‘How to use twitter effectively as a writer.’ 31st May with @Pauldunphy

Transcript of the chat with Paul Dunphy.

We have the king of social media, Paul Dunphy with us on the 31st, to discuss ‘How to use twitter effectively as a writer.’


Our questions to frame the conversation from 9-10pm GMT, are;

Introductions and hullos.

T1 Do you pin a tweet? Why you should?

T2 How often to tweet, retweet?

T3 Best times of the day to tweet?

T4 Why you should tweet about other interests besides books!?

Closing thoughts. (CT)

We are thrilled to have a social media consultant with such experience join us on #WritersWise. Paul works with writers a great deal and he has a free slot for a new client at the moment, so book him now, you won’t regret it! More at www.pauldunphyesquire.com

Paul Dunphy Esquire. 

Paul has over 20 years experience in all forms of media and branding.  Having worked with the charity sector for 14 years as a Media and Communications Executive, he has a wealth of experience of using all forms of media.  Paul then went out on his own 6 years ago and after building up his own brand online in particular on Twitter, he then started his own social media business www.pauldunphyesquire.com as he loves social media so much.

Paul is a social media consultant and curator and you can find out all about what he can do for you at his new webpage www.pauldunphyesquire.com

Using acquired experience, Paul can guarantee to make you social media soar, using his positivity and fun to guarantee success.  As one of his endorsements Gavin Duffy from Dragons Den says ‘In a world filled with noise, Paul brings an energy and humour to the social media platform worth listening to. Paul’s voice online is discerning, clever and smart. He can engage with multiple voices creating fun, lively conversations worth listening too.” 

More endorsements on his webpage from author Marian Keyes, broadcaster Tom Dunne and others.

Join us to chat with Paul on May 31st, for a whole, free hour!


Thank you in advance Paul and ….

Our next #WritersWise chat will be with Lorna Sixsmith on the 7th June.


Andrea Mara on ‘Writing a Second Book.’ 17th May 9-10pm GMT.

Topic – ‘Writing that second book’  on #Writerswise 17th May.
Introductions and hullos.
T1. Are second books really a challenge – is the “difficult second album” thing true?
T2. Do readers expect more of the same or want something different?
T3. What are the pitfalls when writing a second book?
T4. Is the book promotion side of it easier second time around?
Closing Thoughts.
Who is the guest-host? 

Andrea Mara is a freelance writer, author, and blogger, who lives in Dublin with her husband and three young children. She writes lifestyle features for Irish newspapers and magazines, and has won a number of awards for blogging. She attempts – often badly – to balance work, family, and writing, then lets off steam on her blog, OfficeMum.ie

Her first book, The Other Side of the Wall (Poolbeg Press) and was published in 2017 and shortlisted for the Kate O’Brien Award in 2018.  Her second book One Click is out now in bookstores and on Amazon.

One Click
One photo couldn’t hurt, could it?
Publication date: May 1st (Poolbeg Press)
Amazon link here

When Lauren takes a photo of a stranger on a beach and shares it online, she has no idea what will come of that single click.

Her daughters are surprised that she posted a photo without consent, but it’s only when she starts to get anonymous messages about the woman on the beach that she deletes the photo. It’s too little too late, and the messages escalate, prompting Lauren to confess to the woman. The woman has her own dark story, one that might explain the messages, but Lauren isn’t convinced. Then her ex-husband begins to harass her, telling her she shares too much online and brought this on herself.

She’s also dealing with other problems. A difficult client at work – one who starts to show up in places he shouldn’t be. Her younger daughter is behaving out of character and Lauren can’t work out what’s wrong. And the cracks are literally beginning to show in her old South Dublin house, mirroring the cracks in her carefully curated life.

Meanwhile, the messages from the internet troll become more personal and more vindictive. Her friends feel she should stand up to her stalker, but Lauren isn’t so sure. And then she makes one small mistake that brings everything tumbling down.

Our next chat is on May 31st with Paul Dunphy Esq the fabulous social media and marketing guru!




