Beginner’s Pluck

Stephen Norman

Stephen worked for a start-up in Silicon Valley, and then in London. He turned it into a software company, ran it for 10 years, then sold it. “Then a friend, head of IT in a French…

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Emer McLysaght

Brought up near Kill, County Kildare, Emer worked in Phantom Radio until 2010, then, after a few months in Spain, she became a news reporter on the Journal.ie. “I moved into the entertainment section, Daily Edge,…

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Susan Ryan

Loving stories, Susan was always sure that she would write, one day. Meanwhile, she travelled, working on Paros in Greece, before moving to Germany, and then Australia. “I had crazy jobs there. I managed a cemetery…

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Nikki Hayes

When Nikki was young, her mum bought a receiver for world radio. “I listened to everything, and became fascinated,” says Nikki. “You could imagine what the people behind the voices looked like. They could be anything…

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Andrew Meehan

In his twenties, Andrew worked as a TV researcher in Scotland, then, returning to Ireland, he worked in script development for a company led by Ed Guiney and David Collins. Then he became head of development…

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Felicia Yap

Brought up in Kuala Lumpur, Felicia has always liked the idea of writing; but she didn’t know what to write about. After her primary degree, she worked in a lab in Germany, as a radioactive cell…

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Caroline Foran

Caroline’s wanted to be a radio producer, but when she left college in 2009, jobs were scarce. After studying for a Masters, she realised she had a talent for writing. She joined entertainment.ie at intern level,…

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Adele O’Neill

From a family of avid readers, Adele used to choose library book for her parents and grandparents. “Reading the blurbs in order to choose the right books was really useful when it came to writing my…

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Karen M. McManus

Karen started writing books at 7, but by 18, as the plots got complicated, she couldn’t finish anything, and gave up. She worked in Washington DC, for a political consulting firm. After three years, married, she…

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Min Kym

Min left Korea for London aged 3. Soon, she had lessons in the violin, and by seven she was a prodigy.  She won her first international competition aged 11. “I felt comfortable performing the violin; it…

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K.J. Howe

A Canadian, Kimberley’s family moved around the world while she was growing up – to Africa, the Middle East, Puerto Rico and Europe. “I started reading at two, but didn’t write until my late twenties. When…

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Sarah Carroll

Although Sarah loved reading as a child, she didn’t think of writing until she was in her thirties. “I’m very scientific. English was my most feared subject in school.” She worked in geophysics for a year,…

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