Sally Cronin is Back!


For many of us in the world of authors-marketing-ourselves, we know Sally Cronin as a treasure who selflessly promotes others, spotlighting their new books, re-showcasing their old ones, and offering endless encouragement and support to artists of all stripes.

But Sally is also an author, and a prolific one at that. Not only does she write blog posts that enlighten her readers on everything from the benefits of garlic to heart health to the weather in Ireland, but she also writes short stories and books, both fiction and nonfiction. And she’s here today to tell us about her latest work, What’s In a Name.

Welcome, Sally!

Thank you so much Amy for asking me over for an interview.. It is a real pleasure.

Tell me about your new book, What’s in a Name.

The short stories in this collection are about ordinary people who in some way bring their own unique spin on their names.  Can Alexander, a small boy with a mother who is a fan of Richard Burton, be great?  Can Clive conquer one of the most deadly predators in India?  There is romance, ghostly events, serial killers and those who need revenge and hopefully something for everyone who enjoys an eclectic mix of genres.

What made you decide to write about that particular subject?

Names are fascinating things. They often identify the decade you were born in and in the cases of some celebrities where you were conceived. We might be named after a favourite aunt or uncle in tribute and to keep their memory alive. In my case I was given the second name Georgina after my maternal grandmother. If we are named after someone famous it can also be a huge challenge to live up to their exploits. Imagine being called Napoleon, Caesar or Einstein!  The alphabet provided a great prompt for the stories and as there are stories for both male and females for each letter… There will be 52 tales by the time the second volume is finished.

How long did it take you to write it?

I spent about six months writing the stories and posting them on my blog. I wanted to get initial feedback before publishing and this was very useful. Also it was easier to fit in a story a week rather than sit down and write twenty all at once.

What was the hardest thing about writing the book?

Probably coming up with a different concept for each name. It helped when the name was previously owned by someone with exploits or historical connection as the story could be geared to something similar. Also I wanted to avoid offending anyone on and offline if depicting a less than reputable character!  I still wanted friends at the end of the book.

Do you see aspects of yourself in the stories?

Certainly I have used locations that I know and have visited for example in France, Ireland and Sri Lanka where I spent some of my childhood. From that perspective it uses my experiences but with 52 stories over the two volumes, I am going to have to get creative.

Tell us about some of the other books you’ve written.

My books are a mixed bag. Non-fiction relating to health and media and then fiction in the form of novels and collections of short stories. I love the discipline of non-fiction where things have to be exact if the book is to be taken seriously. This is why I always have a fiction book of some description on the go at the same time for some light relief.

Do you write in a solitary environment or do you like to be around other people, noise, etc. when you write? I suppose what I’m asking is, do you write at home or in a coffee shop or another location?

I share an office with my husband who is a book designer and we tend to get on with our own work and confer from time to time on specific projects. I cannot write if there are distractions or lots of noise. I love music but keep that for the treadmill or when we are out walking.

Do you write every day? What does a typical day look like for you?

I do write every day in one format or another. The blog is important to me and so is maintaining my social media platforms that I use for the promotions that I do for other authors. I spend an hour or so going through the overnight traffic and also boosting the posts that have been scheduled from midnight. I may then do one of the daily blog posts before getting on with a chapter of my latest book or a short story to post during the week. I do take breaks for shopping, cooking and exercise, but it is fair to say that when it comes to writing… I need to get a life!

Do you have a favorite story in What’s in a Name?

I do have a favourite and it is the story of the toddler Clive in Sri Lanka who finds himself in a dangerous place. I was his age when we lived there and my first memories are of my amah pulling me away from danger. Touching any of the wildlife could be lethal as rabies was rampant even in the dogs and of course plenty of poisonous insects and predators. But I also remember the smell of curry, the warmth of the sun and swimming with my sisters.

Did you design the cover? If so, what’s in the background of the picture?

