I grew up in Monkstown, Co. Dublin before moving to London after university. I worked in publishing for several years before writing my first book The Out of Office Girl, which was shortlisted for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year 2013 in the Romantic Comedy category.
My second book, If I Could Turn Back Time, is now out from Headline and my new series Girls on Touris coming out between now and April 2015. I like cooking, running, watching make-up lessons on YouTube, Parks and Recreations and Stila eyeliner. I live in Highbury, north London, with my husband and no cats (yet).
1. If any of your books got turned into movies who would you cast? If my books got made into films I’d have passed out from champagne and excitement and no longer be able to make coherent decisions. But in a fantasy world, Sam in The Out of Office Girl would be played by a young Marc Blucas (Riley from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Max in If I Could Turn Back Time would be played by Andrew Garfield. Can’t think of anyone suitable for Charlie and Jesse in Girls on Tour – I might have to hold some auditions.
2. Who are some of your favourite authors? Have they inspired you? I am currently reading all the novels of Barbara Pym that I can get my hands on. She wrote about downtrodden, tweedy ladies who make tea for vicars – sounds deadly but they are very subtle and funny. Her seventh novel was turned down, when she was fifty, and she spent about a decade in the wilderness before she was ‘rediscovered’. I’m not sure what it says about my state of mind but I find this all very inspiring.
3. Are you working on anything new at the moment? Yes. I can’t say too much about it yet but it is … a novel for younger adults, and I’ve nearly finished the first draft. That’s all I can say for now!
4. What got you into writing? Have you always wanted to be an author? No, I didn’t. I worked in publishing and I witnessed for myself how being a published author doesn’t automatically make your life a magical fairy tale. But then I started my first book as an experiment and now I’m hooked. 5. Where do your ideas come from for your stories? Do you base any of the characters on people you know? Anywhere and everywhere. Problem pages are a great source, or stories about celebrities, newspaper articles or most likely, it just pops into your head. Thinking up ideas is a habit – once you start, they snowball. I don’t base characters on real people – I’d have no friends left. There might be the odd quirk here and there, though …
About the books
Alice Roberts is having a rubbish summer.
She’s terrified of her boss, her career is stalling, and she’s just been dumped – by text message. But things are about to change…
When her boss Olivia is taken ill, Alice is sent on the work trip of a lifetime: to a villa in Sicily, to edit the autobiography of Hollywood bad boy Luther Carson. But it’s not all yachts, nightclubs and Camparis. Luther’s arrogant agent Sam wants him to ditch the book. Luther himself is gorgeous, charming and impossible to read. There only seems to be one way to get his attention, and it’s not one her boss would approve of. Alice is out of the office, and into deep trouble… BUY HERE!
What if you found The One, then lost him again?
Or not so much lost him as became the neurotic, needy girlfriend from hell. The girl who tried to make him choose between her and his job, and got seriously paranoid about his relationship with his female best friend…
Zoë Kennedy knows she doesn’t deserve another chance with David Fitzgerald. But if there’s the tiniest possibility of making things right, she’ll snatch it. Even if it means breaking the laws of physics to do so… BUY HERE!
Girls On Tour!
Paris. City of love, city of romance. The last place you want to go to on a work trip when you’re in the middle of an epic dry spell.
But that’s where Poppy is headed, along with her colleague Charlie, who’s shallow and annoying but very, very good-looking. During a white-wine-fuelled session with her friend Alice, Poppy concocts the perfect plan: work by day, and have some no-strings fun with Charlie by night. Of course, it might prove more complicated than that, but it’s nothing Poppy can’t handle – or is it?
Lily is an actress. At least, that’s what she tells people …
However, she’s currently working in a call centre and her last big part was an ad for Sofa Warehouse. So when she’s invited to her cousin Alice’s wedding in LA, it’s a dream come true. Alice’s fiancé Sam is actually a Hollywood agent; how can Lily fail to get talent-spotted? There’s only one problem; not only is Lily banned from mentioning acting, parts or producers to Sam, she’s expected to spend the entire week doing wedding-related prep (read: chores) with Sam’s boring groomsman Jesse. But Lily firmly believes that rules were made to be broken …
New Year’s Eve in the French Alps: it should be romantic. Shouldn’t it?
Maggie can’t wait for her first ever skiing holiday: New Year’s weekend with her boyfriend Leo and two other couples in the adorable village of Meribel. She’s picturing hot chocolate, romantic snowball fights and evenings snuggled together in front of the log fire. What she didn’t picture is near-death experiences on the mountains, falling out with Leo and sharing a chalet with the unbearable Jenny.
When she meets Sylvain, a gorgeous ski instructor, the line between harmless flirting and full-on misbehaviour becomes … well, blurry. Will Maggie stay on the nursery slopes, or go seriously off-piste?
What do you do when your boyfriend of two months cancels Valentine’s Day?
If you’re Rachel, you book a last-minute trip to Rome. Together with her friends Lily and Maggie, she’s planning a relaxing weekend of culture and cappuccinos to take her mind off men altogether. But when she bumps into a figure from her past, Rachel finds herself on a Roman Holiday that features Vespa rides, hot tubs and some very unexpected consequences …
Join Poppy, Lily, Maggie and Rachel as they jet to New York – and face a big secret in the Big Apple.
When Lily invites the girls to attend a VIP event in Manhattan, they all jump at the chance. Poppy especially is thrilled to escape her impending 30th birthday with a weekend of Cosmos and red carpets. But none of them have any idea what Lily is really planning. Or how a single weekend can turn your life upside-down …