Novels for Children
The Book of Secrets, The O’Brien Press, September 2022
‘When the fairies arrived in Clonbridge town, the wind changed direction.’
For the first time in over fifty years, the Trooping Fairies arrive in the small town of Clonbride for their annual revels. Their arrival awakens other creatures, who have mischief and chaos in mind.
Cat Donnelly and her friends spend their final day of school before midterm break swapping scary stories and planning the ultimate trick-or-treating strategy. But with the Fairies back in town, this Halloween will be one where Cat has to face real danger and use all her wits and bravery to save those she loves.
‘The whole world had turned upside down and she needed to fix it.’
“The Parting“, Paper Lanterns, Issue Eight (2022)
The first time I watched my father part the mists was the day my mother died.
Paper Lanterns is an absolutely gorgeous print journal based in Ireland dedicated entirely to YA fiction and I was so excited to be included in their eighth issue. Above you’ll find a bonus video of me awkwardly reading the first few paragraphs – yay?
“The Lunch Date“, Silver Apples Magazine, Issue Six: Frostbitten (2015)
Finian ran his neatly manicured hands across the tablecloth, smoothing down the bumps and creases that kept stubbornly reappearing beneath his fingertips. He frowned down at the place setting; one luncheon plate, one salad fork and butter knife, one teacup complete with saucer and pewter teaspoon. Everything supposedly in its proper place, and yet the symmetry was off somehow
In another stunning case of abusing my power as editor (hey, I tell it like it is), I published this weird little piece in our sixth issue.
“Catchfools City“, Silver Apples Magazine, Issue One: Modern Mythologies (2014).
Ma always said there was a market for everything and I’m guessin’ she was right ’cause here I am again, searching the Nightmarket for my first customer of the evening.
This is a very early attempt at a short story by baby-writer Alex. Is it my best effort? No, but I’m damn proud of it because it was the first time I wrote something that felt properly finished to me. And yes, I was cheeky enough to include it in the very first issue of Silver Apples.
Back in late-September 2020, when times were tough and my creativity was at an all-time low, I had a wild idea – what if I got a group of people together to write, cast, record, edit, and release a series of short radio plays in time for Halloween? Seems like a fool’s errand, but luckily I had Sarah Lally on my side. We assembled some pals and managed to pull together an anthology we dubbed Dark Tales for Dark Times. You can check out the full anthology here.
The days grow shorter and the first frosts of winter touch the land. We are entering the dark time of year. A time to gather ’round the firelight and tell stories. So listen close dear friends and try to ignore the howling of the wind and the branches that beat against the windowpane. These are Dark Tales for Dark Times.
I wrote Episode 2: Until Death and you can check it out here.
When his beloved wife dies, Ted Ryan thinks he’ll be alone forever but their marriage vows bind them beyond death.
(p.s. I also designed all the artwork and am entirely too proud of myself!)