S H A R O N   O W E N S

w r i t e r   &   i l l u s t r a t o r

Hello and welcome.


I am a writer and illustrator based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I graduated from THE BELFAST SCHOOL OF ART in 1992 with a degree in Illustration. I planned 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 novels, ten years and seventeen countries around the world.


I grew up during the worst years of the Northern Ireland Troubles but I have chosen not to make conflict 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, and the buildings in my novels also become characters in their own right. My books have been described as sad, charming, beautiful and romantic. My debut novel was published in 2003. THE TEA HOUSE ON MULBERRY STREET became an international best-seller and was award-nominated. To date my books have sold half a million copies.


In 2014 I published my first collection of short stories as an e-book called



I am currently writing a psychological thriller and working on a new collection of paintings. The painting shown on my Art page was short-listed for THE ROYAL ULSTER ACADEMY EXHIBITION 2015.


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