Crimes and Passion in Dun Laoghaire

I’ll be taking part in this writers’ and readers’ event at the Dun Laoghaire Mountains to Sea Book Festival in County Dublin on September 7 – hope to see you there!

New online interview

My big thanks to author Helene Young for this interview on her website.

At Home in The People’s Friend

At Home with the Templetons is the featured book in The “Friend” Book Club in The People’s Friend magazine, August 13 issue. I also have two articles appearing in The People’s Friend soon – ‘The Aunt’s Story’ in the August … More

Sneak Preview Lola’s Secret Australian cover

I’m very happy to show you the Australian cover for Lola’s Secret, which will be published in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland in October 2011, and in the UK and USA in 2012. For Australian readers: if you’d like to … More

German publication day

Today is publication day for At Home with the Templetons in Germany, under the title, Die Geheimnisse der Familie Templeton, which translates as The Secrets of the Templeton Family. Meine deutschen Leser haben hoffentlich Freude daran!

Irish-Australian Night, 28 July

For Irish readers: as part of the Le Cheile Arts & Music Festival in County Meath, I’ll be taking part in an event called Ireland & Australia: Historical & Literary Links at the Oldcastle Library in Co Meath on Thursday … More

Templetons shortlisted for Australian award

I’m delighted to say that At Home with the Templetons has been shortlisted for General Fiction Book of the Year in the 2011 Australian Book Industry Awards. My big thanks to all the booksellers around Australia and to everyone at … More

New novel on its way

I’m happy to tell you that my new novel, Lola’s Secret, will be published in Australia and Ireland in October 2011, and in the UK and USA in 2012. I’ve loved writing it, especially because it’s set in my home … More

At Home with the Templetons a R*BY finalist

I’m delighted to say that At Home with the Templetons has been selected as a finalist in the 2011 R*BY (Romantic Book of the Year) Awards organized by the Romance Writers of Australia. The winners will be announced in Melbourne … More

May 3 Webchat on Allaboutyou.com

Thanks very much to the readers who posted such great questions during my hour-long webchat on allaboutyou.com on May 3. We covered everything from writer’s block and characters’ names to the impact of the internet on the future of books … More

US book tour thanks and photos

My big thanks to all the readers and booksellers who made my recent book tour in the US so enjoyable, with special thanks to Arlene and Leslie at Read Between the Lynes bookshop in Woodstock, Illinois; Marcia Callaghan, Camille Cassel … More

allaboutyou.com website promotion

At Home with the Templetons is the featured book on the brand new allaboutyou.com website. Please click here for details, to enter their on-line competition and to take part in a webchat on May 3.

At Home with the Templetons at Target

I’m delighted to let my US readers know that At Home with the Templetons has been chosen as a Target Breakout Book. It will be part of special displays in Target stores throughout April and May. Thank you Target!

Out signing with the Templetons

I spent Monday signing many copies of the paperback edition of At Home with the Templetons for Irish book wholesalers Eason and Argosy in Dublin. The signed copies will soon be available in bookshops around Ireland.

UK & Irish publication day

Today is publication day in the UK and Ireland for the paperback edition of At Home with the Templetons! I hope you all like the beautiful cover as much as I do.

The Templetons in the USA

Today is the official publication day in the USA for At Home with the Templetons! I’m really looking forward to visiting Woodstock, New York, Boston and St Joseph for bookshop talks and events in April – please check the Events … More

Eason celebrates Irish Women’s Fiction, March 31, Dublin

I’ll be joining a host of Irish women’s fiction authors for a special readers’ event in Eason’s, O’Connell Street, Dublin this Thursday 31 March at 7.30 pm – please go to the Eason Facebook Book Club for all the info http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163019297087161 … More

Locations, Locations, Locations

Sometimes being a novelist is like having a film crew living in your head. There’s a casting agent picking characters, a wardrobe mistress dressing them, a scriptwriter developing plots and dialogue. And before anything can really get going, you need … More

