Southpaw

What happens when you lose everything? Southpaw, found washed up on a beach in Dublin, Ireland, naked, unidentified and memory-less, is on Nina’s hospital rounds and about to change her life forever. In 2012 Southpaw was Highly Commended in the Irish Writers' Centre Novel Fair Competition. More

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About JR Hughes

I was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1973 to an artist mother and scientist father and currently live in a hut made of woven coconut palm leaves in India.
I have a BSc in Natural Sciences and during a successful eighteen-year career in communications I wrote and edited numerous articles for award-winning websites including Science.ie, PrimaryScience.ie and TinyBuddha.com. I have also worked in business and management and in 2007 helped set up renewable energy company, Cool Power Products, with which I worked for several years until it was sold in 2012.
Much of my writing inspiration comes from travel. I have spent time working and writing in Ireland, England, Spain, Germany, Australia, Hong Kong, Spain and India. In 2012 I spent three months in silence - and completely out of touch with the news and the outside world - in a lay-Buddhist retreat centre in Devon, an irreplaceable experience to have.
I have since finished my first and second novels, Southpaw and Hibernia, and am continuing to focus purely on writing - in particular completing my third novel and finding a publishing deal for all three. In the meantime, to help pay the bills, I do some proofreading and article writing and sell some artwork.
Like many women I seem to have permanently cold fingers and toes so in 2013 I left Ireland for the warmer shores of Ibiza, then India, where I can write without getting chilly. I now live in Goa in a one-roomed hut with one socket, two light bulbs, three cats and my graphic-designer husband.
When not squinting at manuscripts I can be found running, hiking, swimming, learning a few words of the local language, painting and turning bits of coconut palms into artworks that I can sell. I'm also trained in krav-maga, the hand-to-hand combat system used by the Navy Seals and Israeli Defence Force.

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