I am a writer & painter based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
I studied at THE BELFAST SCHOOL OF ART for four years, graduating with a degree in
ILLUSTRATION. I began writing fiction after graduation.
My debut novel was about a group of lonely people finding sanctuary in a rundown
cafe. 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 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 the novelist JANET MC NEILL and the artist HILDA CARLINE.
In 2014 I published a collection of 28 short stories called THE LIGHTS ON THE CAROUSEL
WERE BEAUTIFUL, and a short story for children called THE MOUSE & THE MOON on Amazon.
Links on my Twitter page. Artwork by Ashling Lindsay.
In 2015 one of my paintings was short-listed by the ROYAL ULSTER ACADEMY.
I am currently working on a new novel and a collection of new paintings. For all
art & publishing enquiries please contact me on Twitter.