Amazon Review for “Mokusatsu.”

 

“…Donnellan uses words like detonators, every sentence a controlled explosion, and the tension ratchets until the page is on fire. His violence is succinct, balletic, gratuitous. There is more story in any two lines of his dialogue here than on most first pages….
‘He fired shots in the letterbox’
‘And?’
‘Wrong letterbox….some granny got it in the knee. ‘
Elmore Leonard finally meets Sam Peckinpah. Mokusatsu is a triumph….”

 

 

 

 

Mokusatsu – A Novel by Mick Donnellan.

(Includes Worldwide Delivery and Postage) Charlie’s out on bail and back on the sauce. Still devastated over the events of El Niño, he drinks to kill the pain and robs all he can to feel alive. But the past won’t give him peace. The police want him in jail. Kramer’s old crew have a price on his head, and his new employer has big plans to carve out his own niche in the criminal underworld — with Charlie at the helm. Roped into a series of audacious heists and ingenious schemes, he finds himself involved with illegal diesel in Westmeath, stolen cash machines in Mayo and violent debt collection in Galway. Couple that with his regular income of stealing wallets and robbing shops and you have a cyclone of a man roaring down a path to destruction. And bringing everybody with him. And then there’s Karena. The beautiful girl that may save him — but maybe she should know better? At times dark, others touching, and often comic, Mokusatsu is a fiction readers feast of Irish Crime Writing.

€10.00

Buying the Insignia.

 

The lad in the recovery truck had a great bedside manner. Shoulda been a doctor. I know this because he said: ‘That car’s fucked.”

“Fucked?”

“Fucked completely.”

“What’ll we do?”

“Do you know any scrapyards? I can tow you to one.”

“I still need a car.”

“Time for Donedeal I’d say.”

Later on Donedeal, there was Ford Mondeos, Qashqais, Hondas and Toyotas. Some were in Galway, some in Tipperary, more still in Dublin. All no use when you’ve no car to get there. Spotted an Insignia in Monklsand, side of the road, two years NCT, year’s tax, 2010. Looked clean.

Rang it. The man said: “Quick sale, upgrading to a 7 seater myself.”

“Let’s take a look.”

He arrived. Thick glasses, grandfatherly appearance with a hint of Sicilian Mob. Rural Cosa Nostra. Handed me the key, said: “She’s automatic. Is that alright?”

“How’s the transmission?”

“Good as far as I know.”

After, I said: “It’s a bit loud?”

“Probably a bit cold.”

Got out. Took a look around the body. Asked: “Are them back doors a different colour?”

“Hmm….are they? Might be just the way the light is shining on them…”

“And there’s some dinges?”

“Oh yeah, someone in a car park that did that. Are you interested?”

“I’ll let ya know.”

Days later, still had no car. No way to Clonmel, Dublin, Galway or Donegal to bag all the great bargains in the motorised subconscious.

So I rang back Don Vauxhall about the Insignia. Quick chat. Said he’d let it go fairly decent with a bitta luck back.

Did the deal an hour later. Signed the logbook. Handed over the cash and he threw back two fifties for the luck.

Said sound. Bye now. Hit the M6. Great surge but the wheels weren’t balanced. Lotta shakes and vibrations, like a plane in turbulence.

Brought it to the wheel place the next day. Fella said: “Did you pay much for that?”

“Why?”

“There’s a seal in them does go, happens all Insignias nearly.”

“Seems fine, no lights on the dash or anythin…”

“Oh no. You’ll get no warning. The engine will just seize. Full stop.”

“No warning at all?”

“Well you’ll know if it starts gettin loud. It’s not loud is it?”

“Does be a bit cold, maybe.”

“It’s an import too. Better get it checked just in case. There’s Polish lads up the road there.”

Up the road with the Polish lads. First fella said: “There’s a seal that can go in them Insignias….Is it loud?”

“Does be cold.”

“Start it up.”

I did. He said: “Hmm….”

“Hmmm?”

“Hmmm….maybe you might be lucky.”

“Maybe?”

