Mary McClarey

On a good day!
Mary on a good day

Thankyou for visiting my website. You might know me already, in which case Hello!

You might have stumbled across me by accident, in which case Oops, but still Hello!

Or you might want to know a bit about me, my background and my writing. OK. Well as you can see from my photo,which is the best I’ve got, and no I wasn’t having a bad hair day., I’m more than middle aged. I have just published my first novel and now  I’m keen to share my experiences and my book, of course.

I grew up on a farm in Northern Ireland,along with my nine siblings, all different andel2 although I could write  a book about each of them, most of it is probably best left untold.

My first foray into freedom, after surviving the strict convent school expectation of vocation, was to nursing.

A student nurse in Belfast at the height of what is now called ‘The Troubles’, I led an exciting and sometimes dangerous,but never dull,life. I made lifelong friends during those years and some of the adventures and experiences of those years are scattered within in my second book, ‘Time for a Change’, due to be published April 2018.

I worked as a Health Visitor in Derry/Londonderry during the hunger- strike years too, and then scarpered off to Jersey, in the Channel Isles, as I had an appetite for a more comfortable living.

I now have two grown up children,twins, who, since I’ve become a writer, are pretty grateful not to share my surname .Without a doubt the best achievement of my life has been surviving the sleep deprived twin years and keeping me awake for five years was probably their greatest achievement too.

My career in nursing took me to unexpected places-I travelled the world and had an opportunity to learn from other cultures and peoples- rich pickings for an aspiring writer. Extensively published in academic and nursing research journals, I’m learning the difference between fiction and pure fiction!.

Writing my first novel ‘Long Road Many Turnings ‘ was an amazing experience. I turned four years worth of private thoughts, storylines and research, mostly developed in a darkened room, into a public document. It is akin to walking down the street naked , in a street where all your friends and family will see you! But like a genie, once out of the bottle there’s no going back in. It has its own life now and the characters seem to have won the hearts of many readers. I’m often asked ‘ Where did Bailey go’ or ‘What was Agnes up to?’ and the inevitable’ which one am I?’

Thankyou for staying with me  until the end of this page , I hope this encourages you to read more about my books on the next pages.Or to write your own?





I also run a small bed and Breakfast in the town of Modbury, South Devon. You can visit the site by clicking the image below…
Barn Owl B&B Modbury