How does Newfoundland inspire author Damhnait Monaghan? Let's find out...
Hi! My name is crystal fletcher. Welcome to all about canadian books! This week’s guest is Damhnait Monaghan. Damhnait grew up in Ontario and Newfoundland & Labrador. She's a former teacher and lawyer and an award-winning flash fiction writer. Damhnait currently resides in the south of England with her husband, two teens and dogs.
We chatted about her debut novel New Girl in Little Cove, which was published by Harper Collins.
It’s 1985. When new teacher Rachel O’Brien arrives in a tiny fishing village, seeking a fresh start after her father dies and her relationship ends, but she soon realizes the most important lessons are the ones she learns outside the classroom.
From the anonymous notes that keep appearing on her car, telling her to GO HOME, the charm of Newfoundland’s distinctive music and culture, budding feelings for fellow teacher Doug to a clash with church and community that throws her career into jeopardy. Let’s just say…it’s quite a year for Rachel O’Brien and you’ll have to read New Girl in the Cove to find out what ‘come from away’ Rachel learns.
I love that The Globe and Mail describes this romantic comedy as "a warm hug of a book." To learn more about Damhnait
Damhnait's Perseverance Pays Off & a Reading
Many writers are familiar with rejection (I know I am). In her book's acknowledgements Damhnait mentions that "countless rejections and near misses," led to her putting her manuscript on the shelf. For fellow writers out there who are feeling a little discouraged about the query process don't miss Damhnait share her story about what led to her taking that manuscript off the shelf.
As I listened to Damhnait read, I can clearly picture Rachel O'Brien's arrival at Little Cove, Newfoundland.