Beginner's pluck

MARIA worked for the Bank of Ireland for 15 years.

She left when her third child was born. Three years ago, when her fourth child started school, she began to write. But it wasn’t until she joined Twitter that she found her writing voice.

“The agent Shelia Crowley sent me a Direct Message and asked to meet me. She loved my Twitter voice, and said if I could write a book like that it would be something special. I wrote her a few chapters and she took me on.” That was last September. Maria finished the book by Christmas; and had a two book deal by May. It is, she says, a dream come true.

Who is Maria Duffy?

Date/place of birth: April 14, 1969/Dublin.

Education: Primary and Secondary St Joseph’s, Stanhope Street, Stoneybatter. Bilingual Secretarial Course at the LSB just off Grafton Street.

Home: Lucan, Co Dublin.

Family: Husband Paddy; children Eoin 14, Roisín 13, Enya nine and Conor, eight.

The Day Job: Writer and mother.

Hobbies: “I jog, and keep fit when I can. I’ve done piano and art lessons.”

Favourite Writers: Cathy Kelly, Marian Keyes, Monica McInerney, Sinead Moriarty.

Second Novel: “I’ve almost finished. It’s under contract and I’m happy with it.”

Top Writing Tip: Write from your heart.

Web: Twitter: @mduffywriter


Any Dream Will Do. Published by Hachette Ireland at €13.99 Jenny Breslin is in a rut. She’s bored by her bank job. There’s no man on the scene, and she discovers her mother has a new beau, and one who looks startlingly familiar. Can life get any worse?

Over on Twitter, Jenny presents herself as a good time girl. Then, one night, in a drunk moment, she invites her Twitter friends over for a three day ‘Tweetup’. But when Zahra, Fiona and Kerry arrive there are some surprises in store. As the days unfold, Jenny sees herself, and her life, in a new light.

The Verdict: Fresh, zany, and at times, laugh out loud funny.

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