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As a writer, I love the process of inventing imaginary worlds and characters to inhabit them. If I had to classify my story-telling, I would call it a quirky blend of history, romance and mystery.
My new novel, The Trivia Man, published by Random House Books, is a bittersweet and heart-warming tale about finding one's true place in the world, set against the backdrop of a weekly trivia competition.
'If only his life was a quiz ...'
Read more at the Random House website.
Read what the critics have to say here.
'This is a warming story of friendship and family - and fitting in - even if you are a square peg.'
READING STACK (Sandy Fussell)
'A Place of Her Own' is a story about seeking a safe haven when nothing feels safe anymore. The novel is the third book in the Emporium Trilogy but can be read independently. It is published by Random House Books.
View the trailer here.
'Love hurts like hell - whether you're fifteen or 50-something.'
The novel is available as a print book and ebook from bookstores and online.
'A brilliant book from a great trilogy. Highly recommended.'
MRS MICHELLE S Book Blog
My debut novel, 'Mr Chen's Emporium' (Random House Australia) is a story of two women, one Gold Rush town, then and now.
Published by Bantam/Random House Australia, it's available as a print book and ebook. A smaller paperback edition (blue cover) was released in 2013. It's also available as a digital audio book from Audible.
'Mr Chen's Emporium' is published in German by Ullstein Verlag as 'Amys Geheimnis' ('Amy's Secret').
View the trailer for Mr Chen's Emporium here.
'I loved every page of this beautiful book.'
My second book, 'The Jade Widow' (Random House Australia) is a work of historical fiction with a dash of romance. Like 'Mr Chen's Emporium', it's available as a print book and as an ebook. Set in 1885, this is a tale of pioneering women, making their way in a man's world. The novel is both a sequel to 'Mr Chen's Emporium' and a stand-alone story. So you don't need to have read 'Mr Chen' to enjoy 'The Jade Widow'.
A smaller paperback edition (apricot cover) was released on 1 May 2014.
View the trailer for The Jade Widow here.
'O'Brien delivers accuracy and grace in this deftly written tale.'
AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY
'I was utterly charmed.'
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