I am a writer and painter based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
I graduated from the Belfast School of Art with a degree in Illustration and planned
to work as a writer and illustrator of books for children. Then a short story I wrote
in a cafe one rainy afternoon led to THE TEA HOUSE ON MULBERRY STREET and six other
quirky, funny novels about lonely people searching for a place of sanctuary.
I am inspired by unsung men and women living quietly heroic lives behind the privet
hedges and half-drawn blinds of suburbia, and by the beautifully tender novels of
Janet McNeill and Brian Moore.
My books have sold half a million copies in Ireland, the UK, the US, Canada, Australia,
New Zealand, Germany, Italy, France, Holland, Poland, Lithuania and Russia. My debut
novel featured on the New York Times bestseller list.
I am currently writing a psychological thriller.
My interests include photography, fashion, and collecting costume jewellery.