Susie Murphy is an Irish historical fiction author.
In her working life, she has been a library cataloguer, a shop assistant, a market research interviewer, an office manager and a piano teacher, but all she has ever wanted is to add ‘author’ to that list.
She has maintained a writer’s blog since April 2013. In February 2014, she was shortlisted in the final ten in the RTÉ Today Show/New Island ‘Get Your Book Published’ novel competition. A month later, she was shortlisted in the final thirty in the Doolin Short Story Competition.
On July 10th 2018, Susie published her debut novel, A Class Apart, the first volume in her historical fiction series A Matter of Class, which begins in Ireland in 1828. She published the second volume, A Class Entwined, on February 1st 2019.
Here are a few more facts about Susie:
She doesn’t drink tea or coffee (but swears she really is Irish).
She has lived for a substantial time in seven different counties in Ireland – she now resides in Meath but she’s from Tipperary.
She can recite all the colours of Joseph’s amazing technicolour dreamcoat at top speed in one breath.
When she was young, Susie and her mammy won a sandcastle competition on a summer holiday in England – there were some pretty spectacular sand sculptures on display but the judges gave them the prize because they were the only ones who built an actual castle. Susie’s advice since then: always stick to the brief, people.
She wrote her first ‘novel’ when she was eleven. Entitled The Rabbits’ Journey, it was eleven pages long and an unashamed plagiarism of Watership Down.