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.
I graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a degree in English and History in the late 90s, then pursued a Graduate Diploma in I.T. in Dublin City University and a Masters in Writing in NUI Galway.
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. The book won critical acclaim and was shortlisted for the UK Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2015.
My second novel, Lucia’s War, also concerning WWI as well as race, music and motherhood, was published in June 2020 and has been named as the Coffee Pot Book Club Honourable Mention in the Modern Historical Book of the Year Award.
The writers who have most influenced my work recently are: Solzhenitsyn, Tolstoy, Yeats, Graves, Riding, Binchy, Spain, Charlotte Bronte, Dermot Bolger, 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.