Irish author and Fair City star Claudia Carroll has said she was inspired to begin writing back in the long days of filming the RTÉ One soap.

Carroll, who is well-known for playing Nicola Prendergast in the long-running soap, has written 17 novels including her latest release The Fixer.

During an appearance on the Today show on RTÉ One, she told presenters Maura Derrane and Dáithí Ó Sé that it all began on Fair City.

She said: "We used to have very long days on Fair City. You'd often get days where you'd be in at 7 o'clock in the morning and you'd have one scene, so you'd be up, made up, ready to go, scene done by nine.

"And then you might not be used again until 3 or 4 o'clock. So I'd be in the dressing room with Clelia Murphy yakking, and then I thought I could use the time, I can actually do something here.

"So I started bringing in notes, laptop and it just started from there."

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Carroll now writes a book a year, a process she likens to "doing the Leaving Cert every single year".

"You just get into that routine, it's about six months to do a first draft, then you're editing and that's another couple of months," she explained.

"And then you're promoting the book, this is the great part, coming on a show like this, yakking and meeting people. I'm already editing my book for next year."

She said of her latest novel: "The Fixer is a book about cheating and Meg the central character has been cheated on once too often, and she says do you know what, I'm not taking this lying down anymore. So she decides she's going to fix the cheater and she does it so well, so beautifully."

The Today show airs on RTÉ One weekdays at 3.30pm.

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