It’s been so very difficult to sit on this news but: I. HAVE. A. BOOK. DEAL. My novel, Too Close To Breathe is going to be published! There’s a nice row of small bruises running down my arm where I’ve pinched myself over the last few weeks just to check that the cheese hasn’t finally slid from the cracker and I’ve made this entire thing up. You can’t put a timeframe on how long it takes to become a writer but I remember the summer I graduated from my MA in Creative Writing mentally charting out four years – the same amount of time it took for me to complete my degree – and saying that this was the least amount of time I should expect to get my writing out there. And lo! Here we are, just over four years later. Completely, irrelevant and coincidental, of course, being unable to switch off the desire to write, I would’ve carried on scribbling away regardless. Let me tell you about my debut novel:
Too Close Breathe is a crime thriller set in Dublin featuring Detective Frankie Sheehan. Sheehan is recovering from a serious knife attack and dealing with the first awakenings of post traumatic stress disorder when she’s called upon to check out a suicide that doesn’t seem quite right. She’s soon pulled into a complex murder investigation where the lines between killer and victim become increasingly blurred.
If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll now understand why I’ve been chatting to detectives and researching the various elements of police procedure. Also, you’ll recognise that this is the novel I started during NaNoWriMo 2015. Two days before I began, I hadn’t decided on Frankie’s name but I had ‘the feel’ of a certain type of story and sometimes, when writing, that’s enough to trust the process and go forward. Saying that though, Frankie came as real to me on the page as any person I know and as I continue work on book two I’m certain if I look up quick enough, I’ll catch sight of her dipping round a corner, or crossing the street ahead of me, disappearing into the crowds. I can’t wait to share her story with you.
Happy Reading and Happy Writing