The photograph of the peacock was taken in the royal gardens of the king’s palace in Madrid when we took my mother and sisters there when they visited in 2000.  We took a number of shots and so we can use a slightly different one for the second volume.  My husband designs my covers and in the last few books I have used photographs that mean something to me.

Do you like to do readings, say at a bookstore or a library? Do you get many opportunities to read your work?

I did do some readings in the UK when I was living with my mother from 2008 to 2012 and had the opportunity. I loved it but we returned to Madrid  after my mother died and of course the language was an issue. This is another reason to get some of my books translated into Spanish at some point.  Since coming back to Ireland last year we have been focused on getting our new home finished but I am keeping an eye open for book festivals coming up in the summer.

What’s next on your writing horizon?

I have three books that are on their way to the final process. Two non-fiction, one on surviving modern life and some of my thoughts on why we find ourselves at odds with the world at times. The other is a people management manual for home and work… There are parallels including working with outside contractors, communicating with those in authority, and teenagers! I am nearly finished with volume two of What’s in a Name and then I must make a start with the sequel to Tales from the Garden which will be set in Ireland.

Where can readers find your books?

My books are all on Amazon, most in print and Ebooks.


Amazon UK:

My books are also available via my own publishing site, some at a reduced price.

And where can readers find you on social media?





It has been such a treat having you on Reade and Write, Sally. I hope you’ll come back again sometime!

Thank you again Amy for asking me over.

Until next week,





166 thoughts on “Sally Cronin is Back!”

  1. I followed the link from Christy’s blog and am very glad I did. The idea behind Sally’s short story book is fascinating and I enjoyed finding out a little more about her in general. Names are so interesting and can provide great inspiration for characters and their stories. ‘What’s in a Name’ sounds like something I’d like to read. Great interview.


    1. I’m glad you followed the link and enjoyed the interview! I think Sally had a great idea with this book and I look forward to reading it. Thanks for dropping in!


  2. So fun to learn about new authors and interviews are such fun. This is especially inspiring because it’s fun to see an author who writes in fiction and non-fiction. And it’s just so much fun to meet new folks! Thank you for sharing this. 🙂


    1. I’m glad you found us and enjoyed the interview! Sally’s ability to write both fiction and non-fiction is amazing. Thanks for dropping by.


  3. I came over from Christy’s blog. Thanks for sharing Sally with us, Amy. I thoroughly enjoyed this interview. The name book What’s In A Name sounds like a fascinating read and intriguing to hear there are individual characters behind a name, and based on real life people, places and experiences too.

    Agree with Sally non-fiction writing and maintaining a blog and social media platforms takes time. With good time management it can be done very well. As a non-fiction writer myself, a lot of the time I find myself so immersed writing non-fiction – when I’m in the writer’s groove, the more I write, the more I am discovering something anew and the more I want to write. Have to really force myself to take breaks 😀


    1. That vicious cycle of writing, researching, and finding more you want to write about is one of the best parts of writing! I’m glad you dropped in and that you enjoyed the interview with Sally, Mabel. Thank you!

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  4. Reblogged this on Poetic Parfait and commented:
    Such a treat to learn more about Sally Conin in this interview! Well done with the questions, Amy Reade. Thanks to my friend Michelle at BOOK CHAT for bringing this one to my attention. Sally is a wonderful blogger, author, and supporter!


  5. Wonderful interview with Sally, Amy! It’s great to learn more about her! She’s so giving with her promotions and encouragement of other writers. I’m not surprised she writes daily!


  6. Yay! A wonderful and enlightening interview with great questions and of course fabulous answers. What IS in a name? I think by reading Sally’s book, we’ll all have a better idea. Sally-your writing and your productivity is an inspiration to us all. 💚

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      1. Fun, Fun. My mom told me she picked my name – Pamela – from a book she was reading when she was pregnant with me. B.U.T. – she doesn’t remember the name of the book. This has bothered me since I was old enough to be bothered. Would sure love to read that book….

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  7. Great interview, Sally and Amy. Names are fascinating and one of the things I love most about writing is picking character names. Kind of like having lots of kids!

