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Welcome! Irish Firebrands: Christine Plouvier, Indie Author, invites you to celebrate my first work of fiction. Here you can enjoy the view from a ringside seat, as I conjure up “The Story of the Story,” through blog Posts and special feature Pages. You don’t need to be a WordPress blogger to read this blog, although membership does confer advantages, when it comes to using some functions.


Main Menu

Home – Here you’ll find the most recent blog posts, with links to related content and older posts in the queue.
About – Read a short synopsis of the book, get links to retailers, read Un-Asked Questions about Irish Firebrands (if you have others, you can use the Guestbook page to ask them), get news about other projects, and find out a bit about the strange life led by the author.
Index – Alphabetical list of blog posts.
Trailer – Links to the Irish Firebrands book trailer videos (external sites).
Sample Chapters – Find Chapter PDF, and Audiobook here, plus back matter from the book. The back matter includes a pronunciation guide, acknowledgments and complete bibliography of works consulted during the writing of the novel.
Lumber Room – Where fun stuff lives after a blog menu shakeup. Currently includes Audioblog, an experimental work, where selected posts have been recorded as audible files with a text-to-speech generator; and the Ephemera.
Feedback – Contact the author, participate in polls, and rate the blog.
Library – Virtual bookshelf displaying some of the bibliography of Irish Firebrands. (Sorry, images not clickable.)
Shop – Links to purchase Irish Firebrands books.
Irish Vocabulary – Many of the Gaeilge words, phrases, names, proper nouns (and even a song) that appear in Irish Firebrands. Link to an Irish text-to-speech generator.
Ephemera – Where fun stuff lives after its debut on the home page.
Downloads – Get printable PDFs of posters, selected blog posts in a newsletter format, and other fun stuff from Irish Firebrands.

Widget Sidebar (location in sidebar may not match position on this list)

Fireplace Tools – Monthly archive drop-down menu, and the search engine for contents of this blog.
Torchlight from the Trailer – Slideshow highlights from the book trailer video.
Get it While it’s Hot! – Link to RSS feed.
Embers in Your Email – Click the Ignite! button to set up a relationship with this blog.
Click Image to Shop– Click book cover for links to booksellers. Selected retailers in sidebar.
Ask your Library – E-book and paperback sources for public library acquisitions.
Do I Smell Smoke? – Quick link “Table of Contents” for 25 recent blog posts.
Warm Your Hands – Clickable logo links to a sample chapter of Irish Firebrands.
Bonfires! – Avatars take you to meet friends in the blogosphere.
Proud to be an Indie Author– Support Indie Writing & Publishing: Get your blog badges here!
The Plover Pipes Here, Too – Visit other members of the Firebrands family of blogs.
Visit FIREBRANDS – Bags, mugs and more, featuring Irish Firebrands artwork, at the Firebrands Gift Shop.
Found in the Ashes – Meta stuff. Visit to start your own free blog.
On Curated Lists – Find Irish Firebrands and other works by Indie Authors listed here. Add a new author to your TBR today! :)


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Much Obliged, for Everything.

I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to create, complete, and publish a work of Written Art. But now, with a diagnosis of cancer (possibly two kinds), and all that it entails (on top of other health issues), I need the strength of my Indie Author friends, so I can keep writing. Thank you for your support and prayers.


When I wrote Irish Firebrands, all I had was a set of characters who had moved house into my head, and wouldn’t stop banging on the ceiling, walls and floor, until I told their story. I didn’t choose to do it in any particular genre, and it turned out to be an unusual novel I had never imagined writing, crossing at least six genre lines. (That’s why I call it “Fusion Fiction.”)

It was published under the Romance/Contemporary BISAC, but it’s also been classified as Literary Fiction and Women’s Fiction, with absolutely no difference in sales. Would it sell better, under any label, if, as some contend, I had published as “Christian” instead of Christine? I rather doubt it: that’s not really how the marketplace for Art works.

Writing is a Fine Art, not a craft, like basketry, which, if it’s done right, following a pattern, is guaranteed to sell successfully. Writing a book is not like weaving a basket: There’s no genre, nor gender, nor formula that guarantees any book’s sales success.

My marketing efforts have been feeble (reflecting my state of health), but a few copies have been sold. Even though the book is not a financial success, it is effective imaginative literature. The readers who have reviewed and/or rated the novel (all but one of them strangers), have done so highly.

I’m thankful for all of the dear, brave souls who have invited my unruly firebrand characters to live inside their heads. They’re all ordinary reading folk, just like me: no one is who the marketing industry would call an “opinion leader,” whose positive review or rating would influence enough other readers to make the book a bestseller.

Icon_talk.svgFine Art simply communicates. Those to whom Art speaks must be broadly influential, to widely disseminate any Artist’s opus. In the Arts, it’s not what you know, but who you know, that gains patrons. That’s how the marketplace for Art works.

This has been one of my blog messages to other new writers. To those who don’t know the truth, the effort of trying to write a bestseller according to current guru and gatekeeper rules, and then not to see it happen, can discourage further writing. That is not good.

The suffering of the struggling, rejected writer must be stopped. Writing is meant to feel good. A writer who knows how to write a book that’s worth reading is entitled to enjoy the writing process, and to feel good about becoming an author. To produce a work of Fine Art is a worthy end unto itself.

For those who would like some reassurance that they are doing it right, I wrote a short series of blogs about The 7 Reasonable Rules of Writing:

Excellent spelling.
Good grammar.
Sufficient correct punctuation for signage on the path to meaning.
Thorough research.
Understanding of literary conventions.
Love for language and loyalty to its complete lexicon.
Writing by inspiration, rather than controlling the performance of the tale.

To encourage writers to follow the 7th Reasonable Rule, most of my other blog posts have taken apart Irish Firebrands, to show how writing by inspiration happens. The most popular and latest posts are listed in sidebar widgets, and older posts are in the INDEX.

If you’re an Indie Author, please visit my DOWNLOADS page, and help yourself to blog badges and inspirational posters.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the time we’ve spent together here. Please share the messages of the Irish Firebrands blog, by using Press This, and by re-blogging. Remember: If writing doesn’t feel good, we’re not doing it right.

In Irish Firebrands, I possess an abiding literary legacy, the same as does Hemingway or Faulkner. Whatever else happens, I wish all my WordPress writing friends the joy of achieving their own  literary legacies.



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The Real Reason to Write Well.

howtoreadWe do not know, we cannot be sure, that the real world is good. But the world of a great story is somehow good. We want to live there as often and as long as we can.

~ Mortimer J. Adler & Charles Van Doren

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New Year Reading Resolutions


Today is the first day of the rest of your life, and that’s as good as a New Year, so why not give some thought to your reading?

Originally posted on Meath County Library:

January is traditionally a time of change, of resolutions, of giving up one thing and taking up another. This New Year, why not resolve to read differently?

  • Read outside your usual choice; we’ve all got particular tastes, subject areas and genres that we know we enjoy. But some of our best reading experiences can come from stepping away from the norm and trying something different for a change. So for every book you read this year within your comfort zone pick one from outside it.
  • Read alphabetically; begin by picking a book by an author whose surname begins with A (Austen, Amis) continue until you reach Z (Zola, Zimmer). Using this method will equate to one book a fortnight and can result in all sorts of reading surprises.
  • Keeping a reading diary allows you to look back at everything you have read, plan to read, want to recommend or wish…

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