Thursday, March 13, 2014

Stitcher's Square Quilt Block and Quilter Clare O'Donohue, Author of A Drunkard's Path

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This month in the Quilters' Book Club, we're reading A Drunkard's Path by Clare O'Donohue.  It's the second in her Someday Quilts Mystery Series.  We'd love to have you join us.  Grab the book from your local library and start reading!  If you want to read it on your Kindle, click here.   
 
I found this biographical information on author Clare O'Donohue's website:
 
"I was born in Chicago, Illinois, the youngest of four children.  My parents are both from Ireland, but they met in London, moved to the US, and settled on Chicago’s South Side, where I was born and raised.

"I always knew I wanted to be a writer and in fact wrote my first novel (mini-novel actually.  It was 60 pages) when I was 15.  It was a mystery.  After college I worked as a newspaper reporter and writing teacher before moving to LA and getting my first job in television.  That was on the HGTV show, Simply Quilts.

"I worked on the show for four seasons, eventually becoming the Supervising Producer, but I’ve written and produced for a lot of other shows as well.  In the last twelve years, I’ve worked on shows for The History Channel, truTV, Food Network, A&E, Discovery, TLC, and others.  My work has taken me all across the US and abroad and I’ve met a diverse group of people – from CEO’s to prison inmates, Malaysian orphans to famous athletes.

"But all along I thought about writing a novel.  I still loved mysteries so I finally sat down to write one.  And lucky for me, I had the time.  There’s a lot of what we in the freelance world like to call downtime, but is more commonly known as unemployment.  Since I wasn’t earning any money, I also had motivation to write something that could catch the interest of a publisher.

"And, luckily, I did.  In 2008, I published The Lover’s Knot, the first in the Someday Quilts series.  Now I’ve added A Drunkard’s Path and The Double Cross, and The Devil’s Puzzle."  Note:  (The fifth in the series, The Double Wedding Ring, was released in September 2013.)

Clare

This Drunkard's Path Quilt was made by Clare O'Donohue.
She's a quilter as well as an author!
Clare O'Donohue has graciously agreed to participate in our discussion and answer any questions you may have.  What would you like to ask Clare?  Inquiring minds want to know!  Please write your questions in the comment section below.  By commenting, you'll be entering to win a copy of A Time for Peace (Quilts of Lancaster County) by Barbara Cameron.  If you are reading this via email, you must click on the title of my blog post to be able to comment and read the comments of others.  The winner will be announced on April 1.

You might also enjoy reading my previous blog post Art Square Quilt Block and the Main Character in A Drunkard's Path.

10 comments:

  1. Clare, I am curious if you have the end in mind as you write the book - or does it work itself out as you go along?

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    1. I don't actually. I create the suspects and as I'm writing I work out the clues and figure out how it ends.

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  2. Would Clare like to work in a quilt shop like the one in her stories?

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    1. Hi Karen- It would be fun to have first dibs on all that fabric, but I'm afraid I would spend all my salary before I left the store. So yes, I'd love to work in a quilt shop but I probably shouldn't.

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  3. What a whirlwind career path, I would like to know if there is one thing she might have done differently if she could do it over.

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    1. Hi Candy, Interesting question. I might have taken more art and writing classes in school if I had another shot. I have a degree in International Politics so there wasn't a lot of spare time, but as it turned out I prefer art to political science.

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  4. When did you learn to sew and when did you learn to quilt?

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    1. I made my first quilt when I was 22. I sewed the first one by hand (a grandmother's flower garden - I know. Nuts) Then I bought a Singer sewing machine without ever having used a sewing machine and taught myself to quilt/ sew using that poor much abused machine. (I traded up to a Bernina about 5 years later when I knew what the heck I was doing.) There was no one in my family who quilted. My grandmother sewed clothes for herself an her kids, but she died when I was a kid so I didn't learn from her, but maybe I got the sewing gene for her anyway.

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  5. Do your characters resemble any people you know and have you ever identified with a particular one?

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    1. Probably, though not intentionally. I start with an idea - a story, then create characters to fit that story. Then the characters take over and the story changes to suit the people they have become. They are more like new friends that have things in common with my old ones (aka real people) than fictional versions of real people. If that makes sense.

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