Maeve loved writing as a young child and teenager, but after college she was so focused on her career that her creativity took a back seat.
“I studied journalism at college. I edited the college magazine, and freelanced for the Evening Herald.”
Graduating in 2008, Maeve secured a job in RTE.
“I worked on ‘The Panel’ as a researcher, and then moved to Phantom Radio. But I had an urge to do international work, and was curious about NGO’s, so I did an Internship at Amnesty, and then took an MA.”
She then worked for an NGO in South Nigeria
“It was an amazing few months and gave me a passion for International Affairs.”
Maeve moved to Cambodia to work for the United Nations, staying for several years. After a period working remotely in Galway, she moved to Myanmar, but when the country disintegrated into chaos, she moved home to work for an Irish NGO.
“When I was working in Galway I joined a creative writing class. My head was so full of work, that I set every story in Cambodia.”
Who is Maeve Galvin?
Date of birth: 1985 in Bray County Wicklow
Education: Coláiste Ráithín in Bray; Dublin City University, Journalism. MA in Developmental Studies.
Home: Temple Bar, Dublin.
Family: Partner, Marcelo.
The Day Job: “I divide my time between consulting for NGO’s and sustainable businesses, and writing.”
In Another Life: “I’d either be a comedian or an economist.”
Favourite Writers: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Caitlin Moran; David Nichols;, Tayari Jones; Elena Ferrante; Nora Ephron; Marian Keyes.
Second Novel: About a contemporary marriage, it’s in its really early days.
Top Tip: “Splitting it into scenes or paragraphs, I throw words on the page, and then spend a lot of time shaping it.”
The Debut: The Saviours. Merdog Books: €15.
Its 2014 in Cambodia, when an Irishman, Tom first set eyes on Caitlyn. But it’s not until he’s fallen for her that the UN worker realises that the Irish American is the daughter of his nemesis, Janice. When rumours about Janice’s work practises become public, Tom fears for his own future. But will his romance with Caitlyn endure?
The Verdict: I loved this novel. It’s an enlightening read, showing the realities of an expat community.
Published in The Irish Examiner on 2nd May.
© Sue J Leonard. 2020