About

Hi and thank you for your visit. I’m an accountant living and working in Jersey, Channel Islands. I made a break for the border a few years back. Two years in Ireland didn’t end well so I unexpectedly found myself ‘back on the rock’. There are worse places to have to live!

During a rather bleak few months after arriving back I set myself a couple of targets. One of those was to complete Barry, the first chapter of which had sat around for a year or two. This was a giveaway but I’m still very proud to have completed and self-published my first book.

Whilst writing Barry I had an idea for a Jersey historical novel and the result was A Jersey Midsummer Tale. Part 1 is set in 1935 Jersey, with all the research that entailed, and Part 2 is a modern day mirror, with threads and parallels running backwards and forwards between the generations, with a smidgin of fantasy thrown in.

I then wrote and released Tess of Portelet Manor which is the sequel to Part 1 of Midsummer and which follows the main character from 1935 to 1954, therefore set largely during the German Occupation of the Channel Isla

Then something new, A West Cork Mystery, which mixes a contemporary tale with aspects of Celtic myth and legend. I had a ball with this one.

And a follow up to Barry, imaginatively named Barry2.

Over a number of years I have accumulated a few short stories. These I have now incorporated into a collection entitled Aspirations of a Sheep.

All books are now available on at Amazon UK, Amazon.com (or indeed your national Amazon page).

When I’m not working or writing you’ll probably find me running, coaching track & field or watching some sport or other.

Thank you for stopping by.

Roy McCarthy

43 thoughts on “About”

  1. alex hamon said:

    Hello Roy,
    Thank you for sharing this ‘about’ with us. I personally can’t wait for Tess of Portelet Manor to be out, having read and thoroughly enjoyed Midsummer. As well as with Barry, you have a way of creating very unexpected moments that leave us thinking…
    May you make us ‘travel’ for a long time still!
    Alex

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  2. Thanks for the follow Roy … looking forward to reading your blog.

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  3. Hey Roy! I’m intrigued by whatever happened in Ireland- is there more about that saga on the blog?? Have to look around….

    Thanks so much for the follow! All the best…

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    • Hi runoffwriter! Good to hear from you and I’m enjoying what you’re doing with your blog. I had a great couple of years in Ireland but it came tumbling down financially. My old blog is still accessible if you’re interested royinireland.blogspot.com Best wishes, Roy

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  4. Hi Roy. Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I’m afraid I had to use Google Maps to figure out where the Channel Islands are located, and then zoom way out to determine where they are in relation to some geography I did know. It sounds like a lovely place, and the history of it’s occupation during WWII sounds like an interesting topic for a novel.

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    • Hello Janna, lovely to hear from you. Yes, the CIs are beautiful. I arrived in Jersey in 1977 intending to stay for a year or two but….
      I’m enjoying your writing and looking forward to seeing your book in due course. Medieval is a bit too far back for me to fancy researching 🙂 Where is your novel set, presumably not Vancouver?

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      • Nice to meet you, Roy. 🙂

        No, I’m definitely not writing about Vancouver. I imagine Vancouver was covered with thousand-year-old, giant Douglas Fir trees in the 13th century. My novel is set in England. I’ve been interested in medieval England since I was a kid, and am finally able to share all that I’ve learned about that time period through my story.

        Next time I visit across the Pond, I’ll have to add a trip to the Channel Islands to my itinerary.

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  5. Thanks for following our blog! We’re following back:) We look forward to reading your posts:)

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  6. electronicbaglady said:

    I am nominating you for the Liebster Blog Award. If you are not keen on participating, that’s fine, because I know that not everyone is keen on these awards. However, I wanted to show my appreciation for your blog and share you with others.

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    • That’s really kind of you EBL, thank you. But, as I think you’ve guessed, I’m not a fan. Good luck to those that like these awards though and I guess it’s better than being nominated for the Crap Blog Award 🙂

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      • electronicbaglady said:

        I’ve been dithering all week, but in the end decided I would. Probably never again! 🙂

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  7. Oh wow, that`s interesting. I`m just after reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society. I use the kindle ap on my phone. As you know, it was set in Jersey`s sister island during WW2. A really interesting read. I`ll look out for your book on kindle too.

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    • Yes that book’s gone mega. Never read it but fair play to the author with a film deal and all. The stories of Guernsey and Jersey during the Occupation were similar in many ways. I’d be very happy if you were to compare mine with that one, thank you!

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      • Didn`t know GLPPS is going to be a movie. Oh, good! Looking forward to seeing yours. Those historical novels take a lot of research.

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      • I must say I have to grit my teeth when I see rows of that title up on the shelves of WH Smith in Jersey when mine don’t appear at all 🙂 Though, like most writers, to me the writing bit is the most enjoyable.

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  8. Best wishes. Sounds like lots of good stuff in the works. Thanks for the follow. I look forward to following your blog too.

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  9. Hi Roy. Julie Israel recommended your blog so here I am. Man, we have a few things in common! I’ve also worked in Finance—although I didn’t even make Manager when I left. I also like running; it seems to clear my mind and get rid of lethargy completely. I admire that you’ve written a historical novel! It seems difficult to do. Looking forward to following your blog. 🙂

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    • Hi Sky! Yes Julie’s great isn’t she, so hard working at her writing unlike me 😦 Still, a full day available tomorrow as it’s Liberation Day here in Jersey. Well I’ll wander over to your blog in a while seeing as we’re both champion runners and hot-shot Finance people. Thanks for the nice comments.

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  10. I don’t know if you do blog awards, but I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award anyway. Please don’t feel obliged to respond; it’s just my way of letting you know that I appreciate your blog. 🙂

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  11. Hi Roy. I’ve nominated you for The Super Sweet Blogging Award. If you choose to accept, please go here: http://robbyrobinsjourney.wordpress.com/2013/05/16/the-super-sweet-blogging-award/

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    • Ah thanks Jane, that’s really appreciated. I’m pleased you bracket me with such high quality blogs. However I’m a miserable old goat and just don’t ‘get’ these awards, so I hope you won’t be too offended if I don’t participate 🙂

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  12. Never know the Germans captured Jersey; will read up on that part of history today!

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  13. Hello and tank you for the follow I am very grateful. It always surprises me when I get a follow. I shall look forward to reading your blog. Be well and happy!

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  14. Hi there Roy,
    Thank you for taking the time to stop by my little corner of the blogosphere and for the follow. Your support is greatly appreciated, I noticed you also did a piece for Jean’s Festival of bridges! Well done
    Have a great day 🙂
    Eddie

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  15. Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my blog 🙂 I’ll read yours with interest, we used to live on Jersey.

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  16. Love your header picture, Roy. That’s where I used to live!

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  17. Thank you for visiting my site and I look forward to browsing through yours when I return from some travels. I would like to pick your brain about self publishing, if you wouldn’t mind? Jersey history fascinates and would love to visit.

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  18. Good to meet you Roy. I visited Ireland years back in search of a man, though not for me. It’s an inspiring country. Sorry it didn’t end well for you, though. 😦

    eden

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