A little bit about Carmel …

Irish Times Bestseller, Carmel Harrington is an award winning author from Co. Wexford, where she lives with her husband and two children, Amelia (6) and Nate (4).

The Things I Should Have Told You (HarperCollins), was published in September 2016. Her page-turning novels are to be published worldwide, translated into eight different languages.

Carmel is the Chairperson of Wexford Literary Festival, of which she co-founded. She is a regular on Irish TV, as one of the panelists on TV3’s Midday show. She is also a guest panelist and book reviewer for South East Radio’s Morning Mix and writes feature articles for many newspapers and magazines. A popular keynote speaker she has given talks in Ireland, UK & USA.

A stay at home mum, Carmel juggled babies and books to become a success story in the digital publishing world with the digital first imprint Harper Impulse. Every Time A Bell Rings, The Life You Left and Kindle Book of The Year & Romantic eBook of the Year – Beyond Grace’s Rainbow were all eBook bestsellers.

But her dream to be published traditionally has now come true, with her move to HarperFiction. The Things I Should Have Told You is her first trade paperback and is on sale in bookshops nationwide. It follows in audio format December 2016 and mass paperback in UK & Ireland January 2017. Foreign translations have been sold to Hungary, Finland, Norway and Sweden so far.

Carmel has been dubbed the Queen of Emotional Writing and has been compared to one of her heroes, Maeve Binchy. She writes with warmth and compassion about characters so believable that they could be sitting beside you.

Carmel’s is currently working on 72 Derry Lane, which will be published 1st June 2017.


Carmel has been interviewed on TV in Ireland and USA and is a popular keynote speaker, in USA, UK and of course all over Ireland. Here are some of Carmel’s favourite pictures of writerly events!

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Carmel has written a number of plays,  A Dunganstown Romance, was performed by the New Line Theatre, in the Wexford Art’s Centre.

Carmel can often be seen walking on her beloved Curracloe Beach, talking to herself as she plots new stories! She’s also step-mother to Eva (13) and contrary to the folklore of fairytales, she’s not one bit evil.

Anything else you need to know? Carmel has a borderline unhealthy obsession for The Walking Dead. And Tayto crisps.

If you want to chat some more, you can do so on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest @happymrsh.

9 thoughts on “A little bit about Carmel …

  1. Hi Carmel, a new follower here. Was recommended by the lovely ‘Looking for Blue Sky’ blogger and started snooping around your page as us inquisitive females can do at times and so far liking what I see🙂 Just in the middle of setting up my page as soon aim to be no longer a blog virgin!
    Bye for now, Congrats on the book and I’ll be back soon! Best regards, Ruth


    • Hey Ruth, thanks for stopping by! Oh I remember only too well what it’s like in the early days with blogging! It can seem daunting can’t it? When you are up and running, let me know and I’ll pop by! Thanks for the congrats and look forward to seeing you around🙂
      Oh and thank you ‘Looking for Blue Sky’ x


  2. Hi Carmel really enjoyed meeting you this evening at Enniscorthy Library – you are a fascinating lady with a real feel good story to tell – I so enjoyed being in your company and I am really looking forward to keeping in touch with you on facebook etc
    Maria Nolan


    • Eileen
      Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me know. And thank you for reading Graces story, Im thrilled you enjoyed it.
      If you had a moment, I’d really appreciate a review on amazon if you could.
      Hope you are having a lovely morning. Wet and grey here in Wexford. Carmel.


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