Her books are an unusual blend of comedy and
darkness and cover subjects like depression, addiction
Rachel’s Holiday is about someone coming to terms with addiction, and the Mystery of Mercy Close is a romantic comedy detective novel
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 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.
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.
Her new book is The Woman Who Stole My Life It’s about Stella Sweeney, a very ordinary woman, with two teenage children and a husband who’s a bit of an eejit – he’s a bathroom designer but he really wants to be a famous artist. And in a series of events that could happen to anyone, Stella ends up becoming (briefly) one of the most influential women in the world. So this book is about fame and how pleasant or unpleasant it can be. But this book is also about what it’s like getting back into the dating game after you’ve been out of it for a long time – early in the book, you discover that Stella’s 18-year-long marriage has broken up and she meets another man and while there’s a powerful physical attraction between them, it’s tricky trying to make it work. Above all else, The Woman Who Stole My Life is a love story and I LOVED writing it!
She likes the connections from being an author
I’ve always felt like a bit of an oddball and paradoxically, by writing about people who feel lonely or disconnected, I’ve been contacted by a huge number of people who feel exactly the same way that I do, so I no longer feel alone.
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.