“Maybe you get a year, maybe engine goes tomorrow. Did you pay much?”

I told him, he said: “The two back doors are different colours.”

“Is it not just the light?”

“More likely a crash. Let me know how it goes.”

Later, rang the insurance, said: “I’ve a new car, want to transfer the policy.”

Ok, she said, what’s the registration?

I gave it to her. She typed it in. There was a distinct pause before she sounded worried and said:

“Hello, Michael?”

“Yeah?”

“Eh…can you just hold the line there for a second???”

And she was gone.

Phone music. What the fuck now.

 

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Mokusatsu – A Novel by Mick Donnellan.

(Includes Worldwide Delivery and Postage) Charlie’s out on bail and back on the sauce. Still devastated over the events of El Niño, he drinks to kill the pain and robs all he can to feel alive. But the past won’t give him peace. The police want him in jail. Kramer’s old crew have a price on his head, and his new employer has big plans to carve out his own niche in the criminal underworld — with Charlie at the helm. Roped into a series of audacious heists and ingenious schemes, he finds himself involved with illegal diesel in Westmeath, stolen cash machines in Mayo and violent debt collection in Galway. Couple that with his regular income of stealing wallets and robbing shops and you have a cyclone of a man roaring down a path to destruction. And bringing everybody with him. And then there’s Karena. The beautiful girl that may save him — but maybe she should know better? At times dark, others touching, and often comic, Mokusatsu is a fiction readers feast of Irish Crime Writing.

€10.00

Novel – El Niño (in Paperback).

El Niño is the exciting debut novel from Mayo man, Mick Donnellan. Slick, stylish and always entertaining, the story is a rollercoaster of drama and tension that hasn’t been seen in Irish fiction for a very long time. Charlie is our protagonist, the pick pocket that steals El Nino’s wallet and then falls in love with her. She’s the wild femme fatale, beautiful; enigmatic and seductive. She rocks Charlie’s world with her smoky wiles and drinking ways and her tough girl ideals. This is Noir at its best. Dark and edgy with crisp fresh dialogue and a plot that engages the reader from the first line and keeps them up all night – right through to it’s powerful finish.

€10.00

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Fisherman’s Blues (Paperback)

Fisherman’s Blues is the hilarious new novel from Mick Donnellan.Dark and audacious, written in a distinct West of Ireland vernacular, it covers a myriad of genres from Crime Noir to comedy and an odd bit of religion. Fresh in its language, vivid in its descriptions, the book sings with the signature style of all Donnellan’s previous work, and a bit more. Delving into the lives of drinkers, lovers, thieves and scam artists, the story weaves a web of intrigue and curiosity that ends with an unforgettable bang. Not without its poignant moments, the plot hinges on the chaotic consequences of three unlikely comrade’s attempts to save their lost relationships, while unintentionally ruining the plans of a rising criminal’s efforts to take over the city. The question is: Can they succeed? And if they don’t, what then? And where have the women really gone?

€9.99

Athlone Launch of Mick Donnellan’s New Novel “Mokusatsu” May 5th @ Athlone Castle.

You are invited to the launch of:

“Mokusatsu”

 
A new novel
from 
Mick Donnellan. 
May 5th @ Athlone Castle. 
Time: 2pm. 
 

*As Part of the –Poetry in the Park -Monthly Meeting.

 
Media Contact: Mick Donnellan
 
E-mail: mickdonnellan@hotmail.com
 
Tel: (087) 9422942
 
 
 
 

About

Mokusatsu is the long awaited sequel to Novelist Mick Donnellan’s first book El Niño. Despite the Japanese name, Mokusatsu is set in Ireland – and a significant part of the story is set in Athlone. Charlie, the protagonist, is out on bail and back on the sauce. Still devastated over the death of El Niño, he drinks to kill the pain and robs all he can to feel alive. But the past won’t give him peace. The police want him in jail. Kramer’s old crew have a price on his head, and his new employer has big plans to carve out his own niche in the criminal underworld — with Charlie at the helm.

