S H A R O N   O W E N S

a u t h o r   &   a r t i s t


Hello and welcome to my web-site.


I am a writer and painter based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I studied Illustration at THE BELFAST SCHOOL OF ART before becoming a professional writer when a short story I wrote in 2000 led to a publishing contract spanning ten years, seven novels and seventeen publishing houses around the world.


My debut novel THE TEA HOUSE ON MULBERRY STREET was an international best-seller and was award-nominated. I write about lonely people living quiet lives behind the privet hedges and half-closed blinds of suburbia. My characters are searching for sanctuary and a sense of belonging.


In 2014 I published a collection of 28 short stories for grown-ups, THE LIGHTS ON THE CAROUSEL WERE BEAUTIFUL, and a short story for children, THE MOUSE & THE MOON. Cover artwork by Ashling Lindsay.


In 2015 one of my paintings was short-listed for the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition. I am currently working on a collection of Irish landscape paintings as well as writing my eighth novel, CHRISTMAS AT THORNHILL. For all art and publishing enquiries please contact me via my Twitter page.


Thank-you for buying my books & art.