What I Write
This book has a bit of everything. The most powerful thing it does possess; soul. Good, old-fashioned, soul. – Margaret Madden, Bleach House Library and Irish Independent reviewer.
Hello and welcome to my website! I write mainly historical fiction, my particular interest being World War One and the surrounding period. I have a burning desire to rip through the saccharine, sentimentalised, packaged narratives of this era, and tell powerful stories that will keep any reader enthralled. If you would like to know more, please sign-up here for exclusive updates and promotions.
My first novel White Feathers, a tale of passion, betrayal and war, was selected as one of the final ten in the Irish Writers Centre Novel Fair, 2013, and published in 2014 by Brandon Books. It won critical acclaim from most respectable outlets and was shortlisted for the UK Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2015.
My second novel, Lucia’s War, is forthcoming in winter 2019.
The writers who have most influenced my work are: Solzhenitsyn, Tolstoy, Yeats, Graves, Riding, Binchy, Spain, Charlotte Bronte (I can’t find the diaeresis on this keyboard, and they were really O’Prunty anyway), Andrea Levy and Carson McCullers.
Social Media Policy
I have recently opened a new twitter account after a long hiatus and I maintain a Facebook author page here. Keeping the balance between social media and mental wellbeing is always difficult, but it is a necessary tool and has many benefits.
I formerly lived by the sea near Dublin. I now live by the sea near Cork 🙂 where I go for walks, get more involved in politics than I bargained for, attempt to manage my mental health, and continue to work as a software developer.