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More About the Author
My experiences leading groups, mainly from the United States, led me to write my first novel, 'The Tour'. My observances of the often funny, sometimes sad but always interesting events on tours fascinated me. People really did confide the most extraordinary things, the safety of strangers I suppose. It's a fictional story set on a tour bus but many of the characters are based on people I met over the years.
My second novel, 'So Much Owed' is a family saga based in Ireland following the Buckley family of Dunderrig House. The story opens in the trenches of WW1 at the end of the war and moves to tranquil West Cork. As the next generation of the Buckley family find themselves embroiled once again in war, the action moves from Ireland to wartime Belfast, from occupied France to the inner sanctum of German society in neutral Dublin. The history of the period was my academic specialty so I'm delighted to be able to use it in a work of fiction.
My third novel, Shadow of a Century, is set in New York in 2015 as well as in Dublin during the events of Easter Week 1916, where Irish men and women fought valiantly to rid our island of British Imperialism. While not my academic specialty, I loved researching this book. My husband, most fortunately for me is an expert on this era and so I didn't have to go too far for assistance. The story features three very strong women, united through a battered old flag. Its essentially a love story, but with a bit of intrigue thrown in for good measure.
My fourth book, Under Heaven's Shining Stars, will be published in early 2016 and is set in my home city of Cork. This time its against the backdrop of 1950s and 60s Ireland and it really is a book about friendship, family and the Catholic church. I have a deep personal affinity with all of my characters but this book is especially close to my heart.
Many of the people who have reviewed my books have said that you get to know the characters and really become attached to them, that's wonderful for me to hear because that's how I feel about them too. I grew up on Maeve Binchy and Deirdre Purcell and I aspired to being like them. If you buy one of my books I'm very grateful and I really hope you enjoy it. If you do, or even if you don't, please take the time to post a review. Writing is a source of constant contentment to me and I am so fortunate to have the time and the inclination to do it, but to read a review written by someone on the other side of the world really does make my day.
Top Customer Reviews
A book is not just the story, the plot lines, the descriptive passages. It also is the way in which it is presented. I am sure there are people who will find me nitpicking, but if the presentation is bad then it detracts from the story. For once I would like to find one of the Indie novels that is well-presented, where spelling has been checked and double checked, where words don't run into their neighbors, where sentenced end with full stops, etc. I'd like to read a book where I am not aware of the words on the page, just the story.
mind seeing Conor on another tour.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I skimmed this one because it failed to keep my interest. It's clean, but I just couldn't get into it. I really think this book is better suited for the +50 crowd.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Author does a great job luring you in with the location and then steadily introducing you to the characters and what plights bring them on the tour. Read morePublished 3 days ago by New Grampa on Training Wheels
At first I had a hard time getting to know the characters and keeping them straight, but once that was accomplished I didn't want to put it down because I wondered what was going... Read morePublished 7 days ago by saruelan
From the description, this is purported to be a book about "hilarious" characters. This is far from that description. It is a slow-moving fairly predictable romantic fable. Read morePublished 7 days ago by AlMaine
Somewhat predictable, but pleasant story about a group of tourists on a travel tour in Ireland. I read this book while home sick and it was an easy read that I could put down and... Read morePublished 10 days ago by reading hound
The story is so engaging and uplifting! Truly one of the most enjoyable books I've read in a long time.Published 11 days ago by Kindle Customer
First of all, please note I am reviewing the updated edition in 2016. The current top review seems to be in reference to a previous edition. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I loved getting to know each of the characters and seeing how their experiences on the tour changed them. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mary Hill