I was born and bred in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Over the years, I've also called Manchester, Madrid, London, Bogotá and Oxford home.
My first novel, Dancing with Statues, was published in February 2013.
As one reviewer described it, "...with the Troubles in Northern Ireland providing a dramatic backdrop, Dancing with Statues provides a unique take on post-conflict Northern Ireland and what it takes to turn the page."
Like most Irish emigrants, my perspective in Dancing with Statues comes from two contradictory points of view – the distance that leaving affords, and the intimate knowledge, understanding, and love of one’s home country and culture that can never be lost, no matter how much time you spend away.
Dancing with Statues is available in stores in Ireland and on Amazon.com.
My husband is convinced that there is a website called “wiki-paddy-a,” which I use to prove that my beloved homeland, Ireland, has given the world many great things. Like Halloween, for example,…Continue
I absolutely loved this short film by Wild Geese member and fellow County Tyrone author, Colin Broderick.
It's called "Smile," and it's a visual poem set in New York. Lyrical and melancholic, like so much Irish poetry, it is, in the end an uplifting story of transformation and renewal.
Two years ago if you asked me what magic realism was I would have confidently told you that it was “a creative device where magic elements appear within an otherwise realistic environment.” I…Continue