Welcome to my new website. Really chuffed to be here with you!
I am the happy author of many books, three of which are now published. Dad’s Red Dress came out in March 2017 and The Angelica Touch was officially launched in Charlie Byrne’s Bookshop in February this year and less officially (with lots of dancing) in my favourite cafe, Javaholics, Fairview in March. There’s a review here if you want to see what it’s all about.
My third book is something different – if the first two were based on scripts, this one is the book that tells you how to write those scripts. After 21 years teaching screenwriting across the country and in many of its universities, up to postgraduate level, it felt time to put the core material into writing
But I wanted to write an accessible book with all the theory you would need. It would be full of the writing exercises so you would put the theory into practice and exercises – from my own brain and from films I loved. So many people have great ideas for the screen but so few ever finish that first script. That was my mission!
After all, as someone once told me, you can’t write your second script until you’ve written your first.
As I was once told, you can’t write your second script until you write your first.
I love creating characters and worlds. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do. I would truly love to invite you into some of those worlds with me or into your own world through my screenwriting book.
And, when you’ve been there, do come back and tell me what you thought! I’m also available as a script and creative consultant and as a writer for hire, when time allows! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org. (I know. It’s a mouthful. Apologies. I was born with a long name!)