whose book The Accidental Life of Greg Millar is out today from Lake Union Publishing.

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So, Aimee Alexander! We like the look of your book. We might even buy it and read it. But first, there are some things we need to know. What is your:

Favourite night out in your hometown?

A walk on Dun Laoghaire pier or along the seafront in Sandycove followed by dinner at Fallon and Byrne, People’s Park.

Favourite skincare/haircare product?

Anything at all by Aveda – shampoo or skincare.

Favourite book of all time? (Just one!)

I can only do this by asking myself what book I’d love to have written: The Book Thief.

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Favourite clothes shop?

Anything tiny that has little choice but everything I want. I’ll go for Toil & Glitter, Glasthule for now. But it changes.

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Favourite restaurant anywhere in the world?

Restaurant Jules Verne. The restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tower. If any man proposed to me up there I’d accept – though I’m technically married! I’d have to disappoint him when we got back down to ground!

Favourite bar anywhere in the world?

The Champagne Bar in the Plazas Hotel, NYC – or maybe it’s their coasters I like! They have butterflies.

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Favourite movie?

I’ve watched Forrest Gump over 14 times but I’m going for Untouchable. It’s French with subtitles but you stop noticing that almost immediately. I love it so much.

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Favourite band/musician?

It changes. I get obsessed with a band and over-listen, then have to move on to recover. I’m going for Coldplay because I don’t just love their music but the themes of their songs: stars, magic etc.

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 Favourite meal?

Anything I don’t have to cook myself. Literally. (The pic below has nothing whatsoever to do with this comment – Ed.)

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Favourite tipple?

Peroni.

 

Well, we hope you won’t order a Peroni the next time you are in the New York Plaza, Aimee! You look like a champagne girl to us!

So now you know all the important details about Aimee, but if you want to know more, you can find her on Twitter here @aimeealexbooks

Thanks for sharing Aimee, and best of luck with The Accidental Life of Greg Millar!

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Be sure to follow me here to read more Hey, Author! posts. Then you can go stalk your fav authors in swanky places like the Champagne Bar in the NYC Plaza.

You’re welcome.

Sheena x

 

2016 Twitter Giveaway!

Happy New Year!

2016 is going to be a big one for celebrations in Ireland, so to kick off the fun, I’m giving away a signed copy of my novel A Gathering Storm to one of my Twitter followers! dfw-sl-ags-cover-3d-nologo

This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide – just follow me @shewithonee before the end of January 2016 and you are in with a chance to win!

 

 

Focus – Players Theatre – Review

No More Workhorse on Focus…

No More Workhorse

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FOCUS – a new play by Sheena Lambert

Nellie has invited a collection of friends and family to her house with a purpose. She had a problem at work, her last focus group ended badly and now she has to get the work done in an unorthodox fashion. Her sister Jane is the first to arrive along with her husband Paul. The next is her next door neighbour Suds, a man with an unusual view of the world that works in a shadowy business he will only describe as ‘logistics’. The final member of the group is Nellie’s friend Mary Kate. Nellie starts off asking them a series of questions on their views of the catholic church and religion. She tries to keep the discussion on topic, but as the wine starts to take effect, the group share more than was expected!

This is a new play by Sheena Lambert…

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Amazing Book Club Starter Pack Giveaway!

Ever dreamed of starting your own book club?

Or are you a member of a book club already?

Well this competition is for you!

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To celebrate the publication of my second novel THE LAKE, I’m giving away a fantastic prize of a Book Club Starter Pack to one lucky winner! This prize includes everything you need to get your very own book club started, or make you the most popular member of your existing club!

Book Club Starter Pack includes:

10 copies of my novel A Gathering Storm in its limited edition original cover

A beautiful Busy Bee Book Journal to help you keep track of all your book club meetings

Exclusive A Gathering Storm book club invitations by CRH designs

and

a box of Belgian chocolates (because, let’s face it, no book club is complete without chocolate)

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This amazing prize is worth over €150 and is open to anyone wanting to start their own book club, or anyone who is already in one  – so get clicking!

(Rep. of Ireland entries only this time I’m afraid – worldwide giveaways to follow – stay tuned!)

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Entry is easy! Just click here and you could soon be the Queen of your very own club! And don’t forget to follow me on twitter @shewithonee to be first to hear all about future giveaways and book news.

Dalkey Creates Writing Festival

After a fantastically successful inaugural festival in 2014, the Dalkey Creates writing festival is returning in October 2015, with a programme packed full of opportunities for writers.

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The three day festival includes seminars and workshops on ghostwriting, advanced fiction writing, writing for TV, advanced blogging and buckets more. With a list of teachers and facilitators that includes Ferdia MacAnna, Liz Nugent, Martina Devlin and Sue Leonard, this festival is a must for anyone with an interest in improving their writing skills.

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Of course, it’s no hardship to spend some time in the most picturesque little seaside town in south county Dublin which was home to the beloved Maeve Binchy. Attendees will also have the chance to enjoy the town’s many cafes and shops, not least our own Gutter Bookshop, before and after the festival events.

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You might even deserve a pint in Finnegans after all that hard work writing, and while you are there, you can take part in the Al Finnegan’s Live Mic event – just bring your best writing, and the microphone and the audience will be yours for 5 minutes!

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And if the physical act of writing isn’t your thing, there is still plenty to enjoy at Dalkey Creates, including Shay Linehan’s adaptation of Maeve Binchy’s ‘Aches and Pains’ which will be premiered in Dalkey Castle over the festival weekend.

Dalkey is already well-known for its Book Festival, and Dalkey Creates is fast becoming as popular with writers from Dublin and afar, so come along, meet other writers and learn from the best! You can book tickets online by clicking here.

All-Ireland Final Weekend!

So the GAA All-Ireland football final weekend is upon us, and I am doubly excited because the line-up (Dublin vs Kerry for those of you who have been living under a rock for the past month) is the same as the line-up exactly 40 years ago – the infamous final of 1975 when Dublin sent Mickey Ned O’Sullivan to hospital and Kerry sent Dublin packing, stealing back down the road to Munster with the Sam Maguire under their oxters.

This is the weekend in 1975 that serves as the setting for my novel The Lake, which has just been published in the USA.

So here’s to a great weekend of football – albeit with a different outcome to that in 1975.

Up the Dubs!!

The Lake hits the shores of the USA!

I am thrilled to announce that The Lake is now available as an ebook in the USA! With a fantastic new cover, it’s priced at only $2.99  – a bargain for the novel The Sunday Times called “a gripping murder mystery”.

Download your copy now!

http://www.amazon.com/Lake-Sheena-Lambert-ebook/dp/B014Q4YGH8/

Yay! It’s My New Play!

So the lovely people at the Firedoor Theatre Company are producing my new play, FOCUS, at the illustrious Players Theatre in Trinity College, Dublin, on 18th – 22nd August 2015.

In FOCUS, a mismatched group of participants are brought together for a seemingly straightforward focus group.

As the discussion grows more and more uneasy, the dark truths that tie them together are slowly uncovered.

FOCUS examines the prejudices of modern Irish society, and the hypocrisies that underline how we relate to religion, class, abortion, and each other.

But it’s also really funny!! How do I do it, you ask?

Well, you’ll just have to come along to find out!

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