Tyne O'Connell

Biography

"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

Tyne O’Connell is a bestselling British author. Her 13 novels have been published to great acclaim by Headline UK, Bloomsbury USA & other international publishing houses.

Her extraordinary life has been featured in TV documentaries & feature-spreads in Vogue UK, Elle and most UK broadsheets. Cassandra Jardine in The Daily Telegraph UK, hailed Tyne as "A modern day Elinor Glyn - the original It Girl” “The Impossibly glamorous Tyne O’Connell’s real life is every bit as extraordinary as her fiction” ELLE UK.

Critics have described O’Connell as, “Enid Blyton of our time” comparing her bestselling boarding-school series, Pulling Princes to “an up to date Mallory Towers”. The first four books in the series are set in a fictional exclusive all-girls boarding school St Augustines & a fictionalised Eton College & Windsor Castle. The series are based on her three children’s experiences at boarding school & Oxford as well as her own extraordinary life in Mayfair.

Narrated by a middle-class American, Calypso Kelly as she navigates the aristocrat world of Terrible Toffs & Horrible Hon.s’ with valets & body guards O’Connell “opens the lid on the antics of aristos at play, giving readers an insiders peak inside the exclusive world of posh people & royals.

Born into an Irish Catholic family, daughter of a retired spy, her favourite chore as a child was collecting eggs from the hens for sixpence. She began telling teachers & family she would be an author from age eight. Her first bestselling book was Sex, Lies & Litigation, pub1996 Headline to rave reviews.
She’s spent most of her life in Mayfair where she brought up two husbands & three children. The area is at the heart of many of her books. She writes about all things Mayfair for www.mayfaireccentrics.com, & elsewhere.

Visit Tyne at www.tyneoconnell.com & follow her on Twitter @tyneoconnell

O'Connell was educated by elderly Flemish Sacre-Coeur nuns (born in the 1870-80's) with the expectation that she would marry a diplomat. It was an unusual Victorian style upbringing & by 17, she was accomplished in Le Cordon Blue, Croquet, Semaphore, Literature, Latin, Needlepoint, Flower Arrangement, Diamond Valuation, Deportment, Millinery & Embassy Dinner Seating. After school she returned to London in a smart tweed suit perfectly prepared for a world that hadn't existed for decades.

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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Latest Accessory
Tyne O'Connell reads from here second novel in the "Meet me at the Bar" series. This contemporary fiction novel is set in Clerkenwell in London and see the heroine, Evelyn Hornton navigate the perils of purchasing an unconverted loft apartment in an old factory. London Chick Lit at it's finest. "Lightening fast comic twists" Elle UK "Ab Fab meets Sex In The City!" The Telegraph UK

Books

Deportment for Dukes & Tips for Toffs
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Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,240. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General
First published in 1900 as a satirical spoof on the early Victorian books on Etiquette, Deportment for Dukes & Tips For Toffs is the original comportment guide for the aristocracy.
Stealing Princes
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Series: The Calypso Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,310. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
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
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Series: The Calypso Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,780. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit
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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
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,660. 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
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Series: The Calypso Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,030. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
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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
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Price: $0.99 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
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Series: The Calypso Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,170. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Category: Fiction » Romance » General
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Funny, fast-paced third book chronicling the life and times of Calypso Kelly's 'dramaramas' in a posh English boarding school.
That Girl-Boy Thing
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,310. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2011. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
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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?
Sex, Lies & Litigation
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Series: Lawyers and Shoes, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,830. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2011. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Sex Lies & Litigation is the first installment of a three book series tracing Evelyn Horton’s adventures in and out of court as she takes on London’s criminal world with a dash of panache and more than a pinch of Ab-fab madness. 
 A fun and irreverent novel, full of laugh-out-loud one-liners.
Latest Accessory
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Series: Lawyers and Shoes, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,280. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2011. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Evelyn Hornton, the criminal barrister with a penchant for Mulberry Handbags, Louboutin shoes & unzipped-oneliners is back. Having successfully found her place as a barrister at Pump Court, Evelyn’s bought a London loft conversion - sans the conversion bit in Clerkenwell & discovered a whole new line of accessories including a team of Irish builders.
What's A Girl To Do?
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Series: Lawyers and Shoes, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,850. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2011. Category: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
'Crucial Reading’ Cosmopolitan UK “A fast-paced, laugh-out-loud, mis-matched romance, with lashings of fashion, celebrity & insight into the world of LA’s un-reality. You’ll be placed right in the heart of the action with a front row suite at Chateau Marmont and a poolside lounger for all the celebrity antics.” Time Out 2001
Making The A-List
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Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,970. 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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