Exciting news

Today is a really special day for me – I just heard that my novel, It Could Only Happen At Sea, has won a Red Ribbon Award in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards. You might be wondering what that means and why the hell I’m so excited. Well for me it was a giant leap into a new genre. My first book Under Cover of Darkness was all about the lymphoma experience, and being able to pour out my innermost feelings on this blog was absolutely a life saver for me at the time. I was pleased to have the first book out, but the writing bug has me well and truly in its grasp now; so for my first novel I wanted to try Women’s Fiction, AKA ‘chick lit’ which I hate but it does what it says on the tin. My absolute icons in this department are Jojo Moyes, Lindsey Kelk, Milly Johnson, so think fun novel that has a deeper subtext… So when I sent Caitlin and James off on a cruise around the Med I knew that apart from having them drink bucket loads of chardonnay and merlot (aw come on – they’re on holiday…) I could embrace some topics very close to my heart – emotional abuse (been there, done that) and the issues faced by a very dear friend in relation to his sexuality. It was an adventure for me just as much as it was for them, and it was also very cathartic – plus I really had no idea where it would end up. It was all a bit scary unleashing something like this on the world, but I did get some really nice reviews, and now winning this Red Ribbon Award is absolutely the icing on the cake. I had some beautiful comments:

‘The abusive relationship the character suffered is an important issue, cleverly disguised in this travel story.’

‘There’s plenty of comic moments interspersed with deeper, thoughtful dialogue between the two central characters. This is very much a character-led story. The cover is light and breezy too.’

‘This book sort of made me want to jump on a ship and enjoy the Med. A light, cheery read. Enjoyed it.’

‘There’s plenty of comic moments interspersed with deeper, thoughtful dialogue between the two central characters. This is very much a character-led story. The cover is light and breezy too.’

It feels very weird blowing my own trumpet, but this has really encouraged me to take up my pen again and go for the sequel the readers say they want. Oh yes indeedy, I’m back :-)

Wishing you all good health,


About Margaret Cahill

After diagnosis of Mantle Cell Lymphoma in 2013, I started this blog to stay in touch with friends, family, and and an ever increasing network of lovely people who sent me healing. The readership increased and I ended up blogging for all I was worth to try and stay sane through the chemotherapy and stem cell transplant. Then after I went into remission (thankfully) I was enjoying the writing so much that I have carried on, and the blog seems to have become a bit of a resource for people, which is lovely. The original year of blogs have now been made into a book, Under Cover of Darkness: How I Blogged my Way Through Mantle Cell Lymphoma. It fills in a lot of the gaps between the blogs, and the tone falls somewhere between graveyard humour and explicit details of chemo treatments. I do hope you enjoy it :-) Mxx
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2 Responses to Exciting news

  1. Crispin Street says:

    Congratulations Margaret – that’s great! Wonder how this shows in your chart.
    Love Nigel & Trish xx


    • Hallooo! And thank you. The recent Ur/Mars conj was exactly on my 7th Mars/SN sq 10th house Sun, sextile Moon/PL… all of that configuration made a gigantic grand cross in my chart, so I’m very thankful to get something so positive out of such a transit. Hope you are both well? Be good to see you if you’re over this way at some point… xx


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