Author, Freelance Writer, Keynote Motivational Speaker, TV3 Midday Panelist, Playwright
Many say that life begins at 40. For me, that’s partly true, at least professionally. Because, it was in my 40th year that I jumped off a cliff into the wide writerly unknown.
I threw my briefcase in the bin, hung up my executive suits and said goodbye to my role as a Sales & Marketing manager. Swapping the corporate world for spoon feeds and abc’s, I happily became a full time stay-at-home mum to my children, Amelia & Nate. And somewhere amongst that glorious chaos, I started to write.
Not prone to doing things by half, the H family also swapped the bright lights of Dublin city, for a rural idyll on the south east coast of Ireland – my hometown Wexford.
I’m also a step-mother to my darling Eva – and contrary to the folklore of fairytales, I’m not one bit evil.
I know lots of people say they always wanted to write. Well, check this out. When my parents did a renovation job on our family home a while back, they stripped back decades of wallpaper and much to everyones amusement found some early Carmel Harrington autographs. You’ll be relieved that I no longer feel the need to state the obvious. (Signature of me, oh the shame!)
In 2011 I gave writing my full attention and in August 2012 I self-published my first novel, Beyond Grace’s Rainbow. To my surprise, it was an amazon & iTunes bestseller and by January 2013, the Trace Literary Agency had signed me up. Tracy Brennan soon had a two book deal secured with Harper Impulse, the digital imprint of publishing greats Harper Collins.
So Beyond Grace’s Rainbow got a new fancy smancy cover and was republished in September 2013, followed a year later by The Life You Left in June 2014. My third book – Every Time A Bell Rings – will be published in 15th October 2015. I’m fierce excited about it all. And plans are also afoot to translate Beyond Grace’s Rainbow and The Life You Left into quite a few languages. I’ve been practising my thankyou’s.
Thank You, Go raibh maith agat, Gracias, Merci, Grazie, Arigato, Danke sehr, Spasiba, 감사합니다,Takk, Mahalo, Efharisto.
In 2015, I signed a further two-book contract with HarperCollins, moving imprints to the women’s fiction team – Harper Fiction. The Road Back Home will be published in June 2016 and a further book as yet undreamt in 2017.
Who would have thunk it!
Ok, so what do I write? Contemporary fiction and I’ve been told by them that know their books, that if you like Cecelia Ahern, Jojo Moyes, Maeve Binchy, Jodi Picoult, well then, there’s a good chance you’ll like me too.
When I’m not writing novels, I freelance write for magazines and newspapers, including The Irish Independent, The Daily Mail, The Evening Herald, Woman’s Way and USA’s acclaimed web magazine MotheringInTheMiddle.
You can catch me every now and then on TV3’s Midday show as one of their panelists & am a regular guest on several radio shows. I have been interviewed on TV in Ireland and USA. Despite all of this, my dad says I’ve not made it, until I get to sit in front of Ryan, on The Late Late Show. Quite right.
I’m a keynote speaker and have given talks, in USA, UK and of course all over Ireland.
My first play, A Dunganstown Romance was staged in Wexford Arts Centre in June 2013. When I figure out how to add more hours into my days, I’ll finish another one I’ve been working on for over a year now!
Anything else you should know? Well, I’m pretty much always on a diet, I have hair that frizzes up in hot weather, in cold weather, ok lets face it, in pretty much any weather, I would love to sing on broadway (sadly my talents don’t back up my ambition!), I’m considered quite funny by my friends, on that note, I’m a good friend, love my family, love my dresses, in particular anything vintage, have a wicked handbag collection, have an unhealthy obsession for The Walking Dead, possess a pretty decent eye for interior design, am known for the dozens of photos I snap EVERY day of the children and can make a mean risotto. Oh and I believe in happily ever after’s because that’s what happened to me. Think that pretty much covers it.