Going Against Type, A Guest Blog by Dublin author Sharon Black

Today, I am pleased to present a guest post by Dublin author Sharon Black.  Sharon introduces herself and her new release, Going Against Type.

Without further ado, I hand the microphone to Sharon Black.


Author Sharon Black
Author Sharon Black


SHARON Black grew up in Dublin. She studied history and politics at University College Dublin and then did post-graduate in journalism at Dublin City University.
She has worked for national newspapers, including The Evening Herald and The Irish Examiner.
She had short stories published in U Magazine and won the 2010 Dromineer Literary Festival short story competition.
When she is not writing, she reads, walks and sees friends. She co-founded a local book club 14 years ago. She loves theatre, old Hollywood films, science fiction and good stand-up comedy.
She lives in a Dublin coastal village, with her husband and their three children.


Going Against Type


My inspiration for Going Against Type was the Hollywood film Woman of the Year, starring the wonderful Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracey. They play rival columnists; Tracey is a sports journalist who takes umbrage when Hepburn, a high-brow pundit, publicly dismisses sport.
In my novel, I turned the stereotypes upside down, making my heroine a sports reporter and my hero a fashion journalist. They write their columns under pen names, and begin to attack each other’s views week after week.
When the rival columnists meet, they have no idea that they have each fallen for their bitter enemy: each other!

Some would say Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Regan has it all. Beautiful, smart, athletic and a great job working as a journalist – in the almost exclusively male sports department. But Charlotte is not quite as sure as she seems. Recently split from her overbearing boyfriend, she escapes for weekends, surfing in the Atlantic, and spends her free nights watching sports, roaring at the TV.
Derry Cullinane is a fashion writer, gossip columnist and sophisticated man-about-town. The go-to guy for any woman seeking expert advice on what fabulous outfit to wear for any given occasion. He’s also tall, dark, good looking – and straight! So what’s the snag? He has a track record of dating glamorous, vain and shallow women.
Charlie gets an opportunity to write a new column under the pen name Side Swipe, but is soon drawn into a war of words and wit with a rival paper’s columnist The Squire – and their verbal fireworks get readers and editors talking. Yet neither Charlie nor Derry knows just whom the opponent is…
When Charlotte and Derry meet at the Races, the attraction is instant. As their relationship develops, so much more proves at stake, than protecting their alter egos. But a blunder puts Charlotte’s job in jeopardy just as Derry’s past makes front page, and Charlotte begins to doubt her feelings.
When Side Swipe and The Squire are finally forced to reveal themselves, will they revert to type – or confound everyone’s expectations?

[Thanks for the guest post, Sharon, SW.  I hope everyone will take a minute to click through to the links below.]

All buy links: tirpub.com/gatype

Author Pages:

Sharon Black Author Page

Cold Coffee Café: http://coldcoffeecafe.com/profile/SharonBlack?xg_source=profiles_memberList

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  • Caleb Pirtle

    Stephen, I think Sharon has written herself a winner. There’s nothing like a good Irish romance.

    • Sharon Black

      Thank you Caleb, and thanks to you and Stephen for your Twitter help today! I suppose it helped for my debut, that I was in familiar territory. And genuinely, I loved writing it.

      • Caleb Pirtle

        We wish you all the best with your novel, Sharon, and we are willing to help you with promotion any way we can.

  • Sharon Black

    Hi Stephen, thanks a million for having me as a guest today. Here in Dublin, we are getting all four seasons in a single day (not uncommon in Ireland!). But, it’s officially Summer time, so I’m happy. Hope you’re having a good day where you are.
    Sharon Black.

    • Sharon,
      You are welcome. In Texas where I live we have about ten months of summer. The rest of the year we never know what to expect.

      I am glad we could be of help on getting the word out about your book. I hope it does well for you.

      Don’t be a stranger.

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