This is a bit late but it has been HECTIC this past while what with the book launch, book promotions, organising my mum's 90th birthday dinner, a dose of flu, and the usual running around like a headless turkey getting presents (no Kris Kringle nonsense in my huge family!). So I hope you all had a wonderful one and may I wish you -- with better timing -- a very happy new year. Irish-language garda note: I've used the plural "you" for the best wishes at Christmas, unlike the Grafton Street sign which is using a singular pronoun for everyone which simply isn't right (and I'm pretty sure it's dhuit, not duit). That's Dubliners for ya.
I was born in Ireland and grew up in Toronto, Canada with my seven sisters and two brothers. Left home at seventeen to live in a commune, then headed off across Canada with my pal, Carole, and we hitch-hiked around California for months, then back up to Vancouver(Van as we called it then) and across Canada with two more pals, Linda and Peggy. A year later, headed off to Malaysia and Borneo with Jeunesse Canada Monde/Canada World Youth for a year. Baik-lah! Back home, went to Trinity College at the University of Toronto (posh blokes) while also joining the Canadian Naval Reserve as an Officer Cadet. Trained on the east and west coasts of Canada every summer. Great fun. Then what? Hmm. Started to write books, dodgy personal life (that's personal but let's just say it's been a long time between drinks) started to wander around the world, had a darling daughter, settled down in Ireland, wrote more books.