USA tour dates for At Home with the Templetons

At Home with the Templetons will be published in the USA on March 29, 2011, and I’m very happy to say I’ll be there in April, doing talks and bookshop events in Woodstock, New York, Boston and St Joseph. If … More

National Library of Ireland Talk

For Dublin readers: Monica is one of the speakers in the National Library of Ireland’s Library Late series on Irish Popular Fiction. ‘The Making of a Bestseller’, a panel discussion chaired by RTE broadcaster John Murray, with Monica, literary agent … More

On-line with the Templetons

Monica will be taking part in an online discussion about AT HOME WITH THE TEMPLETONS on Friday 25th February, as part of Australian author Fleur McDonald’s on-line Book Club. To join in or for more information, please go to Fleur’s … More

New USA publication date for the Templetons

At Home with the Templetons will now be published in the USA on the earlier date of March 29, 2011. The American edition, published by Ballantine Books/Random House, also features a Conversation with Monica and reading group discussion questions. Monica … More

Ulster Tatler magazine review

A lovely review of At Home with the Templetons in this month’s edition of Ulster Tatler magazine. At Home with the Templetons review, Ulster Tatler, Feb 2011

Pan Macmillan Party January 2011

Two months before the April UK & Irish paperback publication of At Home with the Templetons, Monica joined with a dozen Pan Macmillan authors to celebrate a bumper year ahead of women’s fiction. Pictured at the Book Tales & Cocktails … More

The Templetons in the UK & Ireland

I’m very happy to say that At Home with the Templetons will be published in paperback in the UK and Ireland in April 2011, and the first review has appeared in the UK Bookseller magazine: ‘A glorious tale of two … More

Queensland Floods

My thoughts are with everyone affected by the devastating floods in Queensland. If you would like to and are able to help in any way, please go to www.qld.gov.au/floods

Happy New Year

A very Happy New Year to you all – I hope you had a restful and Merry Christmas and that 2011 is filled with good times, good health and happiness. Thanks very much to everyone who has been in touch … More

The Templetons on TV

At Home with the Templetons will be appearing on TV in Australia over the next fortnight – please click here:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxBnljuN2ug  for a preview of the Penguin Australia ad. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Sneak preview of US cover for At Home with the Templetons

I’m delighted to give my US readers an early look at the cover of the American edition, which also features the beautiful (and so intriguing) garden path image. At Home with the Templetons will be published in the US on … More

In Conversation in Melbourne

Monica’s conversation about At Home with the Templetons with fellow author Toni Jordan at The Wheeler Centre in Melbourne is now available on-line: http://wheelercentre.com/videos/video/monica-mcinerney/

Big thanks from Dublin

I’m now back home in Dublin and would like to send a big thank you to everyone who helped make my Australian tour for At Home with the Templetons such a special time for me. Warmest thanks to all the … More

Final day of Templetons tour, Clare Valley, South Australia

Monica’s book tour for At Home with the Templetons finished in her home town of Clare, South Australia. A big thanks to Rose and Mary at Clare High School; Heather, Charles, Candace, Val, Claire, and all at the Clare Library; … More

At Home with the Templetons shortlisted for Irish Book Award

I’m thrilled to say that At Home with the Templetons has been shortlisted for the Eason’s Irish Popular Fiction Book of the Year in the 2010 Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards. If you’d like to vote, please visit http://www.irishbookawards.ie/PublicVote.aspx

Orange & Bathurst, NSW

Monica visited Orange and Bathurst in regional NSW, giving talks at the Bathurst Library for Books Plus, Bathurst and at the Sweet Sour Salt restaurant in Orange with Collins Booksellers.

Bowral, NSW

Monica speaking at an event for Angus & Robertson, in Bowral in the Southern Highlands of NSW, at the beautiful Centennial Vineyards Restaurant.

