Emma Hannigan lives in Ireland, with her husband and two children.She is a carrier of the cancer gene, Brca 1, and has battled and beaten cancer eight times. Her first novel Designer Genes (Poolbeg 2009) mirrors her own experience as she strove to lessen her chances of developing cancer, and it was a bestseller in Ireland. Her memoir, Talk to the Headscarf, follows her own personal fight with cancer, and it is a charming, uplifting meditation about life, not death. Emma is heavily involved in cancer awareness campaigning. Her mission in life, along with writing books, is to show the world that there is life after cancer! Keeping Mum, her latest novel about the bond between mothers and daughters, is out now.
Geraldine O’Neill has been writing since the early 90’s and had gained a number of awards for her short stories before embarking on her first novel. She has also had a number of poems published. She has been involved in various community writing projects and workshops, and has given readings at literary festivals and talks on her writing career.Geraldine has 9 novels published in Ireland and abroad, and her 10th book will be published in Spring 2013. They include: Summer’s End, Tara’s Fortune, The Grace Girls, Tara Flynn, Tara’s Destiny & Cara Gayle
Roisin Meaney was born in Listowel, Co Kerry and now lives in Limerick city. When she was 18 she entered a competition on the back of a Cornflakes box. She had to finish the sentence I would like to win a Ford Fiesta because…using ten words or less. She wrote …my father won’t let me drive his and won a car. She promptly decided to be a writer, but a combination of life and laziness meant that her first book, The Daisy Picker, didn’t get written until 2002, when she was a lot older than 18.
Sinéad Moriarty lives in Dublin with her husband and their three children. This Child ofMine is her eight novel. She is a Number one bestselling author.
‘Marian Keyes has for years been the undisputed queen … Sinéad Moriarty is now a worthy competitor’ Sunday Independent.
‘Moving, disarmingly honest and at times laugh-out-loud funny’ Sunday Times
‘Makes you really care … plenty of laughs and more than a bit of substance’ Irish Mail on Sunday
‘Her characters are well drawn, their dilemmas are all too realistic and their personalities certainly fizzle’ Irish Independent