Roped into a series of audacious heists and ingenious schemes, he finds himself involved with illegal diesel in Westmeath, stolen cash machines in Mayo and violent debt collection in Galway. Couple that with his regular income of stealing wallets and robbing shops and you have a cyclone of a man roaring down a path to destruction. And bringing everybody with him.

And then there’s Karena. The beautiful girl that may save him — but maybe she should know better?

At times dark, others touching, and often comic, Mokusatsu is a fiction readers feast of Irish Crime Writing.

Poetry in the Park

Poetry in the Park is a community event, open to all ages and nationalities. It is held on the first Sunday of every month at 2pm. This month’s event will take place in Athlone Castle and will feature many local writers and poets. As usual, all writers present will have a chance to showcase their work and read from the latest volume of the highly regarded Poetry in the Park Publication. The group have been kind enough to offer Mick Donnellan the opportunity to launch Mokusatsu on the day. It also promises to be a very exciting and creative time around Athlone as the All Ireland Drama Festival will be in full swing. All are welcome and urged to attend and the invite is open to all artists, families and anyone else looking for day out with a cultural difference.

Mick Donnellan is from Ballinrobe, Co. Mayo. He has worked as a novelist, screenwriter and playwright for many years. He currently lives in Athlone, Co.Westmeath, where he teaches Creative Writing at the Athlone Institute of Technology. Mokusatsu is his third novel. You can read more about Mick on www.mickdonnellan.com.

 

 

 

Want Mokusatsu in Paperback delivered direct to your door? If so, click below.

 

 

Mokusatsu – A Novel by Mick Donnellan.

(Includes Worldwide Delivery and Postage) Charlie’s out on bail and back on the sauce. Still devastated over the events of El Niño, he drinks to kill the pain and robs all he can to feel alive. But the past won’t give him peace. The police want him in jail. Kramer’s old crew have a price on his head, and his new employer has big plans to carve out his own niche in the criminal underworld — with Charlie at the helm. Roped into a series of audacious heists and ingenious schemes, he finds himself involved with illegal diesel in Westmeath, stolen cash machines in Mayo and violent debt collection in Galway. Couple that with his regular income of stealing wallets and robbing shops and you have a cyclone of a man roaring down a path to destruction. And bringing everybody with him. And then there’s Karena. The beautiful girl that may save him — but maybe she should know better? At times dark, others touching, and often comic, Mokusatsu is a fiction readers feast of Irish Crime Writing.

€10.00

 

Mick Donnellan’s New Novel “Mokusatsu” Available now in Paperback.

 

Mokusatsu – A Novel by Mick Donnellan.

(Includes Worldwide Delivery and Postage) Charlie’s out on bail and back on the sauce. Still devastated over the events of El Niño, he drinks to kill the pain and robs all he can to feel alive. But the past won’t give him peace. The police want him in jail. Kramer’s old crew have a price on his head, and his new employer has big plans to carve out his own niche in the criminal underworld — with Charlie at the helm. Roped into a series of audacious heists and ingenious schemes, he finds himself involved with illegal diesel in Westmeath, stolen cash machines in Mayo and violent debt collection in Galway. Couple that with his regular income of stealing wallets and robbing shops and you have a cyclone of a man roaring down a path to destruction. And bringing everybody with him. And then there’s Karena. The beautiful girl that may save him — but maybe she should know better? At times dark, others touching, and often comic, Mokusatsu is a fiction readers feast of Irish Crime Writing.

€10.00

 

 

 

Novel – El Niño (in Paperback).

El Niño is the exciting debut novel from Mayo man, Mick Donnellan. Slick, stylish and always entertaining, the story is a rollercoaster of drama and tension that hasn’t been seen in Irish fiction for a very long time. Charlie is our protagonist, the pick pocket that steals El Nino’s wallet and then falls in love with her. She’s the wild femme fatale, beautiful; enigmatic and seductive. She rocks Charlie’s world with her smoky wiles and drinking ways and her tough girl ideals. This is Noir at its best. Dark and edgy with crisp fresh dialogue and a plot that engages the reader from the first line and keeps them up all night – right through to it’s powerful finish.

