Hi, I’m Niamh, Niamh Shaw, nice to meet you. You have a fabulous smile – great teeth. So, tell me all about yourself. Me? – thought you’d never ask. Well, I am made in Ireland and have never come across a potato I didn’t love. I can be unbelievably childish and am fond of swearing. There is little photographic evidence of my existence.
My physiology is ideally suited to a diet of chocolate and coffee. For this reason, I do a lot of exercise: swimming, mountain biking, walking. I sometimes run, but only downhill. Regrettably, I am not as bendy as I should be.
Ten years ago I met my husband in Dubai (although he wasn’t my husband then). We relocated to New Zealand in January 2008. I currently live up a tree with no tv, fulfilling the dream as an organically certified hippy: hairy frocks, organic shampoo, yoghurt weaving. When I’m not composting and/or threatening my inner child with the more menacing chakras, I bake whole-wheat scones, tend the open fire and cycle 25km for a pint of milk. I also write.
In June 2006, I gave up a lucrative career in Telecomms – well, it kept me fed and watered – to write full-time. I completed my first novel, Smart/Casual, in January 2007. It is best described as a supernatural romantic thriller murder mystery without the corpses. Chick-lit, if you prefer.
In January 2007, I attracted an agent with relatively little fawning, bribery or pleading. (Well, you know, just the socially acceptable amount.) I crossed my fingers, which rather impeded progress on my second novel. After nine months on the publisher carousel, Little Black Dress Books offered me a two-book publishing deal. Smart/Casual was published in April 2009.
About Time was published by Little Black Dress/Headline Publishing in April 2010.
After my mailing list exploded, I thought it a good idea to set up deadlyjelly. I update the blog when I’m not too busy examining my navel