Emer McLysaght from Kill is the co-author of 2017 best-selling novel 'Oh My God, What A Complete Aisling'. Sarah Peppard caught up with her to chat Kildare life
Emer is the daugher of the late Leslie, and Alice. She has two older siblings, Conor and Neil. Emer and her writing partner, Sarah Breen from Carlow, have recently signed a deal for an 'Aisling' sequel, to be released next autumn.
DID YOU LIKE GROWING UP IN KILDARE?
I grew up in the countryside outside of Kill, and in terms of the location it was brilliant because it was a really happy, outdoorsy childhood. There was loads of fields, and lanes and hills and little wooded areas and wildlife so it was really great.
WHAT IS YOUR FIRST KILDARE MEMORY?
I had a friend Laura who lived up the road, and she and I in the summer used to just go out on our bikes and we used to take picnics up the fields, and go and find a stream. And I remember one time my mam had two cans of Club Orange, it was unusual to have a treat like that, and she gave them to us to bring on our picnic. We went on a big cycle, found a stream and put the cans into the water to keep them cold, and I just have such a clear memory of that.
WHAT WOULD BE YOUR IDEAL DAY OUT IN THE COUNTY?
When I was younger, I used to always do a big shop with my mam and go into Naas, and when Superquinn was open that was like our big tradition. We used to go every Saturday, so I still love doing a big shop with mam.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT KILDARE?
Now that I’m older, it’s that it’s so close to Dublin and it’s easy to go home and it’s easy to visit mam.
DID YOU TAKE ANY INSPIRATION FROM THE COUNTY FOR THE BOOK?
There’s definitely elements of both Sarah and I’s childhood in it, she grew up in a very small village in Carlow. And obviously I used to get the bus up to Dublin for college, and you spend your life going up that Naas road on the M7, so there’s definitely a lot of references in there.
FAVOURITE PLACE TO EAT OUT IN KILDARE?
We would always go to the Johnstown Inn, we’ve always gone as a family and it was one of my dad's favourite place to go
HOW DID IT FEEL TO SIGN THE SECOND BOOK DEAL?
We weren’t expecting to be writing another one, it’s very exciting!
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