I am a writer & painter based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
I graduated from THE BELFAST SCHOOL OF ART with a degree in Design & Illustration,
and hoped to write and illustrate books for children. Then a short story for grown-ups
that I wrote in a Belfast cafe one rainy afternoon in 2002 led to a publishing contract
for seven quirky romantic novels. My debut novel THE TEA HOUSE ON MULBERRY STREET
became an international best-seller and was award-nominated. To date my books have
sold half a million copies around the world.
I am inspired by unsung men and women living quietly heroic lives behind the privet
hedges and half-closed blinds of suburbia. I write about lonely people searching
for a place of sanctuary. The buildings in my novels also become characters in their
In 2014 I published my first collection of 28 short stories:
THE LIGHTS ON THE CAROUSEL WERE BEAUTIFUL
And a short story for children:
THE MOUSE & THE MOON
You can find links to Amazon on my Twitter page @SOwensAuthor
Cover design & artwork by Ashling Lindsay.
In 2015 one of my paintings was short-listed for the ROYAL ULSTER ACADEMY exhibition.
I am currently working on a new collection of paintings and a thriller.
For all art & publishing enquiries please contact me on Twitter.