Ireland Calls

If I had an unlimited fund and could travel anywhere to do research for a story I would go to Ireland.

There are a few stories that I have ideas for which are set in Ireland but I really would love to surround myself in the culture. I would like to take my kids and relocate to Ireland for a year. Then I could really experience Ireland.

I spend hours on Pinterest looking through photographs, recipes, clothes, slang, traditions, and more. Celtic music is constantly being played (I’ve always had a passion for it) and dance lessons via DVD have been purchased. However, even with all of that I feel I am missing out on a huge part that can’t be captured on screen.

Both of my projects do not have titles yet (I find it difficult to title a book unless it is finished) the first project is about a widowed mothr with a young child. The boy’s dad had left family wealth behind in Ireland because his father hadn’t approved of the woman he loved.  He dies leaving his young wife and son behind. One day his father decides he wants to know his grandson and requests that they come to Ireland. After some inner struggle the young mother decides it is best for her child to get to know his father’s family so they leave America for Ireland.


The second is more if a fantasy set in Ireland so there would be more leniency but I still want to get the correct feel.


Is there someplace you want to visit because of a book setting? Or a place you’d like to visit so you could research for your own work?


About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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6 Responses to Ireland Calls

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    Ireland is a beautiful country, and if you get a chance to go, I know you’ll enjoy it. There are large Irish communities in Chicago and New York, but I know that would be difficult for you, too. Maybe you could befriend an Irish author online and exchange photos and videos? Your story’s premise sounds wonderful.

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  2. I would LOVE to go to Ireland.We are trying to find out when the Joyces, and the other seemingly Irish family members came over. My mother’s parents, (a sister and a few brothers), came over from Italy between 1910-1913-ish and I would love to go there, too. But I have no plans for stories based in either country.
    Best of luck! I;d love to read your stories set in Ireland.

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    • I’ve always thought my mom’s family was from Scotland. I talked to my aunt who has a copy of the family tree and she said we’re Irish and Scottish. She’s supposed to make a copy for me and send it. I would love to know exactly where they came from and visit there.

      I hope you can make it to Italy and Ireland someday.


  3. jeff7salter says:

    Ireland is definitely on my list of places to see. Seems like such a beautiful country. Lots of rich heritage. It’s a horrible shame that for so many generations Ireland has been stricken by so much conflict.

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