I’m a writer and recovering journalist based in Dublin, Ireland. My first book, The Devil in the Red Dress, about the trial of Sharon Collins and Essam Eid, was published by Maverick House in 2008. This was followed by Death on The Hill, about the killing of Celine Cawley by her husband Eamonn Lillis, in 2010, published by The O’Brien Press. Both books were based on trials I’d covered in my years as a freelance court reporter.
I live not far from the Four Courts with my husband, a photographer, and a particularly loopy cat. I grew up in London but have been living in Ireland for almost thirty years. I was a working journalist for more than a decade and have worked in both print and broadcasting on a national and local level but these days my interests lie further back in time. I’m happiest getting lost in dusty archives in search of some rare gem.
I’ve had some pretty random gigs (who hasn’t in this day and age?) including, but not limited to, summarising public submissions on the Irish Constitution for an all party government body, being a tour guide in a Norman castle, working for a private hospital consultant and running an antique stall in a market.
These days I’m taking a step away from death and disaster (though the book I’m working on now is hardly a knockabout comedy) and working on fiction.