SUMMER/AUTUMN 2015 / VOL 15 ISSUE 2
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Waiting for My Star to Rise: 
How I Wrote A First Novel

By Elaine Cremin

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Elaine Cremin is a native of Cork. Sheís lived in London for the past 11 years as a personal assistant. It would be her dream to follow her fictional heroine, Aly Hughes, to New York, the Big Apple. For the past four years sheís been honing her craft as a writer. She plans to write more novels and eventually tackle a screenplay. 
Waiting for a Star to Fall is her debut novel.

Elaine Cremin Tells All:

I'm from Cork, born and raised there, did all of my schooling there and worked there as a personal assistant for many years as well as in Dublin and Rome. I then I left and moved to London 11 years ago where I've been working as a personal assistant.

I wrote Waiting for a Star to Fall because it was something I had wanted to secretly do for many years. Around four years ago, leaflets were dropped through my door from the Writers Bureau and I took it as a sign that maybe I should go and follow my dream. So I completed one of its online courses in writing. Following that, I started my book and it just went from there.
I don't have an agent as I have self-published. I did have a tutor on the course who helped me to see where I was going wrong in the initial stages, that helped me greatly.

The theme, well, I always said if I was going to write anything it would be something modern but romantic so that was in my head from the start. I always had a love for New York and only visited for the first time in 2010. Following that, I knew it had to be the setting for my book. In relation to my characters, I simply had no idea who or what type of characters they would be until I just left my mind roam free and these are what it came up with. They evolved over time.

From first idea to completion, I'd say it took the best part of four years. The story itself only took a month to write. But it was the editing afterwards and changing of characters and bits of the storyline that took all of the time. 

I don't have an agent as I have self-published. I did have a tutor on the course who helped me to see where I was going wrong in the initial stages, that helped me greatly.

The theme, well, I always said if I was going to write anything it would be something modern but romantic so that was in my head from the start. I always had a love for New York and only visited for the first time in 2010. Following that, I knew it had to be the setting for my book. In relation to my characters, I simply had no idea who or what type of characters they would be until I just left my mind roam free and these are what it came up with. They evolved over time.

From first idea to completion, I'd say it took the best part of four years. The story itself only took a month to write. But it was the editing afterwards and changing of characters and bits of the storyline that took all of the time.

 
Waiting for a Star to Fall 
(2015, 336 pp, $14)

Sometimes you have to leave home to find yourself. For Alyson Hughes, this meant quitting her job in Cork, Ireland, packing up her belongings, and moving to New York. Between her dead-end job, odious boss and two-timing boyfriend, she needs to go somewhere far away. When a position opens up at her company's New York subsidiary, Aly leaps at the opportunity. The Big Apple would be the perfect place to make a new start. 

She isnít completely alone in the big city. Her two best girlfriends live there and her handsome new boss takes a shine to her. Things start looking up ó until Aly discovers her friends have problems of their own and her dream job turns into a nightmare.

Aly canít figure out how to help Jen or Karen, and to complicate matters, she keeps running into Jack Morgan, an American actor with an easy smile and clever wit. She finds it hard to believe someone like Jack would be interested in an average girl like her, but he sure seems to pop up in the unlikeliest of places. Aly soon realizes the grass isn't greener on the other side of the pond. It would take something, or someone, extraordinary to make her stay

Fans of Jenny Colgan and Marian Keyes will enjoy this humoros new release. It's a bittersweet tale of love, loss, friendships and catching falling stars.

It was challenging to bring the story to life, particularly as it is written in the first person, so the main character had to be present in every single scene in the book. So each scene had to be interesting enough to make you want her to be in it. Otherwise, if it was solely about her, it could come across as very boring. 

The project was great fun, especially as I had to make the characters as real as possible so that was both challenging and fun. I really enjoyed it immensely. The edits and rewrites were exhausting. Since I work full time during the day, I used arrive home at night and work until 1.30/2.00 a.m. to get my edits finished. I'd have to get up again at 6am for work so it was very draining and I did get discouraged at times. When that happened though, I'd just think about all of the hard work I had already put in and kept reminding myself it would be worth it to see my name and title on the cover one day.

I write at home. I use my laptop so I could write anywhere, at my desk, in bed, in a pub or cafe. Wherever the mood takes me really at the time.In general, I do get distracted quite easily but, while I was writing the book, my partner at the time was at work and luckily I managed to sit and write at the same time everyday, it was always around 2 or 3 p.m. I was working as a freelance writer so worked from home at the time. I went back into PA work once I finished it and so that's when all of the editing happened in the early hours. No kids so that wasn't a problem for me. I donít have a significant other right now....I'm waiting for MY Star to fall! 

The best part of completing the book was the satisfaction of knowing I had the determination to make my dream come true and of course that first glimpse of the book when I received it in the post. It was very exciting and overwhelming all at once. 

I haven't celebrated properly yet (in true Irish style), I've had get togethers with various friends for dinner and drinks. But what I'd like to do is maybe have a party at home in Cork and do it properly in a nice venue and invite all of the family and my friends. I have to make sure all of my relatives and friends who are musicians will bring their guitars, keyboards and drums with them so we can make it a full Irish session.

No book signings as yet. I had a radio interview with Dublin City FM which went well and the interviewer really loved the book. She thought it was perfect for a holiday/beach read. A few papers at home have written features on me and the book also. So it's all good. One of my friends is looking into me doing a signing at home but it's nothing definite as yet. 

Everyone has been really supportive of me writing the book thankfully. I haven't had it reviewed just yet as only received my review copies myself but they have been sent out now and I will hear within a couple of weeks. One of my friends who loves this type of book absolutely loved it. She was the only person to see the final edit before it went to print, others read it before that as I wanted opinions on what needed changing and that helped greatly. I gave it to my friend though as I knew she'd be honest and would be blunt enough to tell me if it wasn't a good read. Thankfully she loved it. I'm laughing right now writing this as my friend in New York has text me to say she's smiling like an ejit the whole way through as she's loving it. Not sure I can get a better reaction than that! 

My plan is to write more novels as it really is what I love doing. I just need to find the time right now as it's all a little busy with promotion work and with working full time. If I can take some time off, I plan on getting stuck into it again and churning out that next novel. Eventually, I will also try my hand at tackling a screenplay. Might sound ambitious of me but I've come this far, I'm going to keep following the dream. 

Waiting for a Star to Fall is now available on Amazon, CreateSpace and will be available on Kindle 

Links: 
https://www.createspace.com/5317374 http://www.amazon.com/dp/1508509727
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1508509727
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011IHI1S6
 



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