I graduated from THE BELFAST SCHOOL OF ART with a degree in Illustration, and a plan
to write and illustrate books for children. Then a short story for grown-ups that
I wrote in a Belfast cafe one rainy afternoon led to a publishing contract spanning
seven quirky romantic novels, ten years and seventeen countries.
I grew up during the worst years of the Northern Ireland Troubles but have chosen
not to make conflict or politics the focus of my work. Instead I am inspired by those
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 own right. My books have been described
as sad, charming, beautiful and romantic, kooky, quirky and feel-good.
THE TEA HOUSE ON MULBERRY STREET was an international best-seller and was award-nominated.
To date my books have sold half a million copies around the world.
In 2014 I published my first collection of 28 short stories:
THE LIGHTS ON THE CAROUSEL WERE BEAUTIFUL
Coming soon to my NEWSLETTER page: a video and a link to Amazon.