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Hello and welcome.

 

I am a writer & painter born in Omagh and now based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

 

Reading was my favourite childhood pastime, especially THE SECRET GARDEN by Frances Hodgson Burnett though I never dreamed of becoming a writer myself. My other great passion was drawing & painting, and I studied for four years at THE BELFAST SCHOOL OF ART, graduating in 1992 with a degree in Design & Illustration.

 

In 2002 I wrote a short story set in a Belfast cafe, about an avenging housewife called Sadie Sponge. I sent the story to a small publishing house and to my utter amazement was offered a publishing contract spanning seven quirky romantic novels.

 

THE TEA HOUSE ON MULBERRY STREET featured Sadie Sponge and several other lonely misfits who found sanctuary in a shabby cafe in Belfast. It became an international best-seller and was award-nominated. To date my books have sold half a million copies in seventeen countries 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. The buildings in my novels also become characters in their own right.

 

My influences include writer JANET MC NEILL and artist HILDA CARLINE. In 2015 I was delighted when one of my paintings was short-listed by the ROYAL ULSTER ACADEMY. I am currently working on a new collection of paintings and a new novel. For all art & publishing enquiries please contact me on Twitter.

 

Thank-you for visiting my web-site.

 

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