Thankyou for visiting my website.
You might know me already, in which case Hello!
Here I am on the glorious windswept North Antrim Coast.
If you have stumbled across me by accident, you might want to know a bit about me, my background and my writing. OK. Well I have just published my second novel and now I’m keen to share my experiences and my books, of course.
I grew up on a farm in Northern Ireland, along with my eight siblings, all different and 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 experiences of those years are scattered within in my novel, ‘Time for a Change’, which was published in May 2018.
I worked as a General Nurse and a Midwife in Belfast, then as a Health Visitor in Derry/Londonderry during the hunger- strike years. By the early eighties I had scarpered off to Jersey, in the Channel Isles, as I had an appetite for a more comfortable living.
My career took me to unexpected places and I published extensively in academic and nursing research ( Clinical Effectiveness and guidelines). Now I’m learning the difference between fact, fiction and pure fiction!
I have also travelled the world and had an opportunity to learn from other cultures and peoples – rich pickings for an aspiring writer.
Writing my first novel ‘Long Road, Many Turnings ‘ 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.
That first book soon grew into a life of its own and the characters seem to have won the hearts of many readers. I was so often asked ‘ Where did Bailey go’ or ‘What was Agnes up to?’ that I simply had to write the sequel ‘Time for a Change’. I hope you like it.Click the book covers to see more details.
I’m currently working on my third novel, which will be based on my great- grandmother’s story, and the first of the trilogy. It promises to be quite a revelation!
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?