About Hazel

IMG_4560 - CopyHazel is an author, freelance writer and eternal optimist.

In March 2012, Hazel self published her debut novel ‘The Girl Who Came Home – A Titanic Novel’ , which quickly went on to become a no.1 bestseller on Kindle.

THE GIRL WHO CAME HOME will be republished by William Morrow (HarperCollins) in April 2014 (read more about this very exciting development here) with Hazel’s second novel, DAUGHTERS OF THE FLOWERS to follow in 2015.

In addition to writing historical fiction, Hazel also writes a book review blog ‘Off The Shelf’ for hellomagazine online and guest blogs at ‘Carry on Writing’  for national Irish writing website writing.ie. Hazel also writes feature author interviews for writing.ie , most recently interviewing Philippa Gregory, Sebastian Faulks, Cheryl Strayed and Mary Beth Keane.

In October 2012, Hazel was awarded the Cecil Day Lewis Literary Bursary Award for Emerging Writers at the Kildare Readers’ Festival. She has also been a panel speaker at Waterford Writer’s Weekend in 2012 and 2013.

Originally from North Yorkshire, England, Hazel now lives in Ireland with her husband, two young children and an accident-prone cat .

Hazel is represented by Michelle Brower of Folio Literary Management, New York.

@HazelGaynor

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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rose Ryan
    May 20, 2012 @ 10:26:55

    Hi Hazel
    Have been reading you over the past year and I love your stuff. I’m a gran and am just working on the new phase of my life post the job-never a full time one but always keeping ‘my hand in’. Really want to blog-you inspire me and I am now ready to start -don’t know how to do it but my daughter’s friend is going to tutor me-really looking forward to new phase of life.
    i will tap in to you every day and thanks again for the inspiration and good luck with your own work.
    Yours faithfully
    Rose Ryan

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  2. Allan Francis Scott
    Sep 06, 2012 @ 00:05:56

    Hello Hazel,
    Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed “The Girl Who Came Home”. I’ve read with admiration how you work and rise above distractions. I was born in Liverpool in 1930, so frequently over heard the word “Titanic” in grown up conversations. You reopened the windows of my youthful imagination and made them a reality after all these years. So Thank You.!
    I’ve self-published two books “Banjoman” and “Thirty-Eight Short Stories” Not in your league, but fun to read I’m told. Both on Amazon Kindle…. I’m amazed to say.

    Thanks again, Allan Francis Scott.

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    • Hazel Gaynor
      Feb 06, 2013 @ 11:49:49

      Hello Allan – I’m delighted to hear that you enjoyed The Girl Who Came Home and lovely to hear from someone who grew up in a city which has such strong connections to Titanic. Good luck with your own writing – I have absolute admiration for anyone who can sit down and write an entire book! Best wishes, Hazel.

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  3. Janene Gaynor
    Feb 05, 2013 @ 01:20:43

    I look forward to reading your book, Hazel. I did wonder if you have done any genealogy because I married into the Gaynor family here in America but they came from Ireland, probably during the potato famine. We visited Ireland several years ago, loved it, and wished we had more time there.

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    • Hazel Gaynor
      Feb 06, 2013 @ 11:48:19

      Hello Janene – many thanks for taking the time to read my blog and how lovely to meet another ‘Gaynor’! I haven’t done any family history research, although it is something my mother-in-law keeps threatening to do! Best wishes, Hazel.

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  4. Colleen Simpson
    Mar 28, 2013 @ 23:09:58

    Hello. Your story touched my heart. I felt like i was right there with all of the characters. Ireland has always touched my heart and how i dream of living there. Thank you

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