A ROSSCARBERY-based writer and bank worker celebrates the publication of the first of her three books with one of Ireland’s leading publishers.
Lorna Barrett’s first novel Something old, something new, published by Poolebeg Press, tells the story of a long-standing friendship between two women and the betrayal that threatens to tear their lives apart. When not writing, Lorna works at the Permanent TSB in Skibbereen. She said The south star that the novel is a humorous take on the modern woman who defies the norms of society.
“I am delighted that my first book is finally available for people to read,” Lorna said. “I never thought it was possible for me to write stories, let alone a book, but it’s never too late to try. This is something that I have always wanted to do. Lorna, who cited Roddy Doyle as her inspiration and first arrived in West Cork in 1999, is from Glasnevin, so it’s fitting that her first novel is set in Dublin. Here we meet friends Karen with the perfect job, the perfect life and “the perfect man”, while Trish who is battling a terrible tragedy and Olivia, who searches for the truth about her past.
“I first sent a book to Poolbeg in 2002, but it was rejected,” Lorna said. “But I’ve been writing seriously since 2014. When I was shortlisted for the Ray Darcy ‘Page From My Life’ contest on RTÉ, it opened a lot of doors for me.”
Over 2,500 people submitted their stories to the Ray D’Arcy Show on Radio 1 where the four judges, bestselling authors Eoin Colfer (Artemis Fowl), Donal Ryan (The Spinning Heart), Emilie Pine (Notes to Self) and Emer McLysaght (What a Complete Aisling), chose Lorna’s story as one of the 150 shortlisted.
“We’ve had very positive feedback since the book was released on June 2, and I’m working on two more books with the deadline for the first one in early 2022,” Lorna said.
Something old, something new is available in hardcover and Kindle download.