Little known Magan Vernon fact: when I was a young, early-twenty-something girl, engaged to my now husband, Twothy, we had this grandeur dream of moving and working in Dublin.
When we got married in 2010, I even bought Twothy some books on working and living in Ireland for his birthday. All of these great ideas just blossoming in the forefront of our minds.
Then we went on our honeymoon and low and behold about a month later, hello baby-number-one-growing-in-my-tummy.
So, instead of moving across the world, we stayed in Illinois, though our wanderlust, and Twothy’s job, did move us from the Midwest to Charlotte and finally Texas.
But none of it, of course, was Dublin, Ireland.
So, of course, to write Straight Up Irish, I had to dig up all of those old books and some internet research. And all of that helped to write my heroine, Fallon, who was bit by the travel bug and took a job in Dublin, after drinking too much wine.
With two young kids I haven’t been able to get out my travel bug, like Fallon, BUT I have found almost every Irish bar in the Dallas Fort-Worth area and let me tell you, enough Irish coffees and you’ll believe anything anyone tells you about where you’ve been.
Now let’s see if someday I can have a real Irish coffee in real Ireland.
My family’s whiskey empire needs to keep me as CEO. But thanks to my dad’s will, to take my place as rightful head of the company, I need to find a wife. If I could just get my brother Sean’s pain-in-the-arse best mate, Grace, out of my head long enough to focus on finding a decent woman.
The woman maddens me, but she’s a longtime friend of the family, so giving her a job as my assistant is the only way I can keep everyone off my back. But the more time I spend with her, the more I find myself looking differently at this girl from my past.
Too bad she’s decided not to give me the time of day.
Magan Vernon has been living off of reader tears since she wrote her first short story in 2004. She now spends her time killing off fictional characters, pretending to plot while she really just watches Netflix, and she tries to do this all while her two young children run amok around her Texas ranch. Find her online at www.maganvernon.com