Ballarat, Bendigo & Castlemaine bookshop visits

Photos from Monica’s visit to the Victorian goldfields, where she gave talks and signed copies of At Home with the Templetons at Book City in Ballarat, in the Bendigo Library for Dymocks Bendigo and Stoneman’s Bookshop in Castlemaine.

Final week of Australian book tour

Thank you very much to everyone who has come to my talks and bookshop signings around Australia in October, it’s been so lovely to meet you all. My special thanks too to all the booksellers. My final events take place … More

Bestseller list

I’m delighted to say that At Home with the Templetons is number 1 on the Australian fiction bestsellers list and in the Top 5 general fiction lists – my big thanks to everyone at my publisher, Penguin; all the booksellers … More

South Australian Rural Women’s Gathering, Melrose

Monica was one of the guest speakers at the South Australian Rural Women’s Gathering at Melrose on October 16. Big thanks and congratulations to Jo and all her committee for their remarkable weekend event – www.saruralwomensgathering.org.au

Monica visiting Victorian goldfields this week

Monica will be giving talks this week in Ballarat and Bendigo in the Victorian goldfields – the setting for At Home with the Templetons. Please see the Events page for all the details.  

Marion Cultural Centre

Photos from Monica’s talk at the Marion Cultural Centre, October 6, 2010  

Monica & the Penguin TV team filming in Castlemaine

Monica and the Penguin TV team pictured filming in Castlemaine in the Victorian goldfields, one of the main settings for At Home with the Templetons. For those of you who haven’t seen the Off the Page film, you can view … More

Thanks

Thanks very much to everyone who has come along to my talks so far in Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, it’s been a real treat to meet you all. I’ll be doing events and giving talks around Australia throughout … More

The Big Book of Hope

I’m honoured to be part of The Big Book of Hope, a new anthology of fiction and non-fiction published in Ireland by Poolbeg, with royalties going to the HOPE Foundation, an Irish charity helping the street children of Kolkata, India. … More

Interview with Fancy Goods

“Monica McInerney spent six months researching stage fright, Irish surf schools and much more for her latest novel, she tells Rachel Wilson.” A 2010 interview with Fancy Goods about At Home With The Templetons: http://www.fancygoods.com.au/booksellerpublisher-magazine/2010/09/22/interview-monica-mcinerney-on-at-home-with-the-templetons-michael-joseph/

Watch for bus ads in Dublin

Readers in Dublin might like to keep an eye out for the At Home with the Templetons bus ad passing by from September 27 for 2 weeks.

Update August 2010

I’m delighted to say that my new novel At Home with the Templetons is being published in Australia and New Zealand on September 27, 2010, and in Ireland on October 1, with publication in the USA, UK and Germany coming early 2011.

Burned to a Crisp

Will my citizenship be revoked if I confess I hope never to experience a full Australian summer again? If I admit that three months of hot, dry days and hot, tossing-and-turning nights is my idea of weather hell? If I … More

The Consolations of Cooking

I have a friend who goes running when she is feeling down. Another takes a long bath. Another reorganises her linen cupboard. I cook soup. Great big pots of it, made from scratch, using all the vegetables I can lay … More

The Aunt’s Story

The first time I tasted garlic prawns was at my Aunt Jacqueline’s house. I was thirteen years old, a country girl, the middle of seven children, raised on a diet of chops and three vegetables during the week, and roast … More

Apartment Highs and Woes

I never expected to spend my first night in San Francisco wishing I could levitate. Or that instead of having good walking shoes for the hills and a warm coat for the fog, I had a suitcase full of rubber … More

The Expatriate Life

I think it’s time for a new word to describe someone living in another country. Expatriate – defined as out of one’s country – doesn’t cover it any more. The word speaks to me of isolation, separation and distance, yet … More

With the Irish American Post

An enjoyable interview with Maureen Doll of the Irish American Post: http://www.gaelicweb.com/irishampost/year2006/08summer/featured/featured07.html