Aug. 30, 2008: Ithaca Journal: Literary Inspiration: Meet Mary Pat Hyland
Where is your favorite place to write?
Lakeside in the Finger Lakes. (More typically I write the first drafts in longhand and finesse them on the computer in my spare room — my writer’s den.)
Has Ithaca influenced your writing in any way?
There is a wealth of character inspiration to be found just people watching on The Commons.
When do you get most of your writing done?
midmorning and late-evening
Name 2 books that have inspired your writing.
“The Optimist’s Daughter” by Eudora Welty, “The Accidental Tourist” by Anne Tyler
Who is your favorite author?
What is your favorite font to type in?
What do you want readers to take away from your book?
I’d like them to get lost in the storytelling so much that they miss the characters when they close the book.
What do you love most about being an author?
The challenge of creating characters that feel authentic to the reader
What are you currently working on?
The sequel to my debut novel, “The Cyber Miracles.” The first book has an important scene in Dryden. The sequel will have many scenes in the Finger Lakes area and Binghamton.
If you could have dinner with any three fictional characters, which would you choose?
Fergal, Andy Krall and Chelsea Bachrach — I loved writing these three characters in my novel; I’d love to hang out with them in real life.
Aug. 26, 2008: Press & Sun-Bulletin: Mary Pat Hyland plans book signing
Local author and former Press & Sun-Bulletin writer/editor Mary Pat Hyland will sign copies of her debut novel, “The Cyber Miracles,” from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Town Square Mall, Vestal.
The novel’s heroine, Maeve Kenny, leaves New York City and returns home to Binghamton, where she learns by accident what happens when faith and modern technology collide.
For more information, visit the novel’s official blog at thecybermiracles.wordpress.com.
The bookstore is hosting the event for local authors who are either self-published or published through small press houses.
Genres range from children’s books to local history, drama to mystery.
Other participating authors are Constance Watkins, Carol Anne Gendle, Jen Bokal, Paul Juser, Emory Titus, Claude Sheffield, Elaine Sullivan and Dwight Kemper.
Their books can be purchased at the event, and the authors will be available for one-on-one discussion and for readings.
Aug. 22, 2008: Press & Sun-Bulletin: Barnes & Noble to host local authors
Nine local authors will showcase their work during a meet-and-greet event scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Vestal.
Authors will be available to meet the public and to give readings. Books will be for sale.
Local authors include Constance Watkins, Carol Anne Gendle, Jen Bokal, Paul Juser, Emory Titus, Mary Pat Hyland, Claude Sheffield, Elaine Sullivan and Dwight Kemper.
Summer 2008: Summer 2008 issue of VPA Times, a periodical publishing by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University: “MARY PAT HYLAND ‘77 published her debut novel The Cyber Miracles in January; it’s available on Amazon.com.”
Aug. 8, 2008: WBNG TV-12 website: Barnes & Noble in Vestal is pleased to welcome several newly published local authors on Friday, August 29th at 6:30 PM.
Come find out what your friends and neighbors have been writing about!
Barnes & Noble is pleased to welcome several local authors who are either self-published or published through small press houses. This is an opportunity for them to showcase their work to the public.
Genres range from children’s books to local history. Fiction, drama, mystery…there will be something for everyone at this event. Participating authors include: Constance Watkins, Carol Anne Gendle, Jen Bokal, Paul Juser, Emory Titus, Mary Pat Hyland, Claude Sheffield, Elaine Sullivan, and Dwight Kemper.
Their books will be available to purchase at the event and authors will be available for one-on-one discussion and for readings. For more information about the event or the participating authors, contact Lu Anechiarico, Community Relations Manager at 770-9505.
July 21, 2008: Syracuse University Magazine (Summer 2008 / Vol 25/No.2) Class Notes
Mary Pat Hyland, ’77 (VPA) wrote The Cyber Miracles (CreateSpace Publishing), a novel about a young woman whose life takes an unplanned course after her fictitious web site draws miracle seekers from around the world.
March 31, 2008: On WSKG’s “Off the Page” Web site
Back to Binghamton and a test of faith and strength
“The Cyber Miracles” by Mary Pat Hyland opens with a scene of apprehension and glamorous excitement in New York City, turns from a silly misfortune to a personal tragedy and then whips its protagonist through incidents that are both trying and comical before settling into themes of genuine religious experience. All this happens with an Irish lilt and, for readers in New York’s Southern Tier, a strong sense of local color.
Hyland’s protagonist Maeve Kenny is a Binghamton girl who has found her dream job with the New York office of an Irish public relations firm called Clú (the name is Irish Gaelic for “renown” – there is a Gaelic glossary in the back of the book). Maeve is also dating a handsome soap opera actor and seems to be enjoying Irish luck when a foolish mistake costs her the job. She parts company with good Irish friends and goes back to her old hometown. The move should only be temporary, but her mother suddenly dies and Maeve stays on to give support to her father. She finds a job with the (fictional) Binghamton Herald. Editor Dom Dellapenta is an old classmate but also a bullying boss on the rebound from a national career that fell apart.
Maeve also meets up with her next door neighbor Andy Krall, a paraplegic computer expert who helps her design a personal website and becomes a steady friend. He adds a webcam image of a statue of the Virgin Mary located in a small grotto in her family’s backyard. Tears appear on the face of the Madonna accompanied by a Gregorian chant and soon devout Catholics worldwide discover the website and their devotion seems to bring forth miracles. Maeve herself could use divine intervention in her life. Her actor boyfriend has taken up with another woman, her father has become involved with a lady tai chi instructor, the internet image has been traced to Binghamton and Maeve becomes the unwelcome center of attention.
Mary Pat Hyland draws on her own experience for many of the details in “The Cyber Miracles”. She was for several years a columnist and editorial writer for the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin and her column on surfing Websites was syndicated in over 90 newspapers in the U.S. and Canada. Mary Pat is also an instructor in the Irish language and performs traditional Irish music with her family musical group, The Hylands.
Mary Pat Hyland joins Bill Jaker on OFF THE PAGE to tell about making the switch from journalism to fiction and setting her debut novel in a place she covered as a reporter. She’ll also tell about Irish culture in Ireland and elsewhere and share some Irish poetry in the original Gaelic and in English translation. To join in the conversation call during the live 1:00 PM broadcast to 888/359-9754 or post a comment to WSKG.Radio@Gmail.com.
March 22, 2008: In the Ithaca Journal: Reader’s Choice: What are you reading?
Need a miracle? Read MaryPat Hyland’s novel, “The Cyber Miracles,” and follow Maeve Kenny through mystery, romance, her Irish roots and funny but frustrating daily challenges. Hyland’s settings are local! — Anne Woodard, Ithaca
March 14, 2008: On WKSG FM’s “Off the Page” Web page talking about my appearance on April 1.
NEXT TIME: A promising career with an Irish-owned p.r. firm and a glamorous life in Manhattan suddenly goes sour, sending Maeve Kenny back to her home town of Binghamton and an experience that turns her life around again. “The Cyber Miracles” is the first novel by Mary Pat Hyland. On Tuesday, April 1st she visits OFF THE PAGE to tell about her move from journalism to fiction and her interest in Irish culture.
March 11, 2008: Page 3D of the Press & Sun-Bulletin (and on it’s Web site)
(Ex-)newspaper editor now is published novelist
She tells her parents’ neighbor, as he creates a Web site to help her find a job, that she needs a miracle to turn her life around. Who would have thought the whole world would be watching when it happens?
“The Cyber Miracles” is available at Amazon.com and Hyland’s E-store, http://www.createspace.com/3335674. The book’s official blog is at https://thecybermiracles.wordpress.com/.