Books, I am learning, have a life of their own. Long after the story has left my pen, I watch it dip and rise on the tides. It amazes me – the power of a book to go on its own journey, as if the author is but a distant spot on the horizon. Such… Continue reading The Heirloom – a treasured inheritance
I wrote a short story! girl in the middle And you can download it, for free, on whatever device you use. Nook ~ Kobo ~ Kindle ~ Apple Now, don’t labour under the misapprehension that I wrote this during lockdown. No siree. All I’ve done during lockdown is watch Poldark (because… I’m really interested in 18th… Continue reading girl in the middle
Did you know that The Countess of Lovelace was the mathematician responsible for the very first algorithm? She’s the one we can all blame when our books are foundering in the choppy rankings on Amazon. How do I know this? Because I was researching SOMETHING COMPLETELY UNRELATED! Many writerly souls have been lost on the… Continue reading The Black Hole of Research
What started out as a hypnotherapy session with the ‘dreadlocks guy’ from the local five-a-side football team, quickly turned into so much more… It’s not your typical ‘meet cute’, but this is how my debut novel, The Heirloom, starts out. Set in my hometown of Galway, it follows the story of Amanda, a young woman… Continue reading The Story Behind The Story
Following a recent discussion with an online book-club (which I am now ripping off for this blog!) the subject of covers reared its’ pretty head. Pretty being the operative word, and a pejorative one in this case. A male reader asked the question, why do publishers insist of giving female authors the kind of covers… Continue reading Women’s Fiction: The Big Cover Up
Read a book for what ails you… We’ve all had that experience – when the exact book we need just happens to come along at the right time. Maybe it’s a break-up, or a health issue, or just feeling ‘stuck’ in your life, when a book that seems to speak to you and your life… Continue reading Can Reading Make You Happier? Probably!
Here it is everyone – the cover design for my debut novel The Cross of Santiago. I am seriously psyched about the cover! It really encapsulates the essence of the story:- “A young woman’s journey to find the truth about her ancestry and the mysterious cross that will unlock the secrets of an ancient love story.”… Continue reading ***COVER REVEAL***