John Marsden Writing Topic #131
From Writing Topic #131 until Writing Topic #149 are “based on a book”. The book I have chosen to focus on is Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern.
Interview a character from the book–write it as though it’s the transcript of a TV or radio interview**
RL: Welcome back, for our Friday business segment we will be highlighting small business, in particular a new B&B near Connemarra National Park. Rosie Dunne, owner of Buttercup House, turned the pain from her mother’s death into the happiness for her own future by converting her childhood home, which she inherited, into a B&B as another way of fulfilling her dream of running her own hotel. Buttercup House will open its doors tomorrow and we are joined now by Rosie Dunne herself, Rosie good morning and welcome to the program.
RD: Good morning Rachel, thank you for having me.
RL: Now you inherited your childhood home after your mother’s death, the idea of turning into a B&B didn’t come about straight away, how did it come about?
RD: It was a couple of things, not long after my mother passed away, the hotel I worked at was closed down due to some WHS issues. After I lost my job I stayed at my childhood home for a while to deal with my grief. When I realised that while I had no job, no family and a lacklustre flat in Dublin but I did have a four-bedroom house hanging off a cliff in Connemara, it came to me like a light bulb moment.
RL: It is no secret to your loved ones that your life-long dream was to own and run a hotel, why did you decide to convert your childhood home into a B&B instead of a hotel?
RD: I’d like to think of Buttercup House as my own “mini hotel”. I did my research by talking to other B&B owners and they told me that their places are constantly crawling with tourists. A B&B can also be seen as more friendlier than a hotel, especially when it’s surrounded by nature.
RL: What does Buttercup House have to offer tourists?
RD: Buttercup House offers accommodation for all types of tourists–singles, couples and families with suitable rooms for couples and families available. It is surrounded by Connemara National Park and is nearby sandy beaches, wildlife and Lough Corrib. Buttercup House also has views of the mountains and the Atlantic Ocean.
RL: Sounds like Heaven! What are the rates at Buttercup House?
RD: Rates are 35 pounds per person per night and includes a Traditional Irish breakfast.
RL: What are your plans for Buttercup House in the future?
RD: My plans are to eventually extend Buttercup House a few years from now when business grows over time.
RL: Sounds like a good plan. That’s all we’ve got time for this morning, if any of our listeners would like more information on Buttercup House they can find it on our website, as well as at buttercuphouse.com.ie. Rosie, thanks again for joining us and good luck with the grand opening tomorrow.
RD: It was pleasure Rachel, thanks again for having me.
**Reference: Marsden, J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.