Welcome to my web site. Here you will find information about my books and the writing courses and workshops I facilitate around the country of Ireland. I have a life long love of writing and drama and I have worked with directors, theatre companies, actors and writers. I also read scripts, and offer editing and beta reading services. Strange to some but I love editing, and making a piece of writing the best it can be.
Workshops & Writing Courses
I teach a number of courses and workshops including a very popular memoir writing course that has yielded some great results. A collection of short memoirs called Down Memory Lane was produced and published last year with all proceeds going to the local Alzheimer Societies patient comfort care fund. I also teach short story workshops, novel writing classes, and do private one to one tuition. More information can be found on the Workshops & Writing Courses page.
My blog is where I share my love of all things creative. You will find book reviews, my view on theatre performances, radio, sculptures, workshops, meetings etc. I try to keep my blog updated as often as possible detailing events that I attend, books I’m working on, life as a writer, publishing details, and whatever rocks my boat. My latest blog posts are listed below so be sure to check them out and subscribe so you don’t miss out on what is going on.
A number of my books are complete and ready for publication. If anyone out there is interested in publishing them and providing royalties, I’ll always listen. If I self-publish they will be made available in both paperback and e-book formats from Amazon and all leading bookstores. For more information and to read the blurbs for each title please visit my books page.
Mistakes are mine, all mine. In the second edition of my self-published book I have included that phrase. An acknowledgement that my beta readers and editors are not to blame for faults readers find.
To be honest, I do not always accept an editors suggestion. The spectre of the traditional publisher rejecting work because ...more
Says it all
I am a member of Goodreads which has a list of book club reads. One of my reviewers suggested my novella Autumn Burning is a good choice for a book club. It has been called a 'literary mystery novel' and has several points of view, and is set in Thailand. I aim ...more
Character - twenty things
Barbara Poelle is a literary agent at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency. https://www.irenegoodman.com/about.php
I found this advice sometime ago and have adopted it to give depth to my character whether I am struggling or not. Having said that, I cannot remember the twenty character details but they are buried in my sub conscious, ...more
Top customer review
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and intriguing novel
By Nora Carroll on 13 July 2017
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Autumn Burning is an intriguing and intelligently written novel , set in the very exotic Thailand , obviously well known by the author.
It has everything , mystery , intrigue , romance . You get a vivid ...more
I can analyse and offer constructive criticism, looking at plot, dialogue, characterisation, pace, point of view, tense, hooks and so on but reading likes and dislikes are subjective. Story reviews on Amazon are subjective too. One book I know has over 1,000 reviews of which 840 are 5*. 29 in total are 1* and 2*. ...more