Lisburn author coming home to speak at library's
LISBURN born author Trish Wylie will be
returning to her home town this Saturday (May 10) to take part
in Lisburn City Library's 'Readers Day'. Trish, who went to
Ballymacash Primary and Wallace High School, is a successful
author for romance publishers Mills and Boon. And she says her
love of writing began back in the Ballymacash classroom.
"I had a teacher in P5 who had a star rating
system for homework. When you collected enough stars, you got a
night off homework. I was terrible at maths so the only way I
could collect stars was with my creative writing homework,"
"One of the earliest stories I wrote was
about Humps who lived on a sponge island in the bathtub. My
headmaster told my mum writing was the direction he could see me
"I was a complete bookworm and loved reading and
writing at Wallace as well," she continued.
"When I was 18 I decided I was going to be a
writer for Mills and Boon but I never submitted anything so
eventually I had to get a proper job.
"Then in my 30s I decided to rewrite a book I
had written when I was 18 and I submitted the first three
chapters and synopsis to Mills and Boon in November 2001. By
April the next year the book was published. It was very quick
but there was a lot of luck to it. I think I just landed on the
right desk at the right time," she added.
Since then Trish has been writing for two of
Mills and Boons' lines -'Traditional Romance' and 'Modern Heat'
and is planning to write six books this year. Her books have
been published in 24 countries in 19 different languages. Trish
is looking forward to her visit to Lisburn City Library on
Saturday, where she will be giving a potted account of the 100
years of Mills and Boon. "I am looking forward to it but I am a
little bit nervous," she admits. "I think its because I'm coming
Feast of reading pleasures
FOR anyone fond of reading a feast of
pleasures lies in store on Saturday in Lisburn City Library.
As well as the appearance of Trish Wylie the
opening speaker of the day is the Dublin novelist Eilis Ni
Dhuibhne who will be giving a talk on Books in my Life, telling
of the literary works which have influenced her writing.
A fascinating insight into a neglected area
of literary history will be given by Sheena Wilkinson. Sheena
recently published a study of female friendships in fiction,
Friends in the Fourth, and she will share the many insights she
gained from this experience. Among the authors Sheena will be
talking about will be Rosamund Lehmann, Antonia White and Andrea
Poetry will be represented by two of Belfast's
foremost younger poets, Maureen Boyle and Miriam Gamble. As with
the other authors there will be a good opportunity to discuss
their work with the poets. Finally there will he a talk by the
manager of Waterstone's Lisburn, Keith Savage. Waterstone's will
be providing a bookshop for the Readers Day. Keith will present
and discuss some of the top books currently in book stores and
what can be expected in the coming publishing season. There will
be a goody bag for everyone, with free books and magazines
Readers Day runs from 9.30 to 4pm Saturday May
Admission is £10, including lunch, payable either in advance
or at the door. Everyone is welcome but booking is essential. T
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