Colette Caddle was over halfway through writing her first novel, Too Little, Too Late, when two things happened. Her publisher and mentor, Kate Cruise-O’Brien died and her father was killed in an accident. ‘They died within a week of each other; it was a truly terrible time. I nearly gave up on the book there and then but I felt I owed it...
Colette Caddle was over halfway through writing her first novel, Too Little, Too Late, when two things happened. Her publisher and mentor, Kate Cruise-O’Brien died and her father was killed in an accident. ‘They died within a week of each other; it was a truly terrible time. I nearly gave up on the book there and then but I felt I owed it to Kate to finish it after the faith she’d shown in me.’ Kate’s faith was justified when Caddle’s book was published in the spring of 1999 and went straight into the top five on the best-seller list and to number one within two weeks. ‘I started writing my first book Too Little Too Late when I was disillusioned with my career and like everyone else, I dreamed of winning the Lotto. Unlike most people who imagine buying a new house or a car or going on amazing holidays, I dreamed of owning my own restaurant.’ ‘I chose the restaurant as a backdrop for Too Little Too Late because I thought my passion for food would make it easier for me to keep writing, I was always advised to “write about what you know”. And so because of my passion for food, and wine, I managed to complete my first book. It seemed to have quite an effect on some readers too. I had several complaints from women who couldn’t stop eating while they were reading!’ ‘So far, all my books have been based in Dublin, as that is where I live. I would, however, love to branch out but I feel comfortable writing about places I know really well. I’m hoping that when my sons are a bit older and more independent that we will be able to go abroad for a few weeks each year so that I can get some new experiences to write about. Linking this back to my passion for food and French wine, I think France is likely to be one of the first places we visit.’ ‘Right now I’m enjoying being mum to a baby again. I'm 5 years older than the last time I did this and some days I feel every minute of it! Having said that, I'm not as nervous with Sean as I was with Peter. I don't race to the doctor every time he coughs and I'm not taking his temperature every five minutes so I suppose that's progress. I have to be a lot more organised - not such a bad thing!’ Since her first novel Too Little Too Late, Caddle has since produced four more bestsellers: Shaken & Stirred, A Cut Above, Forever FM and Red Letter Day. Her books are sold throughout the English-speaking world and have also been translated into Dutch, German, Polish and Russian. Colette Caddle is married with two young boys and currently lives in Swords Co. Dublin. Over 120,000 copies of Colette’s novels have been sold in Ireland to date.
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