I grew up on a Greek island with only my books, my sister, a dog and a donkey for company. I was always reading, often with three or four books on the go at once. I first read Watership Down when I was nine years old. As a child, my favourite book was Tristan and Iseult by Rosemary Sutcliffe, I loved the illustrations by Victor Ambrus, too. I then made the leap into Fantasy with the Belgarion series by David Eddings, and never looked back.
I began writing my first novel at the age of fourteen. I never finished it, but it lurks hopefully in the bottom of my desk, patiently awaiting the day when I bring it back to life.
Now, I am a wife, mother, and owner of Ireland’s most lunatic labradoodle. I am fortunate to live in beautiful rural Ireland, but must confess to the occasional Greek escape to enjoy a little Mediteranean sun and cuisine.
I was inspired to write ‘Conor Kelly and the Four Treasures of Eirean’ by my daughter, Carys. Like Conor, she cannot walk or talk, but I am convinced she can understand far more than she is able to indicate to us.
I also wanted to share with others Ireland’s many astounding ancient sites, and the characters and legends associated with them. I am currently working on ‘Conor Kelly and the Fenian King’, Book 2 in The Tir na Nog Trilogy, and the final book is called ‘Conor Kelly and the Three Waves of Eirean’.
I am also working on a project entitled 'Unique'; this is a fictional story based on my very real experiences bringing up a child with a rare syndrome.
Recently, I had a short story published in a charity anthology, 'Of Words and Water 2013', in support of Wateraid. This story is based on my novel, 'Unique', and is called 'Sea Bright'. This story was also short-listed for the Fish Publishing Short Memoir Competition.