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South Armagh woman launches racy debut novel

A south Armagh woman is set to reveal her talented alter ego with the launch of her very first novel later his month.  The racy crime thriller entitled Bare Bones has been penned under the pseudonym “Linda M” and the local lady will officially launch the book in the Cross Square Hotel on Saturday 22nd October.

Linda, who only let her family in on her secret writing skills last week, admits that many of them are in shock that she has published a novel, having no idea that the busy mum-of-two had been putting it together behind-the-scenes for the last few years.

Speaking to The Examiner about the launch of her debut novel, the stay-at-home mum explained that she has always had a love of words, often “scribbling” while she waited for buses or trains, creating characters from passers-by and weaving stories around them.

“I wasn’t very academic in school and my creative writing was never really encouraged so for years I just hid my writing away and never thought I would do anything with it,” said Linda.

“A few years ago I came across all my old “scribbles” and after sending some samples to a friend of mine, she advised me to put something together and get a writer to read it.

“I looked up local writers and discovered John Noonan, from the Dundalk Writer’s Group. He read my manuscript and suggested I attend Writespace Creative Writer’s Group in Dundalk.  Through it, I met Brenda Woods who owns the Writespace company and she advised me to publish my novel.”

Linda admits that despite the recommendations from John and Brenda, she put off the idea of publishing at first as she was nervous about how her friends and family would react to her writing.  After deciding to go for it, her sizzling crime thriller was accepted for publishing by Dublin based self-publishing specialist, Gilbert Dawed from Publibook Ireland.

“From the day I starting writing with Brenda’s Group, my life changed,” said Linda.

“Writing my book has been a very surreal experience. Bare Bones has been brought out of darkness, to be born into light. This may never have happened if my dreams had not somehow been untangled slowly, and doors were opened, making the impossible possible.”

Bare Bones revolves around a young Irish woman, Maddie O’Leary who is described as “a troubled lost soul searching for a new life, in an unfamiliar world.”  Based in New York the book explores the challenges Maddie faces to forget her past and mend her “shattered broken heart” as well as tracing “one man’s deep dark past that proves difficult to escape from.”

The thrilling crime novel, Bare Bones, will be available to buy on launch night which begins at 9pm in the Cross Square Hotel on Saturday 22nd October.  All are welcome to attend the champagne and Guinness reception which will be followed by music and food and will feature Dundalk Poet and Writer, John Noonan, who has been instrumental in helping Linda realise her literary dream, as the main speaker on the night.

In the meantime, Linda is busy writing her second novel which she promises will be every bit as juicy as her scintillating debut novel.