Grace Jolliffe


Grace Jolliffe grew up in Liverpool but now lives on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way. She lives with her husband, two dogs, ten hens, five lucky ducks and a large group of frogs.

Grace spends most of her time making up stories, and after spending many years in admin jobs she happily admits she finds the fictional world preferable to the office world.

She used to write for a children's radio show until the show was axed and the writing team replaced with a talking dog. 
This motivated her to find a new outlet for her work and so she began adapting her children's stories and publishing them on Amazon. 

When she's not making things up Grace loves walking around the wonderful Wild Atlantic Way. Her love of nature and its natural magic inspires her Ballyyahoo series of children's stories and you can visit this magical town and read some free stories on

Grace loves gardening and blogs about her efforts to tame her wild Galway garden at

In addition to writing for children she writes thrillers and black comedy for adults. She has also written for television and radio, written and directed documentaries, as well as several award winning short films.

Grace's first novel, a crime thriller called 'Piggy Monk Square,' was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, optioned for film, and broadcast on RTE's Book On One.

For more information about all Grace's children's stories you can visit

Grace also has a website for creative writers with information, tips and exercises for writers. You can also download your own free creative writing tracker to keep you motivated and organise your writing sessions. at

She writes all the articles and stories for her sites and takes all her own photographs.

Grace loves to keep in touch with her readers, so catch up with her on Google+ and Facebook at:

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in the city of Liverpool in an area called Toxteth. It was very much an inner city area and I think it was the colourful Liverpudlian characters and humour that influenced me most.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing as soon as I was able to. I liked to invent whole new universes and strange characters to live in them and still do. My mother encouraged me and I often sat on the step of our house making things up.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Grace Jolliffe online

Where to buy in print


Fiction Street - A Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 5,800. Language: English. Published: October 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
A terrifying glimpse of a child predator - through the eyes of a young girl. An encounter with a kerb-crawling predator leads a child into a confusing and terrifying world she cannot understand.
The Real Halloween
Price: Free! Words: 6,090. Language: English. Published: October 23, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Holidays & Celebrations / Halloween, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
(5.00 from 1 review)
Sean loves Halloween. He's not afraid of anything - until he hears the terrifying story of his disappearing uncle and the terrible secret of Dancer’s Well! When you own a Ballyyahoo book - you don’t just get a book. You get access to a whole world of Ballyyahoo magic - for free and this edition includes another free book from Ballyyahoo
Piggy Monk Square
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,510. Language: English. Published: December 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Crime thriller, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
A darkly humourous story filled with nail-biting suspense, told by a nine year old girl. A policeman lies seriously injured in a Liverpool cellar. Only two little girls know where he is but they’re too scared to tell. Time is running out. Will the girls get help before it’s too late? Or will their terrifiying secret drag them further into horrific consequences they only barely understand.

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