My short story entitled Lee is in Woman’s Way this week. The magazine is on sale from today. It is quite an emotional read and I did cry writing it. It follows the story of the main character Lee Carrigan who is a young writer and LGBTQ+ and cancer activist who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and it tells the story of his last few months of life. Lee and all the rest of the characters I loved writing like Lee’s boyfriend Mark, Lee’s mother, his little brother Dane, his friend Kate and Mark’s father.
It’s a story of living in the moment, spending time with those you love and doing all the things you want to do today because tomorrow is not guaranteed.
As always my thanks go to the team at Woman’s Way for featuring the story and as always the illustrations that accompany the story are simply perfect. The book and the pen really capture the character of Lee so well.
If you choose to read it, you can find the story on page 41 and thank you in advance.
The third book in my fictional reality series One Step Closer is now available to purchase on Amazon. Once again, I enjoyed been back in the company of old favourites from previous books and meeting many new characters on this new writing journey.
In particular, without giving too much away, there was a friendship in this book which is rather complex and was definitely very intriguing to write and it became quite a major part of this particular book. Also Mark is beginning parenthood with Gavin of their daughter Reena, Lucy is still making eyes at every man that comes her way and Cody is struggling with his feelings for Lucy despite his upcoming wedding to Maria. Meanwhile Benjamin and Emily are vying for the attentions of a contestant.
I always love writing One Step Closer. I grew up watching reality singing shows and many reality shows in general. I was around for early shows in the reality TV music world (I was quite young though! :-)) when it was all only really starting to take off so from a viewer point of view, I have a lot of experience in writing this series. And I find it fun as well as heartbreaking. It has a mixture of moments.
On a side note, this is still being put together but my Goodreads page is up and can be visited at:
I have just released my 16th book Rory Murphy Mysteries: Final Act on Amazon. It is the third book in my Rory Murphy Mysteries series. In this book, Rory, his boyfriend Joseph and their friends and fellow couple Steven and Simon embark on the mysterious murder of theatre actress Mary-Anne Shepherd and soon find that her murder is connected to two other murders. But who is the killer/s?
In a world filled with disguise the four men must uncover the layers and find out what exactly lies at the heart of all this death in theatre land …
I love writing this series and with each book comes new characters who can play supporting roles to our main man Rory and his crew of four amateur detectives. I found the whole element of using disguises very interesting to work with in this book and I thought it fitted well with the theatre and acting. And it was nice to dip into Simon’s world!
If you would like to purchase Rory Murphy Mysteries: Final Act go to:
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My short story Countryside Reveal is in this week’s Woman’s Way. It is one of four stories to appear in the fiction special this week.
The story appears alongside Diana Coxhead’s Allie-Millie, Eva Burke’s Iris and Geraldine Boylan’s Pay It Forward. Each of our short stories is accompanied by wonderful photographs by four photographers. My story is accompanied by a beautifully romantic image of a couple by Scott Webb. A big thank you to Scott. They perfectly captured what Ray and Ciara looked like in my head which was really cool. Allie-Millie’s photo is by Alaric Duan, Iris’ photo is by Eric Ward and Pay It Forward’s photo is by Abdiel Ibarra. Thank you as always to Aine Toner and the team at Woman’s Way for including my story. It was wonderful to be featured alongside such wonderful writers and photographers.
I really loved writing this story. I loved Ciara and Ray and the romance and beauty of their love. It’s my eighth story under my own name and my tenth in all so I’m very proud of that milestone. 🙂
If you want to check out my story and the entire fiction collection Woman’s Way is on sale here in Ireland up to Monday. Thank you in advance if you do check it out. 🙂
I am pleased to announce that the second book in my Rory Murphy Mysteries series is now available on Amazon!
Rory Murphy Mysteries: Trip To Birmingham is the second book after Rory Murphy Mysteries: The Church Murders. It’s a lot sooner out than I thought it would be but when I got into the flow of it it took on it’s own life. The story carries on from the epilogue of the first book and we find out that the body on the waste disposal site is a 48-year-old woman Lucinda Evans who owned a pub with her family called The Velvet Hen in Birmingham. The book is set mostly in Birmingham but some of it is in London too where my protagonist Rory, his boyfriend Joseph and their mates and fellow couple Steven and Simon are living. As they investigate they face a problem: everyone apparently loved Lucinda.
I loved writing it. Rory is from Dublin and he has that Dublin humour that just makes the books a dream to write. If you choose to give the book a go, I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it and thanks so much in advance. 🙂
To purchase Rory Murphy Mysteries: Trip To Birmingham go to:
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My book Black Coat is now available on Amazon. It is a murder mystery set in London and follows my main character Olly whose life is turned upside down when his husband Alex shoots a rent man collecting near their home and Olly realises that it was himself who was the intended target. After all the rent man has a similar black coat to Olly.
I enjoyed writing the book. I loved Olly and many of the other characters but my favourite was James who is Olly’s best friend and possibly more. 🙂
I got the idea from a writing prompt on Friday Fictioneers here on WordPress by Rochelle Wisoff-Fields from Addicted to Purple and from a photograph supplied by Sandra Crook from Castelsarrasin. So thank you so much to Rochelle and Sandra for the inspiration for the story.
The story is 99c to buy but is free to read with Kindle Unlimited. If you choose to read it, thank you so so much in advance and I hope you will find it a good read.
My new book In The Name of Allah is now available on Amazon. It follows the story of two couples living in London, Calvin and Amir and Shane and Imran. Shane, Imran and Calvin are friends for years and then Calvin meets Amir who secretly has terrorist tendencies.
It is the hardest book I have ever written. With the subject matter being so dark, it was very difficult and emotionally-draining at times. The topic is so sensitive so I researched a lot for the story. While I love Calvin and Imran too, my favourite character was Shane. I just took to him very early on in the story.
This story as you can imagine is sad and hard-hitting but it was a book I felt that I had to write because terrorism and Radical Islam are sadly topics we hear about in terrible tragic circumstances far too often in our times and I feel a writer has a duty to write about the things that are happening in the world.