Au­thor to talk about The Scholar at Sto­ries on Stage

Southern Telegraph - - NEWS -

You’d think writ­ing crime would be a nat­u­ral fit for cor­po­rate lawyer turned au­thor Dervla McTier­nan but you’d be wrong.

How­ever, know­ing how ev­ery as­pect of a con­tract goes to­gether has helped her un­der­stand­ing of writ­ing the plot of a crime novel.

Au­thor of The Scholar, McTier­nan says it’s im­por­tant to plan when writ­ing a book per year.

“If you’re writ­ing a crime novel, par­tic­u­larly one that weaves in and out of dif­fer­ent sub­plots, you need to know the map of your novel re­ally well, so that you can find the rhythm of it and make sure that the pace is right, but also the rhythm of the emo­tion is right,” she said.

“So even though it ( law) is very much a left- brain thing, I still think it helps with the writ­ing.”

McTier­nan uses soft­ware called Scrivener to map her novel into scenes, us­ing key words to sum­marise each scene so she can easily go back and check what she’s writ­ten.

“The key is never to name them with chap­ter one, chap­ter two – it tells you noth­ing. What you need to have is, you know, what is the ac­tion that’s tak­ing place in the scene, what is that go­ing to kick off next.”

McTier­nan will talk about her lat­est novel The Scholar with Monique Mul­li­gan at Koor­liny Arts Cen­tre on March 20.

Sto­ries on Stage starts at 7pm and costs $ 15, in­clud­ing sup­per, and book sales and sign­ings. Book­ings are es­sen­tial on 9467 7118.

Dervla McTier­nan

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