I am an award-winning Irish humour and historical fiction writer.
My first novel, The Longbourn Letters - The Correspondence between Mr Collins & Mr Bennet has been described as a "literary triumph" by Womans Way magazine and as a "glorious epistolary novel that mixes laugh-out-loud hilariousness with serious social comment and touching sentiment" by the Jane Austen Regency World Magazine.
My second novel focuses on the life of Mary Bennet as written in her own words. Download, for free, The Love Letter of Mary Bennet, to get a sense of her personality and what the novel will reveal about this quiet and deep character, overlooked in Pride & Prejudice but now coming into her own.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
It's the feeling of completeness that it gives me. Not writing is like a form of quiet torment...a build up of pent-up emotions that can only be freed by writing... It's very therapeutic.
What do your fans mean to you?
To make a reader happy is the greatest satisfaction I know. That characters who spring from my mind, onto the page can entertain and lighten the load of a third-party, brings a contentedness I have not found elsewhere. I was so delighted to find that others who appreciate the wit and brilliance of Jane Austen found that, in some small way, my writing has added to her works (and not taken from them). When I get so many 5 star reviews and people say they can't wait for my next book, I feel so encouraged and grateful.
Mary Bennet of Pride & Prejudice may have been an overlooked and misunderstood character. Could it have been that she was private, spiritual, nature-loving, witty and passionate? In this short story - The Love Letter of Mary Bennet, we see a very different side to this character and get to see her depth and strength in a whole new light.
Where Pride and Prejudice ends, a new relationship begins. Tender, heart-warming and peppered with disarming humor, through the correspondence of these two unlikely heroes, The Longbourn Letters reimagines the characters of Pride and Prejudice and perfectly captures the subtleties of human relationships and the power of friendship.