I am a New York Times bestselling writer and occasional painter based in Belfast,
Northern Ireland. I studied Illustration at THE BELFAST SCHOOL OF ART before a short
story I wrote in 2002 led to a career in publishing.
My debut novel THE TEA HOUSE ON MULBERRY STREET was published in twenty-one countries
and was award-nominated. I write about lonely people searching for a place of sanctuary.
Writers who inspire me include Janet McNeill, Brian Moore, Eoin McNamee and Lucy
I am currently working on my eighth novel, called THE EXHIBITION.
In 2015 one of my paintings was shortlisted by the ROYAL ULSTER ACADEMY.
I am married to Dermot and we have one daughter, Alice.