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Sheila O'Flanagan

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As you can see, a Dubliner all my life. My parents owned a grocery shop in the Iveagh Markets, in the Liberties area of the city and I guess city blood runs through my veins.

As a child I enjoyed reading and telling stories and everyone thought that I end up in a job which had something to do with books and literature. But though I applied for a job in the library all of the job offers I got were in commerce.

I turned down lots of them before my mother accepted one for me (I was on holiday at the time). It was in the Central Bank of Ireland and that’s how my career in financial services began.

I started out in administration and then moved jobs until finally I was working as a dealer in a commercial bank. Eventually I was promoted to Chief Dea
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Sheila O'Flanagan Hi Puspathevi

I'm delighted you enjoyed A Season to Remember - I always want my readers to feel close to the characters and understand why they do the…more
Hi Puspathevi

I'm delighted you enjoyed A Season to Remember - I always want my readers to feel close to the characters and understand why they do the things they do, even if they wouldn't have reacted the same way themselves.

I loved reading as a child (and still do, of course) and I always liked writing my own stories. Even though I ended up working in finance, it was my dream to write a book one day. I started lots of different novels without finishing them but finally told myself that it was important to me to write a novel from beginning to end. I wrote my first book when I was still working in finance and that was a good thing as it meant I didn't feel any pressure to make money from it. But when I realised that I could write a book and finish it, and when the opportunity came to write more, I decided to trust in myself and leave my job.
It's always a little scary to give up a well paying job but if you're changing it for something you really believe in and want to do, if you're doing it for yourself and not for anyone else, it's the only choice you can make.
I've been lucky that I've been able to make enough money from writing books to pay my bills - and I'm very, very grateful that I was able to follow my heart and do what I wanted to do. Sx(less)
Sheila O'Flanagan Hi Sarah

I'm delighted you enjoyed Connections. The inspiration for the book came to me when I was on a holiday in the Caribbean, and I saw a newly…more
Hi Sarah

I'm delighted you enjoyed Connections. The inspiration for the book came to me when I was on a holiday in the Caribbean, and I saw a newly married couple arguing on the beach! I began to wonder about how things would work out for them and that started me thinking about everyone else on the beach and what their stories might be. So as I was lying on my sun lounger every day I continued thinking about them and coming up with ideas. When I got back to Ireland I wrote Jennifer's story and the rest of them just followed on. I wrote that book in the winter so it was nice to imagine being in a sunny place. In a weather-related twist, I edited my other short story collection, A Season to Remember, in Spain during a heatwave - even though the book is set at Christmas!
all the best
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