I was born in 1971 in Blarney. Being the middle child of six, I learnt the art of survival early. We were a working class family but my Dad was very ambitious for us and we were always talking about what we would be when we grew up. I had a brief stint of wanting to be a nun – I was only nine but my family still remember and like nothing bet...
I was born in 1971 in Blarney. Being the middle child of six, I learnt the art of survival early. We were a working class family but my Dad was very ambitious for us and we were always talking about what we would be when we grew up. I had a brief stint of wanting to be a nun – I was only nine but my family still remember and like nothing better than to remind me of it. Then I wanted to be a music teacher (I could play piano quite well). Anyway, I ended up studying accounting – I was good at it in school and thought it would be an easy job! While I was in college I met Rob, now my husband. He saw me across a crowded nightclub and said “I want her!” Well, that’s what one of his friends recalls, despite the fact that particular friend wasn’t even there – for some reason he’s convinced he was! Rob and I lived in Dublin for a year after we graduated. Then we applied for an Australian visa and came to Sydney. The day we arrived was cold and wet. Some backpacker friends had promised us floor space to sleep on but that didn’t seem so appealing in light of the dreadful weather. We both thought “we’ve make a big mistake coming here!” but didn’t want to admit it to each other. Despite the shaky start, we loved life in Sydney. It was a city that had it all - the sun (yes, it did eventually appear), the stunning harbour, a choice of beaches and good career prospects. I did a creative writing class and started to write Executive Affair. I was working in the IT industry as a finance manager, then became financial controller and, more recently, finance director. Because I was so busy with work, it took a few years to write the novel. After ten years together, Rob and I finally got married in 2000. We had Conor in 2002 and he succeeded in turning our nice ordered life completely on its head. We’ve been in Sydney eight years now and have been back to Ireland every year for our ‘holidays’.
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