Writing Across Genres. It CAN be done. Sharon Dempsey joins us 26th April.

Writing Across Genres Transcript of chat with Sharon Dempsey.


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Sharon Dempsey writes across many genres and will delve into how we all can do it. The pitfalls and the ways to do it well, will be covered in the hour long chat, on 26th April 9-10pm.

Sharon Dempsey is a Belfast based writer of fiction and non-fiction books, with four health books published. Her crime debut Little Bird was released July 2017 with Bloodhound Books. Her contemporary fiction novel, A Posy of Promises, will be published by Bombshell Books in June.

She facilitates therapeutic creative writing classes for people affected by cancer and other health challenges and runs a creative writing group for young people, called Young Scribblers, at the Crescent Arts Centre. She tutors at Queen’s University and Stranmillis College. She has written for a variety of publications and newspapers, including the Irish Times.

Sharon is working on the follow up to Little Bird and a collection of dark short stories.


Social media info:

Twitter @svjdempz

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sharondempseybooks/

Blog: www.1stchapterdempsey.wordpress.com

Topic is; ‘Writing across genres. You can do it and how to.’

Introductions and hullos.

T1. What genres do you read and write in?

T2. What are the advantages of reading/writing across genres?

T3. What pitfalls are there to writing in many genres?

T4. What tips could you give to write across genres?

T5. How can readers help writers who write across genres?

Closing Thoughts. (CT)







Historical Fiction tweet-chat Thurs 5th April @CarolineBusher.

On Thursday 5th April 9-10 pm GMT and 4-5pm ET Caroline Busher will talk historical fiction with us. Her recent appearance on the TV3 Ireland AM couch to talk about children’s literature is testament to her rising profile.


Question for the chat are;

Introductions – hullos and what you write/read/want to say.

T1. When writing historical fiction, how much research should you conduct?

T2.  How do you decide which period in history to write about?

T3. Do you have to write about well known figures/events for your book to be a success?

T4. How relevant is historical fiction to the modern reader?

Closing Thoughts.

Details about Caroline are;
Author, Heritage Expert – The Heritage Council – Heritage in Schools Scheme
Festival Manager – Towers and Tales – Lismore Castle. 
Vice Chair – Wexford Literary Festival



Caroline is an experienced tweet-chatter with us, so this will be a frantic, fun-filled hour. She’s a children’s literary expert and her beautiful book ‘The Girl Who Ate the Stars’ is out now! 

Cuan wakes from her sleep. She has claws like daggers and glowing amber eyes. Her dress is made from the petals of black roses and she wears a necklace made of thorns. An ill wind blows, and a pack of bloodthirsty wolves appears….

As World War 11 rages, Lottie and Albert Hope are evacuated from England. They are sent to Kilbree, a village in Ireland where nothing is as it seems.

A German bomb is dropped in error there by a young pilot. It opens a portal to another world, Wolf Land, which is ruled by the evil Deathhound and his Werewolf Warriors.

Lottie and Albert, together with their gypsy friend Blaise and the pilot Gunther cross the portal to that savage world.

They are on a mission. They must find Wolf Girl call Cuan a girl with two hearts, one human,one wolf, who eats the stars to survive. In a race against time, they must rescue her from Wold Land.

A terrifying future awaits them all if the portal between the two worlds closes forever.

Buy Here.



Contemporary Crime Fiction with @MrDBLyons on 22nd Thurs 9-10pm. Launching his debut novel ‘Midday’ with us.


David B. Lyons is a former award-winning journalist-turned-author. He is a writer of psychological thrillers, the first of which – Midday – was compared to the writing of Quentin Tarantino by Bookstormer: “For me he is the Tarantino of the book world.” Not a bad start to life as an author! He signed a three-book publishing deal with Bloodhound Books at the tail end of 2017.

David grew up in Dublin – the city his novels are set – but currently spends his time between Birmingham in the UK and the Irish capital. He is married to a Brummie, Kerry, and they have one daughter, Lola.

