Andrea Mara is a crime novelist from Dublin, Ireland, where she lives with her husband and three young children.
Her first book, The Other Side of the Wall, was shortlisted for the Kate O’Brien Award 2018 and was recently an Amazon number one bestseller in Irish Crime.
Her second book, One Click, was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year at the 2018 An Post Irish Book Awards, and a recent number one on Amazon in Irish Crime and Northern Irish Crime.
Her third novel, The Sleeper Lies, published in February 2020, was an Irish Times Top Ten Bestseller.
Andrea also runs multi-award-winning parent and lifestyle blog, OfficeMum.ie.
That’s the official bio – here’s the background:
In a departure from blogging and freelance writing, in 2016 I turned to murder, mystery and suspense, and my first novel The Other Side of the Wall was published by Poolbeg Press on June 6th 2017.
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?
For full details on the story and all the reviews, jump to The Other Side of the Wall
My second book, One Click, was 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. Again it was inspired by a real life situation – in real life, I didn’t take the photo.
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 was 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.