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 honour of being the first author in my Hey, Author! roll call falls to the gorgeous Bernice Barrington from Longford in Ireland, whose debut thriller Sisters and Lies is out 24th March 2016.
So, Bernice! 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?
I want to say something fabulous like dinner in L’Ecrivain, then dancing in Lillies in Dublin’s city centre. But, really, my favourite thing is a casual bite in Dalkey (see pics below – Ed.), followed by a trip to the cinema in Dun Laoghaire.
Gutter Bookshop, Dalkey
Favourite skincare/haircare product?
I adore IMAGE skincare, but I’m pretty agnostic about haircare products (basically because I have such a huge mop myself I’d bankrupt myself if I bought the really expensive stuff.) I love the smell of the Aussie range though!
Favourite book of all time? (Just one!)
Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes
Favourite clothes shop?
I’m very fond of House of Fraser in Dundrum Town Centre – loads of choice plus it’s close to the Laura Ashley concession, which is an added boon!
Favourite restaurant anywhere in the world?
The most amazing restaurant I’ve ever eaten in was Indego by Vineet in Dubai (the meal included edible gold!) but if we’re talking the place I go most often and where I feel most comfortable, it would be Harry’s Café Bar in Dun Laoghaire. It’s just a little café/diner place but the food is lovely, the service always excellent and I just associate it with happiness and relaxation.
Harry’s Dun Laoghaire
Favourite bar anywhere in the world?
I’m not really a bar person – I much prefer coffee/tea shops. Having said that, I do love Dunphy’s in Dun Laoghaire. It’s an utterly unreconstructed, old-school pub with lovely staff and entirely free of pretension.
Oh Lord, so many to choose from, but I have a DEEP affection for Four Weddings and a Funeral.
I love Nina Simone – her music is so raw and energetic but also so accomplished.
I’m obsessed with Asian food – so it would probably be a Japanese Teriyaki dish followed by Italian ice-cream.
I do love a good gin and tonic.
Don’t we all, Bernice? Don’t we all?
So now you know all the important details about Bernice, but if you want to know more, you can find her on Twitter @beebarrington
Thanks for sharing Bernice, and best of luck with Sisters and Lies!
Be sure to follow me here to read more Hey, Author! posts. Where else will you get this kind of insider information? Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to invest in some Aussie shampoo. Seriously, have you SEEN that girl’s hair?!