Kate Dempsey

Biography

Kate Dempsey writes fiction and poetry and lives in Ireland. She has been collecting jobs for her author biography since she could read. She has worked as a coffee grinder, a terrible waitress in Woolworths, a Harrods shop assistant, a computer programmer, a technical writer, a writer in schools and a mother. She's lived in England, Scotland, The Netherlands, South West USA and now in Ireland.
These diverse jobs and homes are reflected in her witty, observational writing, which is widely published in Ireland and the UK. Her short stories have been broadcast on RTE Radio and published in the Poolbeg Anthology 'Do The Write Thing.' She was shortlisted for the Hennessey New Irish Writing award three times and her poetry in many magazines and anthologies. She runs the Poetry Divas Collective, a glittering group of women who blur the wobbly boundaries between page and stage at cool events all over Ireland.
Her first novel, The Story of Plan B, was shortlisted for the London Book Fair LitIdol.

Smashwords Interview

What are you working on next?
I am excited to be currently completing a poetry collection requested by a major Irish publisher.
Who are your favorite authors?
My favourite authors would vary from day to day. I read a wide variety of genres too. I love Kate Atkinson and Barbara Kingsolver and have just started getting into Louise Erdrich - The Roundhouse. I am a fan of the crime novels of Ian Rankin and the sci fi of Iain M Banks as well as his non-sci fi under Iain Banks. For poetry I read widely but always come back to Wendy Cope and ee cummings.
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Where to find Kate Dempsey online


Books

The Last Cowboy in the East
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Price: Free! Words: 4,530. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2011. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
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When Detective Sergeant Harriet is working the night shift in a backwater town in Ireland, she doesn't expect to arrest a fully blown cowboy, bruised and belligerent. She digs into his story and faces up to some home truths of her own. A Why-Done-It. 1,989 Words. Includes chapter 1 of The Story of Plan B
Sylvia's Hatchet
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Price: Free! Words: 4,490. Language: English. Published: July 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Romance » Short stories
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Sylvia is happy living alone with her chickens, but her daughter has other ideas. Who is the stranger who appears from next door and what is Sylvia doing with her hatchet? A happy short story about getting older and retaining independence. Includes CHapter 1 of The Story of Plan B.
Adonis in Adidas
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Price: Free! Words: 4,080. Language: English. Published: July 5, 2011. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
A holiday short story set on the idyllic Greek Island of Paros. Come swim in the wine dark sea, sip retsina in the shade and enjoy Moira's attempts to subvert the course of Greek justice in defence of the beautiful but narcissistic boyfriend, Sean. Includes Chapter 1 of The Story of Plan B.
The Story of Plan B
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 99,740. Language: English. Published: April 19, 2011. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
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Zoë Madison has escaped to an uneventful life in Dublin when she gets a call from sexy, celebrity gardener Larry Harte. Larry has found that her New Age hippy mother worked for Larry's popstar father before he died. But is there more to the story? The paparazzi certainly think so and pursue them across Ireland as they delve into the past and face the future. Life is the Story of Plan B.