In a departure from blogging and freelance writing – or perhaps it’s the next logical step – I’ve started writing about murder, mystery and suspense, and I’m very excited to say that my first novel The Other Side of the Wall will be published by Poolbeg, later in 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. Here’s a flavour of what the book is about:
When Sylvia looks out her bedroom window and sees a child face down in the pond next door, she races into her neighbour’s garden. But the pond is empty, and no-one is answering the door.
Wondering if night feeds and sleep deprivation are getting to her, she puts it out of her mind – until a week later, when she hears the sound of a man crying through her bedroom wall.
Sam is the man living next door to Sylvia. He hoped the new house would fix everything, but it’s off to a bad start. And for him, it’s about to get unimaginably worse.
Kate is Sam’s wife. She’s fed up with his late nights at work, until a letter brings everything crashing down around her.
A local child goes missing, then Sylvia’s own daughter wakes one night screaming that there’s a man in her room. Sylvia’s husband insists it’s all in her mind, but she is increasingly certain it’s not – there’s something very wrong on the other side of the wall.
To read about how the book deal came about, see Pinch Me
Here’s how it felt when I was a week away from my deadline: Breathing Space
And this is all about writing “The End”, pressing send, and moving on to the next bit
While I was deep into the process of writing the 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.