I was recently featured on the wonderful Writing.ie online magazine – the home of Irish writing online. Whether you are a writer or a reader, this should be your go-to online resource, as it’s jam packed with everything from reviews, submission opportunities, workshops and book launches.
I wrote an article for ‘Writing & Me’ and discussed my own experience of becoming a writer, what inspired/influenced me and how that journey led to the publication of my first novel ‘The Cross Of Santiago‘.
As Oscar Wilde once said, “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken”. It’s a common pitfall for newbie writers to try and emulate their favourite authors, and so it was for me at the beginning of my own writing journey. I began my first attempt at writing a novel when I was living in Montreal, Canada during the noughties. I was extremely homesick for Ireland and began devouring novels by Maeve Binchy and Marian Keyes at the local library. I couldn’t have found two greater sources of inspiration for my writing aspirations and began to tap away at my old computer every night after work – basically trying to re-create the magic I had read in their books.