Seize the day or hit snooze?

Seize the day! I work best in the morning and love my early morning jog with my dog.


What motivates you in the morning?

My first cup of tea, my dog’s sweet face, the local park,  and whatever project I‘m working on.


What would your dream weekend involve?

Travelling somplece new and discovering new culture. I’d love to go to St Petersburg and see the ballet.


What outfit are you most looking forward to wearing after lockdown, and where will you wear it?

I’ve been invited to go to New York with my new novel in December. It will be cold so a perfect excuse to go on a cashmere shopping spree over there!



What do you think is your finest quality?

Tenacity and perseverance.


What was the greatest day of your life?

When I met with my literary agent Clare Alexander in London and she offered me representation.


What one item could you not live without?

My cashmere socks


Coffee, tea or cabernet?

Tea all day long. I’m Irish after all!


What was the last thing that made you laugh?

My two year old godson splashing about in puddles on a freezing day, oblivious to the cold.



And the last thing that made you cry?

Lots of things make me cry these days. A break-up recently was pretty tough and ended in tears.


What’s the most useful thing your mother taught you?

The power of imagination and fun.


What is your greatest achievement?

Being published by Bloomsbury and writing a film of my first novel (so far!)


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What embarrassing memory would you most like to forget?

Writing a love letter to someone who didn’t deserve it.


What is the greatest life lesson you’d like to pass on?

With patience, perseverance and passion, anything can be achieved.


What song will always make you move?



And what book will always move you?

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison. In fact, anything by Toni Morrison.


What is your most burning ambition?

To write something enduring and important and moving.


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What one thing do you avoid at all costs?

Toxic people. I’ve learned the hard way.


What is love?

Love is listening. It is being present for someone, it is gratitude and it is connection.


How would you most like to be remembered?

As a kick ass friend and writer!



Bright Burning Things is out now, published by Bloomsbury (£14.99). Buy your copy here.

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