Tyne O'Connell


"She is the Queen Bee incarnate!" THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

"Draped in deep pink and sipping saki in her fashionable London warehouse, the impossibly glamorous O’Connell!" ELLE MAGAZINE

"A latter day Elinor Glyn (the original It Girl)" THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, Casandra Jardine

“Bridget Jones on speed. She’s funnier, sharper, and there’s no way she’s going to end up with anyone called Darcy” THE GUARDIAN

‘A spirited page-turner that is high on humor’ – COMPANY Magazine UK

‘Crucial Reading’ – COSMOPOLITAN UK

“Wickedly Funny” PUBLISHING NEWS

“Lightening Fast Comic twists” ELLE UK

"You could certainly start a stimulating debate on modern relationships based on Tyne O'Connell" THE SUNDAY INDEPENDENT, IRELAND

International bestselling British author of 12 books & travel writer for www.holidaygoddess.com Tyne O’Connell blogs about what it takes to be a modern day dandy and elegant feminism for www.dandizettes.com

First published in 1996 by Hodder Headline UK and later by Bloomsbury USA & Piccadilly Press UK, her eccentric lifestyle has featured in Vogue, Elle, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, most UK newspapers, and been the subject for numerous documentaries.

O’Connell’s stories are often set in Mayfair where she has lived most of her adult life and inhabited by mavericks and aristos at large. Born into an Irish Catholic Family she raised her three children in a three parent household with her ex-husband and husband. She has contributed to the Girl’s Night In & Kid’s Night In series published by Penguin, the proceeds of which support War Child & No Strings. She is also a travel-writer for the Holiday Goddess series, published by Harper Collins.

Tyne is a leading authority on female dandies (dandizettes) and writes about the Dandizettes lifestyle. For more on Dandizettes, elegant-feminism and gentlewomen history visit www.dandizettes.com

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I was told by a teacher when I was nine "you will be an author" - and that lodged in my mind. By the time I was 11 I was winning poetry and short story prizes. I think this speaks to the power of having inspirational teachers as I attribute my tenacity and determination to be an author to that teacher. She filled me with absolute confidence that my future was in literature. I often wonder if I would have been so single minded had she not made that pronouncement.
1) How do you come up with the inspiration for your books?
1) How do you come up with the inspiration for your books?

The basis of drama is secrets, not necessarily nefarious secrets, just secrets. My first two books are set in London’s Inns of Court; the secret world of barristers. Walking behind the walled secret gardens of the Inns of Court is like entering a secret society in another century. The barristers running around in their wigs, gowns and ribboned collars clutching their pink ribboned briefs seem so out of step with the bustling of the streets outside.

My next book was set in Hollywood in LA, again a world so far removed from most people’s reality that they can’t read enough of it in the tell all magazines that fly off the shelves in alarming numbers.

In my teenage series I explored the world of the English Catholic all girl’s boarding school where England and Europe’s oldest and grandest Catholic families send their daughters to be educated in much the same way as they have been for centuries. I am fascinated by the sweetly naive nuns wandering about hand in hand while girls chat on cell phones, listen to ipods, post You Tube clips and generally push out the envelope like teens everywhere.
Even Mayfair and St James’s in London where I have spent most of my life are a secret world within a world full of private member’s clubs and secret societies. The average tourist would have no idea about the worlds that exist behind the doors and private garden walls of Mayfair & St James. I would love to write that book.
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Where to find Tyne O'Connell online

Where to buy in print


Stealing Princes
Series: The Calypso Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 69,710. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
This is the second book in the internationally successful Calypso Chronicles series. Calypso begins the term facing a dilemma: who does she fancy? Freddie (the prince) or Billy (the fit older boy who rescued her from a dog attack) - or both! While text-flirting with them over the summer break was fun, she knows she has to choose and decides to make the big decision before the La Fiesta Ball...
Pulling Princes
Series: The Calypso Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 49,370. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
When Calypso returns from Los Angeles to her English boarding school for the summer term, she is determined to fit in with the popular crowd. Her plan is to pretend her mother's gay assistant back home is her boyfriend. And to her surprise, the trick works...at least at first.
Manners for Millionaires
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 6,670. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
First published in 1900 as a tongue-in-cheek self help good manners guide for the growing throngs of nouveau riche millionaires crying out for instruction from the grand old families of Debretts. Along with the truly newly wealthy the book also found a market amongst those who were merely aspiring for a Park Lane Flat or Piccadilly views.
Dumping Princes
Series: The Calypso Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 55,830. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
(5.00 from 1 review)
4th in the series following the hilarious antiques at St. Augustine's, a British all girl's boarding school & the nearby boys boarding school of Eades in Royal Berkshire. Everyone is titled (the Horrible Hon.’s) or rich.
The Mayfair Cook
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,160. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » English, Scottish & Welsh
The Mayfair Cook is a guide to entertainment for chaps and chapesses who while confident they have a kitchen in their flat, penthouse, palace, chateau or villa, are not entirely sure where it is situated. The Mayfair Cook focuses on the memory created for her guests. Originality and the spirit of Mayfair Eccentrics past and present are her guide.
Duelling Princes
Series: The Calypso Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 59,300. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00 from 1 review)
Funny, fast-paced third book chronicling the life and times of Calypso Kelly's 'dramaramas' in a posh English boarding school.
Magic and Mayhem on the Nile
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 48,660. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
(5.00 from 1 review)
Amid luscious scenes of Egyptian culture and history, four teenagers endure mistakes, missteps, and plenty of hilarity.
That Girl-Boy Thing
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 66,260. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
(5.00 from 1 review)
The race is on for every girl to achieve the perfect body the perfect career the perfect boyfriend and ultimately all being well a husband and baby. The trouble is we are all racing against our biological clock. No one wants to hit their 40th Birthday and realise - Whoops! How exactly did that happen? When wild-child London journalist Anna encounters drop-dead gorgeous Mark in the Tribeca Gri
Sex, Lies & Litigation
Series: Lawyers and Shoes, Book 1. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 78,260. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
'Two Professional Women, looking for one other, to share large flat in Notting Hill - must be open-minded.' That was me - I told myself - my mind is an abyss. A fun and irreverent novel, full of laugh-out-loud one-liners.
Latest Accessory
Series: Lawyers and Shoes, Book 2. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 89,620. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Every modern woman knows the importance of getting her accessories right. This year, like most of the gorgeous young things in London with an overdraft and a Harvey Nichols storecard, Evelyn is investing in a Prada handbag, saving up for a jacket by Alexander McQueen and thinking about a pierced navel. Somehow, though - without even needing to queue - she ends up with a stalker!
What's A Girl To Do?
Series: Lawyers and Shoes, Book 3. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 68,480. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Having been single forever, Evie's now finding that coupledom isn't nearly so simple as all those couples at parties made it look. Ensconced in the celeb packed Chateau Marmont in LA Evie's got some tough decisions to make about how committed she's prepared to be - or for that matter, how single she wants to stay.
Making The A-List
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 63,020. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
A hilarious bitchy romp set at the heart of the trendy London art scene. Saskia Williams' life is a series of comic scenarios. But now she's about to turn 30 and looking to achieve some of her goals, when in walks one of the richest and most attractive men in the world and buys a whole show... 'Crucial reading' Cosmopolitan

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