€10.00

 

 

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Tales from the Heart – New Writing from Athlone Institute of Technology.

Buy “Tales from the Heart” here and have it delivered in Paperback Directly to your Door! * Tales from the Heart is a recent publication from the AIT Writing Class, launched by Mary O’Rourke in early April of this year. Here you will find a striking array of Prose, Non-Fiction and Poetry that can have you laughing out loud in one story and bringing a tear to the eye in the next. The prose is always lyrical, the poetry always profound and the true stories are drenched in observational brilliance. From interviews with Maeve Binchy to hard boiled Noir and beautiful memoir, this is a mouth watering collection that will be devoured by readers from all walks of life. The Writers The contributors come from varied backgrounds and professions and provide a unique and creative insight with their stories and poetry. Hailing fr​om Athlone and the surrounding towns of The Midlands, each student has drawn deep to put their life experience on paper. While some have experience in the creative industry, the majority of the writers are making their publishing debut here in exemplary style. The idea behind the publication is to take writers to the next step. They started the class with the imagination and moved to the written word but there was always a question of how to migrate these stories and ideas to the published form. Tales from the Heart was the perfect opportunity to make that happen. After ten weeks of teaching, experimenting with form and style, and developing each entry to perfection – we now have the finished product. Read more on http://www.mickdonnellan.com

€10.00

 

 

Fisherman’s Blues (Paperback)

Fisherman’s Blues is the hilarious new novel from Mick Donnellan.Dark and audacious, written in a distinct West of Ireland vernacular, it covers a myriad of genres from Crime Noir to comedy and an odd bit of religion. Fresh in its language, vivid in its descriptions, the book sings with the signature style of all Donnellan’s previous work, and a bit more. Delving into the lives of drinkers, lovers, thieves and scam artists, the story weaves a web of intrigue and curiosity that ends with an unforgettable bang. Not without its poignant moments, the plot hinges on the chaotic consequences of three unlikely comrade’s attempts to save their lost relationships, while unintentionally ruining the plans of a rising criminal’s efforts to take over the city. The question is: Can they succeed? And if they don’t, what then? And where have the women really gone?

€9.99

“Tales from the Heart – New Writing from Athlone Institute of Technology.” Now Available to buy in Paperback.

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Tales from the Heart is a collection of exciting new work from the writing class at Athlone Institute of Technology. Here you will find a striking array of Prose, Non-Fiction and Poetry that can have you laughing out loud in one story and bringing a tear to the eye in the next. The prose is always lyrical, the poetry always profound and the true stories are drenched in observational brilliance. From interviews with Maeve Binchy to hard boiled Noir and beautiful memoir, this is a mouth watering collection that will be devoured by readers from all walks of life. The contributors come from varied backgrounds and professions and provide a unique and creative insight with their stories and poetry. Hailing fr​om Athlone and the surrounding towns of The Midlands, each student has drawn deep to put their life experience on paper. While some have experience in the creative industry, the majority of the writers are making their publishing debut here in exemplary style. The idea behind the publication is to take writers to the next step. They started the class with the imagination and moved to the written word but there was always a question of how to migrate these stories and ideas to the published form. Tales from the Heart was the perfect opportunity to make that happen. After ten weeks of teaching, experimenting with form and style, and developing each entry to perfection – we now have the finished product.

 

Tales from the Heart – New Writing from Athlone Institute of Technology.

