Claire McGowan grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland. After a degree in English and French from Oxford University she moved to London and worked in the charity sector.
I think that makes me sound either like the kind of country-bumpkin rube who’d drink from the fingerbowl in 80s restaurants, or a charmingly fresh ingenue to the literary scene. Take your pick.
I was indeed born in a small village in Ireland, at the tail-end of 1981, which means I’m 32 this year (or older if I forget to update this bit and you’re reading in the future….hi.). After spells in exciting places like France, Oxford, China, and Tunbridge Wells, I now live in a murdery part of London where I try not to antagonise my neighbours. The Paula Maguire series has been optioned for TV by BBC Drama. Which is nice.
I’m represented by Diana Beaumont at Rupert Heath. Please drop me a line on here or on Twitter – like many writers, I’ll do anything for a distraction. And I always write back!
See me read from The Dead Ground at the Belfast Book Festival, 2014.