Wednesday, April 6, 2011

3/17 - Mary Pat Hyland

Mary Pat Hyland worked as a commercial artist for years before a layoff forced her into a new field of work: journalism. She spent 15 years in the field, including several years as a syndicated web site columnist for Gannett News Service (including USA Today). In late 2007, Hyland left journalism to pursue a dream she'd had for more than 20 years: novelist. A month later, she published her first novel, "The Cyber Miracles," followed by its sequel, "A Sudden Gift of Fate.” "3/17" is the author's third novel. Hyland resides in upstate New York. Her interests include the Irish language, music, dance, gardening, Finger Lakes wines and cooking.
Product description:
"3/17": In this loose parody of Dante’s Inferno, four Irish traditional musicians get lost in the backwoods of upstate New York the week before St. Patrick’s Day. On the journey, the band descends through nine hellish circles of American-style 3/17 revelry: Step-dancing princesses. Bobbing shamrock headbangers. Green beer bacchanals. Shillelagh-wavin’ geezers.

Q: What will e-readers like about your book? It's a wild, silly ride that takes a serious look at why Americans celebrate St. Patrick's Day to such extremes. It's based on experiences from playing with an Irish band on March 17 the past two decades. At the end of the book there's a lexicon of words in Irish and slang used in the book—useful at your next 3/17 party.

Q: Why did you go indie? Of course I dreamed about going the traditional route in publishing. It was so frustrating when I got form responses to my queries that made me suspect they hadn't even been read. One of those form replies arrived three years later. I believed in the story of my first novel and that people would enjoy it. By chance I met an indie author at a party and he told me all about the process. So glad I did it! The response to my work has been very positive from readers across the country.

Q: Who are your favorite authors in your genre? Probably the three biggest influences on my first two books were Eudora Welty, Anne Tyler and Maeve Binchy. As for my latest, I'd have to give props to MAD magazine for schooling me on the fine art of parody.

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