Buy “Tales from the Heart” here and have it delivered in Paperback Directly to your Door! * Tales from the Heart is a recent publication from the AIT Writing Class, launched by Mary O’Rourke in early April of this year. Here you will find a striking array of Prose, Non-Fiction and Poetry that can have you laughing out loud in one story and bringing a tear to the eye in the next. The prose is always lyrical, the poetry always profound and the true stories are drenched in observational brilliance. From interviews with Maeve Binchy to hard boiled Noir and beautiful memoir, this is a mouth watering collection that will be devoured by readers from all walks of life. The Writers The contributors come from varied backgrounds and professions and provide a unique and creative insight with their stories and poetry. Hailing fr​om Athlone and the surrounding towns of The Midlands, each student has drawn deep to put their life experience on paper. While some have experience in the creative industry, the majority of the writers are making their publishing debut here in exemplary style. The idea behind the publication is to take writers to the next step. They started the class with the imagination and moved to the written word but there was always a question of how to migrate these stories and ideas to the published form. Tales from the Heart was the perfect opportunity to make that happen. After ten weeks of teaching, experimenting with form and style, and developing each entry to perfection – we now have the finished product. Read more on http://www.mickdonnellan.com

€10.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invitation to Book Launch – “Tales from the Heart” – New Creative Writing from Athlone Institute of Technology.

You are cordially invited to the launch of:

 

 

“Tales from the Heart”

– New Creative Writing from 

Athlone Institute of Technology.

Written by

Students of AIT Athlone’s Creative Writing Class

Edited by Mick Donnellan.

Launched by

Mary O’Rourke.

Venue: AIT Athlone

Date: Friday – April 12th

Time: 6pm-8.30pm.

Media Contact: mickdonnellan@hotmail.com

Tel: (087) 9422942. 

About

Tales from the Heart is a collection of exciting new work from the writing class at Athlone Institute of Technology. Here you will find a striking array of Prose, Non-Fiction and Poetry that can have you laughing out loud in one story and bringing a tear to the eye in the next. The prose is always lyrical, the poetry always profound and the true stories are drenched in observational brilliance. From interviews with Maeve Binchy to hard boiled Noir and beautiful memoir, this is a mouth watering collection that will be devoured by readers from all walks of life.

The Writers

The contributors come from varied backgrounds and professions and provide a unique and creative insight with their stories and poetry. Hailing fr om Athlone and the surrounding towns of The Midlands, each student has drawn deep to put their life experience on paper. While some have experience in the creative industry, the majority of the writers are making their publishing debut here in exemplary style. The idea behind the publication is to take writers to the next step. They started the class with the imagination and moved to the written word but there was always a question of how to migrate these stories and ideas to the published form. Tales from the Heart was the perfect opportunity to make that happen. After ten weeks of teaching, experimenting with form and style, and developing each entry to perfection – we now have the finished product. 

Background

The Writing Class began in September 2017 and has since gone from strength to strength. Taught and co-ordinated by Mick Donnellan, with the help of the Lifelong Learning Department at AIT, the course has seen an exponential rise in demand coupled with a series of exciting successes. To date, three students have had books published and others have gone on to be accepted to prestigious writing programmes such as the Masters in Trinity and NUI Galway. Most recently, Aiden Shorthall shot to prominence with his gripping memoir: The Tree That Fell In Winter. He cites the writing course as a crucial instrument on his road to success. 

The course covers an array of genres such as Fiction, Playwrighting, Journalism, Screenwriting, Poetry and the Publishing industry. The aim is to determine the best voice for each student/writer that enrols. Writers often come to the class believing they are Novelists and leave as Poets. Or start out thinking they want to be a Journalist only to discover they’re more of a Playwright. By covering each topic, we find the approach that best suits each student and allows  them the creative flexibility to explore their writing and reach their full potential.

Tales from the Heart is a testament to the success of this method. Every writer has excelled themselves to push their imagination to the limit and beyond and now has the experience and confidence to push forward into a rich and rewarding career in the writing industry. 

As a publishing triumph in its own right, the book is already enjoying enormous demand and anticipation for the launch is gathering huge momentum. With such well known figures as Mary O’Rourke to speak, backed by such a prestigious organisation as the Athlone Institute of Technology, there is no doubt that an inspired and delightful evening will be enjoyed by all. 

Also, don’t forget that the writers themselves will be reading selected tales on the evening to give a flavour of the bright  and brilliant excellence between the publication’s covers. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tales from the Heart will be on sale on the night @ €10. 

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New Post on Patreon – Writing Short Stories: As taught by Mick Donnellan.

