I am a writer and illustrator based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I graduated in
Illustration from THE BELFAST SCHOOL OF ART before becoming a professional writer
when a short story I wrote in 2000 led to a publishing contract spanning ten years,
seven novels and eighteen publishing houses around the world.
My debut novel THE TEA HOUSE ON MULBERRY STREET was an international best-seller
and was award-nominated. I write about lonely people living quiet lives behind the
privet hedges and half-drawn blinds of suburbia. My characters are searching for
sanctuary and a sense of belonging.
In 2014 I published a collection of 28 short stories for grown-ups,
THE LIGHTS ON THE CAROUSEL WERE BEAUTIFUL.
And a short story for children, THE MOUSE & THE MOON.
In 2015 one of my paintings was short-listed for the Royal Ulster Academy Annual
Exhibition. I am currently working on my eighth novel. For all art and publishing
enquiries please contact me via my Twitter page.