He has also lectured in Creative Writing in colleges and universities in both Ireland and in the UK.

Follow David here:
Twitter: @MrDBLyons
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AuthorDavidBLyons/

Topic is ‘Contemporary Crime fiction and Submitting’.
Intro/Hullos and what you like to read/write.
T1. What contemporary crime fiction do you read/write?
T2. What are the advantages of writing contemporary fiction in general.
T3 What is difficult about contemporary fiction?
T3. Where do you submit contemporary crime fiction?
T5. Tips for submitting in this genre are…
Closing thoughts. (CT)
Next #WritersWise is with Caroline Busher on 5th April.

March 1st with Celeb @Chefbrianmcd. Brian McDermott – ‘Writing a Cook-book!’


Brian McDermott is an award-winning chef who has built a national reputation as a chef on one simple belief – that tasty, healthy food based around traditional recipes and local produce is something every family can make and enjoy.  As one of twelve children growing up in Burt in County Donegal, the focal point of the family was always his mother’s kitchen table, and that childhood memory of the family coming together and connecting over her home cooking continues to inspire Brian as he shares his own love of food with others.

Fans of Brian McDermott will already be familiar with that passion for local food, which has made him a regular on the Irish food festival circuit.  He runs his own cookery school at his home in Moville, Co. Donegal, and is in demand for both cookery demonstrations and as a host and compere – for example, as MC at the prestigious Taste of Dublin festival and as the National Dairy Board’s official chef demonstrator at national events, including Bloom in the Park and the National Ploughing Championships.   He is also well known as a television and radio chef – he is a regular on RTE’s The Today Show, has a weekly slot on BBC Radio Foyle and appears monthly on BBC Radio Ulster, as well as featuring on Highland Radio, RTE’s Nationwide, and the local and national press.

Brian is one of few Irish chefs to hold a Culinary Arts Degree, and is currently general manager of the North West Regional College’s Foodovation food development centre – the only one of its kind in the north and west of Ireland – and is a food consultant to some of the biggest names in Irish food.  He is also a food advisor to the Donegal GAA and gives cookery classes and provides nutritional advice to the Senior Football team.   His second cookery book, Brian McDermott’s Donegal Table, is published in March by O’Brien Press.

Brian lives in Moville, Co. Donegal with his wife Brenda and daughters Niamh and Aoife.

Questions for the chat –
Introductions and hullos.
T1 What makes a good cookbook do you think?
T2. What do you think is most challenging in writing cookbooks?
T3. What other cookery writers inspire you?
T4. What advice would you give other aspiring non-fiction writers?
T5. Any other links and closing thoughts.
The next #WritersWise is the 5th April with @CarolineBusher as her new book The Girl Who Ate the Stars will be launched by then.
Join us on March 1st to learn about non-fiction writing – and all about cookbooks!

Kelly Creighton Talks Vlogging. 15th Feb 9-10pm GMT

Transcript of chat on Vlogging with Kelly Creighton.

#WritersWise is delighted to welcome guest-host Kelly Creighton on Thurs 15th Feb.


Based in Newtownards Kelly Creighton is a novelist and short story writer whose books include Bank Holiday Hurricane and The Bones of It. She is the founding editor of The Incubator literary journal, co-founder of the Square Circle Writers and secretary for Women Aloud NI. Kelly teaches creative writing to community groups and is a 1:1 mentor.







The Irish Times: ‘The 16 stories are by turns gritty and moving. Creighton has a poet’s eye for imagery and a novelist’s understanding of the value of a good plot.’


The Irish Times: ‘Blackly comic in tone. An engrossing tale of the consequences of living a life steeped in a culture of violence.’

Kelly’s website

Topic for our chat is Vlogging for writers.


T1. What is vlogging? What (writing) vlogs do you follow?

T2. Why do writers vlog?

T3. What tech/apps do you use to vlog?

T4. What do we want writers to vlog about?

T5. Share your vlogs with us – especially take note of Kelly’s.

Closing thoughts.