 

Hey,

Some new notes on the Short Story uploaded to my Patreon Account for anyone interested.

“The move from established ideas, testing the boundaries of form and structure, saying more with less.”  https://www.patreon.com/posts/25224606

 

You can also read more about the Patreon concept here:

http://www.patreon.com/mickdonnellan

 

Best,

 

Mick.

 

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Fisherman’s Blues (Paperback)

Fisherman’s Blues is the hilarious new novel from Mick Donnellan.Dark and audacious, written in a distinct West of Ireland vernacular, it covers a myriad of genres from Crime Noir to comedy and an odd bit of religion. Fresh in its language, vivid in its descriptions, the book sings with the signature style of all Donnellan’s previous work, and a bit more. Delving into the lives of drinkers, lovers, thieves and scam artists, the story weaves a web of intrigue and curiosity that ends with an unforgettable bang. Not without its poignant moments, the plot hinges on the chaotic consequences of three unlikely comrade’s attempts to save their lost relationships, while unintentionally ruining the plans of a rising criminal’s efforts to take over the city. The question is: Can they succeed? And if they don’t, what then? And where have the women really gone?

€9.99

Novel – El Niño (in Paperback).

El Niño is the exciting debut novel from Mayo man, Mick Donnellan. Slick, stylish and always entertaining, the story is a rollercoaster of drama and tension that hasn’t been seen in Irish fiction for a very long time. Charlie is our protagonist, the pick pocket that steals El Nino’s wallet and then falls in love with her. She’s the wild femme fatale, beautiful; enigmatic and seductive. She rocks Charlie’s world with her smoky wiles and drinking ways and her tough girl ideals. This is Noir at its best. Dark and edgy with crisp fresh dialogue and a plot that engages the reader from the first line and keeps them up all night – right through to it’s powerful finish.

€10.00

 

Quadplay in Australia – #32

Meanwhile in Australia, Joe said: ‘I’ve no sales for you, Micky.’

‘No sales?’

‘No sales.’

‘Why no sales, what happened?’

‘I had one but I lost it.’

‘Lost it?’

‘Lost it?’

‘Gone. G’luck. Lost. She was definite too.’

‘Not that definite.’

‘Wasn’t her fault.’

‘Was it yours?’

‘No.’

‘Who then?’

‘It’s a quare story.’

‘Sure tell me anyways.’

‘Do you want to hear it?’

‘Yeah.’

‘Right. Hang on til I light a smoke.’ He lit a smoke, continued with: ‘So your wan rang me at one o’clock and said to call over at three. She wanted the foreplay.’

‘The what?’

‘The foreplay – all four products: Telly, Broadband, Phoneline and Mobile.’

‘You mean the quadplay?’

‘That shite. Whatever. Yeah. So I said this is great, four sales, one customer, I’ll be having a pint at four o’clock with my days work done.’

‘We’re supposed to work til eight but sure go on anyways.’

‘So I was in Subway, having a footlong, getting ready to go over and next the phone rang: Don’t come over, she said.’

‘Why not?’

‘That’s what I asked her.’

‘And what did she say?’

‘She said there was an accident.’

‘What kind of accident?’

‘She said her brother had come in for a cup of tea and decided he was hungry.’

‘Ok.’

‘Ok, so he said he’d cook an egg for himself.’

‘An egg?’

‘Yeah, he wanted to boil it. So off he went and he got himself a pot of water. And he got himself an egg out of the fridge and he put the egg into the pot and he was going putting it into the microwave.’

‘Oh fuck.’

‘Don’t do that says your wan, you’re not supposed to put pots into the microwave.’

‘So what did he do?’

‘Right so, he says, I’ll use a cup. So off he went and got himself a cup, and he filled it with the water, and he put the egg into it and he put it all in the microwave.’

‘And what happened?’

‘Nothin.’

‘Nothin?’

‘Nothin at first. He put it on full whack, wanted to make sure the fuckin thing was boiled.’

‘Would he not cook it on a ring like a normal person?’

