Vivienne Dockerty

Author of Historical Fiction

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Book Research: How Much Should You Do?

Before I begin writing one of my books, I always carry out a lot of book research which I feel is quite necessary ...

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A Self Publisher ...

Since coming back to the UK, I have found a big difference in people's attitudes towards self-published authors ...

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Glad To Be Home: Part 2

Now that I'm back in my native homeland, I've been considering the merits of good old Blighty compared with Oz ...

   
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Briseann Au Duchais Tri Schule An Chat

It is said that the true nature of someone's character is always revealed through their eyes ...

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Meeting My Characters: Is This Spooky Or What?

I recently sent off a manuscript to Matador publishers. It had originally been rejected by a traditional publisher ...

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The Sacrifices Of A Self Publisher

''I was offered a publishing contract, but I turned it down'' said the headline in a magazine that I had been reading ...

   
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Suffrage: Women Undefeated

My first ancestor, Maggie, who came over to England from Ireland became the owner of a successful property company ...

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Writing Your Own Story

When I am at various events in order to promote my historical sagas, people often say to me that they have a story to tell ...

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About My Book: A Deceitful Man

I've met many a deceitful man, but the one in my story appeared out of the blue when I was thinking about characters ...

   
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About My Book: Innocence Lost

Innocence Lost tells of the effect that a stricken soldier returning from the horrors of war can have on a sensitive middle child ...

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About My Book: Beggarman's Cottage

I received a lovely review for Beggarman's Cottage. It got me thinking about the plot and my reasons for writing the story ...

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About My Book: Ping Pong Poms

My husband and I first emigrated to Australia in 2008. Our daughter had moved there, so we became ping pong poms ...

   
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Back In Blighty Again

Here I am, back in good ol' Blighty again after a couple of years down under in Australia. It's good to be back, despite the rain ...

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Innocence Lost: A Life Changing Decision

A young woman knocked on the door of a northern terraced house. Little did the occupant know how her family's life was about to change ...

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War On Waste: Waste Not, Want Not

I was watching Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall's War On Waste programme on Monday night, and I was horrified to see all the food that we waste ...

   
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Remembrance Day 2015: The Story Of A Soldier's Child

As it's Remembrance Day in a few days, I wanted to share the story of how WW2 affected the children of soldiers when they returned ...

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How Standards Have Dropped Over The Years

We have recently come back from holidaying in a 4-star hotel in Lanzarote. Lanzarote really is a place I love to visit, but I'm not happy ...

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Rejection: A Powerful, All Encompassing Word

As humans, we need to feel good about ourselves and rejection can completely destroy our self-worth, affecting our entire lives ...

   
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Elderly People Need Extra Help

Recently, my husband's aunt died. One minute she was lying in a hospital bed with food poisoning, and the next she'd passed on ...

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Reflecting ... On What Might Have Been

I was recently given a date for my new book Beggarman's Cottage and I suddenly realised it was a very significant date ...

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Negativity: What's Wrong With It?

Over the years, various people in my life have accused me of negativity. The word can be used in some very hurtful situations ...

   
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Why I Consider Myself To Be A Successful Self-Publisher

I have recently sent off my new book which is a little different than my usual tales. So does being a self-publisher really work for me?

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About My Book: Her Heart's Desire

When I was a little girl, my granny would sometimes come to live with us. She liked to sit me down and tell me about her family ...

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The Western Lakes: A Journey Of Discovery

My husband and I decided to have a a pleasant weekend away. We went to the Western Lakes, to visit where my husband's grandma was born ...

   
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About My Book: Shattered Dreams

Shattered Dreams is set during World War II. The story is about a simple soldier and his journey through the battlefields of Europe ...

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About My Book: A Distant Dream

This is the story of Maggie's three year old sister who didn't make the journey to England and, instead, emigrated to Australia ...

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About My Book: Dreams Can Come True

In 'A Woman Undefeated' Maggie left Ireland married to her childhood friend Jack. In the second book, the rags to riches story continues ...

   
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About My Book: A Woman Undefeated

Imagine yourself in a ramshackle turfed cabin in Ireland. Your mother is too weak to carry on and is dying from starvation right in front of you ...

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The Menagerie: How Did We Survive It?

Our second pet sitting assignment was in a house overlooking the Gulf of St. Vincent at a place called Hallett Cove. Here lived a real menagerie ...

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Oh No! Where's The Puddycat Gone?

My husband and I spend time in Australia each year. It's great to catch up with our family, but last November we embarked on something different ...