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Some of our members are complete beginners. Others are industry experts. Many are aspiring writers. Our membership is growing and below are just a few samples of our members, who wish to share their information.

Sharon Thompson. Author www.sharontwriter.com

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Author of two bestsellers, The Abandoned & The Healer, Sharon Thompson is the founder of the successful Indulgeinwriting.com. A guide and mentor, Sharon has seen members of this indulgeinwriting.com group progress to agent representation and publication. Sharon organises regular online events from industry professionals and experts for those members and for the public. Sharon co-founded #Writerswise a trending Tweet-chat featuring published guest-hosts. Her monthly Indulgeinbooks features a list of Irish book releases and she contributes to Indulgeme.ie and Donegalwoman.ie. Sharon is setting up This&That her online radio show on the online Trans-Atlantic Station Keltic Radio, she also writes for leading website Writing.ie and has published short stories, had plays long listed, all while completing more manuscripts. Sharon Thompson. Writing Fun, Facebook. @sharonwriter sharontwriter.com 

 

Some members’ profiles. Please scroll for their details below. 

  • Amanda J Evans
  • Emma Hayes.
  • Pamela Hobbs
  • Noelle Kelly-Trindles
  • Michelle Walshe
  • Louise O’Sullivan

 

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Amanda J Evans is an award-winning Irish author. She writes paranormal and fantasy romance novels as well as children’s stories. Growing up with heroes like Luke Skywalker and Indiana Jones, her stories centre on good versus evil with a splice of magic and love thrown into the mix. An early tragedy in her life has also made its way onto the page and Amanda brings the emotions of grief to life in her stories too. Amanda lives in Ireland with her husband and two children. Her first novel Finding Forever won Best Thriller in the 2017 Summer Indie Book Awards and her second novel Save Her Soul won Silver for Best Paranormal in the Virtual Fantasy Con Awards 2017. Amanda has a publishing deal with Handersen Publishing and her first children’s book, “Nightmare Realities” was released on the 25th of September 2017. Nightmare Realities 2 is complete and with the publishers who hope to release it in summer 2019. Her latest story, Hear Me Cry, a fantasy romance telling of the old Irish myth of the banshee won the Book of the Year Award at the Dublin Writers Conference 2018.

Amanda’s work has been featured in a number of poetry anthologies in 2017 and 2018. She also had a memoir included in A Bowl of Irish Stew, a charity anthology for Pieta House and her short story Moonlight Magic was included in the Owl Hollow Press Anthology, Under the Full Moon’s Light, published in October 2018. A full list of poetry and short story publications along with author interviews can be found on her website.

Amanda is a regular columnist on the writing.ie website. She took over the running of the weekly “Really Useful Links” column in March 2019.

Taking writing courses and workshops is something she loves to do and learns something new from everyone. Amanda is also one of the administrators for the Irish Writers, Editors, and Publishing Facebook group as well as running her own Facebook page and readers group. Amanda is also a member of the IndulgeInWriting group run by Sharon Thompson.

The finishing touches are being put to her novel, Winterland, which will be submitted to agents and publishers in 2019 and a new Bronte inspired short story is at the editing stage for an anthology due for publication in 2020. Amanda has a number of other projects that she is working on too.

Amanda is also the author of Surviving Suicide: A Memoir from Those Death Left Behind, published in 2012. You can find out more on her website www.amandajevans.com.

Amanda J Evans
Romance, Paranormal, and Fantasy Author
Believe in Happy Ever After
http://www.amandajevans.com

Find me on:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/amandajevanswriter
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/amandajevans
LinkedIn: http://ie.linkedin.com/in/amandajevans/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ajevanswriter/

Books By Amanda J Evans

Hear Me Cry – A Fantasy Romance Novella
Winner of the Book of the Year – Dublin Writers Conference 2018
Amazon: https://mybook.to/hear-me-cry

Save Her Soul – A Paranormal/Urban Fantasy Romance
Virtual Fantasy Con Awards 2017 Silver Award for Best Paranormal Book
Amazon: http://myBook.to/SaveHerSoul

Finding Forever – A Romantic Suspense Novella
Summer Indie Book Awards 2017 Winner for Best Thriller
Amazon: http://myBook.to/Finding-Forever

Surviving Suicide – A Memoir From Those Death Left Behind
Amazon: https://myBook.to/survivingsuicide

Nightmare Realities – Spooky Short Stories for Ages 9-16
Amazon: https://myBook.to/nightmare-realities

 

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Emma Hayes has been a successful Freelance Writer for several years having had articles published in The Phoenix Magazine, The Journal.ie, The Limerick Magazine, Rollercoaster.ie and I Love Cooking.ie to name a few. Emma is a Staff Writer to Family Friendly HQ, and she runs Hear Me Roar Media and is the Head of PR and New Media for Property District – a sister company to Hear Me Roar Media. Overall, Emma has had over 1,000 articles published online and in print and she ghost writes for businesses regularly – writing on property, retail, eco-tourism, restaurants, web design, construction, mental health and lifestyle over the years. Emma’s work has been noticed several times and she regularly contributes to national and local radio to voice her opinion or expertise.

In her very small amount of spare time, Emma writes stories as well as poetry and she is getting ready to submit her first novel, Stuck in the bottle, a young adult fictional novel. While working on submitting to agents, Emma is planning her second, young adult novel as well as working on a middle grade children’s book. She may (or may not) enter a short story competition this year (for the first time) with a story very close to her heart. Emma writes stories that are stripped back to the raw and often dysfunctional relationships between families with a deep focus on the children affected.