‘I don’t think this fella is that normal. So ding! Went the microwave, and out he took the egg and the boiling water and all was going well. And he looked into the cup and next thing: BANG! The egg exploded into his face and scalded his two eyes and now he’s in casualty.’

‘And she had to bring him down?’

‘Well he couldn’t drive himself.’

‘And what’s the story now?’

‘No fuckin sale anyway.’

‘Is he alright?’

‘I doubt it.’

‘Did she say to call back?’

‘I asked her but she was crying and I’m not sure what she said.’

‘So what’s the plan now?’

‘I’m goin wait outside the house her til I catch her at home.’

‘I’m not sure that’s a good idea.’

‘What? Sure she has to come home eventually. I can’t be letting a foreplay go to waste cos some fella blew the face of himself.’

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Novel – El Niño (in Paperback).

El Niño is the exciting debut novel from Mayo man, Mick Donnellan. Slick, stylish and always entertaining, the story is a rollercoaster of drama and tension that hasn’t been seen in Irish fiction for a very long time. Charlie is our protagonist, the pick pocket that steals El Nino’s wallet and then falls in love with her. She’s the wild femme fatale, beautiful; enigmatic and seductive. She rocks Charlie’s world with her smoky wiles and drinking ways and her tough girl ideals. This is Noir at its best. Dark and edgy with crisp fresh dialogue and a plot that engages the reader from the first line and keeps them up all night – right through to it’s powerful finish.

€10.00

Fisherman’s Blues (Paperback)

Fisherman’s Blues is the hilarious new novel from Mick Donnellan.Dark and audacious, written in a distinct West of Ireland vernacular, it covers a myriad of genres from Crime Noir to comedy and an odd bit of religion. Fresh in its language, vivid in its descriptions, the book sings with the signature style of all Donnellan’s previous work, and a bit more. Delving into the lives of drinkers, lovers, thieves and scam artists, the story weaves a web of intrigue and curiosity that ends with an unforgettable bang. Not without its poignant moments, the plot hinges on the chaotic consequences of three unlikely comrade’s attempts to save their lost relationships, while unintentionally ruining the plans of a rising criminal’s efforts to take over the city. The question is: Can they succeed? And if they don’t, what then? And where have the women really gone?

€9.99

Casting Blues – Sunday Morning Coming Down.

Check out my latest post on Patreon about Casting, choosing the right actor, and red flags during the audition process.

Click here. Casting: Sunday Morning Coming Down on Patreon.

Don’t forget to check out the reward tiers for becoming a Patron. You can unlock all creative posts and blogs for less than a cup of coffee per month. You’ll also get advance copies of upcoming novels, special shout outs and a choice between my existing books, signed and delivered to your door.

Cheers,

Mick.

 

New Patreon Account.

Hello,
I’ve started a Patreon account. It’s a subscription based website for Artists that allows followers to contribute to an artist’s work in return for rewards such as advance copies of novels, comped tickets for Plays/Films or access to expertise they may be interested in.
I’ll be sharing my teaching methods and notes and keeping all fans and followers informed of upcoming events.
Probably the most interesting thing for aspiring writers is that I’ll be using it as critiquing and feedback service. For anyone that wants to get in touch for advice, editing or direction in publishing.  I’ll be able to commit some time and help in any way I can.
You’ll have full access to all my notes and teaching methods as well as podcasts, videos and new work I’ll soon be bringing to fruition.

As always, there’s no expectation or obligation. I’m always open to help and give feedback when I can anyway but lately it’s been hard to find the time and this might be a valuable resource to begin with. It’s also a good way to build a community and stay in touch.

Even if you’re not an artist or writer, it’s an indirect way to support my work and enjoy the rewards as they come as well as helping to make new work happen.

It works on a tier system of monthly subscriptions and the lowest one is $1.50 (about €1.30) per month and can be cancelled any time. Similar to Netflix or Spotify. Again, no expectation.

Click on the link below if you’re curious or interested. Or maybe just to share it.
Cheers,
Mick.