Fiona Cullen-Skowronski

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8th October: Things are moving fast. The atmosphere at the Waterstones Hastings signing was great, with a real buzz in the shop. see press photos at http://www.fiona-skovronsky.vpweb.co.uk Loads of people came to hear stories from the two smugglers with me and the young people enjoyed examining all the props. Sold 21 copies that day, and now there’s a great word-of-mouth thing going on, and with Anna I’m rushing to get things organized so that Gardners can get the book easily in order to fulfil orders through Amazon, Waterstones etc. On Saturday, I’ll be signing copies at the Books Born in Hastings event at the town hall. 19th August: I’ve just come back from doing readings and book signings in the Smugglers’ Adventure tourist attraction. It was great, a really spooky atmosphere, and everyone loved the book covers. I write material for Cornelsen Verlag English language teaching software and I’ve been teaching EFL for 33 years.

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    Fiona Cullen-Skowronski gave Black Shoes 5 stars and earned+5
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    Michael Obiora
    Fiona Cullen-Skowronski posted a message to Michael Obiora Yes, Black Shoes carries the reader along at an extremely fast pace. i didn't even stop reading t...Yes, Black Shoes carries the reader along at an extremely fast pace. i didn't even stop reading to deal with withdrawal symptoms from not feeding my tea addiction. yes, you are right -of course it will be fine for my niece. by the way, I didn't mention how i felt for paula: She was so well prtrayed - appearing at first to be perfectly OK about her casual relationship with Daniel, but in fact loving him and also not being at all organized about contraception or dealing with the warmth of her emotions. She is unsentimentally-described, and her heartbreak at losing the baby are beutifully-understated. her quiet resignation also shows her to be rather a fine person who has loved and lost. (more) and bagged+3
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    Michael Obiora posted a message to Fiona Cullen-Skowronski Hi Fiona, no problem about the typo. I'm guilty of many myself! I see, 3 children, not 9! I'm g...Hi Fiona, no problem about the typo. I'm guilty of many myself! I see, 3 children, not 9! I'm glad that you could connect with Daniel's mothers' name. And I'm even more glad that you enjoyed the story. Who knows, there could be more tales featuring George, etc. You are not the first to tell me that you finished reading the book quickly. Some people have told me that they finished reading it in a day! This is very exciting to me. In a way, the fluidity was an effect I wanted. The main protagonist Daniel, recalls events and can't stop jotting them down. So it makes me very happy to hear that this has transferred to the speed with which some people have read the story. I definately feel that complex characters are the most interesting characters. From my experiments with writing, when I do so through a characters' mind, it's always complex! I've heard different opinions on Safra. All opinions interest me! It seems you got the Eastern European reference(!). I started writing the book when I was 19 so your neice might not be too youg for Black Shoes. Of course you know her, but I would say, never underestimate a teenagers capacity to understand, and don't be surprised if what some may find explicit in Black Shoes, is rather tame for a teenager! Great to hear from you Fiona. Thankyou for your support. (more) and gained+3
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    Fiona Cullen-Skowronski posted a message to Michael Obiora Michael, forgive my typos. e.g., just misspelt 'sorry' and gained+3
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    Fiona Cullen-Skowronski posted a message to Michael Obiora Ah, no, not 9 children. I hit 9 instead of opening brackets. Sotty. I've got three children, plus...Ah, no, not 9 children. I hit 9 instead of opening brackets. Sotty. I've got three children, plus nieces and nephews. i was delighted that your mum in Black Shoes is named Fiona. I so love being a mum and auntie that somehow it was good to know that you connect the name Fiona with the vocation to be a mum. The trip to Hastings is 1 hour 30 minutes, not 30 minutes, but of course you are welcome any time. Well, Black Shoes arrived early this morning, and now i am even more behind than usual with everything because I just thought i'd read the first few pages...and instead I spent the whole morning reading it. Could not put it down. There is not one boring sentence.now i would like to read the sequel. Geroge is to be the godfather...does this mean the baby will be baptized? I got so fond of the couple that I hope so. The language is spot on. Just once you said 'Sat' where I think the narrator Dan would say 'Sitting'. And I liked Daniel and while I felt he would say f-ck quite a lot, I didn't think he would take Christ's name in vain. Wow, what a morality tale, told without being a bit moralistic. and the characters are effortlessly portrayed as complex beings. Safra doesn't come over as too perfect - there's a little bit of desire to control her man in her. I was amused by the reference to a possible East European accent - was this meant to be a hint at prejudice against Poles, Hungarians, people who have very different mother tongues from each other? The whole prejudice thing made me think. maybe I'll write more about this to you when it's had time to settle. now I'm trying to decide whether to give the novel to my beloved niece. She is 17, possibly too young, though she is a very wise girl. (more) and received+3
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    Michael Obiora posted a message to Fiona Cullen-Skowronski Well I might just have to make that 30 minute trip from Charing Cross! 9 children?! When do you g...Well I might just have to make that 30 minute trip from Charing Cross! 9 children?! When do you get the chance to read?! (more) and won+3
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    Fiona Cullen-Skowronski posted a message to Michael Obiora glad you understand about the sea views wherever you go in Hastings. . It truly is a wonderful pl...glad you understand about the sea views wherever you go in Hastings. . It truly is a wonderful place, and a really easy train journey to Charing Cross. The foreign students come here and get excited about the daytrip to London that's part of their programme, but then they are glad to get back here. The sea is quite wild today. My eldest son 9the one who is nearly your age) is in bed with 'flu, and it helps a lot that he can sea the fishing harbour and sea from his bed. (more) and gained+3
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    Michael Obiora posted a message to Fiona Cullen-Skowronski No problem at all Fiona. Thankyou for ordering my book. I hope you both enjoy. Your profile looks...No problem at all Fiona. Thankyou for ordering my book. I hope you both enjoy. Your profile looks very interesting, your description of the constant sea views in Hastings makes me jealous! xx (more) and bagged+3
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    Fiona Cullen-Skowronski posted a message to Michael Obiora thank you fro your reply, Michael. I have just ordered Black Shoes from Amazon, as i don't think ...thank you fro your reply, Michael. I have just ordered Black Shoes from Amazon, as i don't think I can order it from Completely Novel. Of course I will let you know what I think when I've read it. I'm hoping my niece will also enjoy it. (more) and won+3
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