The quick bio:
Claire Hennessy is a writer and creative writing teacher living in Dublin, Ireland. She is the author of nine published novels for young adults and is working on a tenth. More information can be found at her website.
(Or indeed in that column over there on the right.)
The blog has lived at wordpress since late 2009. For ramblings 2004-09 head on over to livejournal.
Contact at: clairehennessy [at] gmail [dot] com.
- Things Claire likes:
- books again
- history, often of the variety most people would think trivial. Political causes of the First World War? Pssh. The concept of virginity over the past two thousand years? Bring it on.
- wine. Good wine. I have this theory that you only really become a grown-up when you have a spice rack in your kitchen, but actually appreciating wine rather than gulping down the cheapest bottle they had in Tesco comes a close second.
- musicals. The title of ‘favourite’ alternates between Wicked and Les Miserables, and it probably goes without saying that like so many people I have succumbed to the wonder that is Glee.
- more books
- TV shows on DVD. Boxsets are a thing of beauty and wonder.
- tea, with lots of milk
- pink wafer biscuits
- After Eights
- comedy. Laughter is good for the soul, and all that.
- coloured tights
- more books
- Things Claire likes in books:
- boarding schools
- time travel
- fairytale adaptations
- characters who are writers
- historical settings (ones I am vaguely familiar with)
- summer camp
- characters who are otherwise artistic (visual arts, drama, music etc)
- ‘problem novels’ for young adults
- school or college being a large part of the story
- lots of literary or other pop-culture references
- lots of flirting
- complicated relationships
- legal battles as long as they are written by Jodi Picoult
- rounded adult characters appearing in YA books
- identifying-as-feminist characters
- academia, ideally as written by David Lodge
- jealous characters
- female teenage characters with actual not-punished-for-it sexual desires
- books set in Trinity College, Dublin
- smart ‘chick-lit’
- analytical characters
- books that pass the Bechdel Test
- complicated friendships
- teenage characters who have a good relationship with a step-family member
(In various book-review posts I have alluded to a list of shiny ‘n’ exciting things in books that make me more likely to buy and/or enjoy a book. Up until now it has been a hypothetical list. But no longer…)