Christine Doran


Christine Doran grew up outside Dublin, Ireland, where she spent time messing about down by the sea and wondering what it would be like to have a brother or sister. Now she lives outside Washington DC in the United States, and spends her time cruelly denying her children a puppy and wondering how it's possible to make such a big mess in such a short space of time. She writes and edits books and blogs.

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I wrote a book and it needed to get out and about.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
So far, it's giving me a platform to publish.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Christine Doran online


Lilac the Girl
Once upon a time, a little girl grew up in a tall, narrow house by the sea, with a father who painted pictures and a mother who wrote books, and a big dog who jumped up and down all day. The girl had fat yellow curls that tangled into a thicket every night in bed, and pink cheeks, and big solemn eyes that looked out at the world. Her name was Lilac. The Lilac the Girl trilogy - made up of Lilac in Black and White, Lilac in Scarlet, and Lilac Blue - is aimed at independent readers of 9-12 - or anyone who enjoys a view of the Irish sea.

Lilac in Black and White

Price: $2.99 USD.

Lilac in Scarlet

Price: $1.99 USD.

Lilac Blue

Price: $2.99 USD.


Lilac Blue
Series: Lilac the Girl. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,120. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Lilac Blue is the third book in the Lilac the Girl series, a quirky-sweet tale of an Irish schoolgirl. Lilac is reading her granny’s recently discovered diary looking for comfort and guidance, but what she finds there raises more questions than it answers. For independent readers aged 9-12 and up.
Lilac in Scarlet
Series: Lilac the Girl. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 48,840. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: April 29, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Social Issues / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
Ten-year-old Lilac sometimes feels as if she spends her life going from one mortifying event to the next, with barely a pause between. But there's a mystery to solve and a burglar to catch: can Lilac and her friends save the day, or will Lilac be scarlet once again? Lilac in Scarlet is the second book of the Lilac the Girl trilogy, a series set in Ireland for independent readers aged 9 to 12.
Lilac in Black and White
Series: Lilac the Girl. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,920. Language: English (Irish dialect). Published: July 11, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Fiction
Ten-year-old Lilac lives by the sea with her big, bounding puppy, Guzzler. When her class takes a trip to the local aquarium Lilac decides on a mission, and while the town rallies to raise money for the building, she and her friends embark on a madcap crusade to rescue the penguins. A delightful tale of whimsical adventure for discerning readers of 9-12, and the first of three books about Lilac.

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Smashwords book reviews by Christine Doran

  • Lunch in the Park on March 02, 2013

    Lunch in the Park is a deceptively straightforward novel that reels you in and keeps you reading till the end. It chronicles the not-so-straightforward life of its heroine with pitch-perfect dialog exchanges, text message conversations, phone calls, e-mails, and journal entries. The characters are true-to-life and sympathetic (but not too perfect) and never commit that only-in-fiction sin of making utterly stupid decisions that leave a reader throwing the book against the wall. (Particularly laudable here since it's only available electronically.) Buy it, read it, enjoy it, tell a friend.