“I started writing when I was on maternity leave with my elder daughter. I began by writing stories for her. Then I started writing a novel, and just kept going. The story almost wrote itself.”
1973. Place: Mountmellick in Co Laois.
Brigidine Convent in Mountrath. College of Commerce in Rathmines.
Drumcondra. But lived in Cork for several years.
Husband and two daughters. Daisy, two-and-a-half and Florence, six months.
“I work for UTV Radio solutions. I organise media sales and radio competitions for nine radio stations around the country.”
Watching TV. “I’m a recent Dr Who fan. I enjoy the storylines.”
John Irving. And recently CJ Samson. “I like Paul Hoffman too.”
“It’s a follow on to the Dead Summer. I wrote it during my second maternity leave. I’ve finished it and submitted it to Poolbeg. I have a 3 book deal.”
“To stick at it. Write anything. Writing is like a muscle. You have to keep exercising it. And go with the flow.”
Martha Armstrong is devastated when her husband leaves her, before their first child is born. Leaving the city, she moves to a tranquil cottage in the English countryside. It seems blissful.
Until, that is, the noises start; and weird things begin to happen. Slowly, Martha starts to learn the stories of the cottage’s past, and to uncover a secret that still haunts it.
“It’s a supernatural thriller. There’s an element of women’s fiction, but with a ghostly twist.”
Helen Moorhouse has a fresh, original voice. She has created a satisfyingly scary page turner.