In a departure from blogging and freelance writing, I’ve turned to murder, mystery and suspense, and I’m very excited to say that my first novel The Other Side of the Wall was published by Poolbeg Press on June 6th 2017, and was shortlisted for the 2018 Kate O’Brien Award for debut authors.
The book was partly inspired by the very regular night-time wakings of my youngest child, though I’m glad to say – unlike my main character – I never saw a body in the pond next door.
It’s about normal houses on normal roads and asks the question – how well do we really know our neighbours?
The Independent, in their review said, “…masterful debut, which combines the ordinary themes of working mothers and modern suburbia, with all the foreboding malevolence of a Jeffery Deaver novel… a gripping read that is hard to put down and would make a great movie.” – as someone who grew up on Jeffery Deaver novels, this made me very happy indeed.
For full details on the story and all the reviews, jump to The Other Side of the Wall
My second book, One Click, is due to be published on May 1st 2018, again by Poolbeg Press. It’s about a woman who takes a photo of a stranger on a beach then posts it online, with no idea of the unintended consequences to follow.
The Sleeper Lies
My third book is a mystery thriller set during the big snow of March 2018, about a woman who lives in the middle of nowhere. She looks out one freezing morning and sees a trail of footprints across her snow-covered garden, right up to her bedroom window, where they’re deeper, as though someone stood for some time looking in at her while she was asleep.
Jump to The Sleeper Lies for the full blurb – publication date is February 2020.
While I was deep into the process of writing my first book, and wondering if I could do it, I got a lovely confidence boost in the form of an email telling me my short story Into The Forest won first place at the BookersCorner.co.uk September/ October short story competition. If you’d like to read it, click here: Into The Forest
The same story was a finalist in the Colm Toibín International Short Story Competition as part of the 2016 Wexford Literary Festival.