Her books are an unusual blend of comedy andRachel’s Holiday is about someone coming to terms with addiction, and the Mystery of Mercy Close is (amongst other things) about depression. Okay, so a this doesn't exactly sound like a laugh a minute, but in my experience the best comedy is rooted in darkness. All eleven of my books are different but share a common theme of people who are In The Bad Place, and who achieve some form of redemption. I've been In The Bad Place myself many's the time, which wasn't very pleasant while it was happening but has since come in very handy for writing about it.
darkness and cover subjects like depression, addiction
Marian now lives in Dublin again.Fourteen years ago I moved back to live in Ireland. So that I wouldn't miss London too much I imported an Englishman (well, actually I married him.). I was worried that I'd hate the small-town feel of Dublin, but what I hadn't realised was that while I'd been away it had become Groovyville. It became impossible to buy "a grand cup of tea" because all that was available is skinny double mocha lattes, although we may be heading back to the real ireland now.
The Other Side of the Story was set in the world of publishing.Funnily enough, even though The Other Side is set in publishing, not a lot of my life is in it. For example I have NOTHING in common with Jojo, except a desire to be like her when I grow up, so I had to totally research her background, mind-set etc. Likewise with Gemma, I knew nothing about Event Management and had to research that too. The only real-life incidents I brough to the book were things like Lily’s disastrous signing, when no-one turned up to see her. I too have known the pain of sitting in a bookshop with the tumbleweed blowing past me!
On This Charming Man.It’s definitely the most ambitious book I’ve written, in terms of structure and size. In a way it’s like 3 different books in one. Also there are ‘whodunnit’ or ‘whydunnit’ aspects that haven’t been in the other books I’ve written. But I haven’t strayed far from what usually inspires me, which are the concerns, the joys and the sorrows of post-feminist women.
Her last book was The Brightest Star in the Sky.It’s set in some flats in Dublin and has a huge cast. There are Polish builders, a celebrity gardener, a woman who works in the music business. I’m very proud of the book, it’s very optimistic but be assured it’s good, and dark too.
Her new book is The Mystery of Mercy Close.I'm thrilled that it’s a mystery that keeps people guessing to the end. But guess what, it's funny and dark too.
Her books are published worldwide and have been translated into thirty-six different languages. And that's about it!To sum up, I used to be addicted to shoes, handbags and chocolate in all its wonderful forms. I’ve given up the chocolate, and I’m learning to cook proper food. All quite normal, really.