Tyne O'Connell

Biography

British author of 13 Internationally bestselling books, Tyne was part of the 1990’s vanguard of London Chick Lit Authors when her first book, Sex, Lies & Litigation was published in 1996 by Headline as part of a 5 book deal.

Set in London’s Inns of Court, an area steeped in the arcane traditions of 14th Century London, the story follows the exploits of a fledgling barrister as she blazes a trail of chaos through the stuffy world of latin quoting be-wigged barristers in her Jimmy Choos & Vivienne Westwood wiggle skirts. Tyne blew her advance on a pair of bespoke shoes crafted by Jimmy Choo himself.

O’Connell’s next two books were published by Red Dress Ink USA. The Sex Was Great But…and Sex With The Ex were re-released in Nov 2013 and April 2014.

All seven contemporary women’s title are available as e-books.

Having spent most of her life in London’s Mayfair & St James’s where she has brought up two husbands and three children, the area features heavily in her writings and acts as a backdrop to many of her books.

As well as her career as an author, Tyne runs Mayfair Eccentrics, an online insiders guide to the area’s past and present for residents, businesses and visitors.

After Tyne wrote a feature in British Vogue in 96 about her unusual family (republished in Gloria Steinem’s Ms Magazine USA), The British Press focused on Tyne’s Mayfair lifestyle living with two husbands and sending her three children to exclusive English boarding schools.

THE TELEGRAPH UK described Tyne as, “A latter day Elinor Glyn.”

SUNDAY INDEPENDENT IRELAND, declared Tyne’s lifestyle raising her three children with two husbands as; “an art installation”.

Tyne has also written a bestselling British Boarding School series, The Calypso Chronicles / Pulling Princes, based on her three children’s experiences at boarding school and published by Bloomsbury from 2004 – present. The books have been described as modern classics with reviewers drawing comparisons to an up to date version of Angela Brazil’s boarding school books of the early 1900’s.

Set in a fictional Eton College where Princes William and Harry attended & the nearby St Mary’s Ascot school attended by Princess Caroline of Monaco and which Tyne’s daughter Cordelia was boarding at the time the books were written, The Pulling Princes series provides a, “deliciously naughty insider’s guide to the midnight feasts, incredibly close friendships & romances of entitled toffs, British aristocratic & royal teenagers.”

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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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
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 6,240. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Personal Growth / General, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Religion and self-improvement
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
Series: The Calypso Chronicles, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,310. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
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
Series: The Calypso Chronicles, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 51,780. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Chick Lit, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Humor
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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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,660. Language: English. Published: June 6, 2014. Categories: 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
Series: The Calypso Chronicles, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 59,030. Language: English. Published: February 17, 2014. Categories: 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 17,160. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » English, Scottish & Welsh, Nonfiction » Cooking, Food, Wine, Spirits » Entertaining
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
Series: The Calypso Chronicles, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,170. Language: English. Published: January 2, 2014. Categories: 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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 69,310. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2011. Categories: 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
Series: Lawyers and Shoes, Book 1. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 81,830. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
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.
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Series: Lawyers and Shoes, Book 2. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 94,280. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2011. Categories: 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?
Series: Lawyers and Shoes, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,850. Language: English. Published: April 16, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit, Fiction » Humor & comedy » Black comedy
'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
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 65,970. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2011. Categories: 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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