By Kim O'Leary
After having recently launched her fantastic historical romance novel ‘The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter’ which has featured in the Irish Times Top 10 original Irish fiction bestsellers, Kildare author Hazel Gaynor also scooped up a second prestigious award for a novel she has co-written.
Recently, Hazel and her co-writer Heather Webb were notified that their novel ‘Last Christmas in Paris’ which is a historical romantic novel set during WWI had won the 2018 Star Award also known as the Women’s Fiction Writers Association Award.
Speaking to KildareNow about the exciting news, Hazel said: “We were thrilled to find out that ‘Last Christmas in Paris’ had won the award, we are so delighted with it. The book was nominated by librarians living in the U.S. and Heather, who co-wrote the book with me, she went to the award’s ceremony in Albuquerque on September 28. It was the first book that we have written together and it was a whole new writing experience.”
The talented duo are also set to collaborate on another upcoming new book ‘Meet Me in Monaco’ which is based around the wedding of American movie star and fashion icon Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Later this month, both Hazel and Heather will be undertaking a trip to Monaco as part of research for their new book. “I’m really looking forward to seeing the palace, local towns and of course, it’s set in the perfumeries of Gras,” said Hazel.
Meanwhile, best selling novelist Hazel, who lives at Sunnyhill, Kilcullen with husband Damien and children Max (13) and Sam (almost 11), recently launched her latest offering ‘The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter at Woodbine Books, Kilcullen.
“The Lighthouse Keeper's Daughter is also on sale for readers living in the U.S. and Canada from this week and it’s great to be recognised over there, it’s a long way from Kilcullen,” said Hazel.
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