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Writing and motherhood

From the Irish Independent, a glimpse into the life of Cathy Kelly, best-selling writer and mother of 5-year-old twins. The piece includes her own writing tips.

cathykelly_278722tSince discovering motherhood, Cathy admits that her writing schedule has changed. “I don’t want the boys to think they aren’t as important as my work, so I tend to do the real ‘working mother’ thing, which means everything fits around them. If I’m in trouble near the end of a book, I just work at night when they go to bed, which I hate doing, but sometimes it’s the only way. I’d prefer to be there for them in the afternoon.

“John and I get the boys ready for school, then we drive them in and I start working at my desk from 9.30am until 2pm. I always pick the boys up. You can count on one hand the amount of times I haven’t dropped or picked them up. My theory would be to do another hour of writing after they come home, but a lot of the time that doesn’t work out very well because my study is in the house and they come in and out. They think it’s their computer that I get to work on. They call what I do ‘mummy’s typing’.”

No matter where she is, Cathy will always write something daily, even on holidays. “Maybe it goes back to the journalism days where I worked full-time and wrote three books; I got so used to working all the time that I got used to working on holidays. Now, when we go down to Spain, I take a laptop.”

Read the full article here.

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. cathy #

    thanks, miranda, i needed this. somehow, i can make this work.

    another cathy, another kelly, and kelly is a family name in my background, so i felt immediate kinship even before i read the message here. (my grandmother was kathleen kelly coley)

    February 17, 2009
  2. Kristine #

    I agree. I really needed to read this article. Some great advice here. I may just have to check out her books, too. Sounds like my cup of tea, for sure.

    Thanks for posting, Miranda. It came at the right time.

    February 17, 2009

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