Author Archive: Aine Greaney

I’m an Irish writer (County Mayo) now living on Boston’s North Shore.
My second novel, Dance Lessons has been published by Syracuse University Press. Read more about the book or order your copy here.
As well as writing, I lead writing workshops at various schools, arts organizations, libraries and colleges in New England and beyond. For information on my programs and workshops, visit the Mass. Cultural Council artist profile.
As well as working, writing and teaching, I get out and about now and again. I belong to local and regional arts and writing organizations, including the New Hampshire Writers Project, the Cape Cod Writers Center, Irish Network Boston and the American Conference for Irish Studies.
I travel back to Ireland frequently.
 

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Short Fiction: A New Year’s Friendship

Short Fiction: A New Year’s Friendship

Elaine Walsh Barrington revs up her white BMW and reverses the car out of the double garage behind the house. “I really don’t mind getting a taxi to the station again,” Lorna, her younger sister, says from the passenger seat. “You didn’t have to leave your New Years Day open house like this.” The clenched […]

January 6, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
How We Change As Writers

How We Change As Writers

Last week I was trying to downsize one of my overflowing bookshelves when I came across a copy of my first novel, The Big House. The book was published in 2003 by Pocket Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, U.K. I held my first book in my hands and felt that nostalgia we feel when […]

September 4, 2015 | By | Reply More
Love Letter

Love Letter

Dear Writing, It’s Valentine’s Day. Or almost. So now it’s time to tell you what you’ve meant to me and how you’ve changed my heart and life. Good love letters reminisce and remind of those first sightings, those early flirtations and that heady free fall into real love. So here goes. I first spotted you […]

February 12, 2015 | By | 4 Replies More
5 Ways to Spot and Avoid Sketchy Editors and Publications

5 Ways to Spot and Avoid Sketchy Editors and Publications

I still remember that summer afternoon when my mother came upstairs to find me weeping into my pillow. I was 20 years old, and I had just discovered that my boyfriend had been cheating on me. Of course, I told my mother the edited, sanitized version of the story, omitting that part about walking into […]

November 19, 2014 | By | 7 Replies More
The Scariest Moments in a Writer’s Life

The Scariest Moments in a Writer’s Life

Vampires? Witches? Ghouls? Yes, they’re Halloween scary (maybe), but they’ve got nothing on the spookiest moments from a writer’s life. All writers can list at least three things that can send us screeching and cowering under our bed covers. I’ll tell you mine (including my fright-busting fixes), if you tell us yours. 1. Eeeek! The […]

October 29, 2014 | By | 4 Replies More
5 Ways to be a Smart, Gutsy Writer

5 Ways to be a Smart, Gutsy Writer

I used to think that becoming a writer was like leafing through a travel brochure or scrolling through a vacation website to find that perfect, sunlit place (writing genre). Once I found the perfect spot, I would earmark that page and say, “Yeah, that’s where I’m headed.” Then, once I actually got there, I’d set […]

January 20, 2014 | By | 12 Replies More
My Big Fake Immigrant Memoir

My Big Fake Immigrant Memoir

Let’s face it, the American immigration story has been done to death. It’s the “been-there-wrote-that” tale. So would someone please tell why I’m sitting here writing a book-length memoir about leaving my native Ireland, at age 24, to come alone to live in America? While I’m penning my woman’s immigrant story, the very same story is being played […]

May 21, 2013 | By | 6 Replies More
Thanksgiving’s a Holiday Over Here

Thanksgiving’s a Holiday Over Here

The American man’s voice sounded woken-up and irritated. “It’s Thanksgiving,” he said down that payphone. “So my roommates are off work and gone home. Like, Thanksgiving’s a holiday over here.” Oh, come on, I wanted to say.  I mean, with nobody getting born or killed or risen from the dead,  just how big could this ‘holiday’ of yours really […]

November 22, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
10 Ways to Love a Writer: On Valentine’s Day and Forever

10 Ways to Love a Writer: On Valentine’s Day and Forever

Author Aine Greaney has shared her fun post on ways to love a writer for Valentine’s Day. 1.       Forgive our occasional social gaffes, like when we  gaze off mid-dinner and mid-sentence to let that bistro meal grow cold. We’re not ignoring you. Honest.  We’re writing. Or eavesdropping.  Same thing. 2.       When we’re doing a reading or speaking on a […]

February 14, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Writer with a Day Job: About the Blue Curlers

Writer with a Day Job: About the Blue Curlers

Standing there at my car, his lips twitched. He was trying not to laugh. At me. Once again, I was driving to work with a head full of large, blue hair curlers. He mustered his cop-serious voice. “–Then you’ll see the signs after that.” “Thanks very much,” I said. “Yeah. Good luck!” he said, with […]

August 25, 2011 | By | 8 Replies More