Emma loves nothing more than spending time with her two daughters and husband, but she also loves reading books, chocolate and coffee – she may have a donut addiction too!

You can follow Emma on Twitter @EmmaHayes25 or Instagram @emmasjotters.

 

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Noelle Kelly-Trindles is a writer and horror blogger from Cork, her blog was awarded a place in the Feedspot top 20 horror review blogs. She works in a pharma company by day and masquerades as The Corpse Bride by night. She has completed a CPD-accredited Children’s Story Writing Online Course from Write Story Books for Children and writing workshops with Sarah Moore Fitzgerald, Vanessa Fox O’ Loughlin and The Inspiration Project. Noelle is a member of paid writing group Indulgeinwriting and an avid member of #Writerwise. Noelle is a regular attendee at Fiction at the Friary events run by Danielle McLaughlin and Madeleine and participated in a Rapid-Fire Fiction event as part of the 2017 Cork Short Story Festival. Noelle curated a Fright Fiction at the Friary event last Halloween.
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Michelle Walshe is a writer from Dublin. She began writing in 2017 and her work has been published in The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, The Gloss Magazine, Woman’s Way Magazine, The Sunday Independent, The Telegraph and online on Writing.ie, Skelligmichael.com and Silverbirchpress.wordpress.com.
In 2018, she won a scholarship to Aurora Writing Retreat in Meath, a bursary for the John Hewitt Summer School in Armagh sponsored by the Department of Foreign Affairs and a residency in Greywood Arts, Cork. She was shortlisted in the Benedict Kiely Short Story competition, was a finalist in the Iceland Writers Retreat and had a piece in a book, Teachers Who Write, An Anthology. In 2019 she won third prize for a piece of flash fiction at Kanturk Arts Festival, Cork and she won Birr Writers Residency.
She volunteers at Roddy Doyle’s Fighting Words, the International Literature Festival and Dalkey Book Festival. She is working on a collection of personal essays and a children’s book. All her work can be found on her website www.thesparklyshell.com.

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Louise O’Sullivan is a writer from Cork. Although she has always been drawn to writing since her primary school days her light bulb moment that she wanted to pursue writing more seriously came at the age of 27.

Not fitting into any one particular genre, Louise is mainly drawn to writing from experience with a particular attraction to memoir and more recently poetry. Louise has written freelance for the Evening Echo (a Cork based newspaper) as well as being published in the Migraine Association of Ireland’s magazine, Brainstorm. In addition, Louise has been published on numerous websites such as A Lust for Life and Writing.ie.

Currently Louise is writing her first book which is a collection of poems entitled “Growing Pains”. She also has her own website https://louiseosullivanwriting.org/.This is her space where she thinks out loud writing about anything from travel to observations on daily life and even attempts at fiction from time to time.

Louise also holds a BA (Hons) degree from the University of Limerick in New Media & English as well as a Higher Diploma in Public Relations from Cork Institute of Technology.

 

 

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Pamela Hobbs.

Adult Education teacher by day, reader and writer by night (and weekend).

As a winner in the Novel Fair 2015 Pamela gained both confidence and experience from being around other writers and subsequently self-published Family Affairs, the MS submitted for the Fair and her first ever completed novel. She has since written the second in the series, Roman Holiday, which is now also available on Amazon in both e-book and paperback formats. A third book, not in The Fitzgerald Series, AlphaBet Suit, written in a different style (first person present tense, alternating between hero/heroine) is in the final editing process, almost ready for submission.

In 2016 Pamela was selected for Date with an Agent with Roman Holiday and again in 2017 with Alphabet Suit. Both events gave Pamela invaluable contacts and the impetus to write her first short story, Time Heals, which was shortlisted for the Colm Tobin International Short Story Award last May (2017), as part of the Wexford Literary Festival. This past May she was once again selected for Date with an Agent with her WIP, Just Desserts, book three in the Fitzgerald series.

While she reads in many genres, Pamela loves to write romance / romantic suspense – where the HEA is always the goal, along with having readers heave a sigh of contentment on finishing her books. Writing a series is close to her heart because a reader can enter a whole world – many have asked her what is happening to the rest of the siblings from Family Affairs – and she is happy to oblige with Roman Holiday even as she continues cracking on with Just Desserts

Having lived in the United States for 12 years Pamela has included many Americans in her writing – AlphaBet Suit is set in Philadelphia, one of the cities where she lived for three years, and she likes to focus on the many connections the Irish have with the US. Her highest compliment from an Amazon review was that she was Ireland’s answer to Nora Roberts – well, one can only dream….

Irish writing tends to veer in the literary or crime/thriller direction but Pamela believes there is also a place for solid romantic, and sexy, commercial fiction, not just the lighter styles using the moniker ‘Chick-Lit’ but also for heroines that face adversary and want to save themselves, and heroes who appreciate a strong modern woman who knows what she wants – and isn’t afraid to demand it.

Although proud of her self-publishing journey so far, her aim, like many writers, is to find an agent and be published via a traditional publishing house. Amanda also has a website www.pamelaghobbs.com 

Pamela’s books

https://tinyurl.com/yccj6hdg Family Affairs (paperback)

https://tinyurl.com/yatm83yq Roman Holiday (e-book)