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.