They say everyone has a book in them. But does everyone have the patience, dedication and determination to sit down, face a blank screen and write for days, weeks, months, perhaps years?
Having spent many years writing stories I never showed anyone, I decided to see if writing was a hobby or something I wanted to turn into a career. There was no better way to find out than to throw myself into the deep end and spend the summer at a Writers’ and Artists’ Retreat in the Montagne Noire, France.
Surrounded by other writers, I found true inspiration and most importantly, I discovered writing was not just a hobby and I managed to write the first draft of The Fall of Irides, a book for young adults. In 2010 I got my first writing job and was commissioned to write the first edition of the Time Out Guide to Ireland. This was no small feat, I can tell you.
Writing about Ireland allowed me to explore the country, discover true gems and witness firsthand the passion of so many inspiring entrepreneurs, running restaurants, cafes, hotels, guest houses and businesses who remain enthusiastic and optimistic despite the bleak economic climate.
I do a weekly travel slot on Ireland AM, TV3, one week is a domestic slot where I recommend places to visit, things to do and places to stay and the other week is a world travel slot where I come up with a themed holiday and then discuss three destinations. Glamping, house swapping, creative holidays, you name it, I will talk about it! If you’ve anything you’d like to hear about, just drop me an email and let me know!
I also do other broadcasting and freelance travel writing for some magazines and Failte Ireland and of course, my blog. This website is here for you to find your ideal destination for the holiday you are researching and I hope you find what you’re looking for. If you need advice, feel free to contact me!
To keep me busy, I am also Programme Director for the Dublin Book Festival, Dublin’s largest and most vibrant book festival. Researching books, writers, coming up with new events and themes is a great passion of mine. Meeting writers and people with a love for words and books was yet another dream come true.