Book Of The Month – What’s in a Name – by Sally Cronin @sgc58

This month, I’m extending a very warm welcome to Sally Cronin. If you’re an author, writer and blogger, and have never visited Sally’s blog, then pay her a visit today. She’s an ambassador when it comes to promoting those of us who love to write.

Over to you Sally…

Thank you so much for this tremendous honour, Hugh. I am thrilled to be featured on your blog for the whole month, in the company of some wonderful authors.

What’s the name of the Book?

The name of my latest short story collection is ‘What’s in a Name’. A statement more than a question. Or both.

Book Cover for What's in a Name by Sally Cronin
The cover of Sally’s latest book.

What Inspired you to write it?

Over the years, I have met so many people after I have heard their names and I admit to very often having preconceived ideas about what they might be like. We get our names usually from our parents, and we are expected to like them and in some cases live up to them. For example, my mother was named Molly but little madam that she was at age five, she told everyone that she was to be called Mollie. And she was for the rest of her life. She also, for some reason, took against the name Frank. So, when one of my brother-in-laws arrived on the scene with that name she immediately asked if he had a middle moniker, which was David, so my sister’s husband has been David to everyone who knows him for the last 49 years.

I thought it would be an interesting exercise to work through the alphabet exploring this further with short stories.

Tell us a little about the stories and the characters.

Each of the named characters has a challenge, a secret, a desire for revenge or to give back. There are also some mysteries, deaths and ghosts.  You know, your average family drama!

For example, Clive is a small toddler in Sri Lanka who being the adventuresome child that he is, gets himself into deep water with the local wildlife. His experience guides him into a life of giving back.

Francis has reached a crisis in his life where he has to return to his birthplace to find a new way forward. And Jane finds herself suddenly thrust into motherhood again and having to deal with resistance from her family.

Who do you think the book will appeal to?

I am hoping that it will appeal to a wide audience across the age range. It is not a children’s book, but young adults might enjoy. Certainly, anyone who like stories that bring a tear to their eyes or a smile to their faces.

Do you have any plans for a follow-up book?

Yes, volume two is underway since I only made it to J in the first volume. I will be sharing some of the new stories on the blog in the meantime, and I am looking forward to the challenges when I get to X, Y and Z!

Where can people buy the book?

The book is available at a slightly reduced price on my own publishing book site for Epub and Kindle.

It is also available on Amazon.

What do you think the future holds for you and your books?

I am going to keep writing until I can no longer type or dictate my stories. I love the whole process, and it only takes one person to say that they have loved what I write to make it all worthwhile.

I plan on releasing another four books this year. The follow-up to What’s in a Name, the sequel to Tales from the Garden (with an Irish flavour) and two non-fiction – The R’s of Life – A guide to survival in a modern world – and a People Management Guide for work and home! That one has been rewritten and adapted during my career several times in one format or another for use in business, but I have found a lot of the principles apply in our personal lives too.

What three pieces of advice would you give to someone who wants to write and publish a book?

1. Choose a genre or subject that you know something about and read extensively the best books on the subject you can find.

2. Bring something new to the party – find your own unique selling point.
3. Read your own work as critically as you read others.

Thank you again, Hugh, for this opportunity. Much appreciated.

If you have any questions for Sally, then please leave them in the comments section and she’ll come back to you as soon as she can.

Sally Cronin – Short BIO:

After working in a number of industries for over 25 years, I decided that I wanted to pursue a completely different career, one that I had always been fascinated with. I began studying Nutrition and the human body twenty years ago, and I opened my first diet advisory centre in Ireland in 1998. Over the last 18 years, I have practised in Ireland and the UK as well as written columns, articles and radio programmes on health and nutrition. I published my first book with a Canadian self-publisher in the late 90s and since then have republished that book and released eight others as part of our own self-publishing company. Apart from health I also enjoy writing fiction in the form of novels and short stories.

Author, writer and blogger, Sally Cronin

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