I am a writer and painter based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I studied Illustration
at 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
seventeen 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-closed 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.
Cover artwork by Ashling Lindsay.
In 2015 one of my paintings was short-listed for the Royal Ulster Academy Annual
Exhibition. I am currently working on a collection of Irish landscape paintings as
well as writing my eighth novel, CHRISTMAS AT THORNHILL. For all art and publishing
enquiries please contact me via my Twitter page.