Our next #WritersWise will be March 1st with Irish, Celebrity-Chef Brian McDermott @chefbrianmcd on Writing best-selling Cookbooks. 


Attend an online book launch for #TheAbandoned with @sharontwriter. 25th Jan 9-10pm. ALL WELCOME. 

Transcript of 25th Jan Online book launch for #TheAbandoned

Our co-founder Sharon Thompson is hosting the first #Writerswise.


We aim to start a new writing year off with a bang on the launch date of Sharon’s debut novel “The Abandoned”.

Kindle 🇬🇧🇺🇲 

Paperback 🇬🇧️  🇺🇲 

Www.sharontwriter.com is all about our co-founder and here’s the cover for her book published by Bloodhound Books UK on 25th Jan.

“The Abandoned.”

What makes a woman decide to walk down a dark path? Can Peggy ever get back on the straight and narrow? Or will she have to pay for her crimes?

Set against the backdrop of Ireland in the 1950’s The Abandoned tells the story of one woman’s fight for survival.

Pre-order for kindle and print copies is available from 11th January. Links to follow shortly. Book launches will be happening locally and online during #Writerswise.

Topic “Attend an online book launch!” 


Introductions. Say hi and what you like to write and sip some virtual wine. 😉

T1. Do you attend book launches?

T2 Are book launches necessary? Reason for answers.

T3 What do you enjoy/not enjoy about book launches?

T4 How is this online launch going for you? What are the advantages of online book launches?

T5 Are there any other book events you’d like to promote now? Please share.

Closing thoughts ( + obligatory links to purchase Sharon’s book while also tweeting about local book signings etc.)

Sincere thanks in advance for celebrating Sharon’s debut novel launch with us on #Writerswise.

We wish every success to “The Abandoned” and hope you can all join us on 25th Jan 9-10pm. Thank you.

Please spread the word and we are always looking for guest hosts. It’s easy to do a slot and we help you for free with all you need to promote yourself and your writing on our chats. Get in touch. 

14th Dec 9-10pm GMT SELF-PUBLISHING and BEYOND with Kate Dowling/@waveatthetrain

 Transcript of entire tweet chat on Self-publishing-and-beyond with Kate Downing. 

Info about our guest-host. 

The University Letters is Kate Dowling’s self-published book. 
Kate hopes that our friendly chat will be supportive of those who are thinking through self-publishing and that writers will ask any question they like from someone in the same boat. 

Her own book The University Letters is available now on Amazon. Click on the blue link. 

Her topic is Self- publishing and Beyond

Questions are;

T1) Why might you choose to self-publish?

T2) What are the benefits of self-publishing?

T3) What are the pitfalls of self-publishing?

T4) How might you move beyond publishing by yourself?

T5) How do you motivate yourself to keep writing and querying?

CT)Closing thoughts. 

We may tune in to have an informal gathering nearer Xmas but the next official #Writerswise is 25th January which is the release day of our co-founder Sharon Thompson’s debut novel “The Abandoned”. One not to miss! 

Catherine Tinley @catherinetinley and The Unlaced bookclub chat with us on 23rd Nov. 9-10pm GMT

20507544_1490382174355434_6255312720535526421_oCatherine Tinley writes witty, heartwarming Regency romance stories.

Her debut novel, Waltzing with the Earl, is out now! Published in 2017 by Harlequin Mills & Boon. #HarlequinHistorical

Find info on Catherine on http://www.catherinetinley.com

Here are a few buy links:

Amazon UK paperback

Amazon UK kindle

Amazon.com paperback

Harlequin site (including e-book)

Barnes & Noble


The UnlacedBookClub will also be co-host. Check out this link for info about them.

Topic and Questions. 

1) Why is romantic fiction so popular?

2) Does having to deliver a HEA limit your creativity?

3) How do you write sex scenes?

4) How did you get a contract with Harlequin Mills & Boon?

5) Does being limited to historical fiction make it even more challenging to find inspiration?

Closing thoughts

Here is the transcript of the chat –  https://storify.com/drlfarrell/writerswise-romantic-fiction