I was born in Enniskillen and grew up in Belfast. I am a member of the Manchester Irish Writers and have written poetry and short stories for over twenty years. ‘Martha’s Girls’. my first novel, was published by Blackstaff Press in 2013 and my second, The Golden Sisters, was published in March 2015. I’m currently working on the final book in the trilogy.
Some years ago I was given a scrap book full of concert programmes and newspaper cuttings about The Golden Sisters, billed as ‘The girls with the golden voices; three girls and a piano in close harmony.’ They were my mother and her sisters. Growing up, I knew that they entertained the troops as members of ENSA and sang their way through the war. Occasionally, at family gatherings they could be persuaded to sing again.
Both books are based on them but, although the historical events are accurate, most of the story is imagined. Nevertheless, I grew up with these women and it’s quite possible that everything in the novels could have happened.