When I was 10 years old I won first prize in my class in a story writing competition and had my Eureka! moment. When I grow up, I decided, I am going to write books.
It’s taken me a long time to grow up. In the meantime, I’ve been a painter (after getting a degree in fine art), an usher at the Chippendales strip show, a production line worker in the Chap Stick Factory, Santa Claus in a department store, a market stall owner, and a reliable line-up member for the police. A stint as a magazine designer led me back to writing. I became a freelance journalist, writing for most of the newspapers in Ireland, and a magazine editor, which I still do as a day job.
But the hankering to write a book always remained, so a couple of years ago I decided to take my courage in my hands and strike out at last. The result was my first novel, The Forced Redundancy Film Club, published by Hachette Books in 2012. Check out what people on Amazon have been saying about it here!
My second novel, Knowing Me, Knowing You was published in 2013, the story of a teenage ABBA fanclub who reunite 30 years later, when ABBA play one reunion concert in Stockholm. I realised throughout the writing of this book that what interests me, and what informs my books so far, is the complicated ties of friendship.
My next novel is out in June 2015 and it’s tentatively titled The Good Father. It’s about surrogacy, parenting and the nature of family, and it’s very different from my last two books. It’s a challenge to write, but I’m enjoying it!