Car Chat with Caroline Grace-Cassidy


Caroline’s new book “The Week I Ruined My Life” is out on June 24th

We talk cars, dream locations and vineyards with TV3 regular and best-selling novelist Caroline Grace-Cassidy.

Your current car – Love at first sight or just a means to get from A to B? A bit of both. I was looking for a bigger car as my kids are growing. I needed something big enough to get scooters and bikes and friends into for my 2 girls Grace, 8 and Maggie, 4. I looked at a few but keep coming back to the Peugeot 2008. I just loved the shape first (see I’m no auto expert!) and the fact it had a huge boot.

What does it say about you? I come with baggage! And I’ve never had a big car – I always have driven small neat ones so I guess it also says I’m getting older.

What’s under the bonnet? An engine? Honestly have no idea! I still think a bonnet is a nice hat one wears at Easter.

Petrol head or Sunday driver?Petrol head! I’m never out of the car. It’s an extension of me. Unfortunately I am an “exercise-phobe” so I literally drive to the shop that’s 5 minutes away! I don’t really ever drive for pleasure it’s always necessary. I’m always running around.

What was your first car? A red ford KA my parents bought me. I loved it!

Dream drive in dream location? I always loved the idea of driving though the south of France in summer … I’d love an open top … A coupe – Stopping at vineyards (on a over nighter!) along the way.

Do you have a favourite car gadget? Hands free!! My current car is the first car I’ve had that has it.

Who taught you to drive? My dad. Although he gave up several times and even threw me out of the car once! To say it didn’t take to it straight away would be the understatement of the year. Then for my test I had a lovely woman who got rid of all my bad habits. I passed the second time.

Whom do you most admire in your profession?Sharon Hogan – she has proved herself to be a prolific screen writer, comic, actor and mother. 

What was your best career decision to date?Setting up my all female TV and film production company ‘Smart Blondes Productions’ – we have had great success with our short films over the last 3 years and we are currently developing a new 6 part TV drama called RTC.

It’s tough work as we all have our day jobs and 6 kids between us but we love what we do and we are passionate about making strong female led television productions. It’s a changing industry and we hope that the film board will get behind us in the future as to date we have funded all our own work.

What  is  on your car stereo right now? Hail The Ghost an Irish band and my brother Keith Grace’s new CD.

One item you couldn’t live without? My bath.

How do you relax? 
Again in my bath – I’m a very cold blooded person so I love a long soak with my book for half an hour every evening to hear my bones. I also love to go to the cinema – I go a lot! Movies are a great way for me to escape out of my own head (especially if I am in the middle of a novel) and just relax.

Passenger you’d most like on a long journey? John McEnroe.

Passenger you’d least like? Anyone from a TV reality show.

13th June, 2016

Author: wheelsforwomen

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