By Sinéad Goldsboro
Writing a book is not an easy task by any means. Add three young children to the mix and you would imagine that it would be a total nightmare of having no time and too many demands. This was never the case for author Nuala Woulfe who seems to take everything in her stride - a strength that has made her a success in the often difficult women’s literary market.
Nuala, whose background is in journalism, is originally from Dublin but now lives in Nenagh, has just finished her third book in three years for publishing house, Poolbeg Press. Nuala writes comic fiction and her fans will not be disappointed with her latest offering, “The Goddess Village”.
Nuala’s other books are Two to Tango (2010) and Chasing Rainbows (2009). These books are also comic fiction with a ‘chick-lit’ twist and were very well received when they were published.
When I spoke to Nuala she was very excited about the book coming out and she believed that of the three books, this was the easiest and most enjoyable to write, eventhough she was busier in her personal life with the children.
She got the idea for the book while she was writing her second novel, Two to Tango and could not wait to get started on it. The story and characters came naturally to her and she really enjoyed working on them and the plot. She also believes that this is the funniest of the three books and that readers will really identify with characters as well as getting a great laugh from them.
The story revolves around a new eco-village, Cloonsheeda, which is being built in the heart of Ireland. This eco village attracts people from all over the world who are in search of something different in their lives. The characters range from stay at home mums, career girls, separated women and teenage au-pairs who all find themselves to be new neighbours seeking a new life to help heal their broken hearts. When a relationship therapist opens a clinic in the village – Goddess Therapy Clinic – trouble brews in the village for the women and the men. As things go wrong bit by bit in the village, the residents decide to plan a festival to raise the spirits and promote the village but nobody could predict the earthquake coming as the ‘goddesses’ rise and take their place in the world with hilarious results.
Nuala is also a journalist, but has been working solely as an author for the past three years. She has decided to take a short break from writing once the publicity for her latest book is finished as she has a lot of ideas for a number of books that she would like to write in the future. She would like to have some time to focus on what she will do next and perhaps generate a few more ideas. At the moment, Nuala has a few ideas for her next book which include an historical fiction book and a book about Irish Mythology. This will be a change from her usual style of comic writing but she is excited by the challenge.
The youngest of her three children is in playschool now, so this will give Nuala her mornings back and she can focus on what it is she will write next. When asked by her friends how she finds the time and discipline to write from home, Nuala says “you start by planning your book, and work, paragraph to paragraph, chapter to chapter and the book comes together”. When put like this, Nuala makes it sound very easy. She certainly has a natural talent for writing and making people laugh. We should look forward to what Nuala will do next.
The Goddess Village will be available from November in all bookstores and will be book of the week in Tesco.