Carmel Harrington is an internationally published novelist from Co. Wexford, where she lives with her husband Roger, children Amelia and Nate, and rescue dog George Bailey. She is also stepmother to Eva, a much loved regular visitor to their home.
She has published seven novels and been shortlisted twice (2016 & 2017) for an Irish Book Award. Her books, all regular chart-toppers, have captured the hearts of readers worldwide and are translated into eight languages to date, sold into eleven territories. Her seventh novel, A Thousand Roads Home (Harper Collins) is on sale now. Other books include the official ITV novel Sunday Times Bestseller Cold Feet The Lost Years (Hodder & Stoughton) and The Woman at 72 Derry Lane (Harper Collins) which remained in the Irish Top 10 bestseller charts for twelve weeks and was an Amazon UK, US and Canadian No. 1. She is a co-founder of The Inspiration Project, a coaching writing retreat and was Chair of Wexford Literary Festival from 2015 – 2018. She is currently editing her eight novel, Finding Greta Gale. Carmel is represented by Rowan Lawton, Soho Agency.
Her other bestsellers include The Things I Should Have Told You, Every Time A Bell Rings, The Life You Left and Romantic eBook of the Year 2013 & Kindle Book of the Year 2013 winner Beyond Grace’s Rainbow.
She is a regular on Irish TV, as one of the regular panellists on Virgin Media’s Elaine show and previously on TV3’s Midday show. She has also appeared on WNDU-TV, USA, BBC Arts Show, UK, RTE’s The Today Show, TV3’s IrelandAM and TV3’S The Morning Show, Ireland. Radio interviews include The Book Show, RTE Radio 1, Ryan Tubridy Show, RTE Radio 1, The Arts Show, BBC Radio Ulster, Newstalk .
Her work has appeared in The Irish Independent, The Sunday Independent, The Evening Herald, Irish Daily Mail and Woman’s Way and has contributed to several charity compilations including: From Wexford with Love in aid of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, The Beauty of Everyday Life in aid of Teenline, If I Was A Child Again in aid of Barnardos, All I Want For Christmas in aid of Philippines Disaster Fun.
Carmel is co-founder of The Inspiration Project alongside Hazel Gaynor and Catherine Ryan Howard.
Previously, she was Chair of Wexford Literary Festival from 2013-2018, of which she also co-founded.
Carmel’s background is in sales and marketing, but she swapped the corporate world of an American multinational to become a stay-at-home-mum in 2011. With endless encouragement from Roger, she began to write in between spoon feeds and ABC’s. And to her astonishment, Carmel realised she was quite good at juggling babies and books.
One of these days, she will write the children’s book about a magical black car that has been buzzing around her head for years. But for now, she’s busy working on her eight novel, Finding Greta Gale.
Her favourite place to plot new stories is walking on her beloved Curracloe Beach. So if you spot her talking to herself, be reassured that she’s likely lost in a new world, making friends with new characters.
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