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  8. Great interview, ladies. I popped over from John Howell’s blog.It’s always fun to learn about how writer’s write. Like you, Sally, I can’t write with a lot of distractions. I’m too much of a people watcher to write in a coffee shop. I do enjoy listening to music when I get stuck in my story.

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    1. Hi Jill, thanks for stopping by. I’m glad you liked the interview. If I listen to music while I write, it has to be instrumental because the voices distract me from the ones in my head. 🙂

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  9. I hopped over from Jan Sikes blog. Sally, the concept behind your new collection is fascinating. I have always been intrigued by names, from the folklore associated with names themselves to meanings and origins. What’s in a Name sounds like something I would enjoy. Hopping over to Amazon to check it out!

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    1. I think in writing about names Sally has hit on something that is of deep interest to a lot of people. There’s so much we can learn from names. One of my favorite parts of writing is naming characters–I pore over name books and websites to find the perfect ones and I learn so much in the process! I’ve put Sally’s new book on my summer TBR.

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  10. Congratulations, Sally! You provide something for everyone in your books & blog posts. Especially the health related series. They are accurate, personable & easy to understand.
    A great service to your many blog followers. Have a wonder-filled week. 💛 Christine

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    1. I agree completely. I’ve found so much useful information in Sally’s health-related posts. I share them with family and they enjoy the posts, too. Thanks for dropping in!

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    1. I know exactly how you feel–I am always amazed at the level of work Sally is able to put out. And it’s always interesting, always well-written, always timely. I have so much to learn from her! Thanks for stopping in.

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  11. Reblogged this on and commented:
    I just recently started following Sally, and agree with all the others that her blog is amazing….. And I just recently started reading short stories…. I especially like them because my attention span is becoming very short. 🙂 Great interview… love the questions and the answers.

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    1. Thank you, Sharon! Sally’s interests run the gamut, and so do her books. I’m excited to read What’s In a Name and I’ve put it on my summer reading list. I am trying to learn how to write short stories–it’s hard! Thanks for stopping by and have a great Tuesday.

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  12. Great to see Sally here and read more about her book. I’ve read some of the stories in her blog, but know from personal experience that reading the collection enhances it even more. Congratulations!

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    1. I agree, Olga. I have learned so much from reading Sally’s blog. I’m very excited to read What’s In a Name–it’s high on my list of summer reads. Thanks for stopping by.


  13. Reblogged this on BOOK CHAT and commented:
    Many thanks to Amy Reade for posting this wonderful interview with Sally Cronin on her blog. Sally is an author and hands down one of the most generous bloggers I know. Her unselfish promotion of authors and bloggers is infinite. Hopefully, after reading this, if you haven’t already done so, you will explore both Amy’s and Sally’s blogs.

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  14. It was great seeing Sally in your spotlight, Amy. It is always wonderful to learn more about the authors and bloggers we follow. Sally is, indeed, a gem. Her new book sounds like an amazing set of stories.

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    1. You’re so right. As I mentioned in another reply below, What’s In a Name is on my reading list for the summer and I’m very excited to dig into it. Have a wonderful day!

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    1. Hi Annette, I’m thrilled you enjoyed the interview. Sally is indeed special, isn’t she? I haven’t yet read What’s In a Name, but it’s on my summer reading list. Thanks for dropping in.

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  15. Loved this interview, giving me a bit more info about the indomitable Sally Cronin. I can never resist reading the inside scoop on the lives of my blog buddies.

    “but it is fair to say that when it comes to writing… I need to get a life!” — When you figure out how to DO that, Sally, we will all want to follow your example, so be sure to write about – lol.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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      1. You’re welcome, Sally. eek! Those days before word processing software and quick reference sources on the i-net!

        At the risk of sounding like one of those old coots who “walked to school barefoot in the snow” – kids today truly has NO idea (anymore than we can imagine the days of quill pen/dip ink novel writing.)

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